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Cartography of (Eco)systems I Black Edition

10 – 12 June 2022
Veřejný sál Hraničář, Ústí nad Labem

For the three days from June 10-12, 2022 we are preparing a meeting of representatives of cultural initiatives and those interested in topics related to the current state of culture in the regions of the Czech Republic, in cooperation with Veřejný sál Hraničář in Ústí nad Labem.

Friday afternoon will focus mainly on issues of cultural and creative projects with a closer look at the emerging cultural network in the Ústí nad Labem region. On Saturday, we will present the progress and results of the Cartography of (Eco)systems: Black Edition, and in the form of moderated discussions, we will focus on the themes of the field survey conducted in 2021 in all the regions of the Czech Republic.

The forum programme will be detailed on blackedition.cz/en/forum.

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Cartography of (Eco)systems: Black Edition

39 cultural and artistic initiatives in the Czech Republic

The Agosto Foundation is pleased to announce a new publication comprising the interviews from the research project Cartography of (Eco)Systems : RurArtMap and Perpedian Map: Black Edition, and presenting 39 cultural and artistic initiatives from the Czech Republic. In various places where these projects have long been active, several notable themes have emerged, especially concerning the ecological and social aspects of these areas. The interviews were conducted in 2021, and provide a contemporary overview of the early cultural landscape of the Coronacene era.

Visit the Black Edition website to find out more.

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Like an Expedition Across Antarctica

Interview with Ivan Mečl
Lenka Dolanová
Black Edition

(Apologies, this article is available only in Czech.)

Ivan Mečl is an artist, critic and organizer. In the 1990s, he founded the Divus publishing house, which publishes the magazine Umělec, has published a number of his own books and collaborates on other publications, most of which cannot be published anywhere else because of their marginal focus and certain provocativeness. He has worked as an organiser, and has revived a number of dilapidated buildings. In 2011 he founded the Divus Pragerkabarett social centre, and from 2014-2018, operated the Nová Perla centre in Vraný nad Vltavou. In 2018, he bought a former thread factory in the outskirts of Kyjov, where he is currently building a cultural centre that strives for self-sufficiency and sustainable operation.

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Zvuky kódy obrazy / Sounds Codes Images

Monograph exploring the transitional zone between image and sound

With contributions by Anna Kvíčalová, Jitka Hlaváčková, Martin Flašar, Michal Nejtek, Viktor Pantůček, Milan Guštar, Josef Czeres, Helena Musilová, Michal Kindernay, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Martin Klimeš a Jakub Frank, Dušan Barok

The bilingual collective monograph Sounds Codes Images explores the transitional zone between image and sound, particularly in the fields where visual arts and music meet and interconnect.

The first section introduces approaches to sound and experimentation in the field of fine arts from the perspective of so-called sound studies. It maps the overlaps of image of sound in Czech and Czechoslovak visual art and synaesthesia from the position of contemporary music theory. It deals with the echoes of the Fluxus movement, non-codified principles of musical notation, and graphic scores in the works of Czechoslovak musicians and artists. It studies the spatial materialization of music and presents an introduction to sound as a mathematical phenomenon. It also addresses the contemporary topic of acoustic ecology.

The second section of the book comprises an introduction to the works of several dozen Czech, Slovak, and foreign artists who, in their local contexts, experimented with sound, the sonification of images, or the visualization of sound: authors of graphic scores, abstract images, sounding or resonating objects, and instalations or works utilizing digital media.

The book was published in bilingual edition (Czech and English). You can find it at the ArtMap Bookstore.

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Mobile Radio presents Radio Art Zone

On air from 18th June – 25th September 2022

Radio Art Zone is a radio art project by Radio ARA and Mobile Radio for the European Capital of Culture Esch2022.

Mobile Radio is the duo Knut Aufermann and Sarah Washington, two sound artists who have been part of the Agosto Foundation Artist Residency Program.

Radio Art Zone is a 100-day radio art station for Esch2022, which will be broadcast in the south of Luxembourg by Radio ARA on 87.8 FM. It will also be live-streamed for a worldwide audience and transmitted by a network of international partners.

The Radio Art Zone schedule consists of two daily programmes: newly-commissioned 22-hour radio productions created by more than 100 international and local artists, and 2-hour live shows from kitchens in the community.

Additionally Radio Art Zone offers artist residencies, workshops, youth productions plus interventions in public space, opening up participatory opportunities for residents and visitors to the Capital of Culture region.

Find more info at their website radioart.zone.

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