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Tamás Sajó

Art Historian in Residence

Dr. Tamás Sajó is an art historian, translator, travel guide and blogger. He specializes in reading and revealing the historical and cultural meaning of situated artworks (icons in churches, the genius loci of architectural ensembles, and the like) and historically-steeped places with a special interest in what has disappeared, or is in the process of being lost. Originally from Budapest, and currently living and working in Berlin, Sajó speaks, reads and translates in fifteen languages. He regularly leads orchestrated tours, which he describes as “peripatetic lectures” throughout the historically rich cities and regions of Eurasia.

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The Second Life of Recorded Sounds

The Third International Conference of the Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies (CENSE)
22-24 October 2020 (virtual)

The Soundscape Research Studio at the Institute of Cultural Studies and the Institute of Musicology at the University of Wrocław will present the third iteration of the annual CENSE conference, in the wake of conferences held in Budapest (2018) and Ústí nad Labem (2019).

The history of sound recording and the recording process itself are key concerns for the field of sound studies. In recent years, researchers have discovered increasingly older forms of sound recording and inscription (e.g., research conducted by the First Sounds Group on Scott de Martinville’s phonautograph resulted in moving the date of the beginning of sound recording back to the 1860s). Meanwhile, the notion of a “second life” of recorded sounds represents an important area for further inquiry.

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Pollution Diaries

Collaborative Text Focuses on Air Pollution in Delhi

The new book Pollution Diaries is a collaborative text capturing everyday life experiences from Delhi, one of the world's most polluted cities. It is based on a small corpus of texts collected from an online platform which was active from May 2019 to April 2020. The book captures a series of momentary impressions of residents of the city of how their lives are affected by their daily confrontation with the mega-city’s heavily polluted air. At the same time, it documents their subdued surprise at the air quality improvements during the early phase of the Covid pandemic.

With texts in three languages (English, Czech and Hindi) the book edited by Veronika Resslová, who works as a teacher of the Czech language in Delhi. The book is accompanied by a commentary by Aleš Čermák (published separately in the Agosto Foundation Mediateka), and it was designed by Terezie Štindlová.

A PDF of the book is available for a voluntary contribution to the email address verares@seznam.cz, with profit going to support the rickshaw drivers who participated in the project Metro, Metro? — a gallery of (not only) text and visual art appearing on the cyclo-rickshaws of Delhi.

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Martin Howse — Particles

Documentation

Video documentation from the lecture and presentation of 1 September 2020, 6 PM at Artmap Bookstore

Martin Howse is a British programmer, writer, performer, artist and explorer, working in the fields of discourse, speculative hardware (environmental data in open physical systems), code (an examination of layers of abstraction), free software and the situational (performances and interventions). He presented the new work Particles, the background behind it, and talked about his collaboration during his Agosto Foundation residency with director Johana Ožvold on the feature film Pilgrim.

Organized in collaboration with ArtMap Bookstore.

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School of Scrap of The Peerless Cooperative of the Holy Nurture (JSD)

Photo report
Festival 4+4 Days in Motion 2020

A photo report of the School of Scrap of The Peerless Cooperative of the Holy Nurture (JSD) at the Strašnická schoo for the Festival 4+4 Days in Motion 2020.

More about the JSD and their activities in our mediateka.

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Náš podzimní tip: XII Prague Microfestival

International Writing, Art, Film, Theory and Performance
30 October – 1 November
Virtual Conference

PRAGUE MICROFESTIVAL (PMF) is an annual festival of the arts, combining contemporary writing with art, film, theory & performance.

PMF is fully bilingual (CZ and EN), and presents readings by the best authors of contemporary poetry and fiction. Every year, PMF welcomes renowned and underground authors from across the world, staging them alongside film projections, music, performance and visual art, in a rich polylogue of artforms.

Visit praguemicrofestival.com for all the details.

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Náš podzimní tip: Axis mundi (Osa světa)

Dagmar Šubrtová
Galerie Kabinet Chaos, Střítež 68, u Poličky
v sobotu 17. 10. 2020 v 17 hodin
GPS: 49.7455786071, 16.2441738795

Střítežská planeta CHAOS je pozoruhodný projekt s provázaností přírody, kreativity, přátelství, osobitosti a úcty. Pomalu a trpělivě přispívá ke společenské soudržnosti místa, k pospolitosti. Je prostorem, kde můžeme s odstupem zanalyzovat osobní emancipační úkol, jenž vyžaduje rekonstrukci našeho vztahu ke světu destruovaného současným širším a záludným jevem, a to postupným mizením náhledu na svět jako celek.

Axis Mundi symbolicky tvoří spojení několika sfér světa, v mytologii nazývaných podsvětní, zemská a nebeská. Střed může představovat strom, lano, hora nebo věž. V této instalaci je centrem model krystalu křišťálu představujícího pravidelně uspořádanou pevnou formu hmoty, v níž jsou stavební prvky, atomy nebo molekuly, seskupeny v opakujícím se vzoru. Síla struktury tohoto krystalu je stabilní a periodicky zachovaná v celém objemu, můžeme jej proto považovat za ideální pravidelný útvar, jenž se při optimálních podmínkách může rozprostírat ve všech směrech nekonečně daleko.

Krystal je pokrytý ruční výšivkou hvězdného nebe na tmavém sametu. Při několikaměsíční přípravě výšivky je často uvedena mysl ve zvláštní stav. Podle dostupných pramenů si někteří severoameričtí indiáni při vyšívání zpívali posvátné a ochranné písně, nit se tak stávala poselstvím přání a myšlenek. Vše je propojené a s tímto vědomím byla výšivka postupně vytvářena. Pozorovat svět s osvojováním myšlenek, jak být celistvý, jak být vědomý a s potřebou naučit se žít s nejistotou dnešní doby. Společný svět nám nikdy není dán, nýbrž jej musíme namáhavě tvořit, pokusit se vymanit z manipulace s lidskou touhou, z ekonomického režimu extrakce, výroby a spotřeby, z paradoxní destrukce a přijmout stanovisko kritického optimismu. (Dagmar Šubrtová)

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