Petr Skala

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1947 – petr_skala

Czech Republic

Petr Skala is a video artist, film director and screenwriter. He is noted as one of the leading figures of Czech contemporary art scene. He graduated from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in 1975. In 1967 he started producing his own experimental work, adopting video as a medium in 1982. In 1987 together with Radek Pilař he established the Video Department of the Union of Czech Visual Artists, which had been renamed three years later to the Video and Intermedia Association of the Union of Visual Artists. Since 1993, Skala has been the chairman of the organization and also a pedagogue at FAMU.

“Skala’s films combine the principles of informel painting and abstract expressionism applied to the media of film. His approach was based on the manual method, on the application of artistic techniques to a scroll of raw or already exposed film – engraving, scratching, painting or drawing on it, burning holes in it or using specific chemical procedures.”

Filmography

  • Cry of Earth (Pláč země) (1993)
  • Shadow of Time (Stín času) (1992)
  • Death Only… (Jen smrt…) (1988)
  • Gravity (Zemská tíže) (1984)
  • Two Universes (Dva vesmíry) (1984)
  • Closed Infinity (Uzavřené nekonečno) (1984)
  • Lines of Force (Silokřivky) (1984)
  • Double Pulse (Dvojí puls) (1984)
  • Sphinx Awake (Probuzená sfinga) (1981)
  • Periods (Periody) (1980)
  • Green Shadow (Zelený stín) (1980)
  • Ancient Signs (Dávná znamení) (1980)
  • Prophecy (Věštba) (1980)
  • Cocoon (Zámotek) (1980)
  • Echo of Blood (Ozvěna krve) (1979)
  • Interval (Rozmezí) (1979)
  • Spatial Deformation (Prostorová deformace) (1979)
  • Disturbed Peace (Porušený klid) (1978)
  • Expansion (Expanze) (1977)
  • Figures in Us (Postavy v nás) (1977)
  • Gleam of Light (Záblesk světla) (1977)
  • Isolation (Izolace) (1977)
  • Geometry of Memory (Geometrie paměti) (1975)
  • Shadows on the Wall (Stíny na zdi) (1975)
  • Stardust (Hvězdný prach) (1974)
  • Dead Star (Vyhaslá hvězda) (1974)
  • Insane Night (Pomatená noc) (1973)
  • Searching for Balance (Hledání rovnováhy) (1973)
  • Wall of Time (Zeď času) (1972)
  • Blood on the Wall (Krev na zdi) (1972)
  • Dies Irae (1972)
  • Eggs (1972)
  • Target (Terč) (1972)
  • Star Whisper (Šepot hvězd) (1971)
  • Range of Soul (Řev ticha) (1971)
  • Magic Writing (Magické písmo) (1970)
  • Blood (Krev) (1970)
  • Images of Soul (Obrazy duše) (1970)
  • Structure (Struktura) (1969)
  • Hieroglyphs (Hieroglyfy) (1969)
  • Krev v srpnu (1968)
  • Paris Walls (Pařížské zdi) (1968)
  • Sign (Znamení) (1967)

 

 

 

 

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