*1988, architect, doctoral student at the Brno University of Technology
Jan Machát is a Czech stage designer and an architect, preoccupied with light design and therefore works as an “architect of light”. Jan Machát studied the Technical Lycée in Olomouc and currently studies in the Doctoral programme at the Institute of Civil Engineering within the Brno University of Technology. His interest in stage design, light design and video mapping started during his studies at BUT. In 2011, the first Lighting Design Festival was set up in Olomouc and Jan Machát was actively involved in organizing the festival in the following year. Since then, he created the visual side of several public events, such as balls (Ples jak Brno or the Ball of the Brno University of Technology) or for example implemented design of the stage at the Mácháč Festival. He almost attended the famous Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert. In 2013 Jan Machát and his classmate Michal Okleštěk established the artistic group Visualove.
„What does today’s scenography mean to you?“
„A free creation of theatrical space, which uses various means of expression. Contemporary stage design is influenced by modern technologies and my work as well – I work with projection, video mapping and lighting design.“