Date/Time: 27/02/2006 12:00 am
Monday, February 27, 7-9pm
Vít Havránek and Jiri Skala in Conversation
at Art in General, 79 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013
Join us Monday evening for an informal discussion with curator Vít Havránek and artist Jiri Skala. The discussion will focus on tranzit projects, led by Vit Havranek, and current art practices in the Czech Republic and Central Europe. Vit will focus on the onthological basis of curating (self-definition, history of resistance, everyday life as invisible evidence), and will combine analysis of certain art works (Julius Koller, Jiri Kovanda, Jiri Skala, Jano Mancuska, Litlle Warsaw, Jesper Alvaer, Big Hope), and the curatorial practices that these can inspire.Tranzit has developed various projects with Jiri Skala, who is currently participating in Art in General’s artist residency program.
ABOUT VIT HAVRANEK_ Vít Havránek is an art organiser and writer based in Prague, project leader of the inititive tranzit, Czech Republic. In 2000, he co-founded the group PAS (Production of Activities of the Contemporary. He lectures in contemporary art at the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague.
ABOUT TRANZIT_ As a starting point, tranzit attempts to build structures for communication across national borders, generations and disciplines. Tranzit is involved in productions of artists project as well as theroetical knowledge. It generates opportunities for artists, curators and theorists to develop creative strategies for new developments in arts and society. Tranzit is a network of art initiatives /Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia/ supported by the Erste Bank Group. More: www.tranzit.org http://www.tranzit.org>
ABOUT JIRI SKALA_Jiri Skala is currently participating in a two-month residency at Art in General. During his residency, he is exchanging handwriting styles with a woman from a social background different from his own. Jirí will learn to write like her and she will learn to write like him. Jirí’s past work engages the history of cinema, architecture and construction, social types and the meaning of abstract patterns. Many of his interventions are intended to stir up social tensions.
This is Jirí’s first artist residency program and exhibition in the United States. He is a participant in Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange (EERE), a unique international artist residency program. He was nominated for this residency by Ludvik Hlavajek, director at the Center Foundation for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic, one of Art in General’s EERE partner sites.