26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Earth, Light, Air

Earth, Light, Air

director: Radek Pilař
original title: Země, světlo, vzduch
country: Czech Republic
year: 1984
running time: 1 min.


An artistic study of natural materials and a child’s face, which Pilař transforms into abstract objects by transferring them into a negative and changing the colour scheme. Despite the date given in the film (1982), it is probably one of his experiments on the Betamax format, realised around 1984 in his summer studio at his cottage in Jarkovice.


Radek Pilař (1931–1993) was one of the leading pioneers of video art in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. Lying at the intersection of animation, video, and applied forms, his work was inspired by visual expressionism, pop art, and post-war avant-garde film.

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director: Radek Pilař
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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