Tomás Cohen is a writer, translator and cultural activist from Chile. He has read his poetry in recitals and festivals in Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. At age 18, he was a recipient of the prestigious Pablo Neruda Foundation Grant for young poets. In 2014, Tomás participated in the Ashbery Home School conference in New York. In 2015, he performed at the Mutanttikieltä multimedia poetry night in Helsinki. Since 2015, he co-organises the Hafen Lesung international reading series, which he founded in Hamburg, Germany, and is the Chilean Editor-at-Large for Asymptote Journal. His book Redoble del ronroneowas published by Buenos Aires Poetry in 2016. His poetry has been translated into and published in Arabic, German, Greek and Russian. His book Retroexcavadora is upcoming on 2019 by the Chilean publishing house Ediciones Bastante.
Marko Pogačar was born in 1984. in Split, Yugoslavia. He has published eleven books of poetry, essays and prose, for which he received Croatian and international awards. In 2014 he edited the Young Croatian Lyric anthology. He is an editor of Quorum, a literary magazine, and Proletter.me, web-magazine for cultural and social issues. He was a fellow of, among others, Civitella Ranieri, Literarische Colloquium Berlin, Récollets-Paris, Passa Porta, Milo Dor, Brandenburger Tor, Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz, Literaturhaus NÖ, Krokodil Belgrade and Poeteka Tirana fellowships. His books and texts appeared in more than thirty languages.
Tibor Hrs Pandur
Tibor Hrs Pandur, *1985 in Maribor, Slovenia. Bachelors Degree in Comparative literature at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Co-founder and editor of the literary magazine and Paraliterary organisation I.D.I.O.T. In 2008 his first theatre play “DREAM 59” premiered in Glej Theatre (Ljubljana) and won the prize for Best Young Playwright (2013). 2010 the Center for Slovenian Literature published his first book of poetry “ENERGYMACHINE” and in 2011 his translations of Jim Morrison’s selected poetry. He translated several poems by Pablo Neruda, S. T. Coleridge, Edgar Allan Poe and Heiner Müller into Slovene. From 2015 to 2016 he was the project leader for the International Festival of Developing Literary Practices: LITERODROME. His second book of dream-texts INTERNAL AFFAIRS came out it in 2017 (Litera, Maribor). His translation of Nikola Tesla’s essay The Problem of Increasing Human Energy with an extensive afterword Tesla’s Hybris and the Laws of Nature will be coming out in 2019 (ZRC SAZU).
Dina Pokrajac majored in Journalism and Political Science at the Faculty of Political Science and is a candidate at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. She is the film programme director of Subversive Festival and film programme coordinator of Film Mutations: Festival of Invisible Cinema. She is a film critic and chief editor at Scarabeus libris and contributing editor at Bijeli and Jesenski i Turk publishing house. She has worked on a number of interdisciplinary projects combining film and critical theory, and is the executive producer of the film Simplon Express / The Return for La Galerie des Locataires. She also works as a translator, having translated Lewis Mumford’s Art and Technics among others. She currently works as the Head of Public Relations for Kino Europa. Winner of the Vladimir Vuković Award for Best New Film Critic in 2017 for her essays and film reviews published in Hrvatski filmski ljetopis, Filmonaut, Zarez and Kulturpunkt.hr.
Jana Horáková is an associate professor in new media art at Masaryk University, Czech Republic and a head of Theory of Interactive media study programme. In her research, she has specialized in local new media art history, robotic art, and in innovative methods of the new media art research, and mediation. Her work has been published in IEEE Proceedings, MIT Press, Springer Germany, and Springer Japan, among others. Recently, she co-curated the first virtual reconstruction of one of the earliest computer graphic exhibitions (The Brno House of Arts, 2018). She is a member of Vašulka Kitchen Brno – Center for New Media Art, for which she explores potential of the use of artificial neural networks in analysing and mediating the content of Steina and Woody Vašulka artistic video archive (supported by TA ČR).
DC Miller and Nina Power
DC Miller is a writer and poet and the author of Dracula Rules the World and Mark Zuckerberg is His Son.
Nina Power teaches Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and is the author of many articles on culture, politics and thought
Carl-Christian Elze (*1974) writes poetry, fiction and screenplays. In his texts, physics joins metaphysics. Since 2006, he has published a number of collections, including “ich lebe in einem wasserturm am meer, was ist” (” live in a water-tower by the sea, which is foolish,” Luxbooks 2013) and “langsames ermatten im labyrinth” (“a slow faltering in the labyrinth”, Verlagshaus Berlin 2019). His latest prosaic work, “Oda und der ausgestopfte Vater” (“Oda and the stuffed father”) was published in 2018 by Kreuzerbooks. Together with Janin Wölke, Sibylla Vričić Hausmann and Christian Kreis he organises the “niemerlang” Leipzig reading series. He is a member of the German PEN club.
Marie Šťastná (*1981) had an early debut when in 1999 she published the collection “Jarním pokrytcům” (“For the Spring Hypocrits,” Unarclub). She earned a degree in art history from Ostrava university. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently “Interiéry” (“Interiors,” Host 2010). In 2010 she also received the Dresdner Lyrikpreis. Her new poetry book is due to appear in 2019, nine years after her last, together with a bilingual poetry selection, which will be published by the German Hochroth Verlag. Marie Šťastná lives in Prague and works as a fashion and jewellery designer.
His experimental book Miluji svou babičku víc než mladé dívky (“I Love My Granny More Than Young Women”) won Jiří Orten Award 2018 organised by the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers. The book develops his diploma thesis about the variances of Eros in the history of European literature defended at the Charles University in Prague (MA,comparative literature).Currently>, he studies authorial acting at the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) in Prague. Together with Anna Luňáková, they organise cabarets, rituals, thematic walks… And due to acclaim at international university theatre festivals, they founded the artistic platform “Nothing Is A Problem Here”.His experience includes also art criticism, poetry slam or social work tourism.
After her studies and career as a classical musician in Japan and in Europe, she moved to Berlin in 2016. Inspired by this city she started more original and creative activities such as improvisations, collaborations with different kinds of artists and performing new arrangements of baroque pieces. In 2018 she started experimental composition using calligraphy techniques,shapes and numbers. Her debut as a composer with Reanimation Quartet had a big success. Having baroque music as her base she builds vivid contrast of minimal, abstract and emotional sounds on it.
She graduated in philosophy at the Charles University in Prague, included phenomenology and art research at the Université Sophia Antipolis in Nice. Currently, she studies authorial acting at the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) in Prague. During the last years, she has created and directed few performances, successfully presented at university theatre festivals in France and in Morocco among others. Occasionally, she publishes her poetry, prose or essays in Czech cultural revues.
Poet for hire, ghostwriter, translator. He studied classical philology at Oxford University, nowadays he studies authorial acting in Prague as well as Ondřej and Anna.
Marek Majzon – Do sto slov
Marek Majzon (1992), writer, journalist and social media manager. He is new to the world of literature. Even though he wrote some pieces, mostly left them for himself as artists usually do. Project Do Sto Slov, which could be translated into English as A Hundred Words, started off as a way to deal with not winning a literature competition. He asked his friends for five words to use in a lengthier novel. The response was so overwhelming he started to write a short story using one pentad per each. By now he has already published more than a hundred short stories on the Instagram and Facebook accounts of the project. He also writes a socio-political commentary each week within that form which is published in a Slovak national paper SME where he works as an author in the Culture section. His anthology of the mentioned stories will be published in year.
In the summer of 2018, Dominika Malenovská founded NØIR Dance Company, which is a group for everyone who wants to dance and improve in modern, neoclassic or contemporary dance techniques. We do not make any differences and our classes can be attended by any dance enthusiast. Our public performances include Dance festival Zlín (2 times), International Day of Dance in shopping mall Eurovea (Bratislava), Ball of Faculty of Arts (Comenius University in Bratislava), Fashion LIVE! (Bratislava, performance for Boris Hanečka collection AU!) and more. In November we hosted our premiere ABSURD.DITY which included all our choreographies. Also, we performed choreography O.T.R.A. at festival Drama Queer in Bratislava.
Jo is an angry immigrant and a multimedia artist currently based in Prague. Her work takes various forms to explore and obsess about current social & political issues, contemporary human behaviours and the absurdity inherent to her own practice. After graduating from the National School of Fine Arts (ENSBA) in Paris, she has been involved in various creative projects and campaigns with a focus on social and environmental issues. Aside from her artistic practice, she works as an illustrator and runs diverse creative projects. As well as being a member of the Prague-based Zvlášť Collective, She also co-founded the shared art studio Obejvák in Prague.
Michael John Rowland
Michael John Rowland has been working on numerous painted and written projects from his Prague-based studio over the past 13 years. Michael mistrusts language and everything that comes out of everybody’s mouth including his own. When he does use words he tends to have as much fun with them as possible. When he is painting or collage making and not writing he feels very little difference between these acts of sign making. He works with the Zvlášť Collective in Prague and the international project known as The Alt*Art Society.
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Since 2010 Barbora Trnková and Tomáš Javůrek have been working together under the nick name &. They are founders, operators and curators of ScreenSaverGallery – a gallery of contemporary digital art in screensaver (screensaver.metazoa.org). In their artwork they focus primarily on the digital media and Internet-based art. They are co-curators of Gallery Umakart and GIF (Grand Instant Fiction) in Brno. Both are PhD students at Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology, where Tomáš works as an Assistant at Department of Photography. Tomáš teaches at the Department of Intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Barbora is part of Divý tvor photo studio collective.
Project: Brain – Massage – Salon
The Brain Massage Salon is an interactive performance, with video installation.
You can come to me and have your brain massaged. Based on a movie from “found and footage” from what people watch most on Youtube: babies, cats and porn. I start with kittens and shaken buttocks, followed by everything that I think massages our society. I don’t value them, I just show them. The subject matter of these films materialise as objects shown to the whole audience and put in a box lifted up on stage. Volunteers from the audience can come on stage and stand under the box as I lower it down over their heads.
I see myself in this performance as a modern alchemist, interested in where we find our own urban rituals. Today we often acquire spirituality from the East etc. and apply it to us, which seems hypocritical to me. I am fully aware that today we miss spirituality in our society, that it has somehow been lost by all progress, but I believe that as modern, urban western people we have to find a new corresponding way. I try to create something like this with my art.
Athena Farrokhzad was born in 1983 and lives in Stockholm. She is a poet, literary critic, translator, playwright and teacher of creative writing. After several years of collaborative poetry projects and international collaborations, she published her first volume of poetry in 2013, Vitsvit (White Blight) at Albert Bonniers förlag. The book circles around the topic of revolution, war, migration and racism, and how these experiences condition the lives of different members of a family. Vitsvit has been translated into several languages and turned into a play. The same year, her first play, Päron, premiered at Ung Scen /Öst. Farrokhzad teaches creative writing at Biskops-Arnös författarskola and has translated writers such as Marguerite Duras, Adrienne Rich, Monique Wittig and Nicole Brossard to Swedish. In 2015, her second volume of poetry, *Trado*, written together with the Romanian poet Svetlana Carstean, will be published.
*Photo made by Carla Orrego.
Born in Levice, he currently lives in Prague. He studied at the Philosophical Faculty of Social science and is enriching his study years at the Department of Scenarism and Dramaturgy at FAMU. Professionally active as a copywriter and web-editor he is also a co-organizer of the project Medziriadky. His short story “Male geometry” won in the 2015 competition Poviedka. His Prose and Essays have been so far published in the following magazines: A2, Enter, Rak, Tyzden, Vlna or the literally add on of Pravda. Last year in 2018 he published Nadych – a collection of short stories, 2018, KK Bagala.
A poem freely read in a dialogue of voices accompanied by a flow of improvised music and field recording, a poem composed out of flying words from a round table about the transformation of the mother tongue while changing the residence or the country, a sound piece composed by a performing poet and other sonic poems.
A listening session with sounds in one ear and words in the other curated by Anamaria Pravicencu.
Anamaria Pravicencu studied drawing and sculpture, with an interest for sound installation. Since 2006 she’s in charge with the artistic direction of Jumătatea plină, promoting sonic and musical experiment (Sâmbăta sonoră) through constant and distinct programs. She is the curator of the SEMI SILENT portfolio and she keeps producing sound work.