The Infra-ordinary Lab

A site-specific participatory performance, which invites you on a multi-sensory exploration of Holešovická Tržnice, framing perception and peeling the skin of the everyday to reveal hidden narratives.

Prague Quadrennial Festival 2023, at Holesovicka Trznice, Bubenské nábřeží 306/13, 170 04  Praha 7 – Holešovice
Exact venue: H40 – Outside
Date: 10, 12, 15, 17 June 2023
Time: 10:30-13:00 and 14:00-17:00* (last entrance)

Also: The Infra-ordinary Lab: Visceral Taste Impressions with Paul Day
Venue: H40 – Outside, Date: 14 June 2023,  Time: 18:00-20:00

Allow minimum of 60 minutes, performance requires you to bring your own headphones/earphones and smartphone. It takes place outside and includes walking (we recommend comfortable shoes and sun protection)

Note: the performance will be available in English and also Czech

About the performance:

We spend more and more time in clinical environments, an often sterile world of a reality mediated through a screen and experienced mainly audio-visually. We take our everyday, seemingly mundane reality, for granted. We have become so habituated to it that we no longer perceive it. Equally, we also take our own bodies for granted, simply accepting the information our senses feed us, without questioning what is happening.

This performance is conceived in a form of a playful experimental laboratory, which is designed to help you question some of these habitual ways, by framing your experience of a particular place. By means of spoken and other sensory prompts, some of the hidden narrative of this unique place and its history are revealed, while also opening space for your own imagination.

The project is part of an ongoing artistic research by artist and educator Tereza Stehlikova, which explores how our environment becomes an extension of our mental landscape, while also shaping it, and the role our senses play in mediating this vital relationship, as well as the impact of technology on it. These themes are further explored in Tangible Territory journal, which Tereza launched during the pandemic and which invites artist and scholars to discuss these topics.

The Infra-ordinary Lab has been developed through a series of collaborative workshops and encounters on site, engaging with the place through all the senses and getting to know it through all the seasons.

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About the artist:

Tereza Violet Stehlikova is a Czech/British artist, filmmaker & researcher. Her multi-disciplinary art practice explores the role of our senses & embodiment in conveying meaning. She edits a cross-disciplinary journal Tangible Territory.

PARTNERS: Tangible Territory platform

The Infra-ordinary team:

Lab assistants
Amy Neilson Smith
Becka McFadden
Vincent Klusák
Hana Kokšalová
Karel Komorous
Isabel Magdic
Olga Svobodová
Katja Vaghi
Aslihan Ucer
Anna Zazvorova

Set and prop design
Babi Targino

Map design
Tony Jumr


Robin Rimbaud – Scanner aka Scanner (musical track)
Oliver Torr (tactile sound)
Yumi Mashiki (musical track)

Taste Impressions
Paul Day

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