The video sculptures of Jakup Nepraš not only utilize the latest digital special effects with immense skill, but use technological and biological forms to create complex narrative time based objects which intermingle urban space, microscopic and nano worlds with biomorphic processes.
Fossil, 2007, a ‘videopainting’, which can be up to 5m wide combines the natural processes of metabolic flow with microbial forms with the movements of urban masses.
Metropolia, 2010, shown here at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo
"The city hovers authoritatively overhead. A unique view of the colossus in which most of us live. An icon of today’s city in a regular turning rhythm every moment links a new event to itself. The rotating frequencies contain visual and symbolic rhythms of present-day cities. But mostly from Shanghai and Prague. An abstract story of a universal city culminates in several phases and then sinks back into darkness. It’s as if a charge of energy left the space and then after a while returned for another hypnotic cycle.
The relief projection surface is created by a circular construction from the packages of real products originally manufactured in China. This often works as an art object itself, as an illuminated physical casing or it can give space to the projected image.” (from the artist’s website-http://jakubnepras.com/metropolia-expo/254)
"In his works Generator-P730 […] 2005, Jakup Nepraš questions subjects like the urban reality and environmental problems. In the video a common circuit board has been transformed into a media microcosm: the everyday life of a town with its inhabitants takes place between connections, cables, and hard disks. The boundaries between real and edited images are technically so perfectly blurred, that it takes a few moments, until the illusion of the work reveals itself to the spectator.” (Denisa Kera- http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-exh-7.htm)
“Ayahuasca, 2007, […] represents unknown organisms which, close-up, are full of microscopic life. As in society and natural systems, they are governed by an ordered hierarchy with central elements and circulation systems ensuring the supply of nutrients, much like the tissue that transport sap in plants, metabolism or the global market and the information exchange between the different functional parts of the interconnected community of our superorganism. For these video-collages I also used footage of works performed in Laterna Magika. The movements of the dancers represent a valuable spawning ground for the forthcoming noble phase of our superorganism’s development. I would like people to see my video-collages also as a metaphor for their own functioning within the community and to step back for a moment and see the overall structure.” (from the artist’s website- http://jakubnepras.com/ayahuasca/77 )