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Lia Perjovschi

→ Tranzitdisplay
Open: Tues–Sun 12pm–6pm
On display until: 13 Nov, 2013

Dittrichova 9/337, Prague 2
www.tranzitdisplay.cz

Lia Perjovschi is one of the proponents of the “archival turn” in contemporary art practice. At the beginnings of this turn was the necessity of sharing all art production and information about art in the circumstances of Romania in the 80s controlled by Ceausescu. From the early 90s onwards, Lia Perjovschi along with her husband transformed their studio into the Contemporary Art Archive – a collection of books, magazines, visual reproductions and other media. The archive was accessible and was spiced up by guest lectures and discussions with random passers-by. Lia Perovschi decided to rename the Archive to The Center for Art Analysis, but changed primarily its function. It became an encyclopedic source of themes, motifs, histories and narratives that Lia Perjovschi edits subjectively – cuts, copies, reproduces, stages, installs and comments on in gallery spaces. The history of the archive will be displayed at Tranzitdisplay along with the project Plans for a Knowledge Museum – a similar, encyclopedically based and at the same time subjectively installed sum of human knowledge. Perjovschi has been working on the “archiving” of this knowledge for a number of years now.

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Magda Stanová

In the Shadow of Photography

→ Školská 28
Open: Tues 1pm–7pm,
Wed–Fri 1pm–6pm
On display until: 31 Oct, 2013
Curator: Pavel Vančát

Školská 28, Prague 1
www.skolska28.cz

While I was studying photography at art school, my interest has moved away from the fine art photography and focused up on the snapshots that people take of family, friends, holidays, vacations, and group images. Snapshots have an enormous value for the person who is either a part of, or somehow related to, the people or place that has been photographed. But how does a photograph get this value? Why is photography such a fascinating medium?

The work consists of three chapters. The first is searching for the specifics of photography; the second investigates photographic world; and the third is examining how the behavior and thinking of people has changed since the invention of photography. The exhibition includes topics such as: photography as a time traveling machine; why a person has a stage fright while being photographed; how the present is becoming a stage for the future; or how are we loosing the possibility to get an authentic memory from a photographic attempt to conserve it. These reflections are presented through the mediums of drawing, text, collages, photographs, objects, video and animation.

www.magdastanova.sk

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That Which We See

→ Galerie díra
On display until: 30 Oct, 2013
Concept: Miloš Vojtěchovský, Lloyd Dunn

Školská 28, Prague 1
http://galeriedira.cz

This audio installation designed for headphones presents a collage of verbal commentary regarding the courtyard venue of Galerie díra. Photo-laymen and photo-professionals alike capture their surroundings in which they find themselves through short commentary. In the course of the exhibition, the collage is brought up-to-date with new contributions. The exhibition thematizes shifts created through the translation of visual impressions into words and their sound aspect, and the feedback that the listener experiences when standing on the same spot where prior commentaries originated.

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Thomas Winkler

→ Bílý nástěnka
On display until: 2 Nov, 2013
Curator: Eliška Žáková

Školská 28, Prague 1
http://www.skolska28.cz

Since 2003 when he founded the Berlin publishing house Heckler und Koch with several artist friends, Thomas Winkler has been on a seemingly endless journey “on behalf of worldwide expressionism”, which has taken him to various corners of Europe and the USA. On this journey, Winkler—a conceptual artist, photographer, painter, musician and publisher—makes photographs whose motifs are as diverse as the range of his artistic practice: they capture recollections of visited places, realized performances, exceptional encounters, or moments of idleness. At the White Billboard and the K4 galleries, Thomas Winkler will introduce his latest series of layouts created for the Fotograf Festival in particular during his recent stay in Prague. The opening at the K4 gallery will be accompanied by Prof. Winkler’s introductory lecture on Thomas Winkler’s work and followed by the artist‘s concert in the K4 Club.

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Samuel François

No Image Yet

→ Nová Scéna ND
Open: non-stop

Národní 4, Prague 1
http://novascena.cz

The neon sign No Image Yet, the work of French artist Samuel François (1977), is – among other things – an ingenious commentary on this year’s festival theme. The art is understandable and at the same time inviting of different interpretations. It depends on whether we read it as text or whether we view it as a painting. One could say that in the first case, words describe a newly created painting which comes into being together with the reading of the words. In the second case, the art piece would exist as a statement which itself is the painting. Maybe it’s different still. Be it as it may, this sign can inspire new readings of public space.

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Thomas Winkler

Recent Layouts

→ Galerie K4
Open: Mon–Fri 10am–12am,
Sat–Sun 4pm–12am
On display until: 31 Oct, 2013
Curator: Eliška Žáková

Celetná 20, Prague 1
www.galeriek4.cz

Since 2003, when he founded the Berlin press Heckler und Koch with several artist friends, Thomas Winkler has found himself on a seemingly never-ending journey “authorized by worldwide expressionism” which has taken him to various nooks and crannies of Europe and the USA. On this journey, Winkler, a conceptual artist, photographer, painter, musician and publisher, acquires snapshots whose motifs are as diverse as the range of Winkler’s artwork: recollections of visited places, realized performances, exceptional encounters but also moments of idleness. At the dual exhibition in galleries Bílý nástěnka and K4, Thomas Winkler will introduce his newest series of layouts created for the Fotograf Festival during the artist’s recent stay in Prague. The opening night of the exhibition at gallery K4 will go hand in hand with Prof. Winkler’s opening lecture, followed by his concert in the main hall of K4 club.

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Tereza Sochorová a Filip Cenek

The Set

→ Galerie Kostka – Meetfactory
Open: Mon–Sun 1pm–8pm
On display until: 3 Nov, 2013
Curator: Karina Kottová

Ke Sklárně 3213/15, Prague 5
www.meetfactory.cz

The Tereza Sochorová project (along with the participation of Filip Cenek) stands for an intersection of individual approaches, which together form sets and subsets of mutual relations. In her two works (Reader, 2006, Listener, 2012) Sochorová uses shifts in space and time, working with the imagery of an almost identical pregnant woman. Through slightly nuanced performances, the author reconstructs the image of her mother. An abstract slide show presents Filip Cenek’s work Untitled (blue), 1996/1997, which reflects two identical blue “silences”, or non-objective play with light, color and surface. The presentation forms a counterpoint to the more figurative expression of Tereza Sochorová. The exhibition will be accompanied by the original newspaper In the Spirit.

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Viktor Kopasz

Journals

→ Polička/Shelf, Knihovna Archivu výtvarného umění, Centrum pro současné umění DOX
Open: Wed–Fri 11am–7pm,
Sat–Mon 10am–6pm
On display until: 31 Oct, 2013

Poupětova 1, Prague 7
www.artarchiv.cz

Viktor Kopasz’s photographic work has a firm foundation in his journals. His journals could also be called sketchbooks, art books or albums. Since adolescence, Kopasz has been creating books in the same format full of visual observations, obsessive interest and commentary. Individual sheets are covered in photographs accompanied by glued paper findings, short multilingual comments, words and stamps. Viktor Kopasz’s free creation partially stems from his journals which become an evident foundation providing varied inspiration for both his vision and content.

Polička/Shelf is a bookshelf set aside in the library of the Archive of Fine Arts in the Center for Contemporary Art DOX. Since early 2013, at monthly intervals, unique authorial books have been available here for browsing. The selection aims to introduce authors for whom the book form is an unparalleled means of expression.

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An Open Book – Photography and Text

→ Archiv výtvarného umění
Centrum současného umění DOX
Open: Wed–Fri 11am–7pm,
Sat–Mon 10am–6pm
On display until: 10 Nov, 2013
Curators: Jiří Hůla, Jan Kuntoš

Poupětova 1, Prague 7

An Open Book – Photography and Text exhibition, which is organized by the citizens’ association The Archive of Fine Art in the small tower of DOX, will introduce the works of several generations of Czech visual poets and its photographical documentation will shed light on the spectacular international project Das offene Buch of Gerhard Jürgen Blum-Kwiatkowski, painter, sculptor, gallerist and collector. In 1998, Czech artists also took part in this project in Hünfeld, Germany. Blum-Kwiatkowski managed to persuade the city council and house owners to make possible the realization of more than one hundred visual poems in the public space and on building facades.

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Audun Mortensen

Unread Items

→ Centrum pro současné umění Futura
Open: Wed–Sun 11am–6pm
On display until: 10 Nov, 2013
Curator: Hana Buddeus

Holečkova 789/49, Prague 5 – Smíchov
www.futuraproject.cz

There is more than one way to not read. The most radical of which is not to open a book at all. For any given reader, however dedicated or prodigious you might be, such total abstention necessarily holds true for virtually everything that has been published, and this in fact constitutes our primary way of relating to books. Mortensen's solo exhibition, encompassing sculptures and writings, explores this matter of fact: Unless you abstain definitively from all conversation and all writing, you will find yourself forever obliged to express your thoughts on books you haven't read.

Audun Mortensen (b. 1985) is a Norwegian author and artist, living in Oslo.
www.audunmortensen.com

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Rudolf Sikora

About the World (1973/1979)

→ etc. galerie
Open: Sat–Sun 1pm–6pm
On display until: 3 Nov, 2013
Curator: Katarína Uhlířová

Kateřinská 20, Prague 2
www.etcgalerie.cz

The small exhibition of Rudolf Sikora, a Slovak conceptual artist and active observer, consists of the author’s selection from 25 original pages of his children’s book O světě/About the World. The book itself was created as part of a challenge to organize a travelling exhibition abroad called Jiná dětská kniha/Other Child Book. When Rudolf Sikora’s book About the World came into existence during the then normalization period in Czechoslovakia, it could not be publicly presented, let alone published. The only printed copy that managed to get smuggled abroad was never returned to the author.

“About the World” reflects Sikora’s cosmological and environmental contemplations and a message characteristic of his work in the seventies. The discovered scientific photographs are accompanied by his musings or direct quotations taken from the most topical scientific texts. Three of Sikora’s most prominent signs in this interconnected cycle are the following: the star – birth, the arrow – movement, the cross – death.

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Jiří Valoch & Lenka Vítková

Scale

→ Ateliér Josefa Sudka
Open: Tues–Sun 12pm–6pm
On display until: 24 Nov, 2013
Curator: Katarína Uhlířová

Újezd 30, Prague 1
www.atelierjosefasudka.cz

Sudek's studio located in a courtyard in Újezd, a part of Prague significant for the life and work of the legendary photographer Josef Sudek, will host two conceptual artists who perceptively examine the possibilities of text in the long term. In their joint project, Jiří Valoch and Lenka Vítková move within a constantly expanding visual plane, in the space between signs and images.

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Aleš Čermák

I AM HERE: AGAIN IN ONLINE MODE

→ Artmap Office

Školská 28, Prague 1

Aleš Čermák freely oscillates between literature, visual art and drama. He doesn’t pay attention to deep-rooted notions about the role of the artist, the publisher, or the director, and fulfills them all at once without having to jump from one to the other. At the root of his work lies a deep interest, that is, an effort to search for alternative ways of sharing, communication and interaction in present-day society.

http://alescermak.blogspot.cz/

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Rhyme

→ Nika – Malá Galerie VŠUP
Vestibule of the Karlovo náměstí metro station
On display until: 7 Nov, 2013
Curator: Tereza Jindrová

In a poem, language retreats from or even completely abandons its communicative function and plays around with words, rhyme, and verse lines to create a new reality, poetry. A typical phenomenon of the interwar avant-garde was the interplay of the various types of art – visual art and literature – and the Czech particularity became the so-called picture poems – collages of images, text and photographs. At the Rhyme exhibition, the artwork of the students of the Photography studio at UMPRUM shifts this concept to utilizing just a single medium, “pure” photography with the quality of rhyme, the poetic figure.

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Matěj Pavlík a Iveta Schovancová

The Truth Is Out There

→ Photography Studio, 4th floor, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague
Open: daily 4pm–7pm
On display until: 27 Oct, 2013

náměstí Jana Palacha 80, Prague 1

To have to accomplish a goal. This desire was the beginning thought for the exhibition The Truth Is Out There. This assignment is what art theoretician and historian, and simultaneously new teacher of the Department of Art Theory and History at UMPRUM, Jan Wollner, dictates to Iveta and Matěj, students of the photography studio at UMPRUM, on the very first day of school. The coordinates of the assignment are determined beforehand: book – film – space. Matěj and Iveta will have two weeks to accomplish the task. They will present the result at the exhibition in their school studio.

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Zbyněk Baladrán

The Microscope and Telescope of Time

→ Fotograf gallery
Open: Tues–Fri 12pm–6pm
On display until: ???
Curator: Jiří Ptáček

www.fotografgallery.cz

We still believe that the moving picture is a certain form of visual thinking, it specifies that which is thought through and discovers the unthinkable. This held true both in the time of its invention more than one hundred years ago as well as in the present day when every corner of shared (common) space is equipped with a camera. The moving picture frees the eye, it is the negative of time, it shows what the eye can never see: signs of decoded reality, spontaneity and external movement. It harbors a dialectic potential - it is an instrument of both emancipation and control. As Dziga Vertov wrote, “Our eyes, spinning like propellers, take off into the future on the wings of hypothesis.”

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Doprovodný program

Rudolf Sikora

From the Idealistic Journal

Tranzitdisplay

Dittrichova 9/337, Prague 2
www.tranzitdisplay.cz

… These are the points, the words, the fragments of feelings when formulating something I can only assume: Hypotheses – and the artist’s imagination. Scientists’ hypotheses – and – the artist’s hunch. The scientists’ hunch – and – the artist’s poeticality. The scientists’ poeticality (!?) – and – the artist’s “truth” (?) …

Rudolf Sikora will choose and read excerpts from his work from the seventies and eighties in which he addresses human existence, the relationship between art and science, cosmology, the environment… in short, topics which he works with in his art on a long-term basis. There will be room for questions and discussion after the lecture and the author’s reading.

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The opening ceremony and launch of the Fotograf magazine

Školská 28, Prague 1

The 22nd issue of Fotograf magazine anchors the theme of this year’s festival on paper. It reaches back to significant feats of the past (Karel Teige and Vítěslav Nezval’s Abeceda/The Alphabet), points out prominent personages from abroad who contributed to formulating the relationship between image and text in photography (Victor Burgin), remembers key figures of Czechoslovak conceptual art of the 70s (Rudolf Sikora, Jiří Valoch) and at least selectively presents a wide spectrum of contemporary art that works with the connection of image and text: with the significance of texts accompanying photographs (Roman Pyatkovka, Magda Stanová, Alexandra Mir), with the visuality of font and characters (Shannon Ebner), with the overlap of poetry into visual art (Audun Mortensen, Lenka Vítková, Barbora Tylová, Nina Schacht), with the authorial book format (Viktor Kopasz, Ian Whitmore), with the documentation of performance (Štěpán Pech), and the like.

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Conceptual Traces in the Work of Georges Perec

critique club A2
Tranzitdisplay

Na jaře letošního roku se v galerii Tranzitdisplay uskutečnila panelová diskuze „Vizuální umění a literatura“, během níž se kurátoři, básníci a literární vědci pokoušeli vymezit rozdíly a podobnosti mezi konceptuálními přístupy v oblastech literatury a vizuálního umění. Jelikož by na obecné rovině mohla debata pokračovat do nekonečna, pokusíme se ji tentokrát prohloubit a široké a místy příliš vágní teze konkretizovat. Předmětem debaty tak bude otázka, jakým způsobem jsou prvky konceptuálního přístupu k tvorbě použity v dílech Život, návod k použití, Věci či W aneb Vzpomínka z dětství francouzského spisovatele Georgese Pereca. Přátelství Pereca s Marshalem McLuhanem či jeho přináležitost k literární skupině Oulipo nás pak mohou zavést ještě dále, přímo ke zdrojům konceptuálního umění a jeho východiskům. Nejen nad těmito tématy přijdou pohovořit kurátor Vít Havránek a básník Michal Rehúš. Diskuzi bude moderovat literární redaktor kulturního čtrnáctideníku A2 Jan Bělíček.
Debata vzniká ve spolupráci kulturního čtrnáctideníku A2 a Festivalu Fotograf.

Dittrichova 9/337, Prague 2
www.tranzitdisplay.cz
www.advojka.cz/kriticky-klub

Last spring, the panel discussion “Visual Art and Literature” took place at the Tranzitdisplay gallery during which curators, poets and literary scholars attempted to define the differences and similarities between the various conceptual approaches in the field of literature and visual art. Since this debate could carry on endlessly on a general level, this time we will attempt to deepen it, giving the sometimes too wide-ranging and too vague theses a specific shape. The subject of the discussion will thus be the issue of how elements of the conceptual approach to creation are utilized in French writer Georges Perec’s literary works Life A User’s Manual; Things; or W, or the Memory of Childhood. Georges Perec’s friendship with Marshal McLuhan or his affiliation to literary group Oulipo can lead us even further, right to the source of conceptual art and its foundations. This and other topics will be discussed by curator Vít Havránek, poet Michal Rehúš and Romance scholar and translator Václav Jamek. The discussion will be moderated by literary editor of the cultural biweekly A2, Jan Bělíček.

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Magda Stanová

The Lady with Two Heads

Školská 28, Prague 1

A good feeling from solving a problem that didn't exist in the morning. Images that couldn't be used in scientific textbooks as illustrations. When not the viewer nor the artist knows, why a work works. To take somebody on a journey without them knowing that they have been taken.

The lecture The Lady with Two Heads is a sequel to the series of events With Scientists on Art that took place in May in the etc. gallery. It was realized as a part of the project Algorithms in Art with a support of the Student's Grants Competition of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

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Magda Stanová

The Lady with Two Heads

Školská 28, Prague 1

A good feeling from solving a problem that didn't exist in the morning. Images that couldn't be used in scientific textbooks as illustrations. When not the viewer nor the artist knows, why a work works. To take somebody on a journey without them knowing that they have been taken.

The lecture The Lady with Two Heads is a sequel to the series of events With Scientists on Art that took place in May in the etc. gallery. It was realized as a part of the project Algorithms in Art with a support of the Student's Grants Competition of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

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Audun Mortensen

“the fact that you’re reading this/ shouldn’t overshadow the fact / that you’re not reading something else”

Café Fra, Prague 2

Šafaříkova 15, 12000 Prague 2

Author reading, something that resembles an author reading, and discussion.

Audun Mortensen (1985) is a Norwegian writer, artist and translator. Mortensen’s expression has a signature simplicity, irony, play, a disregard for traditional cultural hierarchies. In an interview for Klassekampen weekly he has stated that he writes for “existentially confused hipster wannabes, dejected gender studies experts, for teenagers, freelancers, lone students and thehappy parents of preschool children”. Apart from three collections of conceptual poetry etc. he has also published The Collected Jokes of Slavoj Žižek (2012). In the course of the evening, Mortensen’s translations into Czech “Out of office reply” (MAKE* detail) will be launched. Presented by Ondřej Buddeus.

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Diskuzní fórum

Descriptive Systems

A panel discussion
with international guests

The cinema of the French Institute in Prague
Štěpánská 35, Prague 1
Saturday, 19 October, 2013, 2pm–6pm

Considering the topic of this year's Fotogfraf Festival and following on the previous years, we would like to resume the debate on the possibilities of photography, more specifically on the inner analogy between the textual and the photographic medium.

What textual strategies are employed in contemporary art and photography? In what way is the reading of an artwork influenced by its title and how does a caption work in relationship to photography? Can photography stand alone, as a visual statement, without any accompanying text? Is photography able to “talk”? How come photography has so naturally appropriated books as a media? Where does the need to publish photographs in form of a book derive from? Is it more pertinent to compare photography to literature (writing) or language?

Prominent Czech and foreign curators, editors and pedagogues will focus on these and other questions in their presentations:

  • Karel Císař (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague): Běla Kolářová, The Alphabet of Things
  • Reinhard Braun (Camera Austria, Graz): Photography Between Discourse and Document
  • Frits Gierstberg (Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam): A Happy Marriage? Collaboration Between Photographers and Writers in Dutch Photobooks
  • Darius Himes (Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco): Proliferation of Newsprint and Newspaper Related Photobooks
  • Anton Ivanov (independent curator, Kiev): Kharkiv Photography Tradition. Image and Text as a Part of the Soviet Unofficial Visual Culture
  • Charlotta Kotik (independent curator and critic, New York): Photography, Gender and the Use of Text as an Enhancement of Communication
  • Michal Novotný (Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague): Caption as an Integral Part of the Visual Artwork (?)
  • Tomáš Vaněk (Academy of Fine Arts in Prague): v---------------------------------------p

The forum speakers will be introduced and the discussion will be moderated by Johana Lomová (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague). All presentations including the subsequent discussion will be simultaneously interpreted into Czech or English.

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