“It's not difficult to create something that will look like art; you just need to imitate an already existing genre or style. The challenge is to create something that will be able to trigger an art experience.”
Magda Stanová studies where, in a spectrum of different kinds of experiences (jokes, magic tricks, pleasure from solving a mathematical or scientific problem), there are thrills triggered by art. All of these experiences are contingent upon a sufficient amount of novelty.
Magda Stanová (www.magdastanova.sk) is a visual artist interested in analyses of creative processes and perception of art, theory of photography, as well as urban development and cartography, especially from the point of view of a pedestrian. Her research-based practice results in artistic forms like visual essays and lecture-like events.
She authored two books—Algorithms in Art (2016) and W cieniu fotografii (2008)—and coauthored the publication The Pedestrian's Venice (2017). Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at EFA Project Space, New York; Angus Hughes Gallery, London; Školská 28, Prague; ThreeWalls, Chicago; Fremantle Arts Centre, Australia; ZPAF i S-ka, Krakow; and Shedhalle, Zurich. She holds an MFA in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar, an MFA in photography from Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, and a PhD in fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.