Ztohoven are exhibiting their work, ‘The Moral Reform’ at the Engine Room as part of Politika: Art & the Affairs of the City. On 24th September 2014, members of the group will be joining us in the gallery to discuss their work.
“A parliamentary drama of 223 persons and 585 lines”
40th Meeting of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of Czech Republic. June 5th, 2012, 2:00 – 6:32 PM
Performed by: Czech MPs, members of Czech Government, members of The Office of The President of Czech Republic, the President, journalists
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Dear fellow citizens!
We, legally elected representatives of the people and members of the Parliament of Czech Republic, collectively admit, that our past attitude and approach has brought our society to the edge of an abyss. We have caused a loss of common confidence in fundamental pillars of the democratic system. Our crippling the truth in pursuit of our own interests has displaced moral values from our decision-making. There is no longer place for our unwillingness to set up limits to our pelf, for our reluctance to make the political management transparent and to accept our political and human responsibility for our own mistakes. Therefore we have decided to initiate the Moral reform across the political spectrum. Here we are. Kneeling in front of You, our people who elected us, asking You for forgiveness. Asking for one more chance to gain your trust back.
Ztohoven are a Czech collective of artists who rose to notoriety in the Czech Republic and around the world in 2007 for their intervention – ‘Media Reality’. The collective hijacked a live camera feed where viewers of a national television channel witnessed picturesque views of rolling countryside suddenly interrupted by a white flash, and then the familiar mushroom cloud of a nuclear blast.
Here is the artists’ statement:
“We are no terrorist or political group, our purpose is not to intimidate or manipulate the society in the very same way as we are witnessing in everyday real life or media. No matter the intentions wheather political or those of market, companies, global corporations which secretly manipulate and exert pressure on their products and ideas through every channel possible into the human subconsciouness. Even the slightest intrusion into this system, appeal on pure humain intellect, its ability not to be worked upon is by our opinion harmless inside democratic country. Hence the reason why artist group Ztohoven intruded public premises of our capital, Prague, few years ago and managed to impeached advertisement territory in principle as well as advertisement itself. On the June 17th 2007 our group invaded media and television territory intruded and impeached its trueness as well as its credibility. Pointed out the possible confusion of media presented picture of our wolrd for the real one. Is everything that our media such as newspapers, television, internet offer on daily basis real truth or reality? It is this idea that our project is to introduce to general public, sort of reminder to everyone. We truly believe that independet territory of television governed by public law is that kind of media which can handle such thing even at the cost of self impeachement. Let it be this kind of appeal for our future and reminder to any media that the truth must be presented at any cost. We are greateful for independent media and independent teritory for society.”