Slovenská časť programu

PACE.V4 Putovná konferencia / Transport and Infrastructure in V4 Performing Arts

Slovenská časť programu zverejnená – pridajte sa k nám v Topoľčanoch a v Žiline 7.-8. júna


7.6. 2016

Platform 1 – 12 / Nástupište 1 -12

Platform 1-12 Platform 1-12 is the multimedia space for contemporary culture opened in the underpass beneath the bus station in Topoľčany in September 2011. The space itself offers a platform to present arts, cultural and educative workshops and discussions in a unique attempt to recycle the public space. The activities include art exhibitions, expert lectures, seminars, workshops, public radio recordings, theatre performances, film screenings, music performances and discussions. Most of the art works are site specific creations, especially considering the surrounding that can serve itself as a medium for communication and dialogue between art work and the non-traditional viewers. Platform 1-12 participated with two projects in a collective exhibition "Asking Architecture – The Pavilion of Czech and Slovak Republic” at 13th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, "Common Ground“.

In 2013, Platform 1-12 has been awarded the MOST Award for the best project by Youth Council of Slovak Republic. The same year Platform 1-12 became part of the team for site-specific installations for European Capital of Culture, Kosice and for Amsterdam Light Festival, Holland. In 2015 the project was awarded Special Prize for best Slovak community project by Orange Foundation.

Start of the conference / 15:00


Zuzana Godálova-Novotová / Introduction of Platform 1-12 and a lecture “Intervention of (performing) arts into the public space”


Zuzana Godálová-Novotová studied contemporary fine-arts in England at Sheffield Hallam University. She lived and worked in England and New York for a while. She creates conceptual installations and interactive objects; she is fascinated by banal products and situations of everyday life. In her work, she uses various media – photography, animation, video, drawings, sculptures, or sound and she leans towards the idea of public space as a communication platform. She is the founder and chairman of an NGO Platform 1-12, which opened in 2011 as multi-media space for contemporary culture.

Julo Krištof / Platform 1-12 & surroundings - guided tour of site specific art interventions in Topoľčany created during artistic residencies in Platform 1-12


After years of working for international corporations, Julo Krištof found the joy of life in working on cultural and artistic projects. He co-founded Platform 1-12 in his hometown Topoľčany, because he shares a passion for public space and multimedia with Zuzana. He is a co-dramaturge, also responsible for international relations and cross-border cooperation in Platform 1-12.  Thanks to his ambition to bring Slovak contemporary art to foreign audience, Slovak artists are now known in UK, Austria, Germany, Poland, Norway, Denmark, and USA.

Petra Fornayová / Site specific art in Slovakia - dance in space


Petra Fornayová graduated at Law Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava, studied dance at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at the EDDC Düsseldorf. She performed in many dance and theatre projects of Slovak and foreign directors and choreographers (P.Groll/SK, F.Vogels/NL, A. Green/USA, M.Fulkerson/USA, DE, M.L.Philippsen/DE, J.Šimko/SK, etc.) and also created many of her own choreographies (Halfmoon Bear, Kirin, Deep Disorder of Epidermis, All I Love, Objects of Research, Music with changing parts, Opernball, etc.). She writes for contemporary art magazine Vlna, is a co-founder of A4 – space for contemporary culture in Bratislava and since 2001 she is in charge of Slovak Contemporary Dance Association. In 2006 she founded the international contemporary dance festival Nu Dance Fest. In her work dominates linking of various art genres, conceptual intention, and contextualization of private spheres in the current artistic and social discourse.


Lúky (Meadows) - sound installation by Jonáš Gruska, combined with live visualization  by Zuzana Godálova-Novotová and live performance

(ongoing sound installation with performance)

Artistic performance and sound installation “Lúky” is authors’ tribute to almost lost pristine meadows around various parts of Slovakia, where the sound of traffic, chain-saws, or any other is not present yet. Slovak sound artist Jonáš Gruska has been exploring Slovak meadows in Bišár, Suchá Dolina, Trasľavý vrch, or Záruby. He made beautiful and sophisticated field recordings using precise, mostly DIY audio devices. His recordings and live visualizations by fine artist Zuzana Godálova-Novotová, are used as a background for live performance by singers Jana Ambrózová, Eva Brunovská, Dajana a Dominika Margotová and Barbara Petrgálová based on Slovak traditional polyphonic songs.

Petra Fornayová - ON_OFF_walking circle


... you know where they are now ... Topoľčany may exist as a market on the river near the center, then to Nitra, a chariot took maybe a day, a major trade route that connected the north and south led also by the river for centuries before ... in the 9th century near Nitra ... a few years ago discovered the fort Bojná ... relationship with the Byzantine mission to Nitra, certainly brothers from Thessaloniki did not come alone, but accompanied ... when the river was full of meanders and very marshy, how did all the carriages loaded with people and goods go through... and on ... we cannot avoid Jewish topic, it is the place strongly marked, it spins a yarn about a lot, but there is never enough ...and back…the area around the river Nitra was extremely rich in prehistory ... people flowed along the river ... still see the rover there ... to  imagine the country if we were not there, the river, for example, four  thousand years ago when the first farmers came... the city has managed well to clean the monuments, although Nitra region is rich in monuments throughout its course, and that's just the part that is preserved…

Fero Király & Zuzana Žabková: BOTULUS


Botulus Is the forthcoming duet by Fero Király & Zuzana Žabková further developing idea of their previous spontaneous performance in Gallery Soda, Bratislava in 2014. Originally a sonic-kinetic act set in a tent in the gallery yard, the performance is now set at Nástupište 1-12 in Topoľčany and in the context of V4 countries symposium connotes current topics of nomadism and exodus.

The name Botulus comes from Latin translation of the word „Sausage“, which has the same basis in all four languages used in V4 countries (kiełbasa, kolbász, klobása). Botulus can be a metaphor of inhabitants of V4 countries and Botulus exodus can be their hypothetical problem.

Dinner and party in the city

(after 20:00)


8.6. 2016 – 9.6.2016

Stanica Žilina-Záriečie - culture node

Stanica Cultural Centre has occupied the old station building of the still operational, Žilina-Záriečie train station since 2003, combining the roles of independent venue, artistic laboratory and activists’ collective. It is a culture node - creative, educative and critical that continues the story of a small train station, where people stop as they’re passing by, to share news and experiences from their travels. Truc sphérique, non-governmental organization for contemporary arts and culture, which was founded in 1998 in Žilina runs the space with gallery, workshop and artists residency space, a cafe, a waiting-room, and a multifunctional presentation venue for theatre, dance, concerts, discussions and screenings. In 2009 the venue S2 was launched. It is an alternative construction of beer crates and straw bales, where most of the performances now take place. Stanica is not just cultural center, but a platform for information, research, and realization of experimental art, cultural and community projects and international and inter-sector communication that lead activities to other institutions and across our European networks, including Trans Europe Halles.

Start of the conference / 14:30


Robert Blaško / Introduction and presentation of the project of cultural node Stanica Žilina-Záriečie.


Robert Blaško is one of the founders of Stanica working there as a project manager.

Ivana Rumanová / What sucks here? Art and politics in Slovakia

Introduction of the conference topic


In March 2016 a neo-fascist party has been elected to the Slovakian Parliament.

The need to do something mixed with the doubts whether the current situation is the result of the public / cultural sphere failure are very present in the post-elections discussions. But what is to be done and how to respond critically to the situation in which the critical discourse has been appropriated by the authoritarian movements?

In the text Lets do nothing Boris Buden reflects on the possibilities and limits of the public activism. By “doing nothing” he does not propose to accept a passive state of resignation but calls for a necessity to rethink the forms of artistic engagement that wouldn´t reproduce the dominant dichotomies and would come up with the new perspectives of seeing things instead.

So the issues we would like to discuss with the invited art practitioners and theoreticians can be formulated as follows:

How can art take over the critical discourse usurped by the authoritarian movements and create a space of complexity instead of the simplistic solutions?

How can contemporary art deal with the absolute values (Truth, Goodness, Beauty…) without reproducing the absolutist patterns? These values even if they´ve been relativized and deconstructed multiple times seem to gain the relevance in the times of instability and precarization.

To which extent is the current conservative and nationalist turn in Central Europe influenced by its peripheral position within EU? What´s the role of self-victimization and post-colonialist patterns in these processes?

Ivana Rumanová is cultural anthropologist. She studied at Charles University in Prague and Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. She is interested in art practices on the intersection between art, anthropology and politics. She realizes projects at Stanica Žilina-Záriečie and writes for the journals A2 and 3/4.

Ivan Jurica / Thinking with the eyes: On constant radicalization and the lack of critical theory


Despite their position in the center of Europe, Visegrád countries, or the area currently assigned as such, always played the role of a margin. Being a part of the Danube Monarchy they served a buffer zone between Occident and Orient, between the West and Russia/Soviet Union and reverse. Within the context of Western civilization they find themselves close to its Centre, but not close enough. Departing from that position, South-Eastern European modern cultures and their elites were born out of the self-consciousness of a deficit. The sense of inferiority became continuously inherent to this area, additionally highlighted and radicalized after the collapse of socialism. But such a radicalization of power-relations didn´t take place solely on the level of East-West relations, but was re-produced inside of the post-socialist turbo-capitalist structures. This contribution is an attempt of a more complex elaboration of those tendencies focusing the Western colonial tradition, the long racist tradition within the Visegrád-area, the lack of anti-capitalist theory beyond the binary religion/nation and in these terms rehabilitation of fascist and national socialist history. Last but not least it will pose questions on the role of critical art and culture within these processes.

Ivan Jurica is artist and art-educator, working on conjunction of art/theory/politics. In his work he focuses East-West relations, post-colonial theory and history writing. Living and working in Vienna and Bratislava (Austria/Slovakia).

15:30 – Coffee break and discussion

Milan Zvada, Rado Sloboda / NOT IN OUR TOWN - interventions and cultural reflections of local politics


The presentation depicts a reaction of the local activists to the first victory of Marian Kotleba in regional elections since 2013 with specific focus on the role of cultural sphere in Banská Bystrica. It highlights several quantitative and qualitative indicators, and articulates impact of the organized activities. Based on the local experience, a model of civic engagement for other cities will be presented, offering an analysis of the most problematic areas of its implementation. Further challenges for socially and politically engaged art practices/cultural events will be formulated for the sake of civil society development.

Rado Sloboda is a human rights activist and programme coordinator of anti-extremist platform Not In Our Town (NIOT) in Banská Bystrica. He also works as a trainer and moderator for various civic associations, organizing events on social and political issues. He is also a fellow worker of Záhrada – cultural centre, Amnesty International Slovakia, Animus Apertus, as well as a training company Self-development. He was awarded as Youth leader in 2013, and he is a part of Slovak map of social innovators.

Milan Zvada studied English and Philosophy at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica (2006), later he graduated from Erasmus Mundus MA in International Performance Research in Tampere and Amsterdam (2010). Currently, he is doing his PhD in Theatre Studies at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica. Since 2011, he has been working as a translator, project manager and artistic director of Záhrada – cultural centre. Also on the map of social innovators in Slovakia.

Dária Fojtíková Fehérová / Poorness in Slovakia


The pedagogic role of art is of a particular importance nowadays. And this relates to the perception of art but also to the way of dealing with the problems. Theatre Pôtoň has been active as an educational institution at the periphery of Slovakia for several years. The very starting point of their artistic expression is the use of the field research materials, personal stories and community oriented creative process. They have been interested in long term in the notion of poorness which relates to the lack of material ressources but also to the sensation of misery, defficiency and deprival in general. The performance was followed by the project whose aim was to confront the racist and discriminatory behavior of youth.

Dária Fojtíková Fehérová obtained her PhD. in Theatre Studies at the Faculty of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She works at the Theatre Institute in Bratislava and she is a member of the AICT Slovak Centre. She is active in the domains of theatre criticism and journalism and is a program manager of the festival New Drama.

Fedor Blaščák / Monkey business of art with politics


You need to transmute cultural into political influence - here an interesting question could be: HOW POWERFUL IS SOFT POWER?

Rather be skeptic. To expect solutions from artists is something that will always end up in tears.

Fedor Blaščák is philosopher by profession, currently working as an independent scholar and activist. In 2007 he has initiated MEMORY KONTROL as an intellectual workshop aimed at the non-academic research and discourse production on the topics from modern history of Czechoslovakia and CEE region. In 2011 he has co-initiated the restoration of the famous synagogue by German architect Peter Behrens in Zilina and its transformation into Kunsthalle.

17:00 – Coffee break and discussion

17:30 – Departure for Synagogue

Marek Adamov / Nova Synagoga project


Visit and presentation of the Synagogue in Zilina which which is being reconstructed and turned into a multi-functional space for arts and culture.

Marek Adamov is founder and director of Stanica.

19:00 – Dinner in the city


20:30 – Jaro Viňarský: BUTTICULA – FOOL´S FIGURES

Contemporary dance performance

Bessie Award winner Jaro Viňarský explores in the first solo part of a trilogy Buticcula the theme of    „a Fool (Jester, Trickster) and a King, Madness and Power, Expressed and Bottled up“.

The fool is confined. Unsatisfied and determined not to resign to his situation, he is reviving in his strange „prison”. The way out demands waking up in himself the nature of a Fool, who is both creator and destroyer, cheater and cheated, Sub-man as well as Overman. A fool as one of the oldest expressions of man.

Story, choreography, dancing: Jaro Viňarský
Scene, sound: Ján Gašparovič
Light design: Katarína Ďuricová, Tomáš Morávek
Costumes: Hana Hudcovičová Lukšů

9.6. 2016

9:00 – Departure to Súľov, walk to the Optical Pyramid

10:00Talk about the partial perspective and the political aspects of framing the picture.

11:30 – Lunch in Súľov

12:30 – Departure to Žilina´s train station


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