Copyright © HomeBase Project. All rights reserved.

Room #6 HomeBase Project VII Saitama 

​Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen

from the series "MEDITATIONS ON POWER"

The series “meditations on power” comes from the idea of visualizing the consequences related to established patterns of political power in the global financial system, and their impact on human societies.

The project covers a period of research, which analyzes the factors that lead humans to continue with a series of habits that enhance economic patterns (of what kind?) established in Japanese society. This project proposes the creation of situations that serve to reflect on the environment involved in forming the tissue spaces, the atmosphere of japanese daily life, through a psychological involvement of it’s inhabitants. It seeks to question them regarding factors associated with achieving their goals and desires. The project unfolds through using diffusive media - the common channel associated with the typical propaganda model disseminated in japanese advertising - to pose a simple question ¨ are you happy?
We propose to create a work of art with a visibly experimental character created through a mix of urban interventions, the study of social environment which manifests the effect of the environment on the emotions and behaviors of individuals in Japanese society, and through exposing the thoughts that condition their perception of life. The two devices chosen for this project as protagonist, are a typical vending machine set on the corner of the street and popularly used all over Japan, and a domestic self cleaning vaccum cleaner, roaming around the tatami room.

exhibited from November 3rd - December 11th 2016 at HomeBase Saitama 2016 Open House

部屋 #6 マルティンカ・ボブリーコヴァー&オスカー・テ・カルメン
タイトル:対峙 #1 & #2





Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen

Bobrikova born in 1981, Bratislava, Slovakia, currently lives and works in Oslo

De Carmen born in 1976, Linares, Spain, currently lives and works in Oslo

HB VII Saitama Artists

Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen have been working together as an artist duo since 2005. Bobrikova was born in former Czechoslovakia and raised in Egypt and Italy. De Carmen was born and raised in Spain. They both hold MFA from Nordic Sound Art programme and Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. Their practice, which is often community based, aims at setting up new social ecosystems. By revolving around the mechanisms and context by which power creates systems of value, they seek to intervene on the border between art and current topics of contemporary life in order to bring about the proposition of the transitory and the utopian.

Since 2012 they run Nomad AIR project, nomadic artist-in-residence program, which focuses on the notion of hospitality and the social relations between "host" and "guest" para-siting the infrastructure of other institutions.Since 2012 they participated in several residencies such as KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna, Nida art Colony in Lithuania, Latent Spaces in Singapore or MeetFactory in Prague. They presented their work in venues and projects such as Tranzit/sk, Bratislava, SK; 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Tbilisi, GE; Prague Quadrennial, Prague, CZ; CCA, Centre Contemporary Art Singapore, SG;  Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK; Center of Contemporary Art - Tbilisi, Tbilisi, GE; Roda Sten, Gothenburg, SE; City Museum, Gothenburg, SE.​