Results of the Agosto Foundation’s Perpedes Grant Program 2018

Press Release
10 October, 2018

Following our open call for Perpedes Grant nominations, which ended 15 August, 2018, the Agosto Foundation received a total of 76 nominations. Of these, the statutory board has authorized the 10 projects listed bewlo for support. The Foundation will support these projects with a total sum of 700 000 CZK, divided evenly among them. The statutory board showed special interest in the interdisciplinary and artistic aspects of the proposals, while emphasizing their pedagogical potential and focus on environmental issues, as well.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Perpedes Grant suport. The full article gives more details on each project.

Open Museum, Horní Maršov
Hraničář Society, Ústí nad Labem
Offcity Society, Pardubice
Ferenc Futurista Neighborhood Club, Černošice u Prahy
Uutěrky, Návsí u Jablunkova
Living Villa, Prachatice
Krčkovna – the Fiala Villa, Blatná (navíc, z.s.)
Stará Škola (Old School), Vrané nad Vltavou
Vašulka Kitchen Brno Center for New Media, Brno
8JINAK!, Prague 8

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Agosto Residency Program 2019

Supported Artists

We are very pleased with the 180 high-quality applications which we have received from all over the world. We extend our thanks to every artist and researcher who applied. Through our open call and several personal invitations we have assembled this list of selections. We are very happy to announce the names of the artists to be invited for the Agosto Residency program during the year 2019.

For 2019 period, the following artists have been invited to participate:

Anamaria Pravicencu
Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan
Burkhard Beins
Chris Hill
Mila Panic

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Vašulka Kitchen Brno

Center for New Media

Opening Night
Vašulka Kitchen Brno

October 30, 2018 starting at 6 PM
Brno House of Arts/Dům umění, Malinovského nám. 2, Brno

The Vašulka Kitchen Center for New Media builds on the legacy of two pioneers of video art and electronic media – Brno native Woody Vašulka and his wife Steina. This new archival and experimental center will house, preserve and present the Vašulka video library and digital archive, and will also serve as an open space for supporting discussions on contemporary new media art. The aim of this collective is to foster a free and creative communication platform for the exchange of information and experience at an international level.

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Beth Custer

Artist Residency

Beth Custer is an Emmy Award winning composer, performer, recording artist, bandleader, and the proprietor of BC Records. Custer’s first tour of Europe was in 1991 with the San Francisco Performance Tour to the then Czechoslovakia, an exchange of Czech artists with artists from the Bay Area. She performed solo and in collaborations in a variety of spaces. Before leaving on tour she befriended the Czech painter Vladimir Kokolia at the Marin Headlands Art Center in California where they were both artists in residence. They collaborated on a multi-media performance art piece with the artist Billie Grace Lynn. Custer has since returned to the Czech Republic numerous times with a variety of projects.

The artist-in-residency program is supported by the Ministry of Culture.

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Sokolowsko’s Sanatorium of Sound

Sound Art and Experimental Music Make for a Surprising Boom in the Forest
Sára Vybíralová

Just beyond the birches of the Czech-Polish border around Mt. Spitzberg, the road running along the ridge turns sharply toward the Polish side, and steeply winds down through the dense mixed forest. In a short while, you are almost slipping and sliding down to the foot of the hills. Here lies Sokolowsko, in a lush, narrow valley, just 2 km from the border. A former spa town, with today only 1000 inhabitants, its name is still uttered among certain circles in Wroclaw and Warsaw. This is not a recent development, either; though in the past its name meant something different.

Special correspondent Sára Vybíralová reports from the most recent Sanatorium of Sounds symposium, held in Polish Sokołowsko last August.

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The Most Beautiful Catastrophe

Art and Ecology in V4 and Beyond

The Most Beautiful Catastrophe is an interdisciplinary exhibition-intervention, which reflects on the future of post-industrial societies, and on the upcoming collapse of the world as we know it. The site-specific exhibition will work as an unofficial event accompanying the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, 15 km from the gallery. Holding the COP24 in Upper Silesia calls for attention and artistic commentary for at least two reasons. Firstly, the region has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most polluted and eco-unfriendly regions in Europe. The area, exploited for coal mining for centuries, is an example of failure, where deindustrialization did not go as smoothly as neoliberal politicians had forecast. The show provokes questions about the position of spectator and participant in the environmental, economic and military catastrophes to come.

The Agosto Foundation is a partner in the project reflecting on the transnational implications of climate change, deindustrialization and the Anthropocene.

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Sonic Lux: Music and Sound at Ji.hlava

Siren Test & Nothing or Very Little

The Siren Test section dedicated to music films will present a portrait of producer and singer M. I. A., or a visit to Japan after the Fukushima accident as part of the probe into the life of Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. British award-winning experiment Arcadia combining UK’s archival footage from the last 100 years and the music by Portishead and Goldfrapp will also be among the section’s titles.

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