Participants Wanted for Performance by Roman Ondák

You are invited to take part in a live performance at Modern Art Oxford, conceived by renowned Slovakian artist Roman Ondák, on Monday 7 March 6-7pm. The performance will be filmed and screened as part of Ondák’s forthcoming exhibition at the Gallery, Roman Ondák: Time Capsule (12 March – 20 May 2011).

This new performance, Stampede, will involve a large crowd of people and will reflect on the movement of people through spaces. It acts as a counterpoint to the other work in Ondák’s exhibition, an installation entitled Time Capsule that references the incident at the San José mine in Chile in 2010, in which 33 miners were trapped for 69 days. Where Time Capsule evokes the isolation experienced in the mine, the performance touches on the other extreme, when people experience crowded situations.

Ondák’s work has a conceptual and performative focus and, at its core, an interest in transferring real life experiences into the context of art. Taking on a variety of forms, from installation and photography to drawing and performance, Ondák’s work makes subtle interventions into social and cultural structures and crosses the borders between art and everyday life, the private and the public, the personal and the institutional. Ondák was born Žilina, Slovakia in 1966, and lives and works in Bratislava. He has exhibitied widely, and represented the Czech and Slovak Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.

How to take part

For further details, and to secure your place, please complete and return the short registration form available to download from or email:

The performance itself will last around ten minutes and will involve a large crowd of people walking into and out of one of the galleries, which will be darkened.

Participants should be aged over 18 and be physically fit.

Closing date for registration: Monday 28 February 2011.

All participants will be given an invitation to the Private View of Roman Ondák: Time Capsule, on 11 March, and a voucher for a free drink in our Café and a discount in the Gallery Shop. Roman Ondák will be present at the performance.