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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 is implemented with the cooperation of experts from the Czech Republic (PAF) and Norway (Screen City) as well as a number of invited experts. The list of artists, curators and experts participating in various project activities will be regularly updated.
Daniela Arriado | project leader
Artists, curators and experts working on the project
Tomáš Moravec (b. 1985, Prague, Czech Republic) gained his Bachelor of Arts at the Institute of Art and Design in Pilsen, Czech Republic (2005–2010, studio of Adéla Matasová, Dušan Zahoranský and Michal Pěchouček) and his Master of Arts (MgA.) at the intermedia department of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic (2010–2012), where he studied in the studio of Jiří Příhoda. He was the finalist in the Jindřich Chalupecký Award in 2008 and EXIT in 2009. He often collaborates with other artists, especially Matěj Al-Ali, Petr Dub and Roman Štětina. He lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Matěj Al-Ali (b. 1985, Bardejov, Slovakia) gained a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Design at the Institute of Art and Design, West Bohemia University in Pilsen, Czech Republic (2005–2008, studio of Adéla Matasová) where he continued in his master studies at Intermedia Design and Spatial Works. He gained his Master of Arts (MgA.) at the Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture in Prague (2011–2014) in the Intermedia Confrontation Studio of Jiří David. He was the finalist in the EXIT award in 2009, and he often collaborates with other artists, especially Tomáš Moravec and Petr Dub. He lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Dan Gregor (b. 1980, Prague, Czech Republic) studied photography in the Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic, and works as a graphic designer. In his independent artistic practice he uses the alias INITI. As a member of The Macula Art Group, Gregor collaborated on a number of video-mapping projects of public and historical buildings. Currently he collaborates with various theatre and music groups. With musician Tomáš Dvořák (FLOEX) he created the joint projects Archifon I for PAF 2011, Archifon II for the Brussels festival Nuit Blanche 2012 and Archifon III for Ars Electronica, Linz. He is a concept author and in charge of the interaction in multimedia theatre piece based on Václav Havel’s Anticode poetry which was presented in 2013 in the National Theatre, Prague. He lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Michal Pustějovský (b. 1984 Frýdek Místek, Czech Republic) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague in 2013. There, in the Studio New Media I., he gained his Master Degree under the supervision of Markus Huemer. For his diploma thesis, he was awarded the London Connext Award. In 2011, he had an internship at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, in the studio of Prof. Joachim Saufer. A year later, he had another internship at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. He has presented dozens of solo and group exhibitions in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. Currently, he is working with kinetic and light objects. He is, among others, the author of the interactive LED installation within the ACUO project.
He lives and works in London.
Ján Šicko (b. 1977, Slovakia) is a graphic designer, multimedia artists and educator. He gained his Bachelor (1996–2000), Master (2001–2003) and PhD. degrees (2003–2010) in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he has worked as assistant professor in the Department of Visual Communication since 2003. At AFAD he leads MediaLab, a space for exploring the boundaries of graphic design. He was a finalist in the Slovak Young Visual Artists Awards (Oskár Čepan Award), and was awarded the National Award for Design 2003, as well as Europe’s Best in Multimedia: Europrix 2002. In 2009 Šicko founded the creative laboratory DevKid.
He lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Jonatán Pastirčák (b. 1993, Bratislava, Slovakia) is a producer and musician focused on experiments in electronic music. Under his artistic aliases Pjoni and Isama Zing, Pastirčák had already gained fame as a teenager in the joint project with Adam Matej (Ink Midget) – Ink Midget & Pjoni, as well as for his solo projects. Pastirčák gained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Audio Engineering and Music Production at the SAE Institute London (2012–2014), and has recently launched his new solo project Isama Zing. He lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Composer Nils Henrik Asheim (b.1960) combines his work with a career as a performer, as well as regularly collaborating with other artists on projects which integrate spatial and theatrical elements. Asheim was originally a pupil of Olav Anton Thommessen and made his début as a composer at the young age of fifteen.
Since 1991 Asheim has lived in Stavanger where he is active as a composer, performer and organizer, and not least as the principal initiator in the founding of Tou Scene, an alternative centre for contemporary arts. From September 2012, Asheim has been the organist at Stavanger Concert Hall.
Orgelnatt - Organ Night - is a concept where Nils Henrik Asheim invites guest musicians to create a concert event around the organ, exploiting the instrument's ability to create vast soundscapes. With the help of time and space, we invite the audience to submerge themselves in sound. Since 2013, Orgelnatt has been hosted by Stavanger konserthus.
He lives and works in Stavanger, Norway.
Martin Blažíček (b.1976, Czech Republic) gained a Master of Arts in Film Editing at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic (1997–2005) and a PhD in Audiovisual Media at the Centre of Audiovisual Studies in the same place (2009–2014), where he also currently teaches. With history as author of experimental films, he has performed live film and video since 2000. He is a former member of the art groups Ultra (2000–02) and Mikroloops (2007–11), and plays with the open live coding group Kolektiv. His films and live performances were shown at MAK Vienna, High Zero at Theatre Project Baltimore, Optosonic Tea at Diapason Gallery NY, Lux London, Anthology Film NY, DDM Gallery Shanghai, IDFF Jihlava, PAF Olomouc, City Gallery Leeds, Arnolfini Bristol, Entropia Gallery Wroclaw, Zamok Ujazdovski Warsaw, Dom Kino Minsk, Art Factory Lodz, Cinema Nova Brusel, Galerie Rudolfinum Prague, IFF Rotterdam, and more.
He lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Founded four years ago, Makak is an ambient music project of cellist Kateřina Koutná (b. 1987, Olomouc). Koutná gained her Bachelor Degree in Musicology at Masaryk University, Brno in 2012. She is known for her work with the band Teve, and her collaboration with Paramount Styles and Hope Astronaut. She originally performed with two other musicians under the name Makak and Neandr. The shows had the nature of a directed improvisation. Currently, Kateřina produces all the music herself and her performances are accompanied by the VJing of artist Anna Balážová. During live performances, she tries to maintain the improvised parts. In those, she combines acoustic and electronic instruments and responds to the place and audience. In 2014, Makak released on tape the first studio album called Stromy.
She lives and works in Brno and Nebovidy, Czech Republic.
Veronika Vlková (b. 1985, Brno) studied in the Studio of Multimedia at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno. In her work she turns notions, memories, fairy tale themes, dreams and her own mythologies into narrative drawings and paintings, videos, installations and exhibition units. Her main inspiration comes from the creations of various cultures and their meeting points. In the long term, she collaborates with other artists. For instance, she created a series of exhibitions with Jan Šrámek. She also participates in music projects where she is responsible for the musical and visual sections (Teve, Floex).
She lives and works in Brno, Czech Republic, and Stockholm, Sweden
After dabbling in punk rock bands and absurdist performance, Greg Pope founded the Brighton-based Super 8 film collective Situation Cinema in 1986 and afterwards Loophole Cinema (London, 1989). Working collaboratively and individually, Pope has made video installations, live art pieces and single screen film works since 1996.
During Screen City he will present a live cinema performance with Czech sound artists Veronika Vlková and Kateřina Koutná. The material and footage is part of his residency in Iceland and in the Czech Republic during 2015.
He works and lives in Norway.
TCF is the moniker of Norwegian contemporary artist and musician Lars Holdhus (b. 1986, Oslo, Norway). His work explores themes of code, cryptography and musical composition through the use of visual, sonic, built and written concepts. Holdhus creates a world that draws references from musique concrete, hardstyle, hardcore, poetry and digital artifacts. His practice shifts between art exhibitions and performing music pieces. Some recent exhibitions included Look....No Hands at HHDM in Vienna, Access Speed at Vault in Berlin and Driving Fast Nowhere at Polansky Gallery in Prague.
Eliška Děcká (b. 1982, Bílovec, Czech Republic) is film theoretician, educator and researcher focused on the connection between animation theory and practice, with a special interest in gender issues and the social influences on animation and vice versa. After graduating from the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague, Děcká is completing her PhD. studies at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She teaches film theory and history at J. A. Komensky University in Prague, and cooperates with a number of film festivals, magazines and research projects. She is also a scientific investigator in various grant projects focused on animation. She is a member of the International Society for Animation Studies.
(b. 1974) is a visual artist, archivist and teacher. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology. He devoted his postgradual studies at FAMU in Prague to the history of film animation and historiography of comic books. Currently, he deals with research of hidden layers of Czechoslovak visual culture. He presents his results at the webpage www.padesatky.info.
Katarína Gatialová (b. Prievidza, Slovakia) graduated in art history from the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. She is an independent curator, graphic designer, occasional code artist and head of the Department of Digitisation and New Media at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. She lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, is part of live-coding collective Kolektiv, and as curator participates on the exhibition spaces Vitrína Deniska in Olomouc, Czech Republic and +-0 Gallery in Žilina, Slovakia.
She works and lives in Prague.
The curator, programme manager and theorist graduated from sociology (1999–2004) and film studies (1999–2006) at the Philosophical Faculty, Palacký University in Olomouc. In 2012 he graduated from post-gradual study of film editing at FAMU (Film and Tv School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). Since 2007 he has been a head programme manager & curator of PAF, since 2009 he has been focusing on curatorial activities concerning presentation of moving image in gallery and film system (Josef Sudek's Studio, KGVU Zlín, Sumemr Film School, Febiofest, Aye Aye, Youth Gallery in Brno, etc.). Editor of several publications (Peter Kubelka, Olomouc: 2008; Manifests of the Moving Image: Colour Music, Olomouc: 2010; Fragile Cinema: Olomouc: 2013; Michal Pěchouček: Studio, Olomouc: 2013). He is a member of MEDIABAZE.CZ research team (FAMU Center for Audio Visual Studies). He has been publishing in Cinepur, Iluminace, Labyrint Revue, A2 and other cultural and art periodicals.
Karina Kottová (b. 1984, Kladno) graduated from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague and Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education, Maastricht University. As a curator she worked e.g. in the International Center for Contemporary Art MeetFactory, INI Gallery and the space for the contemporary art Prádelna Bohnice. She is a co-founder and organizer of Věra Jirousová Award for Young and Established Art Critics, founded the educational department at Kampa Museum and initiated the reportage audio-project UMA: You Make Art. She gives lectures at Anglo-American University in Prague, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. Since 2015 she has been an executive director and chairman of the board of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award.
She lives and works in Prague.
Barbora Kleinhamplová (b. 1984, Liberec) deals with the topics that help to form our idea of what the “society” actually is – e.g. manipulation, debt, work, tiredness and sleep deprivation. She likes to work in cooperation with other artists and theorists. She mostly creates performances, videos and installations. Kleinhamplová graduated from the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – FAMU (2008) and later also from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (2012). In 2014 she won the Award of the Czech Centres at StartPoint, Prague and in Other Visions competition section at PAF, Olomouc. Last year she became a laureate of Jindřich Chlupecký Award.
She lives and works in Prague.
Dominik Gajarský (b. 1986) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Anna Daučíková’s Studio of New Media. Before that he also studied multimedia at Michal Pěchouček’s Studio, the Faculty of Design and Art, University of West Bohemia, Plzeň. During his studies he attended an internship at Universität der Künste Berlin, where he cooperated with Josephine Pryde, and in the Studio of Florian Pumhösl, the visiting pedagogue of the Academy of Fine Arts. His solo exhibitions took place in TIC Gallery Brno, Jelení Gallery in Prague and in EIB Art Institute, Luxembourg. He cooperates with Studio Hrdinů, teaches a seminar course at the art school and co-organises an award for artists older than 35 years.
He lives and works in Prague.
Vladimír Havlík (b. 1959) graduated from Pedagogical faculty at Palacký University in Olomouc, where he works since 1990 as a pedagogue. He was awarded the degree of senior lecturer in 1999. He is currently a head of the Intermedia studio at the Department of Art Education, Palacký University. He has been a lecturer and guest teacher at many of Universities and art schools in the Czech Republic and abroad, among others St. Cloud State University, Minessota (2003–04). Havlík is known primarily for his 1980s actions, land-art interventions and performances, for a short time he also devoted himself to painting. He is currently working with his archive of notes and documentation of his previous works.
He lives and works in Olomouc.
As curator and expert on the visual culture, Javůrek participated on the Festivals of Live Cinema project as consultant.
As curator he participated on the Feestivals of Live Ciname activities taking place in Olomouc, December 2015.
He prepared and moderated the round table Error Establishing a Database Connection, which was focused on specific questions of distribution, archiving and documentation of live-cinema works and “similar” forms of the moving image.
Lumír Nykl (b.1991) studies Aesthetics at the Faculty of Philosophy & Arts, Charles University, Prague, and is an occasional curator and writer. His interests are focused on contemporary visual arts, music and the intersection of music and fine arts. His texts have been published in the magazines A2 and Full Moon. Nykl cooperates with the musical label RedForColourBlind and in 2014, with Martina Poliačková and KIV Gallery, organized the debate “Those Post-Internets of yours shall be prohibited” where the term Post-Internet was discussed in regards to the Czech context.
He lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
PAF activities in 2017 have been supported by: The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Cinematography Fund, The City of Olomouc, The Olomouc Region and International Visegrad Fund.