Barbora Trnková ~ Index ~ CV

MgA. Barbora Trnková
Brno, Czech Republic

Barbora Trnková works with Tomáš Javůrek, they creates applications, wifi installations, mobile applications and web works under common name & at their site

Barbora and Tomáš are founders, and co-curators of ScreenSaverGallery, the experimental net art gallery-like space in screensavers. 

Barbora works as photographer, researcher, lecturer and graphic designer.


2016-now PhD. Programme

Faculty of fine Arts, University of Technology Brno, CZE

Studio of Performance, prof. akad. soch. Tomáš Ruller

2010-2011 (Erasmus program)

Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano, IT

Studio of New Media, Mauro Folci/Bruno Muzzolini/Domenico Quaranta


Faculty of fine Arts, University of Technology Brno, CZE

Studio of Body Design, doc. Mgr. Jana Preková / doc.Mgr.A Lenka Klodová Ph.D.


Faculty of Multimedia communication, The Tomas Bata University Zlin, CZE

Department of Advertising Photography, Mgr. Jaroslav Prokop 


High school of Art and Design, Brno, CZE

Department of Graphic Design



2012 The Rector’s Award, BUT;


2012 - now founder and co-curator (with Marie Meixner and Tomáš Javůrek)of specific experimental net art gallery-like space ScreenSaverGallery

2012 - 2019 co-curator of Galerie Umakart

2016 - GIF (Grand Instant Fiction gallery and curatorial project)projections in LED screen (2x1,5m). GIF is extension of Umakart gallery, LED screen is extension of shop window in city environment.


2018 - technical, curatorial and pedagogical work with students of Performance Studio at FaVU VUT Brno at CODEC Unleashing Screensaver (project Marie Meixner at SSG),Teachers College Columbia university New York + ScreenSaverGallery

2018 - 2019 - INHUMAN ART, online group exhibition


Od moderny po současnost 1945 – 2013, Brno City Museum, CZE


Datatata 2018-2021

core team member of Decentralized Big Data Collection, Analysis, Visualisation and Interpretation in Art Practice project 

(Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology, supported by Technology Agency of the Czech Republic)
check Datatata Conference, and Datatata Conference Proceedings


Play the Life/2019

Sweet Dreams/2019 group performance

Like Un Like/2019




"human based text to speech engine”

A video documentation (16:32) about the performance of the app is here:

TextToSpeech - opening the exhibition in OFF/format gallery, Brno 

Obscure motif/2015

Obscure motif 

Web-based app which let You to taste the close relation between our weakness to trust in supernatural (which may solve out our pseudo problems) and the manipulative nature of media. We “exhibited” this work twice locally with hacked wifi router to navigate connected devices just to this site. Unfortunately only the Czech version is now available. We currently work on the translation to another languages that as we hope, would bring more user's trust.


A small AR mobile app which can hide the paintings, videos and photos installed on the gallery walls and reveal what is hidden under them and covered. A short video (2:10) about this app is here: foobar 

Happy New War/2014–now


Across the artistic practice we can meet art pieces that somehow act or remind (visually or conceptually) screen savers. At the same time we have such art, which is not thought to be shown in the common galleries, it has to be modified into some type of references or records…




Android (BETA):

AnnaMarie works as a camera. The user can take a picture, but the received picture is different from the taken one. The received picture comes from one of the previous AnnaMarie user.

Originally it was developed for PAF Rewind: Net Art section. The visitors could download it on wireless network installed in the Corpus Christi Chapel. In the Chapel it worked only locally and the received pictures had to be from the same place. Sometimes really subtle differences originated between the taken and received pictures. The space of the Chapel started to be a little bit confused and more fluid.

Later we developed the AnnaMarie app for the global using too.

Generation of the Princesses/2011, 2014 

This project grew up from the image skepticism. In the light of devaluation of the image in general, we developed the web tool for generating the icons – madonnas – princesses – portraits.

We focus on the relationship between a viewer/creator himself and an image. The most interesting is, when a viewer/creator interact with an image based on the scheme of the tree separated spots located like the eyes and mouth.

Black/2012, 2014

BLACK is a long term project that consists, however it is made to not to be clean for the users (the reason see below...), of three parts (at the moment).

TOOL – is the tool for any “obscure” group of people, mainly the exhibition visitors (TOOL was exhibited as an installation at Chrudim/CZ/2011, The House of Art Opava/CZ/2012, České Budějovice/CZ/2012).

It is a web page with a simple form to write down and save the wishes, prayers, texts, whatever the visitor type, and with the overview of the live of this prayers.

APPS – is the web page with downloadable APPS named Mirror, Decider and Window. They offer very useful, simple and a bit ironic functions, and they are playing the role of “trojan horses”.

The APPS users should not know the main function of the apps – praying as a background process (daemon). These apps are distributed around the world (via e.g. Softpedia), and they instantly download the list of prayers (from the TOOL database) to be secretly “memorised”. The APPS are programmed as “run on startup” applications.

VOICE –  is an exploit-like part which sometimes allows user to see and get some parts of the hidden and delicate content. Due to the preservation of the overuse and sharing, the webpage is open only in a specific time and place context. At the darkness nights over the year.

The reason for separating these parts has a root in the purpose of the artwork and its hypothesis. It is not possible to see the power of mechanised will, if the human will is not excluded.

However this experiment includes some people who know all about every functions, the main experimental group – computers of the APPS users – should be the largest one. The third group of users, VOICE users are comparative group of the computers of apps users (they usually need a huge will to see the content, however the reminder service is included).

How long does the BLACK have to work until the monks and nuns in the monasteries will be free to stop their praying for the world peace and human goodness?

Actual number of prayers is 355, total time of praying is 6.644 days and 10 hours (supercomputer time, all instances together), actual number of praying ones is 21 and total number of prayed prayers is 5.740.783.750.

Initially it was a simple question grown up in the relation mainly with technology issues: Who is praying in the situation when a Buddhist monk is using his praying wheel? Is it really the monk or can it be the wheel itself? What will remain if we try to mechanise the "will"?

With this project, the mechanisation of the activities, which are normally considered as the indelible part of human history and culture is tested.

BLACK is a kind of service which offers to take a part in re-articulation of our reality. This utopian reality, from the BLACK point of view, can be manipulated via the endless loop of writing some kind of data to the computer memory. This cycle creates specific structure of the electromagnetic fields within each computer and its “resonation – quantity” gives the power or sense to the data message and “writes” it directly to the cosmos with all dependencies. According to the speculative theory of morphic fields by Rupert Sheldrake we test this possibility within the inorganic compound.

The name and the base of BLACK comes from the Vilém Flusser’s Black Box idea. (An Input - written prayers, Output - the overview and the Black Box - applications and VOICE.)


Play the Life / ScreenSaverGallery, online

Sweet Dreams group performance (Marina Abramovič po sebe neupratuje + Performance Studio FaVU VUT, Brno), Center for New Media Art, Vašulka Kitchen Brno, CZE, 2019

Like Un Like, Burrow, the pavilon of the The Wrong Biennale, Online, 2019

Like Un Like, Center for New Media Art, Vašulka Kitchen Brno, CZE, 2019

ChatShow, On Collaborations, Macy Art Gallery Exhibitions, Columbia university New York, NY, USA, 2018

Kamila3, City Gallery of Třinec, Třinec, CZE 2018

Unleashing Screensaver(curatorial project Marie Meixner), Teachers College Columbia university New York + ScreenSaverGallery, USA, 2018

Body, Spirit, Revolt: Performance, Photography, Concept (Contemporary Art from Central Europe), Gama Gallery, Istanbul, TR, 2018

Love me for free, The Wrong Biennale, Spam Catering Pavilon, online, 2017

ChatShow, Art Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2017

Nice Shot, Etc. Gallery, Praha, CZE, 2017

ProblemGenerator®, Industra Art Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2017

AnnaMarie for Leap second,, online, 2017

ChatShow, Klubovna Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2017

ChatShow, Router Gallery, Berlin, DE, 2016

HeavyMetal, MakeMake, CZE , 2016

Svitava (Divý Tvor), web-galery ATD, online, 2016

Pololoader, Vitrínka Deniska, Olomouc, CZE, 2015

Temný motif, Galerie Krása, Kino Art, Brno, CZE, 2015

TextToSpeech, Offformat Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2015

foobar, Curriculum vitae, Ars Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2015

Globální Struktura Vesmíru (e-book Jan Mazanc), MakeMake, Brno, CZE, 2015

HappyNewWar (web based happening), Galerie Krása, Kino Art, Brno,CZE,  2014

Click To Save Image, web-gallery Studio of Body Design, CZE, 2014

BlackVoice (web based happening), Alotrium (Expanded performance), Galerie TIC, Brno, CZE, 2014

ScreenSaverGallery, PAF-Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art 2013, Olomouc, CZE, 2013

ScreenSaverGallery, online, 2013

Trust to the Universe, Kraj-jinné meze, The City Gallery of Blansko, Blansko, CZE, 2013

Open Goal, Anne Frank Memorial Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2013

Monument, Na houby/forJohn Cage, Cella Gallery, Opava, CZE, 2012

AnnaMarie, PAF 2012, Olomouc, CZE, 2012

Morning Meeting, The Opava House of Arts, Opava, CZE, 2012

Ráno raníčko panna vstala II, Androgynekologie, VŠUP Praha UM Gallery, Praha, CZE, 2012

Preyer-Speaker, Rund Licht, D9 Gallery, České Budějovice, CZE, 2012

Motivo Astratto (instalace), Díra výstavní gallery, Chrudim, CZE, 2011

Romance (video), PLUGIN, videoarte come comunicazione, Brescia, Italy, CZE, 2011

Generace Princezen (akce), Sun Wu Kunhg festival, Starý Mlýn, Červeněves, CZE, 2011

Generace Princezen (akce), Floating face of FaVU, Meet Factory, Praha, CZE, 2011

Romance (video), Floating face of FaVU, Meet Factory, Praha, CZE, 2011

Romance (video)- remake filmu "Zidane: portrét 21. stol." od Gordona a Parrena, Kino Voyer, The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZE, 2011

Ráno raníčko panna vstala, Stovka za hodinu, Divus Gallery Praha, CZE, 2011

LaskujMe! (instalace a happening), Terror, Aula Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2011

Letní motiv (side, time specific happening), Umakart Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2010

Houba (side specific instalace), Kuřata šedá díra, Zbrojovka Půl, Brno, CZE, 2010

Přednáška o fotografii (happening), Pecha Kucha, Těchobuz, CZE, 2010

Zimní motiv (side, time specific instalace), Umakart Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2010

In Fire (instalace), Přistiženi v ohni, Starý Pivovar Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2010

Čekání (počítačová hra), Secunda Materia, Kunstatska -3 Gallery, Brno, CZE, 2009

Incident (situace, text), Kontejnery Umeni, Festival Next Wave, Praha, CZE, 2009

Sekvence (video, smyčka), Kontejnery Umění, Sochy v Ulicích, The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZE, 2009


Multicoloured Monochrome, Doctoral Conference: Art as research, research as art, Department of Art Education of the Masaryk University in Brno, 2019, CZE

SelfAlgoritmization, Doctoral Conference FaVU VUT Brno, Post Fake Turn, 2017, CZE

Do You Want to Continue?, International Intuition Conference, Brno, 2015


SZŰCSOVÁ, Monika. Umelecký výskum dát ako revízia súčasnej digitálnej kultúry. Recenze [online]. 6.12.2019 [cit. 2020-02-07]. Available online:

FRANC, Adam. ROZHOVOR O SCREENSAVERGALLERY A PROJEKTU UNLEASHING SCREENSAVER. JOINME: Journal of Interactive Media [online]. Brno: TIM MU, 2019, 6.12.2019, 2019(2), 1-7 [cit. 2020-02-07]. Available online:

CAPOVÁ, Erika. KONFERENCIA DATATATA NEBOLA LEN O DÁTACH, ALE HLAVNE O ĽUĎOCH... JOINME: Journal of Interactive Media [online]. Brno: TIM MUNI, 2019, 6.12.2019, 2019(2), 1-5 [cit. 2020-02-07]. Available online:

SVOBODOVÁ, Marika. Výstava Líbí-Ne-Líbí Datatata team Barbora Trnková & Tomáš Javůrek, Martin Toldy [online]. Brno, 2019, 31.1.2019 [cit. 2020-02-07]. Available online:

team of authors c. VK. Datatata, Barbora Trnková & Tomáš Javůrek. Year Book [online]. 1. Brno: Centre New Media Arts, Vašulka Kitchen Brno, s. z., 2019, s. 27 [cit. 2020-02-07]. ISBN 978-80-907763-3-3. Available online:

et all Vašulka Kitchen Brno. Projekt Datatata: Barbora Trnková & Tomáš Javůrek. 1. Brno: Centrum pro nová média Vašulka Kitchen Brno, s. z., 2019. ISBN 978 80 907763 0 2.

&/Play the Life ve Screen Saver Gallery: &/Play the Life / Screen Saver Gallery / on-line galerie ve spořičích obrazovek / 17.12. – 31. 12. 2019. In: FOTO REPORT [online]. 18.1.2020 [cit. 2020-02-07]. Available online:

TRNKOVÁ, Barbora. Sakrowski v on-line galerii ScreenSaverGallery: Sakrowski /webwork as web.pilgrimage / ScreenSaverGallery (on-line galerie ve spořičích obrazovek) / 7. 5. – 1. 9. 2019. In: FOTO REPORT [online]. 22.9.2019 [cit. 2020-02-07]. Available online:

TRNKOVÁ, Barbora a Marie MEIXNEROVÁ. Nonhuman Art. 17. Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art: PAF Olomouc Lapsus. Olomouc: Paf, 2018, 17(1), 87. ISSN ISBN 978-80-87662-22-9.

Barbora Trnková a Tomáš Javůrek v Třinci: & (Barbora Trnková a Tomáš Javůrek) / Kamila 3 / Galerie města Třince / Třinec / 15. 6. – 20. 8. 2018. In: FOTO REPORT [online]. 17.8.2018 [cit. 2018-08-18]. available online:


DEFELICE, J. H. Intuice. Fakulta výtvarných umění VUT. Brno 2017.

MEIXNEROVÁ, Marie. Tomáš Javůrek a Barbora Trnková: O wi-fi výstavách & digitálním umění. Flash Art: Czech & Slovak Edition. 2017, X(42).

available online [cit.: 8.8.2018] : <>

RIATOVÁ, Z. UMA Audioguide, Galerie Etc.: Nice Shot &(Barbora Trnková, Tomáš Javůrek)SOUNDCLOUD, 2017 [online, cit: 8.8.2018]: <>

Barbora Trnková a Tomáš Javůrek v galerii etc.: & (Barbora Trnková & Tomáš Javůrek) / Nice Shot / Kurátorky: Alžběta Bačíková a Anna Remešová / etc. galerie / Praha / 3. – 28. 5. 2017. In: FOTO REPORT [online]. 12. 5. 2017 [cit. 2018-08-18]. available online:

TELECKÁ, Š. Industra Art: Problem Generator® (& Tomáš Javůrek a Barbora Trnková). UMA Audioguide. SOUNDCLOUD, 2017 [online, cit: 8.8.2018]: <>

Barbora Trnková a Tomáš Javůrek v Industře: Barbora Trnková a Tomáš Javůrek – aka & / ProblemGenerator® / kurátorka: Marie Maixnerová / Industra Art / Brno / 6. – 30. 4. 2017. In: FOTO REPORT [online]. 20. 4. 2017 [cit. 2018-08-18]. Dostupné z:

NOVÁKOVÁ, S. UMA Audioguide, Galerie OFF/FORMAT: TEXT TO SPEECH (Barbora Trnková, Tomáš Javůrek). SOUNDCLOUD, 2015 [online, cit: 8.8.2018]: <>

FRANC Adam. Virus jako předmět výzkumu v diskurzu nových médií [online]. Brno, 2014[cit. 2016-04-08]. Diplomová práce. Masarykova univerzita, Filozofická fakulta. Vedoucí práce doc. Mgr. Jana Horáková, Ph.D. Dostupné z: <>. 

aqnb. anthony antonellis, screensavergallery [online]

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KLIMEŠ, Martin. Na houby / for John Cage, Catalog of the Exhibition, Opava 2012. ISBN 9788090503809.

Kolektiv autoru. PAF 2012 Katalog. Olomouc 2017

Kolektiv autoru. PAF 2013 Katalog. Olomouc 2013. ISBN 9 7 88 08 7 6 6 20 52.

Kolektiv autoru. PAF 2012 Katalog. Olomouc 2012. ISBN 9 7 88 08 7 6 6 20 14.

Lorna Mills at the Screensaver Gallery [on-line]. [cit. 19.9.2015].

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NAVRÁTIL, Ondrej. Text To Speech [online]. [cit. 19.9.2015]. Dostupné z: <>

VÍCHOVÁ, Ilona. Od moderny po soucasnost 1945 – 2013. Muzeum mesta Brna 2013. ISBN 9788086549859.

Fest Anca. Screen & Saver (zvaná prednáška) [online]. 2015 [cit. 2016-5-2]. Dostupné z: <>Art Research Bridge.>

Intuition Conference [online]. 2015 Brno. Dostupné z: <!participants/cc9a>ScreenSaverGallery.

Interview with Szabolcs KissPál [online]. 2015. Dostupné z: <>

ScreenSaverGallery. Sara Ludy /Dream House/ (rozhovor) [online]. 2015. Dostupné z: <>UNTR. Screen Saver Gallery

talk at UNTR, Brno (CZE) [online]. 2013. Dostupné z: <