Into the Abyss of the Lignite Clouds
The focus of the expedition and workshops in the landscape around the Most Basin is on current changes in the heavily industrialized landscape, especially with regard to the loss of historical continuity, the transfers of geological layers and social structures, and current discussions about the abolition of territorial limits, as well as the potential for further degradation and exploitation of the landscape by extensive open cast mining.
This expedition is based on the idea that it is necessary, both for art and ecology, to consider the interconnections between people and the landscape, with regard to energy resources, animals, plants, history, and the like.
The domains that artists and ecologists share are not simply the realms of the beautiful, the aesthetic, or of pleasure. This thinking spurs a departure from (and rethinking of) the romantic and utilitarian models to which both art and nature have traditionally been subject. Similar attempts to rethink this subject are also occurring in sociology, biology, and philosophy, as well as in the arts. These issues are relevant everywhere, but they are especially pertinent in the Most Basin, which is a unique area with its uncanny combination of its remaining natural niches, a long history of heavy industrial pollution and open cast mining, and recent efforts for environmental recultivation.
Participants: Gunnhild Enger, Þórunn Eymundardóttir, Tommy Høvik, Kristín Rúnarsdóttir, Vladimír Turner, Robert Vlasák, Martin Zet.
Organisation: Dagmar Šubrtová, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Michal Kindernay.
Norwegian artist Tommy Høvik works in different media, and in his installations, he often a combines the personal, the existential and the poetic. He deconstructs found materials and narratives to lay down a trail to new ones, in search of unseen outcomes, or to see existing outcomes anew, often shifting between the past, present, and future, and even to metaphysical scenarios. In his recent works, he has been exploring sustainability in its various aspects.
Þórunn Eymundardóttir: The Sky Over Libkovice
Þórunn Eymundardóttir works in various media, such as installations, performances, video and audio, sculpture and photography. The exploration of boundaries between the self and the other, and the elevation of everyday life are at the core of her practice.
Miloš Šejn works in the fields of visual art, performance and study of visual perception. From the beginning of the 1960s he took pictures, drew, collected and described his observations of nature during his wanderings through the Czech landscape. Currently he teaches mixed media and the relationship of nature and art as intrinsic needs of the mind, and focuses on immediate creative possibilities, based upon relations between historical humanized landscapes and intact nature.
Petr Meduna, Ph.D.
Petr Meduna, Ph.D., is an archeologist and historian. He graduated from the Charles University in Prague, and worked at the Archaeological Institute in Most (1986-1996), and later in the Archaeological institute in Prague. He is especially interested in the Middle Ages, and the relationships between the social and natural sciences.
Václav Cílek is a Czech geologist, climatologist, writer, philosopher, and popularizer of science who combines a knowledge of the humanities with natural science. He is the author of around 400 scientific articles and several books, including the award-winning Inscapes and Landscapes and Makom Book of Places.
Ivo Přikryl is a hydrobiologist working at ENKI o.p.s. Třeboň. His research focuses on zooplankton in lakes, dams and ponds mostly in Central Europe. He is currently studying the possibilities for the protection of wetlands , marshes, the management of dams and the recultivation of the landscape after periods of open cast mining, especially in the Ore Mountains.