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Lobotomies at every turn Alena Boika | essay | 01.01.2011
LOBOTOMIES AT EVERY TURN
Winter is over; summer’s begun – Thanks, dear Communist Party, for the seasons again. This is a once-popular couplet that any citizen of the former USSR with at least some sense of humor had no trouble understanding. Despite its sad irony, this laconic rhyme could bring a smile to their faces. Summer was over, autumn had begun – and there I was again, face to face with these strange creatures…
Personal Responsibility in the Wor(l)d of Mouth Palo Fabuš | essay | 01.01.2010
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WOR(L)D OF MOUTH
In the 2008 film Untraceable, a team of FBI agents is investigating a series of murders committed via the internet. The murderer ties his victims to killing mechanisms monitored by web cameras, with their suffering (and ultimate death) directly dependent on the number of visitors. Users watch the website fully aware of their role, but visitor levels nevertheless continue to increase. The viewer…
Let´s make   money -   the film about the crisis Clemens Foschi | essay | 01.02.2009
LET´S MAKE MONEY - THE FILM ABOUT THE CRISIS
Erwin Wagenhofer’s Let’s Make Money is a film about the financial crisis that takes a look at the conduct and consequences of worldwide financial transactions. The film came out in September, a successor to his previous documentary We Feed the World, which focused on the globalization of food production. After three years of research around the globe, Wagenhofer returns to reveal capitalism’s…
Palo Fabuš | essay | 01.01.2009
THE WORLD ENGULFED BY TECHNOLOGY: A CRITIQUE OF NEW MEDIA
There is perhaps no term more problematic than newness. Despite its ambiguity, this word is surrounded by other generally unexpressed words. First and foremost, “new” always implies the possibility of change. It brings with it hope, and the suggestion of something different, something previously unknown and potentially better than what has existed before. New also means unexplored, uncertain,…
Fullness, plurality, and inner freedom Ivan Mečl | essay | 01.02.2008
FULLNESS, PLURALITY, AND INNER FREEDOM
The current social situation is by far more complicated and treacherous than the overly sophisticated leftist or right wing regimes of past centuries, where you eventually had the opportunity to tell and verify good apart from evil. In the present times one can stay blind for a lifetime, because the ever-changing and elastic situation fills up every gap of our needs and possibilities. At the same…
Culture Chokes; Art Liberates Jiří Přibán | essay | 01.02.2008
CULTURE CHOKES; ART LIBERATES
Art’s defense against the public’s furies We all surely know Kafka’s short story Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk very well. Josephine can please the crowds with her art, although the Mouse Folk are not entirely musical, and don’t really care for music or singing at all. Everyone finds her singing unique, even though in reality it’s not singing but really just squeaking. But so what…
Plan B Edith Jeřábková a Lenka Vítková | essay | 01.03.2006
PLAN B
The need to outline the state of the Czech visual scene from the point of gallery operations emerged from our conversation with visitors of exhibition openings. The goal is to catch the ongoing phase of the emergence of something new, and the causes of the current situation. We are not interested in judging the activities of the galleries. We introduce them here via a questionnaire. Additional…
Karel Císař | essay | 01.08.1998
WHERE’S HOME OF MINE?
"His first ever published illustrated anecdote was printed in Youth Newspaper in 1905 when Josef Lada grew to only 17 years of age. Later on, perhaps at Christmas time of the same year, it was reprinted in The Greasy Cake, a collection of puzzles, tales and anecdotes. This ink drawing on paper dating back to 1904 was entitled It’s all ‚cos of the last name (Gamekeeper) and accompanied by the…
Karel Císař | essay | 01.04.1998
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