A technician sees a bug and fixes it. An artist sees a bug and explores it.
Born of Czech political refugees, Karel Bata started working in the entertainment industry during the early days of the Comedy Store, and at Soho’s Gargoyle Club.
Karel spent much of his career in theatre and film lighting, then as a filmmaker. He now creates artworks that subvert and push the boundaries of perception and experience. He created the UK’s first projection-mapping installation using a Heath-Robinson combination of Super-8 film, video, and spinning mirrors. He believes the best art often comes out of the ‘happy accident’, working with emerging technologies to take the viewer into new and unexpected directions. His work is often an environment the viewer must enter, engage with and experience.
For his recent MA in Stereo 3D at Ravensbourne he created a dozen 3D shorts, which are now touring the festival circuit, and a series of immersive and interactive 3D environments using lasers, projection mapping, and more than a little magic, that playfully challenge our notions of the personal space we inhabit.
Karel is currently developing a stage version of Macbeth that focuses on the witches and uses stereo-3D projected scenery.
He is director of the London 3D Film Festival.