foto famu 2016
The present almanac follows up on last year’s Famugraphy – a catalogue published to accompany the exhibition of the same name at NTK, Prague – this time presenting a selection of student work from the academic year 2015 – 2016. The scope of the work is wide to the point of extremes, spanning as it does traditional documentary and reportage photography, conceptual projects, which often take the form of video or installation art, and all the way to the creation of new universes, or works exploring the fields of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. What remains is a rather broad definition of the medium of photography, defined by strategies rather than genre, and ranging from paranoid documentary to pseudo-scientific fabulism.
The Department of Photography at FAMU is on its way to becoming an art school which on the one hand is firmly grounded in its long and famous tradition of technical and artistic achievement drawing on the tradition of Modernist photography, while on the other remaining open to the media, strategies and genres current in contemporary art and general media practice. While openness and media permeability are today pretty much the mantra of arts education, what remains an open question is the means of relating this to tradition and its continuous rethinking. The present modest publication, which could also become a tradition, hopes to provide some direction in this regard.
The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (or FAMU) is one of the oldest film schools in the world. Located in Prague, Czech Republic, FAMU was founded in 1946 as one of three branches of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.