Festival m³
Umění v prostoru
Art in Space

City Therapy
15 June — 30 September 2021 Prague 6 and Prague 7

The fifth year of the m3 / Art in Space festival continues its tradition – every year the festival has taken place in a different Prague district, had a different theme and was prepared by a different curatorial duo. Thanks to this concept, which prevents artistic stagnation, visitors to the festival can encounter completely different approaches and perspectives on art and public space each year.

The 2021 festival is taking place in the extensive area of the central districts of Prague 6 and Prague 7.

The theme of this year’s festival is an exploration of the possibilities of the work of art as a tool for the healing of place and community, metaphorically speaking, City Therapy. We are aware that the city is not an inanimate backdrop to our lives, but one of its main actors. The dynamic pulse and zeitgeist of the city affects us all – sometimes more, sometimes less. Its physical and psychological functions directly influence the level of our individual condition. To achieve our therapeutic goals, it is necessary to search for effective art forms and tools specific to public space – the public language of art. It can enter into the discussion of urban concerns in a variety of ways: by encouraging, questioning, revealing, inspiring, criticising… Its manifestations can be material objects or social situations.

For the realisation of the m3 2021 festival, fourteen artists / art collectives were approached who have a personal relationship to the selected location – they have been living and working there for a long time. They therefore approach their creative task not only from the position of an artist but also as citizens – insiders who know the local conditions and have inner motivation to initiate a positive change there. Together, we have tried to locate several neuralgic points (places and themes) on the body of the urban organism in both city boroughs and to inspire activity that sees the city not only in terms of a functional mechanism, but also as an environment of joy and surprise.

Curators: Jitka Hlaváčková and Ludvík Hlaváček

m³ Festival
Programme

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

15

june

Exhibition opening

Guided tour

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Exhibition opening and guided tour of Kafka’s studio.

7 p.m.

16

june

Lecturer's workshop
"Healthy City, Healthy Spirit”

For children and teenagers

The Centre for Contemporary Arts

Dukelských Hrdinů 500, 170 00 Prague 7

With the help of graphic printing techniques, we will reveal what can be imagined under the term ” City Therapy”. 

3 p.m.-5 p.m.

17

june

Veronika Zapletalová

 Veleslavín Chateau

We will meet at 5 p.m. at the side entrance to the chateau grounds
(the metal gate near the railway line)

Water is a symbol of life; it has the power to restore the physical and psychological functions of the landscape, including those of its human inhabitants. Meet and talk with the artist, curator and their guests at a forgotten pond in the grounds of Veleslavín chateau.

Booking required: josefina@bubec.cz

5 p.m.-8 p.m.

18

june

Alois Yang

Concert

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

“Site-specific Body and Sound Performance”

7 p.m.

19

june

Children’s Workshops
with Kurt Gebauer and Irena Iškieová

for Children 5-11 years old

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

In the garden adjacent to the studio, we have prepared a programme for children from the neighbourhood the theme of which is improvisation and creative activity with found natural materials and objects. The children will create temporary sculptures with Kurt and the lecturer Irena and think about their installation in the Kafkárna space.

(max. 10 children, by reservation only – email: josefina@bubec.cz)

10.30 a.m.

19

june

Daniel Dlouhý

Phenomenal Space and Phenomenal Food

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Food cooked over a fire Mexican style in collaboration with Güero’s Tacos and using plants grown in the studio’s garden.

5 p.m.

20

june

In Search of the Sounds of Local Elements and Animals

Guided walk

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

A guided walk through the garden and the studio with environmentalist and poet Luděk Čertík.

8.30 a.m.

20

june

Children’s Workshops
with Kurt Gebauer and Irena Iškieová

for Children 5-11 years old

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

In the garden adjacent to the studio, we have prepared a programme for children from the neighbourhood the theme of which is improvisation and creative activity with found natural materials and objects. The children will create temporary sculptures with Kurt and the lecturer Irena and think about their installation in the Kafkárna space.

(max. 10 children, by reservation only – email: josefina@bubec.cz)

10.30 a.m.

20

june

Daniel Dlouhý

Phenomenal Space and Phenomenal Food

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Food cooked over a fire Mexican style in collaboration with Güero’s Tacos and using plants grown in the studio’s garden.

4 p.m.

20

june

Aliaksandra Yakubouskaya

Breathing / Inhalation

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Creation of a collective breath of the body, experience of a closeness to all the beings in the environment of the Kafkárna.

7 p.m.

23

june

Darina Alster

“Body of the History”, group performance

National Technical Library

Technická 2710/6, Prague 6

A several-hour-long narrative performance in impressive settings and with the participation of many performers who will interpret historical facts, personal stories and memories of the inhabitants of Prague 6, as well as the emotions that these stories evoke. A recording of the performance, taken by cameras placed on the performers’ bodies, will be presented throughout the festival in the form of a projection on the outer wall of the National Technical Library building.

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

26

june

Jitka Hlaváčková and Ludvík Hlaváček

Walk with Curators no. I (Letná)

We will meet at Špejchar, near the tram terminus.

A walk to see the artworks of the m3 Festival situated on Letná: Milan Mikuláštík, Tomáš Svoboda and Richard Wiesner will talk at Špejchar, on Letná plain, then we’ll walk down Milady Horákové Street to the Prague 7 Polyclinic (talk by Marie Doucet), or we can continue to Strossmayerovo Square to the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Pekárna).

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

28

june

Marie Doucet

Embroidered City, creative workshop

The Centre for Contemporary Arts

Dukelských Hrdinů 500, 170 00 Prague 7

Together we will explore your relationship with the city, and the memories and stories associated with places that are important to you. We will create a personal map by embroidering on paper.

from 15 years of age/ for 6 people, to be booked here: josefina@bubec.cz

5 p.m.

30

june

Rafani

Kibbo Kift, group performance

In the park by Hradčanská metro station near the Prague-Dejvice railway station

Members of the Rafani group will present a choreographed dance based on the rituals of the avant-garde movement Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, founded in Britain in 1920 by John Hargrave. This movement built its programme and artistic expression on an unusual blend of archaic and, on the contrary, very progressive cultural motifs: a holistic vision of the world, pacifism and the idea of coexistence with nature, perceived through all the senses with which humans have been endowed.

3 p.m.

june

Walk through the grounds of the Institute of Physics

Date to be specified on our website 

Institute of Physics of CAS,
Cukrovarnická 112/10, Prague 6

A walk through the grounds of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, not only concerning the work of Anežka Hošková.

00.00

3

july

Daniel Dlouhý

Phenomenal Space and Phenomenal Food

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Food cooked over a fire Mexican style in collaboration with Güero’s Tacos and using plants grown in the studio’s garden.

6 p.m.

10

july

Jan Trejbal

A Swarm of Opportunities

We will meet at Buštěhradská 2 (near the Kafkárna), the end will be at the forgotten pond near Na Bateriích Street

For one day of the year we will support your imagination with the help of a swarm of drones. At Ořechovka, near the former Prague Castle water mains, we will walk through several places that remain hidden from the street view; yet, they represent new opportunities for public space in Prague 6.

5 p.m.

12

july

Pavel Karous

Art Walk

The meeting place is at the tram stop Výstaviště Holešovice at 17.00.

Art Walk with Pavel Karous

5 p.m.

13

july

Jiří Kovanda a Jiří Sádlo

Encounter above Stromovka

Za Elektrárnou street, Stromovka - by the bridge to Císařský ostrov near J. Kovanda’s and J. Sádlo’s installation

A talk with the authors of the installation – artist Jiří Kovanda and biologist Jiří Sádlo – about the history and changes of the biotope of Stromovka and the Troja basin.

4 p.m.

15

july

Dušan Zahoranský

Drutěva Workshop

Dělnická 1020, Prague 7-Holešovice
(the little park near Maniny tram stop)

In the circular space of Dušan Zahoranský’s installation, we want to present the ways of working that have been going on behind the walls of the Drutěva building for more than seventy years. In this outdoor workshop, members of a temporary “cooperative” of employees and members of the public will produce one of Drutěva’s products in the course of one day.

For adults / 10 persons, to be booked here: josefina@bubec.cz

12 p.m.-4 p.m.

17

july

Jitka Hlaváčková

Bike tour with curator

We will meet next to the Veleslavín Railway Station.

A ride through Prague 6 along the artistic interventions of the m3 Festival, along the Veleslavín Castle complex (Veronika Zapletalová), Pod Novým lesem Street (Jan Trejbal), Ořechovka (Anežka Hošková), to Kafkárna (Matouš Lipus and team), stop at Špejchar (Milan Mikuláštík), on the Letna Plain (Tomáš Svoboda and Richard Wiesner), then to the polyclinic of Prague 7 (Marie Doucet), possibly a stop at the Center for Contemporary Art (Bakery) at Strossmayerovo nám., further along the Vltava (Eva Jiřička and Mira Gáberová) via: Dělnická (Dušan Zahoranský), Staré Holešovice (Milena Dopitová), Stromovka (Jiří Kovanda and Jiří Sádlo), Podbaba (Janek Rous; possibly Kunsthal), and finally to NTK (Darina Alster).
Length of the route about 15 km – still downhill 🙂

3 p.m.-6 p.m.

18

july

Jitka Hlaváčková and Ludvík Hlaváček

Walk with Curators no. II
(Veleslavín-Ořechovka-Dejvice)

We will meet next to the Veleslavín Railway Station.

A walk through Prague 6 to see the artistic interventions of the m3 Festival, through the grounds of Veleslavín Chateau (Veronika Zapletalová), along Pod novým lesem Street (Jan Trejbal) to Ořechovka (Anežka Hošková), to the Kafkárna (Matouš Lipus and collective), then on to the National Technical Library (Darina Alster). The length of the route is about 5 km.

3 p.m.-5 p.m.

24

july

Lecturer's Workshop
"Vision of a Therapy of Place"

For children and teenagers

The Centre for Contemporary Arts

Dukelských Hrdinů 500, 170 00 Prague 7

The workshop offers an opportunity to visualise the positive transformation of a chosen location through the simple artistic means of drawing and collage. Prepared photographs of hidden corners of the city will be waiting for your “therapeutic idea” about how to improve, clean, spice up and creatively contribute to the location. 

2 p.m.-4 p.m.

25

july

Polina Khatsenka, Jan Krombholz,
Petra Skořepová

“Time is a Fabrication, or it is Nothing at All”

Kafka’s studio,
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Procedural sound intervention with Artbiom.cz discussion by the fire.

6 p.m.

july

Walk through the grounds of the Institute of Physics

Date to be specified on our website 

Institute of Physics of CAS,
Cukrovarnická 112/10, Prague 6

A walk through the grounds of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, not only concerning the work of Anežka Hošková.

00.00

1

august

Reading by the Fire and Baptism of a Special Issue of the Prague ArtMap

Reading by the Fire and Baptism

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Reading by the Fire and Baptism of a Special Issue of the Prague ArtMap and ZIN of the Sculpture Studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague

17:30 somatic workshop with Ruta Putramentaite
18: 30 baptism of ZIN
19: 30 audio-visual performance: A B H I
20: 30 reading by the fire with Kateřina Konrádová and Matouš Lipus from Werner Herzog’s travelogue: About walking on Ice

5.30 p.m.

6

august

Children’s Workshops
with Kurt Gebauer and Irena Iškieová

for Children 5-11 years old

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

In the garden adjacent to the studio, we have prepared a programme for children from the neighbourhood the theme of which is improvisation and creative activity with found natural materials and objects. The children will create temporary sculptures with Kurt and the lecturer Irena and think about their installation in the Kafkárna space.

(max. 10 children, by reservation only – email: josefina@bubec.cz)

10.30 a.m.

7

august

Children’s Workshops
with Kurt Gebauer and Irena Iškieová

for Children 5-11 years old

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

In the garden adjacent to the studio, we have prepared a programme for children from the neighbourhood the theme of which is improvisation and creative activity with found natural materials and objects. The children will create temporary sculptures with Kurt and the lecturer Irena and think about their installation in the Kafkárna space.

(max. 10 children, by reservation only – email: josefina@bubec.cz)

10.30 a.m.

8

august

Walk through the grounds of the Institute of Physics

Date to be specified on our website 

Institute of Physics of CAS,
Cukrovarnická 112/10, Prague 6

A walk through the grounds of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, not only concerning the work of Anežka Hošková.

4.30 p.m.

8

august

Daniel Dlouhý

Phenomenal Space and Phenomenal Food

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Food cooked over a fire Mexican style in collaboration with Güero’s Tacos and using plants grown in the studio’s garden.

6 p.m.

18

august

Marie Doucet

Embroidered City, creative workshop

The Centre for Contemporary Arts,

Dukelských Hrdinů 500, 170 00 Prague 7

Together we will explore your relationship with the city, and memories and stories associated with places that are important to you. We will create a personal map by embroidering on paper.

from 15 years of age/ for 6 people, to be booked here: josefina@bubec.cz

5 p.m.

25

august

Tour of the sculpture gardens with Kurt Gebauer and Matouš Lipus

We’ll meet at:
Kafka’s studio, Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

max. 10 persons, booking at: josefina@bubec.cz

4 p.m.

4

september

Dorothea Hofmeisterová

“Hanging out Laundry by the River”
Participatory performance

In Ladislavův Park on the Vltava riverbank in Holešovice, there are two beach volleyball courts. However, it seems that nobody plays volleyball here. Let’s spread the nets between the posts again and let’s play… The game will be preceded by an artistic performance of washing laundry in the river and hanging it out between the posts instead of the volleyball net. Through joint “household” work and through play, the abandoned place will be repopulated.

5 p.m. -
till evening

6

september

Janek Rous

“The Tree and the Mower”, public debate

We will meet at Ve Struhách 46-48, in the park near Janek Rous's object called "Solitaire"

16.30 art walk – meeting in the park at the Solitér building (Ve Struhách 46-48)
18.00 debate in the NTL (Balling Hall)

What do the terms “maintained” vs. “unmaintained” urban greenery mean to us? Could city dwellers have more influence on the character of the public space in their immediate neighbourhood? Should they be able to cooperate with the city and their neighbours in caring for the trees, plants and overall appearance of the places that form part of their homes within public space? On the issue of urban and participatory care and their possible forms, we are organising a public meeting and discussion with pro-active residents of Prague 6, representatives of the Prague 6 borough, and organisations and architects involved in urban nature or environmental protection.

4.30 p.m.

8

september

Pavel Karous

Art Walk

Meeting point at the Maniny tram station next to the work Dušan Zahoranský.

Art Walk with Pavel Karous

5 p.m.

11

september

Jitka Hlaváčková and Ludvík Hlaváček

Walk with Curators no. III (Riverbank Trip)

We will meet on the riverbank, at the Holešovická Tržnice tram stop

A trip along the Vltava river visiting the artistic interventions of the m3 Festival (Eva Jiřička and Mira Gáberová) from Holešovice Market to Podbaba. Stops: Ladislavův Park (Dorka Hofmeisterová), Drutěva (Dušan Zahoranský), Zátory (Milena Dopitová), Stromovka (Jiří Kovanda and Jiří Sádlo), and Podbaba (Janek Rous; Kunsthala). Length of the route: 10 km.

2 p.m.-6 p.m.

17

september

Lecturer's Workshop
"Vision of a Therapy of Place"

For children and teenagers

The Centre for Contemporary Arts

Dukelských Hrdinů 500, 170 00 Prague 7

The workshop offers an opportunity to visualise the positive transformation of a chosen location through the simple artistic means of drawing and collage. Prepared photographs of hidden corners of the city will be waiting for your “therapeutic idea” about how to improve, clean, spice up and creatively contribute to the location. 

12 p.m.-2 p.m.

17

september

Reading by the Fire

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

7 p.m.

18

september

Art workshop with Anežka Hošková

Institute of Physics of CAS,
Cukrovarnická 112/10, Prague 6

The workshop with Anežka Hošková, the author of the Hey Moon sculpture, in the garden of the Institute of Physics of the ASCR, will be part of the Neighborhood Celebration as part of Experience the City Differently. Unleash your imagination, and together with the artist, respond to the mysterious grounds of the Institute of Physics and fantastic birds with a human soul from the statue of Hey Moon, in which Agnes embodied her dreams and ideas about the local fairy-tale inhabitants.

For children and adults

2 p.m.

18

september

Neighbourhood celebration and walk through the grounds of the Institute of Physics​

Institute of Physics of CAS,
Cukrovarnická 112/10, Prague 6

A walk through the premises of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic not only for the work of Anežka Hošková, where a workshop will take place
at 2 p.m.

11 a.m. - till evening

18

september

Bicycle tour with a curator

Meeting next to the Veleslavín Railway Station building

A ride through Prague 6 along the artistic interventions of the M3 Festival, along the Veleslavín Castle complex (Veronika Zapletalová), Pod Novým lesem Street (Jan Trejbal) to Ořechovka (Anežka Hošková), to Kafkárna (Matouš Lipus and team), stop at Špejchar (Milan Mikuláštík), on the Letna Plain (Tomáš Svoboda and Richard Wiesner), then to the polyclinic of Prague 7 (Marie Doucet), possible stop at the Center for Contemporary Art (Bakery) at Strossmayerova nám., further along the Vltava (Eva Jiřička and Mira Gáberová) from Holešovice Market to Podbaba via: Dělnická (Dušan Zahoranský), Staré Holešovice (Milena Dopitová), Stromovka (Jiří Kovanda and Jiří Sádlo), Podbaba (Janek Rous; possibly Kunsthal), and finally to NTK (Darina Alster).
The length of the route is about 15 km – still downhill

3 p.m.

18

september

Guided tour of the studio and garden

Guided tour 

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Guided tour of the studio and garden with Matouš Lipus and other creators of interventions in Kafka’s studio.

4 p.m.

18

september

Daniel Dlouhý

Phenomenal Space and Phenomenal Food

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Food cooked over a fire Mexican style in collaboration with Güero’s Tacos and using plants grown in the studio’s garden.

6 p.m.

19

september

In Search of the Sounds of Local Elements and Animals

Date to be specified on our website 

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

A guided walk through the garden and the studio with environmentalist and poet Luděk Čertík.

6.30 p.m.

20

september

Aliaksandra Yakubouskaya

Breathing / Inhalation

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

Creation of a collective breath of the body, experience of a closeness to all the beings in the environment of the Kafkárna.

7 p.m.

21

september

Final Discussion of the m3 festival

The Centre for Contemporary Arts

Dukelských Hrdinů 500, 170 00 Prague 7

Presentation of the outcomes and evaluation of the festival, reflection on current topics relating to public space in Prague with artists, curators and organisers of the m3 Festival.

5 p.m.

25

september

Lecturer's Workshop
"Healthy City, Healthy Spirit”

For children and teenagers

The Centre for Contemporary Arts

Dukelských Hrdinů 500, 170 00 Prague 7

With the help of graphic printing techniques, we will reveal what can be imagined under the term “City Therapy”.

2 p.m.-4 p.m.

26

september

Aliaksandra Yakubouskaya

Breathing / Inhalation

Kafka’s studio
Buštěhradská 5/2, Prague 6

The sound performance is the completion of the “Inhale-Exhale” cycle, beginning with the collective breathing body created and archived by the participants’ breath and the subsequent return of the breaths of living beings from various time-spaces to the Kafkárna studio building in the form of sound vibrations.

6 p.m.

1

october

Milan Mikuláštík

“Delineation”, performance

At Špejchar tram terminus, in the middle of the turning loop, at the object by Milan Mikuláštík called "Removal"

Participatory performance by Milan Mikuláštík on the site of the former Kolonka student hall of residence, delineation of its ground plan in the terrain, meeting with a former resident.

5 p.m.

m³ Festival
Artists

Veronika Zapletalová (foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Veleslavín Chateau

 

Water is a symbol of the life of the landscape; it has the power to restore the physical and psychological functions of the local ecosystem, including those of its human inhabitants. In the grounds and in the surroundings of Veleslavín Chateau, whose fate she has been following for a long time, the artist has therefore focused on neglected water features lost in formerly cultivated, now desolate, urban nature. In order to restore and make visible the sites of once important sources of water and recreation, she initiated a "cleaning of the Chateau pond” by people living in the vicinity of the Chateau. However, in her large-scale installation, the main manifestation of the invisible organic processes in the landscape are colonies of fungi made from locally found melted plastic trash cast into concrete moulds, which seemed to demand attention and care by their presence.

 

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Anežka Hošková - Hey Moon (foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Hey Moon

The design of a metal sculpture for the garden of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences works with the genius loci of the whole site, which, like many other buildings in the Ořechovka area and the whole of Prague 6, was built in the 1920s in the style of Rondocubism. The shapes typical of this architecture form the backdrop for almost all of the artist's life and closely correspond to the morphology of her current artistic work. This factor is also one of the keys to the first entry of the artist (until now mainly a painter) into public space in the form of a sculptural installation.

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M3 - Kafkárna (foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Kafka's Studio


Opening hours:
sunday 11.00–17.00,
monday 14.00–18.00, or by appointment on the telephone number +420 777 844 450


The "Kafkárna" is the building of the former studio of the sculptor Bohumil Kafka, which has been continuously used for almost a hundred years for the creation of works of art intended primarily for public space. Since 1990, it has been used by the sculpture studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM). The sculptor Matouš Lipus and thirteen other artists have made small artistic interventions in its ancient garden which has served mainly as a repository for old sculptures for decades. An aqueduct, beds of perennial flowers, a bivouac in a tree, a greenhouse, a gaming table, paintings and photographs, an artist's book of photographs, performances and other artistic actions bring attention and benefits to a neglected place.


*Matouš Lipus, Aleš Novák, Viktor Dedek, Irena Iškievová, Daniel Dlouhý, Tereza Tomanová, Viktor Kákoš, Nico Prokop, Vojtěch Hlaváček, Slávka Hajdeckerová, Stanislav Karoli, Klára Jakešová, Alois Yang, Aliaksandra Yakubouskaya


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(foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Removal and Delineation

 

The site of the artistic research and installation of the artist is a large part of the Letenské Sady area around the tram terminus at Špejchar. In the centre of the turning loop, there is a three-metre high monument erected on 17 November 1989, to commemorate the Kolonka site, a dormitory for poor students. The large complex of wooden buildings in the Rondocubist style was built on the initiative and at the expense of the entrepreneur Václav Havel in 1920, according to plans by architect Miloš Vaněček, and stood here until the 1970s. The work consists in covering up this monument, probably the last one created during the previous regime. It raises question marks not only about the history of the site, but also reflects on the issue of preserving architectural and historical values in public space in the context of changing political conditions. Part of the work is the intention to performatively delineate the ground plan of the Kolonka site in collaboration with former residents and surveyors.

 

 

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Letná Plain

 

Letná Plain is an empty space that is filled with temporary content, thanks to human activity: kite flying, demonstrations, circuses, sports, concerts, parades. Tomáš Svoboda's interest focuses on the systems and principles of the current and past mechanisms of power, media and communication, and their social and psychological laws. A retrospective look at the historical positions of demonstrations on Letná Plain, from the May Day celebrations under the communist regime, through military parades, to the Velvet Revolution and the Million Moments for Democracy demonstrations, inspired the artist to temporarily intervene – to inscribe the motif of a defective slogan in the sand of the plain.

 

 

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(foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Work from 16.9. it is no longer available due to the need for premature evacuation of space on the Letná Plain.

 

Speech

 

The purpose of the installation of an individual rostrum with built-in sound equipment on Letná Plain is to give each of the inhabitants of Prague a symbolic opportunity to send a message to the world by making their own speech. Despite the seemingly already established democratic structure, freedom of speech is still an uncertain and often neglected right which, moreover, suffers significantly due to the pandemic limitations. Despite external obstacles, however, it is necessary not only to express one's opinion at home or in the manipulative environment of social networks, but also to express it publicly and to cultivate the forms of this expression through public debate.

 

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Obyčejné místo / Common Place


The French designer Marie Doucet conducts research at the intersection of art and design. For the m3 Festival, she has collected many memories of the favourite locations of her neighbours from Prague 7. Places that seem ordinary but are significant to the individual because they are associated with a unique personal memory and experience. The collected testimonies are recorded by the author in the form of hand-embroidery on textile maps and shared with the people in her quarter in the windows of the local polyclinic, shops, library and cafes.


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(foto: Jan Rasch)
(foto: Jan Rasch)

 

The Banks of the Vltava


In November 2020, the artists carried out an artistic happening, without public participation, which brought both of them a strong personal experience and a recognition of the magical potential the river has as a natural geographical boundary for the identity of the surrounding neighbourhoods. The course of the happening, which involved mapping the banks of the Vltava in the area between Prague 7 and Prague 8, was shared by the artists with local citizens through postcards which record the happening and invite them to do the same themselves.


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(foto: Jan Rasch)

 

 

Drutěva


Since 1950, "DRUTĚVA", a cooperative of workshops and services employing disabled citizens, has been located in Dělnická Street near the Libeň Bridge. The artist was led to the discovery and subsequent communication with the cooperative by his interest in the working-class character of lower Holešovice, based on the industrial history of the area. His installation, formally developing the line of the railing in front of Drutěva, forms a symbolic "stand" – an exhibition space in which the work is shown of people who have been associated with the workshops and thus with the site for decades.


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(foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Hasn't There Been a Better Bad Idea?


The object reminds one of the forgotten life and history of Zátory – the industrial part of Prague 7 – which, except for a few remains, was demolished in the 1970s. Based on archival research and interviews with surviving witnesses, the artist has created an archetypal story of life in this quarter before it became devastated. She abstracted one particular situation from this story, symbolised by the object of a street basketball hoop – a situation that might seem playful and poetic in a less tragic context.


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(foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Stromovka


Jiří Kovanda has lived in Prague 7 since the 1980s and has been visiting Stromovka park for at least as long, observing the changes in its environment in terms of natural conditions and the atmosphere for visitors. He confronts his reflections on this experience with the scientific reflection of biologist RNDr. Jiří Sádlo who has also been interested in the development of the Troja Basin biotope for a long time. On two separate notice boards, located near the little bridge to Císařský ostrov, both authors present the results of their academic and artistic reflections on the development of the Stromovka ecosystem.


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(foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Kibbo Kift


An artistic performance in which members of the Rafani group will present a choreographed dance based on the rituals of the avant-garde Kibbo Kift movement. Founded in Britain in 1920 by John Hargrave, the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift movement built its programme and artistic expression on an unusual blend of archaic and very progressive cultural motifs: a holistic vision of the world, pacifism, and coexistence with nature perceived through all the senses.



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(foto: Jan Rasch)

 

Solitér

 

The work for the municipal land managed by the cooperative, adjacent to the Ve Struhách cooperative houses, takes the physical form of a garden seating area - a community gathering place. However, this place is also an audio installation that carries a hidden message: it reveals the buried layers of the memory of a place defined by the now forgotten stories of collective civic initiatives in this place many decades ago. The work is primarily based on interviews with surviving witnesses and is intended for both local residents, to whom it reveals the genesis of their homes, and for visitors from outside, who may be surprised by the extent of the participatory activities of previous generations.

 

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Body of the History / Remembrance

 

As in her previous work, the artist uses a group performance with staged elements to interpret certain aspects of the contemporary world. A several-hour-long performance in impressive settings will take place with the participation of at least a dozen performers who will use their own bodies to interpret historical facts and personal stories and memories of the inhabitants of Prague 6 in a layered collage. In this case, a recording of the performance, taken by cameras placed on the bodies of all the performers, will be an inseparable part of the work and will be presented throughout the festival in the form of a projection on the outer wall of the National Technical Library building.

 

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