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Results of the Agosto Foundation’s Perpedes Grant Program 2020
Press Release 30 June 2020
For the 4th annual Perpedes grant program, the foundation received a total of 54 nominations. The selection process took place in two rounds, resulting in the selection of 10 projects for grant support. The Foundation will support the selected associations or initiatives with a total sum of 700,000 CZK, each project receiving 70,000 CZK.
Grant Program
2020-06-24
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Rise – Set
Paula Vitola Site-specific sound installation Live stream 5 July 2020, 6–8 PM
Unfortunately, we can't control the weather. So because the sun did not shine over Liepaja on Monday, we are postponing the event to Sunday 5 July. We cordially invite you to attend the performance and live stream on Paula Vitola’s youtube channel as part of her Agosto Foundation artist residency.
2020-06-22
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Night Trippers
Troja Château Gardens 1 July 2020, 5 PM
You are cordially invited to the next event of the Bio Troja program in the gardens of Troja Château. This time, the focus is on the subject of art, entomology, and the mysterious world of moths, butterflies, and beetles.
2020-06-21
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How to Become a Forest
Borbála Soós 19 May 2020, 6 PM CET A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent on request
Our current artist-in-residence, curator Borbála Soós, invites us on a journey in the form of an on-line performance lecture using Zoom teleconferencing.
Artist Residency
2020-05-05
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Paula Vitola
Artist in Residence
Paula Vitola is a Latvian intermedia artist based in Riga and Liepāja, mainly interested in art as research, art and science and media archeology.
Artist Residency
2020-04-24
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Birdsong in Trója, Branišov and Skryje
SoundCamp REVEIL for the International Dawn Chorus Day 2–3 May 2020
A 24-hour broadcast of the dawn chorus of birdsong around the world from 5 AM London time (UTC 0+1) Saturday, 2 May to 6 AM Sunday, 3 May 2020.
2020-04-21
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Build and Pamper the Community
Interview with Pavlína Kalandrová 8jinak!
Apparently, things started off dismal and grey. The main motives for the 8jinak! association came about from the controversial construction of a new town hall at Palmovka, the fates of the constructivist monument Palác Svět and the Libeň bridge, and the overall urbanist development planning in Prague’s 8th District. But the association eventually started enjoying the work they were doing on behalf of the neighborhood. They have organized exhibitions, screenings, workshops and open-air concerts for their fellow citizens, and have also developed an experimental film program that is community-oriented and locally inspired. By collecting and digitalizing historical analog films, they are working towards preserving the visual memory of Prague 8. In this interview, we speak with Pavlína Kalandrová, a member of the 8jinak! association.
2020-02-25
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Working for a Smaller Community Makes a Lot of Sense
Interview with Jonathan Hudec, Martin Herold and Jiří Dalecký St. Havel Gallery, Mladá Boleslav
The St. Havel Gallery in Mladá Boleslav had its first exhibition in 2017 as part of the Noc Kostelů (Night of Churches). The initial impulse came from the availability of an unused cultural space which would be independent from the city. The motivation was to introduce a distinct alternative to the operation of the city’s cultural centers. This interview took place on 28 January, 2020 with Jonatan Hudec, Martin Herold and Jiří Dalecký who run the St. Havel Gallery.
2020-02-25
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It Started with Yellow Walls
An Interview with Kateřina Skalíková Za Opavu
Za Opavu – “For Opava” – is a long-running association that can be described as a multifaceted organizer of local cultural and social life in the Opava region. Its central goals are the protection of cultural patrimony, the environment and healthy living conditions in the city of Opava and its surroundings. The members of the group actively work as political cultural opposition to city leadership, offering cultural commentary on Opava and its regional planning.
Grant Program
2020-02-22
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Perpedes Grant Program
The Perpedes Grant Program fosters a closer connection between artistic and cultural activities, and the daily lives of various social strata and communities, on both local and regional scales.
Grant Program
2020-02-11
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Call for Nominations 2020
Perpedes Grant Program
As part of its grant program Perpedes, the Agosto Foundation requests nominations from the general public for the support of the activities of individual artists, as well as for artistic or cultural projects.
Grant Program
2020-01-24
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Sea Tomorrow
A Film by Katerina Suvorova 27 January 2020, 8:30 PM Cinema Ponrepo
Kazakhstan / Germany, 2016, 88 minDirector: Katerina SuvorovaCinematography: Eugen SchlegelProducers: Sain Gabdullin, Stefan Grobe and Anna Vilgelmi, KINO Company StudioLanguage: Russian / Kazakh with English subtitles
2020-01-10
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Speculative Ecologies Launch and Podcast
26 January 2020, 5-11 PM Punctum – Krásovka 803/27, 130 00 Praha 3 – Žižkov
We would cordially like to invite the public to a launch of a new anthology of essays called Speculative Ecologies: Plotting Through the Mesh (Litteraria Pragensia Books, 2019). The evening will feature lectures and a live podcast.  
2020-01-08
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Under Pressure
Invasive Plants Field Trip / Hand Papermaking Workshop 8 February, 2:00-7:00 PM Meetfactory – Smíchovské nádraží – Černošice – Ferenc Futurista
Trajna is a collective set up by the design duo Gaja Mežnarić Osole and Andrej Koruza. Also participating will be special guests RNDr. Jiří Sádlo, CSc. and PhD. RNDr. Kateřina Štajerová.
Artist Residency
2020-01-08
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The Ancient Woods
A film by Mindaugas Survila 24 February 2020, 8:30 PM Cinema Ponrepo
Lithuania / Estonia / Germany, 2017, 85 min.Direction, camera: Mindaugas SurvilaScenario: Gintė Zulyte, Mindaugas SurvilaEditing: Danielius KokanauskisSound: Mindaugas Survila, Ginte Zulyte, Radvile SumileProducers: Mindaugas Survila, Ginte Zulyte, Radvile SumileNo commentary
2020-01-01
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Broken Rebroken
Milan Knížák, Phaerentz, Opening Performance Orchestra 28 January 2020, 7:30 PM Czech Museum of Music
A concert programme based on Broken Music, a project by Milan Knížák from the early 1960s.
2020-01-01
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Trajna
Gaja Mežnarić Osole & Andrej Koruza Collection of Exotic Tales Artist Residency
Trajna is a non-governmental organisation and a collective lead by the design duo Gaja Mežnarić Osole and Andrej Koruza, who work in the fields of design, ecology and participation.
Artist Residency
2020-01-01
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Aether
A film by Rûken Tekeş ~~ Cancelled ~~ Cinema Ponrepo
Public screenings at the Ponrepo Cinema have been cancelled for the time being. Thanks for your understanding.
2020-01-01
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Borbála Soós
Curatorial Residency
Borbála Soós is a Hungarian curator and art historian based in London.
Artist Residency
2020-01-01

2019

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3. Etáž
In Service to the Place Where I am From Interview with Vendula Tůmová
High ceilings, huge windows, original hardwood floors – the grandiose proportions are supported by a functional minimalism which immediately draws the visitor’s attention. We are on the third floor of a former textile plant in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. Local firm Henkai Architects has transformed it into a complex of studios, workshops and offices for creative individuals and small artistic collectives. The marriage of the architects’ vision, coupled with the generous attitude of the current owner, has given the city a new, vibrant space, perfect for exhibitions and for networking for the local arts community. We talked with Vendula Tůmová, one of the main people in charge of the informal 3. Etáž (Third Floor) collective, about what it means to create and support local alternative culture.
2019-11-21
he last particles, 2018 mixed-media installation (HD video 8 min. 45 sec., photography, sand, aluminium structures, microscope, lab cabinet, etc.), variable dimensions. Copyright: Frac des Pays de la Loire, photo credits: Fanny Trichet-Anca_Benera_the-last-particles_2.jpg
Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán Simona Gottierová
Artist Presentations 28 November 2019, 7 PM Artmap Bookstore, Vojtěšská 196/18, Prague
Bucharest based artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán work in a range of media spanning installation, drawing, video, and performance.⁓Simona Gottierová is a multimedia artist and was awarded the Startpoint Prize in 2018 for European students.
Artist Residency
2019-11-12
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Art in the Elsewhere: On Cemeteries, Orchards and Virtual Reality
Jan Freiberg Interview
Gallery Na shledanou (“The Good-bye Gallery”) is located in the south Bohemian town of Volyně in the Malšička cemetery in a gallery building that was intended to serve as a funeral hall. The gallery focuses on contemporary art with an emphasis on site-specific art as well as the finality of human life. In this interview, Radoslava Schmelzová sits down with curator and art historian and Jan Freiberg to discuss the various challenges and outcomes of the project.
2019-10-31
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Martin Howse
Artist in Residence
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).
Artist Residency
2019-10-24
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Andrea Ermke / Burkhard Beins / Matěj Šenkyřík
22 October 2019, 8 PM Petrohradská Kolektiv
Artist Residency
2019-10-02
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International Colloquium
Artworks from the Digital Era in Galleries and Museums 22–23 October, 2019 Brno House of Arts, Brno
2019-10-02
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Prague Improvisation Orchestra Featuring Burkhard Beins
10 October 2019, 8 PM Atrium Žižkov
Prague Improvisation Orchestra performs using Adapt/Oppose, a graphic score system for improvisers created by Agosto Foundation artist-in-residence Burkhard Beins.
Artist Residency
2019-09-15
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Planetary Storytelling and the New Cosmology
Roundtable Discussion with Stephan Martin, Christine Hill and Jiří Zemánek
Artist Residency
2019-09-11
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Acoustemology
Sound as an Inexhaustible Source of Knowledge Report from a Master Class by Steven Feld Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
Sound is a medium which connects all animate and inanimate objects in the world into a network of relationships. While in the past, sound’s fleeting nature discouraged many from diving deeper into its complexities, the sheer fascination with sound of many avant-garde artists and adventurous scholars, along with the development of sound recording technologies, have greatly contributed to the increased interest in sound over the last 50 years.
2019-09-01
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Symbiont
A Series of Screenings and Discusions on Stories of Transforming Mutualism Fall 2019 Cinema Ponrepo
In the twentieth century, the natural and social sciences alike imagined the world as composed of individuals with distinct bodies, genomes, and competing vested interests. Twenty-first-century research has shown that symbiosis is a near-requirement for life – even for Homo sapiens. Life is symbiosis “all the way down.” However, when conditions suddenly shift, once life-sustaining relationships sometimes turn deadly. The Agosto Foundation sponsored Symbiont film series is a storytelling response in times of vulnerability and radical ecosystemic changes. Each film will include a personal introduction by its creator. —Pavel Borecký, curator of Symbiont
2019-08-27
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I Think Humanity is Going to Die
Newton Harrison and Force Majeure Interview
We talked with Newton Harrison, eco-artist and cofounder of the eponymous Harrison Studio, during his recent stay in Prague, where he was scheduled to speak at the American Center on the topic of climate change and possible mitigation strategies. The interview quickly turned candid and Newton left little room for half-full interpretations of our world’s state: things are bad all over.
Media & Resources
2019-07-29
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El Mar La Mar
A film by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki 18 November 2019, 8:30 PM A Symbiont screening / Cinema Ponrepo
El Mar La MarUSA, 2017, 95 min.An immersive journey through the Sonoran Desert on the U.S.-Mexico border.Directed / Edited / Cinematography by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. SniadeckiLanguages: English, Spanish with English subtitles.
2019-07-23
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Thinking Like a Mountain
A film by Alexander Hick 21 October 2019, 8:30 PM A Symbiont screening / Cinema Ponrepo
Thinking Like a Mountain Germany, Colombia, 2018, 93 min.Written and directed: Alexander HickDirector of Photography: Immanuel HickMusic: Christian Castagno and Nacho DraultProduction: Flipping the Coin Films, Hochschule für Fernsehen und FilmLanguage: Chibcha, Spanish, German with English subtitles.
2019-07-22
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Politically Engaged Films Against Colonialism
Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$ The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland 23 September 2019, 8:30 PM A Symbiont screening / Cinema Ponrepo Czech premiere
Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$2015, 35 minThe Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland2018, 26 minConceived and produced by the Karrabing Film CollectiveDirector: Elizabeth A. PovinelliLanguage: EnglishAustralia  
2019-07-22

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