10 – 18 June, 2021 (opening: Opening day: 10 June, 2021 from 1 PM to 7 PM (from 5 PM with the personal participation of the authors))
Immaterial Intervention IIIII
Interpretation centers in process and in the landscape
Photo FAMU + DAMU KALD + Multimedia VŠE + IPR PRAHA
present the outcomes of their semestral works focusing on the preparation of interpretation centers in the area of the future peri-urban park Soutok (Confluence).
Presentations of the works-in-progress and of the ideas of students from three universities, who are preparing interpretation stations in the landscape around the planned peri-urban park Soutok. The projects were created in mental and hybrid space over a period of many restrictions on free movement. Over the summer months, the projects will see their materialization in assembled teams, materials and spaces. The first physical performance will take place at the very tip of the confluence of Berounka and Vltava on the day of the summer equinox.
Organizational team: Martin Stecker, Štěpánka Šimlová, Tomáš Žižka, Zdeněk Vondra, Zdeněk Ent
27. 5. – 3. 6. 2021 (opening: Opening day: 27. 5. 2021 1pm - 7pm / at 5 PM with the personal participation of the authors)
Vilma Bořkovec, Veronika Loulová
curated by: Ondřej Brody, Mark Ther
exhibition architecture: Matěj Kos
graphic design: Jan Slabihoudek
“Yes, it’s true! We brought Mozart’s penis from Salzburg”.
Opera directors Veronika Loulová and Vilma Bořkovec set out to explore their frustrations about the opera world – where each seeks to express these grievances through her own particular style. In their first and probably last exhibition LAST SURVIVORS they take a critical look at the boundaries of opera and the rigidity of the system that still prevails in opera.
Veronika Loulová and Vilma Bořkovec: LAST SURVIVORS
GAMU, premiere 27 May 2021
Score: 30 %
You either laugh or you cry. There is nothing else to be done for GAMU’s most recent exhibition LAST SURVIVORS – you won’t survive otherwise.
Perhaps every averagely informed opera lover knows the plot of the famous work about maestro Mozart, the painter Beran and the lascivious police chief Švejdar, who wants to circumcise the painter [VB1] and have his penis all to himself.
The year is 2021, and the setting is Prague during the Napoleonic wars, which also play a central part. But the artists of this production scramble the plotlines any way they like. It is true that the exceptional imagination of the artist duo and the force of the drama which they show can, at certain points, overcome the work’s overall temporal disunity.
However, the evocative dinosaurs running around in uniform only distract the viewer and draw attention away from the intimate story itself, which in the overall production seems to stand as if frozen. It also seems Loulová and Bořkovec perhaps just read a mere synopsis of the story, and do not know the libretto, much less the musical score.
One morbid detail is the torture of Mozart, whom the artists have harassed with an electric knife, while Beran, keeping to the libretto, speaks about the poor wretch having “a belt of nails fastened to his temples”. It is a trifle which completes the final scene, where Mozart is at the top of the Angelic Castle where he is to be circumcised at dawn. The characters walk the stage, but do not express any emotion and there is no passion between them – although when they do attempt this, their interactions achieve an almost parodic level of drama.
The exhibition can be taken with a dose of good humor, but the overall production is rather a thing to sleep through. Perhaps the dozing of the audience is broken by the finale where Mozart is supposed to commit suicide by throwing himself off the ramparts of the Angelic Castle. The artists resolve this in different ways, but the plunge which they have in GAMU certainly has no equal on the world’s stages: Mozart runs upstairs from the office, probably falls through the ceiling (that’s a figurine though) and irrupts into the basement, or perhaps into hell, riling up a cloud of dust.
The entire exhibition ought to follow his trip to the nether, or it ought to at least be quickly forgotten about.
Ondřej Brody and Mark Ther
Video Želvuška: Performer: Anna Benháková Camera, Editing: Juliana Moska Lights: Vojtěch Brtnický
Video Violetta: Violetta: La Cuntessa Camera, Editing: Lenka Karaka
Recording: Kristýna Fílová Ahmad Jafar Hedar
Video dinosaurs: Camera, Editing: Filip Kopecký
Lease of props: Jakub Mejsnar Judita Mejstříková RUN OPERUN z.s.
Mozart’s penis: Model: Martin Talaga Cast: Jan Haubelt
Installation: Jiří Procházka
Special thanks to: Adriana Spišáková Marek Špitálský Justina Urbanová
Release of the online exhibition: 11th of May 2021
The artists Viktor Takáč and Milan Mazúr most often work through the medium of film, developing various technical solutions and formal approaches. They are also interested in the space in which the viewer observes their works, and their projects articulate not only the medium of the moving image itself, but also study its overlaps with the possibilities present in the gallery space and foreground the role of an actor as a possible mover of the narration and facilitator of mutual interaction. Both artists attempt to deconstruct the schema of linear narration and thus compose new audiovisual wholes which might be based on their own rules and tools. They have been employing these themes throughout their doctoral studies under the guidance of Tomáš Svoboda in the studio of New Media at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts. The planned exhibition at GAMU is their first collaborative project.
Supervision: Jindřiška Křivánková, Jakub Gottwald, Jan Bárta, Matouš Hejl
Graphic Design: Terezie Štindlová
Sound Design: Matouš Hejl
Technical Support: Jaro Repka
English Translation: Vít Bohal
Project Curator and Coordinator: Petr Krátký (GAMU)
Strange Homelessness: Dreaming as Real Praxis is the title of the first part of The Transversal Navigation project and will be presented in three phases throughout 2021 in the AMU Gallery. Due to the pandemic regulations, the project’s first phase will not be open to the public. The individual parts will be presented throughout on the project’s website.
Let’s for a while consider waking life and dreaming together. If our dreams were duly interconnected, so that every night the same people and the same circumstances returned, we would be unsure as to what is waking and what is dream. And so, if we speak about a waking state, we must also include a state of dreaming. We dream for a single reason, and that is to access reality.
The Transversal Navigation project is conceived as a distributed experimental praxis, a coherent flow of experience within which the human is exposed to a vaster and ever more complex configuration of consciousness, while experiencing the incessant observation of things again from tiny, improbable places and perspectives. The transversal navigation is a collaboration of the environment – an ecology of praxis.
The Department of Alternative and Puppet Theater of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Site Specific Master’s studio: Nikola Isaković, Jana Nunčič, Nikola Janković, Anna Dobiášová, Tereza Mitro
exhibition concept: Štěpánka Šimlová, Tomáš Žižka
graphic design: Jan Slabihoudek
Exhibition is not open to audience.
A collaboration exhibition project of Photo FAMU and the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theater of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
The students of Photo FAMU photographically map the surroundings of Confluence, where throughout the next semester they will work on doing artistic research of the landscape.
As part of their studies, the students collaborate on the project which pilots a suburb park called Confluence, where they will apply site specific and creative methods of art production of so-called live art (which employs the use of theater performance, and participatory and action art) and will use the methodology of so-called interpretation centers, i.e. mobile field situations developed in order to facilitate the understanding and spread of knowledge about natural, historical and cultural values of a given region.
Accompanying program: February 18, 2021 from 6 pm live stream performance of the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theater DAMU, master Studio site-specific: Above the Fish World
The exhibition Hour between a Dog and a Wolf, the Studio of Classical Photography Photo FAMU, is also currently taking place at GAMU.
Afanasy Shishebarov, Alexandra Chudá, Anežka Pithartová, Ava Holtzman, Cyprian Sprawka, Eduard Peleška, Eva Palčič, Flore Rigoigne, Jakub Pavlík, Jonathan Machander, Kacper Senkowski, Kristýna Mikulková, Yucheng Lin, Natálie Hájková, Natálie Pešková, Olivia Morris Andersén, Raphael Taterka, Said Babayev, Václav Sobek
exhibition concept: Štěpánka Šimlová, Tomáš Žižka
graphic design: Jan Slabihoudek
Exhibition is not open to audience.
Exhibition project of the first year of the Photo FAMU Classic Photography Studio.
The twilight kindly completes an object’s contours. Darkness denudes reality.
The hour between dog and wolf, when the difference between the two cannot be distinguished, indicates something much more profound than just the time of day. At this time, each being becomes its own shadow, that is something different than itself. It is a time of metamorphosis, when half the people wish for and the rest dread the dog becoming wolf. The label for this time has been handed down from early Medieval ages, when village people believed such transformation could take place anytime.
From the perspective of the astronomers, dusk and dawn are the times of day when the Sun’s center is located between the 0 and 18th degree under the horizon. In this time frame, which can be fixed to about an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset, the surroundings are not wholly illuminated, nor are they completely dark. The sunlight coming from below the horizon and reflected by the sky is characteristic of its immense softness, an absence of shadow and the silhouettes of objects framed against its backdrop.
The central condition for the works created as part of the Studio of Classical Photography of FAMU during the Winter semester of 2020 was exactly this hour before the arrival or departure of daylight. In terms of genre and theme, the works focus on landscape, architecture, portraiture, nude, still-life, as well as staged and documentary works. Creating the works in exteriors was not obligatory, and the students were encouraged to work with the above-mentioned character of natural light also near interior windows, or in a daylight studio. The condition was however the use of classic film material, and not video or digital devices. But the choice of format, film sensitivity and camera type, including pinhole cameras and other experimental devices remained wholly at the students’ discretion. Honor the hour when a single hue can become the cosmos!
The Confluence exhibition is taking place in the GAMU, at the same time. It is a collaboration project of Photo FAMU and the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theater of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Biggest gift you can give to someone is your Č/CAS
Outputs from the workshops of the Center for Audiovisual Studies FAMU in Prague.
As artists we lost the possibility of exhibiting in art galleries due to the current situation, we take it upon ourselves to fulfill another role of art –service.
We decided to open up AMU gallery through a service hatch operating from 1pm to 5pm during the exhibition period; offering fragments of our student’s winter semester finals (statuettes, stills, ceramic installations) for financial support of your choice.
The serving hatch in the AMU Gallery has several functions: it comments on the relationship between art and its representation, it is a social act of a community character, a souvenir shop, a ticket for screenings and also importantly a supporting collection. You will be able to help and also see the works of CAS students in compliance with current covid-19 restictions and in open space.
We disagree with the decision of polish government to ban abortions in their country so we dedicate all the proceeds from the sale of GIFTSHOP to Ciocia Czesia, group that started self-organized grassroots platform for people from Poland who can’t access abortion safely and legally.
Artists: Olga Mikh Fedorova, Dominik Gajarský, Olga Krykun, Barbora Látalová, Zden Brungot Svíteková Curated by Viktor Čech Architect: Matěj Kos Graphic design: Jan Slabihoudek CGI@3D: Marek Bulíř, Jáchym Moravec
The last, third part of the project focused on the relationship between contemporary art, choreography and contemporary dance is devoted to the issue of physical movement as space-time (dis)continuity. Perception of time and movement of the human body in contemporary video, performance and dance. The exhibition takes place completely in an online 3D environment, connecting both artistic areas through videos, installations and viewer interaction.
10. 10. 2020 - 1. 11. 2020/ exhibition extended to 15. 11. 2020 (opening: friday 9th of October 2020 1 - 7 PM)
Christian Kasners, Susanne Keichel, Tobias Neumann, Andrzej Steinbach, Lina Zacher
curated by: Stephanie Kiwitt, Anna Voswinckel, Tereza Rudolf
Exhibition is a part of Fotograf Festival #10
Second Talk: Shifting Perspective
Alžběta Bačíková, Susanne Keichel, Lina Zacher
9. 10. 2020, 5 PM
A conversation on the possibilities of a social documentary practice in contemporary photography and film. With the artists Alžběta Bačíková, Susanne Keichel and Lina Zacher.
Perspective is a question of seeing and taking action. Both of which are directly connected to the experience of space. We now inhabit a living environment and communications space that ask or allow for a multitude of perspectives. In light of this it is possible to again pose the question as to the nature of social documentary photography.
For years Tobias Neumann has been traveling to Lomé and photographing two sisters. He later continued the portrait series with one of the sisters in Leipzig. Though the living environments are very different, his sympathetic vision provides a common element.
In his picture sequence Andrzej Steinbach presents the portrait of a group of three individuals of the same age as an alliance of “shifting identities”. His portrait can be read as the antithesis to contemporary society’s desire for homogenization and clear borders.
In Nová Evropa Christian Kasners turns his attention towards similar questions in the Czech Republic. He reads and registers symbols of consumption, the xenophobic statements of right-wing populist politics, traces of National Socialism and manifestations of the Left and places these pictures in close proximity to one another.
Since 2015 Susanne Keichel has been reflecting on the treatment of refugees in her own surroundings as an object of political and logistical friction and as a xenophobic reaction.
As the product of a film workshop with inmates of a youth detention centre in Madagascar, Lina Zacher’s documentary portrays the living circumstances of this micro society from the perspective of the inmates themselves. To what extent are new spheres of action generated for the prisoners and the artist herself?
26. 9. – 2. 10. 2020 (opening: friday 25th of September 2020 6 PM)
Author: Natálie Podešvová, Jana Stárková and collective
Creative team: Adéla Križovenská, Natálie Matysková, Natálie Podešvová, Jan Poš, Jana Stárková, Veronika Traburová, Jan Vaniš
Performers: Jan Homola, Katarína Hudačková, Adéla Križovenská, Arman Kupelyan, Jana Maroušková, Natálie Podešvová, Jan Poš, Jan Štrachal, Veronika Traburová, Natálie Vacková, Jan Vaniš, Adéla Voldrábová
Dance performance made by HAMU students and their guests led by choreographer Natálie Podešvová.
Due to limited capacity, a reservation is required at e-mail address: email@example.com.
premiere: 25. 9. 19:30
next shows: 30. 9. and 2. 10.
The project consist of the dance performance presented in the AMU Gallery, as well as the multimedia exhibition.
Escape, run away, flee – effugio. Have you ever succeeded to get away from your own mind? Or to win the fight with obsessive-compulsive thoughts? Do you know how does it feel to live in a world where others condemned you for not being able to do that?
Mental discomfort – everyone knows it, everyone deals with it on his own. What is so unbearable in a person’s life that one chooses self-harm as a way to escape mental discomfort?
Self-harm is most common in young people. Intentional physical self-harm is most common in girls between the ages of 13-17. Yer they are not the only ones to solve problems with self-harm, using self-hatred instead of self-love. Where does it come from? Where is the beginning of self-destruction and why is it easier for others to not see these problems?
The Effugio project is a dance installation based on the tradition of physical theater. It tries to reveal the common causes that lead people to this extreme solution. It asks about the triggers and about the relationship with the environment.
This project is created with the support of HAMU and GAMU.
Videodocumentation by Filip Kopecký and Matěj Kos
Photo by Světlana Malinová
GAMU (Gallery AMU), Malostranské náměstí 12, Praha 1
(entrance from the passage to Tržiště Street)
open daily except Monday: 1 – 7 pm
contact: MgA. Petr Krátký (gallery director), firstname.lastname@example.org
The AMU Gallery’s exhibition program is made possible by the financial support of the Prague City Hall and of the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic.