Ongoing project > TRABANT
(self portrait / moving sculpture)
length: 7m / width: 1.30 m
(from 2005, Czech Republic)
This vehicle, due to its unique nature and special appearance, is a “moving sculpture”. It is a communications medium between the artist and society, and represents a living demonstration of contemporary art. The car was created for performance with the help of mechanics from Veverská Bítýška. in Czech Republic. It is solid and safe; however due to its size and appearance, it can never satisfy established norms. Yet its non-standardness is the goal of the project, in which visual art as a “moving sculpture”—the vehicle—moves dynamically into everyday life.
There are many stories and videos from the process of its “beginning” (2005) until now.
It was transformed from two small, simple “Trabi” into one big monster “limousine”. There are no official car ownership papers for this sculpture/art object, for it is a new kind of automobile. I was driving into school to express myself during the exam period, and was stopped many times…. One of the rides was also a happening—the Christmas auction at Brno’s Liberty Square, where the car was sold through a phone call to a fake person from a surrounding village. It is even considered folk art in Germany, where I was invited to exhibit it in Berlin—though during transport the man who drove another vehicle with it crashed… proof that art does enter our physical world and can cause crashes… but still it was there at the opening in time, then on the national day, the 3rd of October 2007, I did drive around Berlin, but the police arrested me there too…. After a few years when it was exhibited in gallery Torstraße 111 in Berlin, the car (the gift) will go to Iceland to the Kling & Bang Gallery as a part of my upcoming exhibition PERPETUUM MOBILE (opening November 19, 2011). So another chapter in the life of a car which is never allowed to drive in the real world, but keeps travelling on, the King of the Road all by itself....
Monika & TRABI in train station/ Prostejov 2005
Monika & TRABI with Frineds, FAVU / Brno 2005
(VIDEO/ fragment.) > TRABI RIDE TO AIRPORT
Monika & TRABI going to school 2005
Monika & TRABI with Karin going to school 2005
Monika & TRABI with Karin going out of the school 2005
Monika & Trabi set from CHRISTMAS AUCTION AT LIBERTY SQUAER BRNO 2005
(VIDEO/ fragment.) > "acuction is kamuflage"
I left the country, Brno 2006
Coming back, concert for TRABI, Brno 2007
(VIDEO/ fragment.) > coming back concert for TRABI
Monika & TRABI with mecanic Mr. JOZEF, BRNO 2007
DURING THE TRANSPORT, PRAGUE BERLIN 2007
Openning in TORESTRASSE 111 gallery - MONIKA with Erling Tv.Klingenberg, Hekla Dögg
Openning in TORESTRASSE 111 gallery - Mara Dembek, Nina Magnúsdóttir
(VIDEO/ fragment.) > TRABI RIDE IN BERLIN
Exposed in BERLIN, gallery TORESTRASSE 111, 2008
Exposed in BERLIN, gallery TORESTRASSE 111, 2009
Exposed in BERLIN, gallery TORESTRASSE 111, 2010