Apparatus 2.0: The Unreliable Library
May 30 – July 29, 2018
opening: May 29, 2018

in collaboration with The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

artists: Matěj Al-Ali, Keren Benbenisty, Tyler Coburn, David Court, Sean Fader, Kara Hearn, Zebadiah Keneally, Alena Kotzmannová, Tomáš Moravec, Freya Powell, Markéta Othová, Elisabeth Smolarz, Magda Stanová, Tomáš Svoboda, Dannielle Tegeder, Jiří Thýn

curators: Tereza Jindrová, Meghana Karnik a Michelle Levy

the exhibition takes place in the FCCA Library

Presented at the Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art (FCCA) in Prague, Apparatus 2.0: The Unreliable Library is an exhibition resulting from a multilevel collaboration between artists and organizers from Prague and New York City. Taking place in the reconstructed FCCA library, the exhibition will reflect on how we gather research and build knowledge about culture, and on the library as a space for slow processes of contemplation and discovery.

This exhibition expands on its predecessor, Apparatus for a Utopian Image (September 21 – October 29, 2016) at EFA Project Space in New York; initiated by artists Pavla Sceranková and Dušan Zahoranský to encourage a dialogue between artists from Prague and New York City. Apparatus 2.0 deepens the engagement by facilitating long-distance collaborations between the same artists, bringing the New York group to meet their Prague counterparts during opening week.

Each working group has been invited to consider their experiences – in different cities, under their respective cultural conditions – to see how these aspects shape the artists understanding of images. Some questions posed by participants are:

  • What does an Eastern-Western diary of the past look like?
  • What sense do we make of a decentralized, unsystematic, and unreliable library?
  • Is art practice an apparatus to distract us from mortality?
  • Is knowledge built (like a tower) or excavated (from a pit)?
  • What is art the solution for?

Apparatus 2.0: The Unreliable Library is a co-presented by the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) in New York, and Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art (FCCA) in Prague.


The project is made possible through the support of Trust for Mutual Understanding
Many thanks: Petrohradská kolektiv and Aron Antik

The exhibition program of the CCA is possible through kind support of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Council, State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic, City District Prague 7
Media support: ArtMap, jlbjlt, UMA Audioguide