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Nikola Balberčáková & Markéta Slaná

I See Everyone Getting All the Things I Want


The performance I See Everyone Getting All the Things I Want (2021), directed by Nikola Balberčáková and Markéta Slaná, transformed a private apartment in Bratislava into a space for a collective experience of live acts resembling YouTube beauty and lifestyle vlogs as well as other internet content for the duration of one evening.


Nikola Balberčáková & Markéta Slaná, I See Everyone Getting All the Things I Want, 2021. Photo: Denis Kozerawski / Courtesy of the artists.
The fragments of the performance consisted of different activities inspired by influencer culture and different ways of sharing texts from personal diaries and academic texts by using reading groups techniques. Through dancing challenges, positive affirmations, TikTok trends, YouTube tutorials, karaoke singing and other interactions with the audience, the experience blurred the borders between irony and vulnerability, and created a pink-hued dream-like atmosphere.

By combining different contents into at times unusual and hectic performance narrative, the project captures the ways we receive information while scrolling through social media networks and reflects an emotional landscape of a younger generation by presenting themes of commodified self-care, feminism and queerness, identity crisis and the concept of “New Sincerity”.

Dramaturgy: Adam Svozil; Production: Monika Dančová; Cast: Tina Enöckl, Scott Hopper, Teuta Jonuzi, Lusa Juklová, Daria Lytvynenko, Marek Lužný, Simon Šinka; Text: Jakub Pohlodek, Markéta Slaná, Nikola Balberčáková; Textile objects: Kristína Čákyová, Renáta Pintérová; Costumes: Alexandra Gnidiaková, Dominika Kozáková, Ivana Mandáčová, Eliss Neumannová, Jan Smejkal; Hairstyle: Jelisaveta Rapaić; Camera and photography: Kristián Babjar, Denis Kozerawski; Video postproduction: Kristián Babjar

The performance was supported by the Slovak Arts Council.





Nikola Balberčáková & Markéta Slaná, I See Everyone Getting All the Things I Want, 2021. Photo: Denis Kozerawski / Courtesy of the artists.
Nikola Balberčáková & Markéta Slaná, I See Everyone Getting All the Things I Want, 2021. Photo: Kristián Babjar / Courtesy of the artists.

Nikola Balberčáková (1994) obtained her bachelor’s degree in intermedia art at the University of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and her master's degree in Fine Arts at the Studio of Photography at the University of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. In her artistic practice, she combines performance, storytelling, object and installation, creating visual narratives that question various forms of happiness in capitalist society, ways of survival, phenomena of hyperfemininity and acts of resistance in girly communities. She has participated in various projects and exhibitions, such as art co-directing Feat Magazine (2021), participating in a group exhibition Deposit in Ljubljana (2022) and showing her works in an exhibition space at J&T Bank and Galerie NIKA in Prague (2021).

Markéta Slaná (1996) finished a bachelor’s programme in Theory of Interactive Media at the Masaryk University in Brno and Photography at the University of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. She is currently enrolled in a master’s programme in the studio of Fine Arts IV at the University of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. During her studies, she completed several internships in domestic and international institutions, which together with her studies created a solid theoretical and practical foundation for her artistic practice. Her works consist mainly of photographs and videos, which are often the result of a previous performance that took place in real time. The work often oscillates in the processes of contemporary culture and is directly influenced by how brand, technology and power structures shape today's reality.


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