We met at Columbusplatz (2021) screening
Another SEFO discussion on public space and art in it, in which Anna Witt and students of the Viennese die Angewandte will present their projects together with Vladimír Havlík, will also include a screening of the video We met at Columbusplatz. The recording of the performance, which emerged from the course led by Anna there, will be made available during the screening of Gallery 9:16pm. We start on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 pm in the OMA!
We met at Columbusplatz
collective performance in public space, Columbusplatz Vienna, 05th, June 2021
Anna Witt, Artur Schernthaner-Lourdesamy, Filippo Contatore, Florin Stanzer, Judith Raupp, Joshua Bond, Pia Plankensteiner, with Alice Skreta, Papa G and Max Koller (camera)
During the seminar “Worst fear, best fantasy” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, in the Department of Site-Specific Art, a group of young artists and Anna Witt developed a collective performance in public space. As preparation, they walked through the city, looked for places, discussed the meaning and potentials of certain locations in public space and finally selected the Columbusplatz in Viennas' district Favoriten, close to the central station, as their starting point and stage for public interventions.
Columbusplatz, named after Christopher Columbus, is a square located between a busy road and a pedestrian zone, framed by historical buildings, with a fountain, cafes and flower beds. Traces of consuming oriented city development are undermining this place. A big entrance to an underground car park is cut into the middle of the square, leading to the Columbus Center, a modestly functional shopping mall with an aggressive postmodernist mirror glass facade, with an abstracted egg-shaped bay window integrated.
In the context of this urban environment, several meetings took place, in which the group used a loose set of “body exercises” to get in an open and experimental dialogue within the group, the public space and people around. The starting point for these experiments was a given platform in the centre of the square. Body exercises like falling, standing, or balancing weight, reach from singular exposure of a vulnerable body, to group acts of symbiotic movements of a collective force, to symbolic gestures resolving in absurdity. The performers experiment with dependencies, gravity and the breaking point of a group. Body-configurations and group dynamics influence each other mutually and create an inner narrative. In other exercises, the idea of self-control or external power and activeness or passiveness played an important role. The exercises followed a loose structure, where a set of ideas was fixed but the specific enactment was largely improvised. A group with defined rules but without allocation of roles, communicating bodily and intuitively about the next step to take. There were moments of discomfort and disorientation, which were accepted as the necessary side effect of being open and accessible to the unforeseen and incidental. In certain moments, even a child-like flow of playing occurred.
Columbusplatz is a very lively Plaza. The performance took place in coexistence with other activities there. Performers did not grasp for special attention, nor was anybody disturbed by their presence, at times joining into the playfulness which was there already. This motivated a certain intimacy within the group, with being able to concentrate but also lean back into the surrounding noise. An interaction with passersby was not forced, nor avoided. It could happen at any time. The performances were abstract in a way, to give space for connection between different personal ideas and layers of meaning inherent at the place itself.
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The 2nd stage reading of this summer awaits us on Thursday. Actors Matouš Ruml, Michal Przebinda and Natálie Tichánková, under the direction of Tomáš Soldán, will take the book Map and the Territory of the French writer Michel Houellebecq.
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Thirty people did not miss the debate on public space (and a walk through Olomouc)
Can we use public space in Olomouc? Does it include art at all? These questions and many others were answered by thirty interested parties by experts on a guided walk through Olomouc and the subsequent discussion in the MUO Trio within the Triennial | SEFO | 2021
Martina Mertová, curator of the architecture collection of the Museum of Art, Jan Jeništa (For beautiful Olomouc), sculptor Pavel Karous (project Aliens and Herons), Marie Foltýnová (curator and head of the Department of Public Sculpture Administration of the Gallery of the Capital City of Prague), Marek Sivák (architect, Pěstuj prostor Plzeň), Zuzana Godálová (director of the Topolčany association, platforms 1-12) or art historian Jana Kořínková. In the ensuing discussion, Magdalena Petráková (Creative Olomouc) recapitulated past, current and planned interventions in the public space of Olomouc.
A new issue of the Museum has been published
With the start of the holidays comes the new issue of Muzeion magazine. He will tell you all about this year 's largest exhibition of the Museum of Art - Triennial SEFO | 2021. You can look forward to a great interview with the exhibition's chief curator Barbora Kundračíková, who will reveal what preceded the triennial itself. The individual curators will then present each exhibition to you separately.
In the Museum you will also find the entire summer program of the Museum of Art or a map of the city, which will show you where you will meet the triennial everywhere in Olomouc and introduce you to our foreign partners.
The electronic version is here.
A new book presents the work of Jan Pamuła
The works of Jan Pamuła, a pioneer of computer art in Poland, are presented by MUO not only as part of the exhibition Triennial | SEFO | 2021, but also in the first comprehensive monograph of this artist. You can buy it now in our e-shop.