Meeting at The Osek Monastery
Beginning: 5 PM
Dear friends and supporters of the Frontiers of Solitude project:
We would like to express our thanks to all who have supported and contributed to the expeditions in Northern Bohemia and Iceland. To mark the end of traveling around the open pits we are organizing an informal meeting in the Osek Monastery on September 25 (starting at 5pm). It would be a pleasure if you could join us. The event will look back at the three-week-long Czech expedition program, including a presentation of the Icelandic expedition by means of photographs by its participants.
5 PM: Impressions, sounds and videos from the journeys across the Most Basin and Iceland (Dagmar Šubrtová, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Pavel Mrkus, Martin Zet, Michal Kindernay, and others).
7 PM: Concert for double bass and live electronics by George Cremaschi. georgecremaschi.com
7:30 PM: Sound performance by Laura Luna, inspired by the process of coal mining. We will explore with imaginary field recordings the strange ambivalence that this place and towns surrounding theml. We will use motors, gravel, rocks and coal on a small scale to produce the “field recordings”, and merge them with our idealized perceptions of the processes that we see happening in and around the huge open pits. soundcloud.com/laulucas
8 PM: Concert for organ at the Monastery Church.
Participants and collaborators of the Frontiers of Solitude project (Dagmar Šubrtová, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Michal Kindernay, and Dominik Žižka).
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.
Pavel Mrkus is a visual artist who makes use of digital moving images, sound and space. He graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. For several years, he taught at the University in Toyama in Japan. His work makes use of digital technologies in an attempt to intermediate between the spiritual traditions of western Europe and the East.
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.
About the Frontiers of Solitude project
This project focuses on contemporary transformations of the landscape and the close connections between our post-industrial civilization and nature. These themes are elaborated in terms of the cultural geography and morphology of three specific areas of central and northern Europe. The project includes residencies and workshops in selected areas of the Czech Republic, Iceland and Norway. The aim of these residencies and workshops is to foster collaboration and an exchange of experiences between individual artists, researchers and initiatives, and to explore and interpret recent and long-term transformations of the landscape.