Dana Tomečková: Solid Is Only a Word

Exhibition project at tranzit.sk





Curated by Judit Angel
Opening: 21 September 2023, 6 p.m.

During this summer Dana Tomečková has been inhabiting the premises of tranzit.sk and using it as an expanded studio, a space – time for developing a new outcome of her long-standing research on matter/materiality, its processes and agency as well as our relationship to it. The main theme of the exhibition is the constant transformation and slippery character of the reality we live in, which undermines the Anthropocentric view of the world and the degree of our control over situations, objects and actions.

@ Dana Tomečková, 2023
@ Dana Tomečková, 2023

This time Dana Tomečková’s persistent interest in powdery materials, in their formability, fragility and vulnerability has been converted into a landscape of objects. The material landscape is accompanied by an audio play about the encounter with matter and energyviewed as reversible forces, which have their own tendencies, will, and inner life. A short video shot in Sandberg, the paleontological site close to Bratislava, stays in the background as a reference to deep-time and the workings of nature taking place independently of us. Textual and visual notes placed in tranzit’s study-room, as well as the exhibition’s publication, offer a glimpse into the artist’s mental landscape, and into her connections with science, in particular with cosmology, which understands the physical universe as a unified whole.

@ Dana Tomečková, 2023
@ Dana Tomečková, 2023

Moving between abstract space and specific location, theory and practice, concept and experience, Dana Tomečková’s new exhibition project creates a space for sensitivity, attention, curiosity, and slowness, and invites us to be aware of our connectedness with other forms of matter, as well as our own vulnerability and temporariness.


Dana Tomečková (* 1986, Bratislava) graduated from the S+M+L_XL Studio – Metal and Jewellery at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. During her studies she completed a study stay at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

She works with objects and installations as well as with jewellery. In her work she repeatedly returns to the theme of temporality through the fragility and changeability of things. She is fascinated by the unstable nature of reality, its elusiveness. She responds to it with deliberation and persistence.

More information here.

Venue: tranzit.sk, Beskydská 12, Bratislava
Open: Tuesday – Friday: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Cover picture: @ Dana Tomečková, 2023

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.