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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 Mar weaves together harrowing oral histories from the area with hand-processed 16mm images of flora, fauna and items left behind by travelers. Subjects speak of intense, mythic experiences in the desert: A man tells of a fifteen-foot-tall monster said to haunt the region, while a border patrolman spins a similarly bizarre tale of man versus beast. A sonically rich soundtrack adds to the eerie atmosphere as the call of birds and other nocturnal noises invisibly populate the austere landscape.

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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.

Agosto Foundation is sponsoring the SYMBIONT film series as a storytelling response in times of vulnerability and radical ecosystemic changes. The SYMBIONT screening series Stories of transforming mutualism has been organized in collaboration with Anthropictures and the Cinema Ponrepo, and is curated by social anthropologist Pavel Borecký.

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Art in the Elsewhere:
On Cemeteries, Orchards and Virtual Reality

Jan Freiberg

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.

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Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan

Artist Residency

Bucharest-based artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan have worked together as collaborators since 2011. Their work in installation, video, and performance uses research-based methodologies to reveal the invisible patterns that lie behind certain historical, social, or geopolitical narratives. In 2018, they were nominated for the Mac International Art Prize in Belfast. Benera and Estefan have participated in numerous international exhibitions and biennials such as 13th Istanbul Biennial, La Triennale at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012) and The School of Kyiv (2015).

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Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán
Simona Gottierová

Artist Presentations
28 November 2019, 7 PM
Artmap Bookstore, Vojtěšská 196/18, Prague

Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán will present their past and present projects including their most recent one, the extensive Debrisphere — an investigation into the phenomenon of man-made landscapes which are often the result of conflict and war. The artists have coined the term “debrisphere” to refer to this, as yet unnamed, stratum of the Earth’s crust. They employ apparently “scientific tools” in order to imagine and map this new stratum, in which destruction, the making and marking of the landscape (as a form of spatial modification) go hand in hand with a heightened state violence and the overexploitation of resources.

The presentation will be in English.
Admission is free.
Organized in cooperation with Artmap.

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New videos from Sonic Circuits

Peformance video documents

Videos from a events that took place as part of Sonic Circuits, the accompanying program to the exhibition Zvuky / Kody / Obrazy – Sounds / Codes / Images: Audio Experimentation in Visual Arts, 4 June – 13 October, 2019.

Roi Vaara: Grounding

Grounding by Roi Vaara is an art work which integrates various ideas in a simple way. A performer, dressed in black suit, walks ceremonially, slowly pulling a guitar combo on hand truck. The amp is attached to a iconic symbol of Pop music - electric gutair - the walker drags it on the ground a few meters behind, attached with a sound cable. It is an artistic ritual-like performance: a brand new musical instrument - Fender Stratocaster is sacrificed as it is played. The performance took place on the streets of Pragus’s Old Town on 24 September 2019.

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Ondřej Smeykal: Wood/Metal/Breath

Ondřej Smeykal is a musician and an audiovisual artist, living and working in Prague. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2003. Aside from creating and designing sound installations, he also plays the didgeridoo, exploring its sonic possibilities. His performance, called Wood/Metal/Breath took place at GHMP Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace on 9 October 2019.

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Prepared by: GHMP and Agosto Foundation.
Camera, edting: Miloš Vojtěchovský

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