PAF is a yearlong cultural platform and Czech festival of film animation and contemporary art for Central and Eastern Europe. The recent project, Urbanism Animated, focuses on descriptions of cultural definitions of several Visegrad cities; their contemporary situations defined by galleries, cinemas, etc. PAF curatorial programmes and cooperative audio-visual art projects will comment on recent events, mainly in the context of the Visegrad countries (V4).
Within the framework of the project, animation represents two meanings of the word – animation of cities and descriptions of live situations, through both classical and modern animation techniques that use moving pictures. Urbanism as a general social and cultural topic will be discussed on the basis of historical changes to V4 cultural city centres. Art and animation will serve as the means through which various specialists from V4 (animators, architects, sociologists, visual artists) can interconnect. In teams these specialists will create situational events in V4 cities. The results of the project will be presented at the PAF festival.
25. 10. | 20:30 | HaDivadlo, Brno | LAUREAT | happening
PAF supports laureate activity and this year's Dalibor Chatrný's Award intended for artists over 35 years old. This year's finalists are Krištof Kintera, Vladimír Kokolia, Stanislav Kolíbal, Jan Merta and Martin Zet. The activity "Artist Has Sense" originated in 2007 from the need to highlight artists worthy of being authorities for the young generation and who deserves respect. Dalibor Chatrný became the sixth guarantor of the Award. The Award serves as a gesture of the young generation of artists and theorists toward the generation of older artists. It is especially an appreciation that is mediated to a certain artist whose election is arranged by more than 500 people from the Czech Republic who are not 35 in the time of the election and who thus nominate two artists over 35. The award includes also voting of the most appreciated group as well as individual exhibition that took place in the Czech Republic during the past year.
16. 9. – 14. 10. | Vitrína Deniska, Olomouc | Petra Herotová: Dedicated to the Artist: glasses and a cake | exhibition
Petra Herotová's exhibition Dedicated to the Artist: glasses and a cake will take place in Vitrína Deniska, Olomouc (16th of September – 14th of October 2012).
Petra Herotová studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, UT Brno, in the studio of Margita Titlova (Atelier of graphics and visual communication) and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague, in the Atelier of intermedia and conceptual art under Jiří David. She has been also involved with the art world as curator of Blansko City Gallery.
She often works with video in her artistic practice, using it also for recording her performances. The major tool of expression in Petra's work is however drawing. With irony and detachment, she uses it to analyze and comment on everyday situations, but also on the attitude to art of herself as well as of those closest to her.
The artwork made for Vitrína Deniska, in which the drawing is replaced by embroidery, is athrowback to her friends in Olomouc, a dialogue with them and with the Olomouc audience. But itcan also be understood as an ironic comment on the functioning of the exhibition and cultural world, on evaluation criteria applied on artworks, and on the art in general.
Opening of the exhibition will take place on Sunday, 16 th of September, 3 pm.
4. 9. – 24. 10. | Galerie mladých, Brno | Jiří Kotrla: Ordinary Language | exhibition
PAF participates on yearlong curatorial program Fragile Cinema in Youth Gallery (Galerie Mladých), Brno. The fourth exhibition is a project by Jiří Kotrla 'Ordinary Language'.
Jiří Kotrla's creative method is his movement between the Czech Republic and Portugal, revealing the forgotten sceneries and reshaping their surroundings by using moving images. Via the footage, new film environments emerge, created only by documentation or subtle styling during the process of filming
The author uses more universal English expression as a title of his exhibition (rather than its more specific Czech equivalents, in translation "colloquial speech" or "commonly spoken language"), reflecting his intentional work with references and fragments of citations – in this case from the book The Practice of Everyday Life by French thinker Michel de Certeau.
Opening of the exhibition will take place on Tuesday, 4th of September, 5.30 pm.
4. 8. | Alt30Festival, Čabiny, Slovensko | Table & Video, Sounds, Clips | projection & AV performance
Czech music group Table will present their new repertoire at the 1st Alt30 Festival in Čabiny, Slovakia (3rd to 4th of August, 2012). Their debut album, EP We Are No Longer The Same (2010), was produced by Festival of Film Animation, Olomouc (PAF) and has strongly resonated within the critical community and supporters of synthpop and electronic music. The Table duo (Dominik Gajarský and Roman Štětina) and PAF cooperate on a long-term basis, one of the results of this cooperation also being current set of music videos called VIDEO, SOUNDS, CLIPS that will also be presented at the Festival Alt30. Dominik Gajarský, the visual artist and the member of Table group, prepared a block of current progressive audio visual production. This block is based on classical form of videoclip as well as the work with sound component itself which is generally used when working with video.
10. 7. – 28. 8. | Galerie mladých, Brno | Dominik Gajarský: Document Mechanic | exhibition
The exhibition of the Czech artist, musician and stage designer Dominik Gajarský entitled DOCUMENT MECHANIC takes place in Youth Gallery, Brno. The exhibition is a part of yearlong curatorial program Fragile Cinema which PAF is a partner. As a model the author choses real settings and stylized moments from the life of the significant personality of the Czechoslovak interwar period, dance director and representative of the modern dancing Milča Mayerová.
Opening of the exhibition will take place July the 10th, 5.30 pm at Youth Gallery (Galerie Mladých), Brno, with introductory word by curator Martin Mazanec.
1. 7. | 14:00 | Fest Anča, Žilina | PAF presents: Caution! Freshly Animated | projection & presentation
PAF cooperates with several partner festivals, one of those is Fest Anča (28th June – 1st July) within which Other Visions of Czech Animation - 10 Czech works of 2007–2011 selected by a curator – will be presented by Alexandr Jančík, the director of the Festival of Film Animation. Other Visions of Czech Animation represents such works of art that are more often seen in displays than in cinemas. Their authors usually do not have any academic film education, but in most cases they come from artistic backgrounds. Thus they are well informed about the development of 20th century art that was dominated by the media of photography, film and video, as well as many artistic styles and movements. To these authors, moving pictures are only one of the many expressive possibilities they can use to create films lacking film narration and tight narrative structures. The selection follows the most distinctive tendencies – other visions that have happened in Czech animation since 2007.
Other Visions of Czech Animation is a part of the Caution! Freshly Animated (2011) DVD compilation which is the common project of the Polish festival Animation Now! (PAF's partner festival) and the Festival of Film Animation PAF, Olomouc. Polish animation is represented by the selection of 10 contemporary Polish films selected in a nationwide competition (DVD Young Polish Animation).
Together with Irish director and animator Johnny Kelly and the Slovak director, animator and artist Noro Držiak, Alexandr Jančík will be a member of Anča Music Video Award jury that will award the best animated videoclip.