‘ My name is Red Herring ‘
Curated by Jiří Ptáček
Fotograf Gallery, Prague
20. 3. – 14. 4. 2018
The raw-series, Club of Opportunities, has entered its schizophrenic phase. While hope
springs in thin, wind-blown layers of sand in a parallel episode “April Showers Bring May
Flowers” shown at Prague’s GAMU (The Gallery of the Academy of Performing Arts), at “My
Name is Red Herring” root vegetables withdraw themselves deep down into the native
underground, so that a vision of political goals and tactics can sprout from the gooey, blind
darkness. Glimmers of hope therein are substituted with a promise of power; however, the
condition for its fulfilment is of course acceptance of unscrupulous argumentative methods.
By taking on the attribute of series story-telling, Jansa sets a trap (for himself?) in the form
of unexpected continuity and internal consistency. Similar to this, there’s the emphasis on a
(neo- or quasi-) mythological aspect of the written characters and their storylines. His
allusion to the temple narthex with minimalist furniture that reminds one of store shelves,
but which also breathes a rhythm of colored lights, intensifies an atmosphere that
approximates a business-spiritual transaction, in which devilish demand accommodates a
supply of skills that allow us to live through at least a small portion of life without a feeling
of humiliation. But what if this is all just a clown-show. The series is a series only thanks to
the transplanting of plants which, of course, have the gift of being able to take root in any
conditions. Myth is an optional game whose rules can be changed as the moment requires.
Skills are just crutches for all the legless and armless who cannot submit an alternative to
force-based solutions to “social issues.” Movement in ambivalent escapism and untrustworthiness is,
however, grounds for asking who exactly is Red Herring ?