ESTER KRUMBACHOVÁ Yeti – Wear the Amulet – Tangle Up the Archive (13.12.17 – 21.2.18)

  • opening + “Nezařazné”, a performance by New Noveta with live sound piece by Vindicatrix on Wednesday 13 December, 6pm
  • conference “ESTER KRUMBACHOVÁ. Hidden Forms of Directing” on Thursday 14 December, 10am – 7pm + afterparty Tea Jay Ivo (Pospíšil)
  • exhibition duration: 14 December 2017 – 21 February 2018

Ester Krumbachová (1923–1996) was a key figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Her unique oeuvre did not only make her one of the most influential women behind the scenes of European cinema of the 60s and early 70s, it also prefigured many contemporary debates around magic, materiality, feminism, sensuous forms of knowledge and the interconnected nature of reality.

Artists and theorists in this exhibition and conference interpret and make accessible for study her recently discovered private archive, containing hitherto unseen evidence of her prolific and visionary work as a costume and production designer, screenwriter, writer, director and artist.

Participating artists: Mikuláš Brukner, Barbora Dayef, Daniela & Linda Dostálková, Bracha L. Ettinger, Linda Hauerová, Jesse Jones, Tereza Kanyzová, Anja Kirschner, Jan Kolský, Kateřina Konvalinová, Ester Krumbachová, Kris Lemsalu, Marie Lukáčová, New Noveta, Matěj Pavlík, Johannes Paul Raether, Michaela Režová, Lucie Rosenfeldová, Sláva Sobotovičová

Conference participants: Jana Baierová, Zuzana Blochová, Jan Bernard, Michal Bregant, Mikuláš Brukner, Barbora Dayef, Bracha L. Ettinger, Šárka Gmiterková, Linda Hauerová, Libuše Heczková, Edith Jeřábková, Jesse Jones, Tereza Kanyzová, Anja Kirschner, Kateřina Konvalinová, Francis McKee, Ruth Noack, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Johannes Paul Raether, Sláva Sobotovičová, Kateřina Svatoňová, Viktorie Vášová, Marina Vishmidt, Tomáš Uhnák

Conference program

‘Nezařazné’, a performance by New Noveta:
New Noveta is the collaborative project of artist duo Keira Fox (UK) and Ellen Freed (SE). Embodying vital expressions of corporately stigmatized emotions, New Noveta go through grueling choreographed tasks with a reactive fervent distress, nonconforming to quotidian numbed repetition of patriarchal society. This new performance ‘Nezařazné’ will be framed by a live sound piece co-created with musician Vindicatrix, using props for live activated installation and costumes by London fashion house Atelier Bâba.

Curated by Zuzana Blochová and Edith Jeřábková in collaboration with Anja Kirschner and Pavel Turnovský
Exhibition architecture by Zbyněk Baladrán
Art cooperation: Josef Frühauf, Veronika Přikrylová
Graphic design by Linda Dostálková
Catering from the recipes of Ester Krumbachová by Tomáš Uhnák

Organized by Are | in collaboration with the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague; Display; the Arts and Theatre Institute; the Center for Contemporary Arts Glasgow; Czech Society for Film Studies; the Film Studies Department of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University in Prague; the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague; and the National Film Archive.

Supported by the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague; Czech Centre London; Czech-German Future Fund; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Prague; the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic; Prague City Hall; the State Cinematography Fund; and the State Cultural Fund.

Media partners: A2 kulturní čtrnáctideník, A2larm, Artmap, Cinepur, Divadelní noviny

Special thanks to Ivo Paik, Jarmila Košnářová, ADES – Václav Šeda, Tereza Brdečková, Czech Centre Tel Aviv, Jakub Felcman, Miloš Fikejz, Goethe-Institut in Prague, Petra Hanáková, Michael Havas, Šárka Hejnová, Kateřina Macháčková, MasterFilm, The Emblem Hotel, UP21, Karel Vachek and all the others that have generously helped, advised and contributed to the project.

reinventing horizons_titulka

reinventing horizons

The current state of accelerationist philosophy increasingly appears to serve as a point of coalescence for various attempts at redefining diverse potentialities, estranged objectivities and inhumanisms which circulate the contemporary discourse. We attempt to add to these discourses by asking the following questions. What can we do within the confines of present conditions, while facing these challenges, agencies and vast spaces beyond? How can we unbind the shackles of the present? What are the possibilities and conditions of speculative and accelerationist discourses, and what are the investments and aspirations for such an endeavour? That is what we mean by Reinventing Horizons.

Published by Display Association for Research and
Collective Practice
Cumulus series
Editor of series: Zbyněk Baladrán
Editors: Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling, Václav Janoščík
Authors: Jason Adams, Armen Avanessian, Diann
Bauer, Amanda Beech, Martin Brabec, Federica
Bueti, Victoria Ivanova, Antonia Majaca, Luciana Parisi,
Patricia Reed, Mohammad Salemy, Nick Srnicek,
Peter Wolfendale

Translation: Niels Schott
Peer review: Tomáš Dvořák
Technical redaction: Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling,
Václav Janoščík
Coordination: Hana Šťastná
Proofreading: Megan Bedell
Cover Design: Mohammad Salemy
Graphic Design: DADABASE NYC
Printer: Helbich a.s.
First edition: Prague 2016
Print run: 600
Cover art: John Gerrard, Solar Reserve
(Tonopah, Nevada) 2014, 2014, detail
Simulation, 28ft x 24ft artist – designed frameless LED wall,
Photo Courtesy of John Gerrard Studio,
Copyright: John Gerrard