ENGLISH / ČESKY
Festivals of Live Cinema
Collaboration of the Czech (PAF) and Norwegian (Screen City) Platforms for Film and Contemporary Art of the Moving Image.
The project “Festivals of Live Cinema—Collaboration of the Czech (PAF) and Norwegian (Screen City) Platforms for Film and Contemporary Art of the Moving Image“ (hereinafter referred to as Festivals of Live Cinema) is implemented within the programme CZ06 „Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Arts“ financed by the European Economic Area (EEA) countries—Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.
The project is implemented within the programme area PA17—Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within the European Cultural Heritage. One outcome of which is Contemporary art and culture presented to a broader audience.
The project is supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the State Cinematography Fund, the International Visegrad Fund, The City of Olomouc and the Olomouc Region.
The donor state partner is Screen City: Moving Image Festival Stavanger.
Registration number: EHP-CZ06-MGSPA17-2-060-2015
Approved grant: 2 234 812 CZK
Start of the project: May 7 2015
End of the project: March 31 2016
The project “Festivals of Live Cinema” focuses on mediating manifestations of live cinema that exist in the tradition of cinema, contemporary art and music in the specific Czech and Norwegian contexts. In the middle of the last decade, the phenomenon of live cinema was proclaimed by a number of European curators and theoreticians as a distinctive feature of contemporary culture which is able to reflect the media, social and technological development of Western European culture.
Live cinema is an important testimony to technological and social changes in the perception of contemporary art through different forms of presentation and interfaces (internet, mobile applications, traditional cinema venues, galleries or site specific projects intended for public spaces). The project originated with the fact that a thorough description of this area of manifestations of cinema and visual arts has long been neglected by both state institutions and civil initiatives.
The key element of the project is the close collaboration between the Czech and Norwegian platforms for film and contemporary art. The cultural platform and festival PAF has been concerned with issues of live audiovisual performances in the tradition of cinema, animation and visual arts for thirteen years. Its activities in this area have received exceptionally positive reviews from both specialists and the general public. PAF is organized by a professional team active throughout the year. Every year, students of film, theatre and media studies are encouraged to take part and implement their curatorial projects. In this way they gain practical skills within this platform. The festival is unique in Europe with its academic environment, publishing activity (its own Edition PAF) and a database of films and videos it has co-produced. PAF has long experience with international collaboration and projects.
The Screen City Festival focuses on moving images presented in public spaces; on city facades, shop windows and other urban venues. It took place for the first time in 2013. The festival experiments with the reshaping of public space through media art, presenting a programme of video art, animation, creative data visualizations, projection mapping and participatory urban media interventions.
The current project “Festivals of Live Cinema” develops the possibilities of collaboration with our experienced Norwegian partner into a complex production of a unique programme for Czech and Norwegian cities.
The goal of the project is to connect various venues where contemporary manifestations of cinema and visual arts are presented: socially diverse spaces such as cinemas, galleries, clubs and above all public places in towns where exposure to contemporary art through screenings, audio visual performances, presentations and installations in accessible public spaces would be possible for people from all social categories. The programme will be tailored both geographically and socially to two particular towns, in the Czech Republic (Olomouc) and Norway (Stavanger). The diversity of live cinema art will be analysed by an international team of experienced curators, theoreticians and artists who will participate in the preparation of an original programme for the Norwegian and Czech project outcomes, including workshops and lectures. The programme is intended for the wider public, regardless of demographic, ethnic and social differences.
Information gained in the project will be regularly updated and made available in Czech and English to both professionals and the general public via the webpage of the project; this bilingual output will communicate the characteristic cultural heritage of the manifestations of live cinema to the international community.