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Tomas Ruller, Czech Republic

 

Born in 1957, lives and works in Brno.

Tomas Ruller graduated in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1982. His performances from this period of Soviet occupation dealt with his direct experience of political repression and censorship i.e. being sued for performing, being prevented from performing at Documenta 8 in Kassel by the Czechoslovak authorities and having his passport confiscated.

Ruller co-founded the European international performance movements "School of Attention / East - West Study Project" 1983-1986 and "Black Market" 1986-1990. He was also active in resistance and the artists' political campaign against the "status quo" in the "parallel culture" networks: "Open Dialogue" and later in "Civic Forum", which have become the symbols of democratic transformation and European East - West integration.

Since 1989 he has exhibited and performed in many European countries, Israel, Canada, Japan, the USA (including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco), his work has been published in the magazines Artforum, Art & Design (Performance Art in the 90's), High Performance, Performance, Inter, and he has appeared in the books Performance Since 1960, Performance - Ritual - Process.

Since 1992 he has been the head of the Video-Multimedia-Performance Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Technology in Brno, where he was appointed Dean in 1998.

Ruller aims to create an alternative way of thinking, by continually confronting the systemization of art and life. Some of Ruller's lengthier performances follow an elaborate script, combining elements of traditional mythologies with the contemporary experience of social deteriorization. In his work, Ruller uses photographs, video and other media to enrich his visual language, creating a fragile and meditative ambience counterpointed with moments of peril and warning, often presented with humour.


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Tomas Ruller. Infr'Action Venezia. 2011. © infr'Action Venezia and the artist.




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Wathiq AL-AMERI, Iraq/Switzerland


Analia BELTRAN I JANES, Spain


Jo BENINK, the Netherlands


Nenad BOGDANOVIC, Serbia


Vincent CAMPOS, France


Manuela CENTRONE, Italy


Hsia-Fei CHANG, Taiwan/France


Chuyia CHIA, Sweden/Singapore


Maria CLARK, France


William COLLEY, United Kingdom


Loïc CONNANSKI, France


John COURT, UK/Finland


René DONDERS, the Netherlands


Yingmei DUAN, China/Germany


Helinä HUKKATAIVAL, Finland


Soile IVONEN, Finland


Liina KUITTINEN, Finland


Kaisa LUUKKONEN, Finland


Karolina MAGNUSSON-MURRAY, United Kingdom


Alicia MATTHEWS, United Kingdom


Päivi MAUNU, Finland


Guadalupe NEVES, Argentina


Zhihang OU, China


Rainer PAGEL, Great-Britain


Leon PLATT, United Kingdom


Nigel ROLFE, Ireland


Peter ROSVIK, Finland


Tomas RULLER, Czech Republic


Ursula SCHERRER, Switzerland


Dorothea SEROR, Germany


Abdallah SHMELAWI, Austria/Iraq


Joakim STAMPE, Sweden


Tomasz SZRAMA, Poland/Finland


Sinnikaä TÖRMÄLÄ, Finland


Dragan VOJVODIC, Serbia


Hua WANG, China


Niki ÖDMAN-STAMPE, Sweden


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