Festival m³
Umění v prostoru
Art in Space

Between interspaces
15. 6.—30. 9. 2022 railway stations

The reality of railway station buildings, railway tracks and their surroundings co-creates the clear boundaries of the concept of this year’s Festival m³ / Art in space. In their immediate vicinity, levels of meaning immediately emerge – social, political-aesthetic, architectural, historical, urban, ecological.

We can probably generally agree on the statement that the railway station environment is typical of a peculiar poetics. This is why, for example, in Jaroslav Rudiš’s recently published book, we can also encounter critical comparisons of today’s state-of-the-art railway stations to a “sparrow’s nest”, a “hospital autopsy room”, a “mouse hole made of glass and steel”, a “cemetery”, a “shopping mall”, a “horrendous department store”, a “marketplace”, a “circus tent”, and, in the opposite sense, a romantic memory of a railway station as a “cathedral of transport”. We absolutely understand the emotional colouring of these expressions because, from our own experience, we can easily recall stations that are tiny, oversized, designed for freight transport, insensitively modernised, abandoned, overgrown, closed and dilapidated. Behind these visible signs, however, there are usually more hidden levels, sometimes as a result of rather problematic processes.

The dilapidated ruins of railway station buildings can be indicative of a protracted solving of property rights to them. The lifeless neatness of the tracks is due to the repeated widespread application of poisonous herbicides. In the vicinity of railway stations and tracks, we encounter numerous uncontrolled zones, the so-called “new wilderness” (Jiří Sádlo), with the indeterminate identity of “empty spaces” (Michal Ajvaz), “vague terrains” (Radan Haluzík), which, however, can be characterised by an exceptionally diverse representation of plant species. The relationship between the city and investors in planning the use of such free/natural zones is often problematic, yet the ill-defined terrain can be intelligently and sensitively reflected and integrated into the urban space in an appropriate and urbanistic way in the important green areas of the city.

Interesting areas around dead-end train lines show us how nature is slowly reclaiming its space. The specific poetry of station environment and train ride brings with it the experience of a “different” space and time, of specific sounds. The linear nature of the railways running through the city, at times rendered invisible by tunnels, naturally connects the centre and the periphery. It provides the possibility to find oneself between spaces and between times, between interspaces. The modernisation of station buildings currently underway can also bring very dismal results. Some empty station buildings have long been waiting for an intelligent conversion, for a new meaningful life. For example, the question of whether the cost-effectiveness of rail transport is a truth or a myth is also food for thought. A current issue is the incorporation of rail transport into the public transport structure, with the possibility of relieving the congested city centre while strengthening connections to isolated suburbs. We have the space-time of a railway station connected with the expectation of events according to a prescribed schedule. We notice how the surroundings of the railway lines are tamed – fences sprout up, overhanging branches are immediately cut off, areas of “safe” visibility are expanded. It is as if the space itself is asking for the input of aimless creativity. This year’s festival’s artistic interventions in and around the diverse spaces of railways, railway stations and their surroundings attempt to highlight the inventive and meaningful cultivation of public space, dilute social and local stereotypes, and initiate stimulating public debates on a number of the themes outlined above.

Curators Dagmar Šubrtová and Iva Mladičová

Kladno railway station

Matej Al-Ali
What was, what will be

Prague-Braník railway station

Peter Cusack
Braník Soudwalks

Prague-Řeporyje railway station

Eliáš Dolejší​
Pale blue covering

Masaryk railway station

Lloyd Dunn​
Locomotive II

Prague-Modřany train station

Pavel Hošek​
Frame

Prague-Vršovice railway station

Petr Stibral ​
Monument of the garden colony of Slatiny

Railway stations

Michaela Thelenová
From the window I observe the silent flow of the river

Prague-Veleslavín railway station

Vladimír Turner
Carriage

Prague-Libeň railway station

Erika Velická
The Train Station as an Axis Mundi

Prague-Zličín railway station

Epos 257
Albert Šturma, Martin Netočný

Iva Mladičová​

Iva Mladičová studied at the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. In 2007–2011, she prepared a monograph and a retrospective exhibition of Jan Kotík for the National Gallery in Prague. Since 2015, she has been a curator of the Showcase AXA Gallery in Prague and the Dům Gallery in Broumov, and has also prepared a number of exhibitions for other galleries and public spaces. She focuses mainly on contemporary sculpture. She is a co-author of the publications Sculpture 2 AVU 1990–2016 and Působit, klást překážky, vyjít vstříc. (Conversations with visual artists on how to teach art) and others. Since 2013, she has been teaching at Jan E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem and, since 2015, she has been teaching externally at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

Dagmar Šubrtová​

Dagmar Šubrtová lives and works in Kladno. She graduated from the Sculpture Studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague under the direction of Kurt Gebauer. She worked at the studio as an assistant until 2013. In addition to her artistic profession, she is also involved in thematic curatorial projects such as Olga Karlíková / Audible Landscapes, UM Gallery (2012), and Jitka and Květa Válová /Under One Sky (2021). She was responsible for the dramaturgy of the exhibition programme of the Gallery of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Prague (2001–2021). For several years she worked as a curator of the Mining Museum in the former Mayrau Mine in Vinařice. She has long monitored the transformation of the landscape as a result of ongoing industrialisation. The central themes of her work are the “no-man’s land” devastated by industry and the slag heaps of deep mines. She does not limit herself to reflection, but aims at a sculptural interpretation of newly emerging places within the so-called new wilderness which are physical examples of natural renewal. This can be seen, for example, in the Earth Dust exhibition at the Coal Mill gallery or in the installation Reclamation, ProLuka Gallery, Prague (2019), in the solo exhibition Stella Maris at the Central Bohemian Region Gallery (2020) and in the group exhibitions Vanitas, DOX Prague (2021), and Stasis Leak, Pragovka Gallery (2022). Since 2015, she has been working on the Na pomezí samoty / Frontiers of Solitude project, which explores current issues of landscape transformation and the interconnectedness of post-industrial society and nature. She is a co-author of the book Guide: Contemporary Artworks in the Landscape (with Radoslava Schmelzová and Radek Mikuláš, Academia, 2014). For a long time, she has taken care of the Válová Sisters’ Home and their work.

Festival m³ Programme

14

june

Festival Launch

Opening

Dejvická nádražka

Václavkova 1,

161 00 Praha 6

Departure by train from Masaryk Railway Station at 5:32 p.m. with the artists and curators to Dejvice, where the festival will be launched and followed by a musical programme: 

6 p.m.

14

june

The phonon~ group

Concert

Dejvická nádražka

Václavkova 1,

161 00 Praha 6

The phonon~ group is dedicated to organising quadrophonic concerts aimed at introducing contemporary trends in the field of electroacoustic music and sound art to those interested in the Ústí nad Labem region. Another of their activities is the organisation of workshops that mediate the phenomenon of sound and acoustic art to the public. All the members of the group have long been engaged in research and practice related to new media and innovative methods in the visual arts – spatial sound, interactive installations, live generated video projections. The founding members are: Polina Khatsenka (mʊdʌki), Iva Polanecká, Martin Marek, Jan Krombholz, Petr Hanžl.

https://soundcloud.com/phononcrew/

7 p.m.

14

june

Martin E. Kyšperský

Concert

Dejvická nádražka

Václavkova 1,

161 00 Praha 6

Martin E. Kyšperský – singer and frontman of the Květy band

8 p.m.

16

june

Michaela Thelenová
From the Window I Observe the Silent Flow of the River

Opening at the Město Gallery

Nádražní 594
430 01 Chomutov

Opening of Michaela Thelenová’s exhibition From the Train Window I Observe the Silent Flow of the River at the Město Gallery / entrance hall of the Chomutov město train station

The artist has created photographic images of intangible landscapes for the Město Gallery, accompanied by personal sentences recalling intimately familiar situations. Waiting, standing and aimlessly walking in the station halls triggers the plots of real stories in our imagination. Chomutov město Railway Station becomes both a starting point and, at the same time, a link to the printed postcards, secondary matrices for shared stories, which are available to the public for free at several stations. https://gmesto.eu/

6 p.m.

18

june

Walk with Pavel Karous

Guided tour

Masaryk Railway Station Prague

Walk with Pavel Karous Vetřelci a volavky (Aliens and Herons) at Festival m³ / Masaryk Railway Station Prague

Guided tour of artworks created within the Festival m³. Meet at 2 p.m. in front of Masaryk Station. The results of this year’s festival are displayed in various Prague station buildings. The planned walking time is about 3.5 hours. The guided tour is free of charge. Bring your dogs, children and hipsters with you.

2 p.m.

21

june

International Seminar on Activities in Public Space

Seminar

Žižkov Freight Station

Landscape – City – Public Space
Landscape festival / Dan Merta
Festival International de Jardins Amiens/ Gilbert Fillinger
European Prize for Urban Public Space/ David Bravo
Festival Concentrico/ Javier Peňa
Festival m3 / Umění v prostoru  / Čestmír Suška

6 p.m.

21

june

Studio Bubec Workshop

Stopa Art Workshop

Studio Bubec - Tělovýchovná 748
155 00 Řeporyje

Drawing and writing with coloured chalks for 3-year-olds to adults .

Every day we become part of public space without being aware of our involvement in its operation. We float through these places with a head full of our own ideas. How many beings pass over a railway crossing in this way for example, or are part of public space only through waiting for a delayed train or just walking on the platform? Be part of the STOPA experimental workshop where we will seek answers to these questions and share our experiences, impressions and insights in a creative way.

Let’s inspire each other, read and observe phenomena and explore the traces left by previous inhabitants/travellers/visitors…

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

23

june

Lecture by Jiří Krejčík
If only God had Preserved the Station Buffet for You

Lecture for children and adults

Social Hall
Masaryk Railway Station
Havlíčkova 1014/2

Railway station restaurants, pubs and buffets are a specific subspecies of Czech catering establishments whose spirit is shaped, among other things, by the unpredictable fluctuation of guests. A morning gathering for a school trip and a group of wheeltappers enjoying a hot dog, a respectable family having lunch at the same table as professional down-and-outs, all this can happen in a railway station restaurant. Unlike restaurants and taprooms in urban areas, the traditional railway station is a highly democratic space, where no regard is paid to nationality, age, education or pay slip – when we miss the train, we all meet there. The authors of the blog vagus.cz will present, based on years of reviewing, the current situation facing Czech railway station restaurants in terms of expensive beer, the greedy claws of developers and people with no feeling for smoke-soaked romance.

6 p.m.

3

july

Studio Bubec Workshop

Moment in Motion

meeting point:
Prague-Veleslavín train station

Let’s take a trip from Veleslavín to Kladno and back. We will meet at the railway station at Veleslavín. Together we will stop time in our drawings. We will explore the limits of space and time. During our journey we will create a drawn record of the moment. At the train station in Kladno we will create a postcard capturing the atmosphere of everyday mundanity at the station and our personal experiences.

Details of the programme will be on the festival website. Estimated length: 90 minutes, including travel

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

8

july

Tracks Festival

Zbiroh railway station
338 08 Kařez

0.00

9

july

Ivana Vodičková
Art Production in Public Space

Lecture

Zbiroh railway station
338 08 Kařez

Ivana Vodičková’s lecture will focus primarily on the development of the Festival m3 – Art in Space and its actions and interventions within the framework of the individual editions since its inception in 2017. She will also present the process of production work in the context of legislative regulations as well as the unwritten rules of public space as they are understood in the Czech environment. Last but not least, she will present the latest edition of the festival, subtitled Between Interspaces, which focuses on Prague and Central Bohemian railway stations and the indeterminate terrain around them.

web: http://festivaltrat.cz/

2 p.m.

10

july

Tracks Festival

Zbiroh railway station
338 08 Kařez

0.00

16

july

What's the Name of This Place? -20 %

Lectures, meetings, debates

Zličín railway station and the surrounding area

16.7. – 17.7. we will spend the night in the border zone and define it. Right on the spot! In your own sleeping bag, in the open air or in a tent in a temporary research station. Our guides will be Epos 257, Albert Šturma and Martin Netočný.

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

2 p.m.

30

july

Joint Train Ride to the Gallery

Meeting in front of the main ticket offices at Prague Main Station

Arrival in Roudnice nad Labem at 3:43 p.m. and then a 500 m walk to the Gallery of Modern Art in Roudnice nad Labem where there will be a guided tour of the exhibitions Folklore Is Not Dead and Viktor Kopasz’s exhibition – Destination Of Fragments, website: https://galerieroudnice.cz/

On the way back by train, we will stop in Libčice nad Vltavou at the site of the former screw factory, in the Coal Mill Gallery. The author of the conversion of the industrial building is architect Patrik Hoffman, who received the Czech Architecture Award in 2016 for the conversion. Visit to the current exhibition Dan Zollmann – Minjan, photographs from contemporary Hasidic Antwerp, website: http://www.uhelnymlyn.cz/

There is no ticket charge, admission to the Gallery of Modern Art in Roudnice nad Labem is free.

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

2.30 p.m.

27

august

Walk with Pavel Karous

Walk

Masaryk railway station

Vetřelci a volavky (Aliens and Herons) at Festival m3 – guided tour of artworks created within the Festival m3. Meet at 2 p.m. in front of Masaryk Station. The results of this year’s festival are displayed in various Prague station buildings. The planned walking time is about 3.5 hours. The guided tour is free of charge. Bring your dogs, children and hipsters with you.

2.30 p.m.

28

august

Studio Bubec Workshop​

Moment in motion 

meeting point: Prague-Veleslavín train station

Let’s take a trip from Veleslavín to Kladno and back. We will meet at the Veleslavín railway station. Together we will stop time in our drawings. We will explore the limits of space and time. During our journey we will create a drawn record of the moment. At the railway station in Kladno, we will create a postcard capturing the atmosphere of everyday mundanity at the station and our personal experiences.

Details of the programme are on the festival website

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

8

september

Ajznbon

Park Těšnov
Prague 8

Sonic Reminiscence for the Former Denis Railway Station. The building of the now vanished Prague-Těšnov railway station was one of the three central railway junctions in Prague. It was in operation continuously from 1875 until 1972. Architectural historians consider it one of the most valuable station buildings in Central Europe. On 16 March 1985, the dilapidated structure was demolished due to its seriously damaged state and the adjacent arterial road. A series of acoustic interventions on the site of the historic building is a reminder of the disappearing world of railway terrains and of the culture of the railway phenomenon in general in the contemporary world.

The programme was prepared by the collective of authors of the portal https://sonicity.cz/

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

12

september

Studio Bubec Workshop​​

Lights on the road

Studio Bubec
Tělovýchovná 748
155 00 Řeporyje

WS for children and adults in the spirit of a happening with a minimum of resources. No materials will be needed to create the light patterns. We will be inspired by the colours of traffic lights, to which we will give a completely new artistic meaning. The light installation, with the possibility of changing it freely into original patterns on the projection screen, will be made available to the public in the form of a creative workshop.

The workshop will be freely accessible.

Booking for school groups, special interest groups and individuals is required in advance at kristyna.studiobubec@gmail.com

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

14

september

Walk through the Slatiny colony

The Disappearing Garden Colonies

Meeting point at the statue of Petr Stibral in the Jiřina Hauková and Jindřich Chalupecký Park in front of Vršovice railway station

Garden colonies have existed in Prague since the end of the 19th century and still represent a large part of the greenery of the city. Yet, they have been disappearing in recent decades. The debate will be attended by Petr Gibas from the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, representatives of the Institute of Planning and Development of the City of Prague and others. 

The accompanying programme to the installation by Petr Stibral includes a podcast composed from recordings of hustle and bustle and interviews with residents of the Slatiny emergency colony, compiled by Miloš Vojtěchovský:  

A series of documentary photographs from Slatiny by photographer Petr Zewlakk Vrabec can be viewed on the festival website.

5 p.m.

17

september

Studio Bubec Workshop

STOPA Art Workshop

Studio Bubec
Tělovýchovná 748
155 00 Řeporyje

Studio Bubec Workshop, Stopa Art Workshop / drawing and writing with coloured chalks for 3-year-olds to adults.

Every day we become part of public space without being aware of our involvement in its operation. We float through these places with a head full of our own ideas. How many beings pass over a railway crossing in this way, for example, or are part of public space only through waiting for a delayed train or just walking on the platform? Be part of the STOPA experimental workshop where we will seek answers to these questions and share our experiences, impressions and insights in a creative way.

Let’s inspire each other, read and observe phenomena and explore the traces left by previous inhabitants/travellers/visitors.

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

17

september

Musical performance responding to light patterns Lights on the Road

Studio Bubec
Tělovýchovná 748
155 00 Řeporyje

WS for children and adults in the spirit of a happening with a minimum of resources. No materials will be needed to create the light patterns. We will be inspired by the colours of traffic lights, to which we will give a completely new artistic meaning. The light installation, with the possibility of changing it freely into original patterns on the projection screen, will be made available to the public in the form of a creative workshop with a musical accompaniment, which will respond to all the light experiments with the movement of light.

8 p.m.

17

september

Curatorial Tour - First Part

Tour of artworks

Meeting at Prague-Libeň railway station

First Part: Meeting at Prague-Libeň railway station in front of the station building at 2 p.m., viewing the installation The Station as the Axis of the World  by Erika Velická, departure by train via the Main Station to  Prague-Vršovice station, where Petr Stibral’s Monument to the Garden Colonies of Slatiny and Sedmidomky is located in the park in front of the building. Light refreshments and meeting with the artist. 

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

2 p.m. - 5.25 p.m.

17

september

Curatorial Tour - Second Part​

Tour of artworks

Meeting at Masaryk railway station

Second Part: Meeting at Masaryk railway station in Prague at the departure boards at 5:25 p.m. – viewing of the Locomotive installation by Lloyd Dunn, then we will take the train via Veleslavín station to see Vladimír Turner’s installation called Sustainable Mobility. We will take the train to Kladno to see Matěj Al-Ali’s installation What Was, What Will Be. We will have refreshments at Kladno railway station restaurant and take the train back to Prague. 

Due to the extensiveness of the routes and places, we recommend a personal visit to Eliáš Dolejší’s installation entitled Pale Blue Covering at Prague-Reporyje railway station, combined with a visit to Studio Bubec and Bubec Garden. Similarly, we recommend that you combine a personal visit to Pavel Hošek’s Frame visualisation with a visit to Prague Modřany station and on the way see Michaela Thelenová’s postcards, which are available at the above-mentioned train stations. The audio tour of the artist Peter Cusack in the vicinity of Braník station can be accessed on the Festival m3 website, but we recommend a personal visit. It is a remarkable place. We will learn about the research records of Epos 257, Albert Šturma and Martin Netočný in the vicinity of Prague-Zličín station on 21 September in the debate What Will The Place Be Called? -35% 

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

5.25 p.m. - 7 p.m.

21

september

What Will The Place Be Called? -35 %

KC Průhon
Socháňova 1220/27
163 00 Prague 6 - Řepy

Programme of the evening:

1 Awareness of  Indeterminate Terrain – Radan Haluzík et al.

2 Zličín Research Committee – KVZ.

Details of the programme will be posted on the festival website, on apartment notice boards, in letterboxes and at public transport stops. Not only residents of Řepy and Zličín are welcome!

Bookings by email: josefina@bubec.cz

6 p.m.

26

september

Final Debate of the Festival m3

Social Hall

Masaryk railway station
Havlíčkova 1014/2

A debate on the possible use of railway station buildings, urban development around stations and the future of train transport, will be held together with the Landscape Festival and invited experts. 

The debate will be attended by Petr Zeman – Chair of the Committee for Territorial Development, Urban Planning and National Heritage Protection at Prague City Hall and founder of the Empty Houses portal. Dan Merta, art historian, curator and director of the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Marek Adamov, representative of the Stanica Žilina – Záriečie cultural centre, Iva Mladičová and Dagmar Šubrtová, curators of the Festival m3, Michal Lehečka from the Laboratory of Sustainable Urbanism (AutoMat) and other guests will also take part in the debate. 

6 p.m.

27

september

Screening of Vladimír Turner's film

Modern Times

Moving Station
Koperníkova 56
301 00 Plzeň 3 - Jižní Předměstí

Modern Times: An update of Chaplin’s Modern Times highlights the absurd dimension of technological progress,  thanks to which humanity is not evolving, but rather becoming stunted. This fact is illustrated by hoverboards, which relieve us of the need to walk, and we partly become machines because of the prosthetic chassis. An identical interpretive key to the seriality and monotony of the modern world is offered by aerial views of a housing estate of identical turnkey houses. Machine-structured reality makes slaves of us all. “Modern times have changed significantly since the time of Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin, with his sensitivity to the world, would probably be dependent on Xanax today.” (V.T.)

 

6 p.m.

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Implementation team

Artistic director:
Čestmír Suška

Curators:
Dagmar Šubrtová and Iva Mladičová

Manager of production:
Ivana Vodičková

PR:
Klára Sofie Střihavková

Production:
Dan Toman, Josefína Frýbová,
Jarka Janíčková

Technical manager:
Martin Pertl

Grafic design:
Jáchym Moravec and David Babka

Web:
Simona Sušková

Special thanks to:
Miroslav Bílek, Blanka Němcová, Vojtěch Pollák, Richard Janeček, Matěj Remeš, Rebeka Široká, Matyáš Kořínek, Vladislav Tesárek – Kladenský pivovar

Patronage

The patronage of the m3 Festival was kindly accepted by:

Mgr. Milan Volf
Mayor of Kladno

Doc. Ing. arch. Petr Hlaváček
Deputy head of the city of Prague

MgA. Hana Třeštíková
Councilor of the city of Prague

Czech Chamber of Architects

MgA. David Kašpar
Deputy Mayor of District P10

Mgr. Ondřej Kolář
Mayor of District P6

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