Petr Svárovský (1962, Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia) is a new media artist and designer who lives and works in Oslo. He is interested in the interrelation between art, technology and cognitive studies (consciousness). Svárovský started his artistic career in the mid 1990s when he co-founded Silver, a collaborative platform for new media art production (with a.o. Milan Guštar and Pavel Rejholec). Since then he has worked within the field of interactive sound installations, advanced virtual reality, investigated the possibilities of Internet as an art medium and how to utilized mobile phones for art. In 2012 he founded in Oslo, where he lives since 2003, the company Carrot Pop, known for its controversial apps. He stopped to call his production art and developed a number of apps, driving their users into an unusual physical experience. Petr Svárovský uses mobile and social media to create public interventions, events and challenges as a new context of artistic expression. Nowadays, he is also experimenting with biotechnologies.
Petr Svárovský exhibited his work internationally at institutions including Laboral (Gijon, Spain), the Netherlands Media Arts Institute (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), the Hennie Onstad Kultursenter (Oslo, Norway) and the Ars Electronica Center (Linz, Austria), at independent venues and galleries including UKS (Oslo, Norway), Backspace (London, United Kingdom), STATIC (Liverpool, United Kingdom) and Aktions Galerie (Berlin, Germany), and at festivals including the FILE Festival (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Ars Electronica (Linz) and the Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy). He has given presentations and lectures at different events, including the ISEA 2010 (Duisburg, Germany), Arts and Business in Digital Times (BI, Oslo, Norway) and Fine Art Training and the European Higher Education Area (Univesitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain). (2020)