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.

Click through to see the projects selected for this round of foundation support.

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Rise – Set

Paula Vitola
Site-specific sound installation
Live stream 5 July 2020, 6–8 PM

Paula Vitola, as the final outcome of her Agosto Foundation artist residency, has created a solar powered site-specific installation / performance as a live stream. On the coast of Venta in Ventspils, Vitola puts together a configuration of solar-powered sound sensors and objects. The artist herself and the sun become the main performers. She follows the sun as it moves around, changing the position of the shadows. The performance is planned for the 29 June and will begin at 7 PM.

Tune in for the live stream on Vitola’s youtube channel (click through for the link).

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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 the Troja Château. This time, the focus is on the subject of art, entomology, and the mysterious world of moths, butterflies, and beetles. The event features a performance by Jaroslav Mugrauer, the installation Silent Labyrinth by Michal Kindernay and Barbora Chmelová, as well as a guided tour led by Tomáš Vendl.

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What Else Lurks Beneath the Frozen Soil?

On Deep Virology and Posthuman Arts
Noemi Purkrábková and Jiří Sirůček

There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up. As global temperatures rise, even the deeply frozen soil beyond the arctic circle begins to melt. The disappearance of permafrost thousands of years old does not only accelerate the seething global warming feedback loop — it awakens long-dormant agents from the depths of time. The freshly exposed geological strata are cryogenic chambers cradling ancient viruses and bacteria that have been in stasis for ages. Frozen bacteria can remain alive up to millions of years, so we might soon face a menace far beyond the scale of our imagination.

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Martin Howse

Artist in Residence

Martin Howse is a British programmer, writer, performer, artist and explorer. He works within 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). Howse’s work is heavily improvised, playing within the collapse of massed, barely functional salvaged equipment and software systems made manifest in sound/noise and image. Howse presents a complex, process-driven constructivist performance; the symphonic rise of the attempt to piece together fugal systematics is played out against the noise of collapse and machine crash at the deserted border of control.

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