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The Czech Republic’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

April 17, 2016


Do you like tessellating triangles? Gabriela Gunčíková likes them too.

Here is the Czech promo this year – and it’s a corker in many ways.  Gabriela Gunčíková appears as a figure on the roof of a hut on the middle of a lake.  Apparently as lonely as lonely can possibly be.

Gabriela Gunčíková then starts weeping diamonds, covered with flowers and, above all, broken down into tessellating triangles.

As a child I recall unexpected intervals in programming being plugged with animations.  Usually these would be Warner Brothers, but sometimes they would be disturbing cartoons from the then Czechoslovakia – visions of military and environmental catastrophe that would haunt my dreams.

This video is remarkably innovative – forming a running commentary on the actual words of the song.  The witty thing about this bit of film is that images of being solitary and standing alone are broken down into a sense that we are all made of interlocking geometry.  As Gabriela sings that every part of her is part of someone else (“you”), then the triangles that make up her exfoliate to cover the rest of the universe.

Even flowers are structured and part of a structure.

There is no isolation, no solitude, with enough geometry.

How can we condemn Gabriela Gunčíková’s song?  Every part of it is a part of us.  It’s not just her song – it’s the Czech Republic’s song, it’s Europe’s song, it’s everybody’s song, because the tessellating triangles prove it.

Far cleverer than Russia’s attempt.

San Marino – folks…

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

And Croatia

And Hungary

And Moldova

And Greece

Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

And Finland

Finland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry


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