Hermit Foundation and Center for Metamedia Plasy

Documentation from the CMP Archives
1992 – 1999

One central focus of the Agosto Foundation’s Mediateka is on supporting research into various archives for the unpublished, forgotten or newly re-discovered documentation of art activities from the recent past. As part of this commitment, we are building a web presentation dedicated to the activities of the Hermit Foundation and the Center for Metamedia, as manifested by the Plasy Symposia of 1992–1999. The collection also includes audio and video recordings that document the Hermit symposia, including the famous photography exhibition 9x9 of 1981.

Artistic events and activities in the (former) Cistercian monastery of Plasy have a long history, but this media archive concentrates mainly on the series of events initiated by the Hermit Foundation and the Center of Metamedia Plasy. This series of activities began in the winter of 1991 and ended during the winter of 1999. In spite of their longevity, there is very little reference material about these events circulating in the public sphere.

We aim to provide a nonlinear collection and overview of the various surviving data, materials, and documentation, including photographs, texts, video and sound. Each item has been updated and revised and is provided with supplementary commentary where needed. This documentation still exists due to the foresight of the participants, who have maintained their own personal archives. Most of the photographs come from the archives of Daniel Šperl, some are provided by Gert de Ruijter, Iris Honderdos and Radovan Kodera. Many other images were dispersed among participants and visitors, who have kindly provided them for the media archeology project, such as Avraham Eilat, and David Miller. The videos have been digitized from VHS tapes stored in boxes for 25 years and their quality is usually poor. Sometimes the author of the documentation is unknown. Inevitably, a certain part of the documentation has been lost forever, as was the case with all physical evidence of the activities of the Center for Metamedia.

The activities of the Hermit Foundation/Center for Metamedia Plasy/Civic Association of Friends of Art in Plasy took place over the years with the support of several funding bodies, foremost of which were: the Foundation Pro Helvetia Ost-West (1996-1998), Foundation for Contemporary Art/Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Prince Bernhard Fonds, Het Mondrian Stichting, The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, and others.

The core of this research is led by Miloš Vojtěchovský, the main initiator of many of the Plasy symposia. In addition, Radoslava Schmelzová has made several in-depth examinations of the Plasy archive material prior to this survey. Thanks to Jo Williams and Iren Stehli, among others. The technical aspects of the project are managed by Lloyd Dunn.

The rights for the items in this presentation remain with their creators. This project is still under construction, with new material appearing regularly.

In 2018, the publication of the archive of the Hermit Foundation Center for Metamedia Plasy 1992-99 was supported in part by a grant of 70,000 CZK from the Foundation for Contemporary Art Prague from funds provided by the Gestor copyright protection association.

FCCA a Gestor

Symposia

Alastair MacLennan, 1999, Plasy, foto: Daniel Šperl-Alastair MacLennan.jpg

On the Hermit Symposia at the Plasy Monastery

A Refuge for Artists and other Strangers
Miloš Vojtěchovský interviewed by Lenka Dolanová
2011

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The 9x9 Exhibition

Plasy Monastery 1981
Catalogue text by Anna Fárová

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Hermit I

Phonurgiae Liber
Symposium, Festival, Catalogue
April – June 1992
Plasy Monastery

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Growthrings

Hermit II
June – July 1993
Plasy Monastery

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Transparent Messenger

Hermit III
June – July, 1994
Plasy Monastery

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Die Fabrikanten, IRONET

Residency, Conference
Autumn–Winter, 1994
Plasy Monastery

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Feedback. Das Phänomen der Rückkopplung in Wissenschaft und Kunst

Symposium: The Phenomenon of Feedback in Science and Art
Kunstverein Giannozzo in cooperation with Hermit Foundation
2–4 September, 1994
Plasy Monastery

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Fungus: Inquiry of Place 1145–1995

Art Symposium and Exhibition about Ecology and Art
24 September – 23 October, 1994
Plasy Monastery

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Meridian Crossings

Hermit IV.
Entartic Shelf Festival
27 June – 5 July, 1995
Plasy Monastery/Emauzy Monastery, Prague

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CLIO: Absent Friends

Libeň Synagogue at Palmovka
Four Site-specific Installations
11 July – 1 August, 1996
Hermit Foundation and Serpens

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Center for Metamedia Project

1995 / 1996 - 1998
Pro Helvetia Ost West

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Dawn of the Magicians?

Art, Science, and Society at the Turn of the Millennium
17 October 1996 – 28 September 1997
Národní Galerie v Praze, Veletržní palác

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Sub Rosa I. Symposium

Night Falls – Light Walls / Sefirotic Tree
21–23 June, 1996
Plasy Monastery

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A Day in Benedict - CD

Rajesh Mehta / Irena & Vojtěch Havlovi
CD Recording / Center for Metamedia
1997
Plasy Monastery

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Near the Beginning

Symposium
August – September 1997
Center for Metamedia Plasy

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Miloš Šejn and Frank van den Ven: Bohemiae Rosa

Site / Body Exploration II
Interdisciplinary Open-air Workshop
3–17 September, 1997
Střela River valley / Plasy Monastery

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Everyday Celebrations: Photography Exhibition

Everyday Festivities
16 May – 13 June 1998
Plasy Monastery
convent

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Limbo I - Festival

Festival of Un-conventional Art
20-22 June 1998
Plasy Monastery

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Yawning

24 July – 24 August,1998
Martin Zet, David Miller, Charlie Citron, Miloš Vojtěchovský
At Home Gallery, Šamorín
Slovakia

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Residences and Events 1998

Center for Metamedia
Plasy Monastery

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Open Day: Ice Celebration

Exhibition by the Residents and Festival
17 July – 2 August, 1998
Plasy Monastery

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Harvestfest

Presentation of works by resident artists
25 September, 1998
Plasy Monastery

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Limbo II – Festival

First Paneuropean Santorium
19-22 June, 1999
Plasy Monastery

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Rites of Passage

An Informal Gathering on Performativity
17 – 24 May, 1999
Center for Metamedia
Plasy Monastery

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Pantograph: A Tool for Mediation

Translocal Platform Meeting
7–12 June, 1999
Plasy Monastery

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Fairy-Tales

International symposium
Center for Metamedia
September, 1999
Plasy Monastery

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Residencies 1999 and Related Programs

1999
Plasy Monastery
Center for Metamedia Plasy

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Colorvm Natvrae Varietas

Remarks on Colour and Sound
1999
Centrum for Metamedia Plasy / Center C3, Budapest

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À la Recherche du Temps Perdu

Plasy and Hermit No. I, II, III.
Program for Czech Radio Vltava — Radioateliér 2018
Editor: Ladislav Železný, mastering: Stanislav Abrahám

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Participating:1981-1992-1999

Alphabetical List of Visiting and Related Artists and Personalities

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Hermit Networks

O oddencích, příživnících i poustevnících, uvízlých v sítinách
raport, 2020
Miloš Vojtěchovský