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Gardening of Soul

7. 12. 2023 — 9. 3. 2024

Jiří Bartoš & Jan C. Löbl (CZ), Jiří Černický (CZ), Olia Fedorova (UA), Barbara Herold & Florian Huth (DE), Stephen Hobbs (ZA) & Marcus Neustetter (AT), Jiří Philippe Janda & Václav Mach (CZ), Zdena Kolečková (CZ), Jiří Kovanda & Ivana Lovětínská (CZ), Jan Krtička (CZ), Michaela Labudová (CZ), Man Tin (HKG), Finnbogi Pétursson (IS), Andrea Resner (CRO), Robert Vlasák (CZ), Wong Wo Bik (HKG)

Kurátor/ Curator: Michal Koleček

The exhibition Gardening of Soul at the House of Arts in Ústí nad Labem is part of a greater program called Gardening of Soul: In Five Chapters, which examines the topic of the garden and gardening from various metaphorical angles. Undertaken at the Faculty of Art and Design at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, this multiyear program is divided into several interconnected parts and encompasses the creation of artworks in the public space with involvement from local communities, residencies of foreign artists in the Czech Republic and Czech artists in Iceland, an international conference, and exhibition presentations accompanied by the realization of current works of art.

 

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Ruins and (r)evolution

7. 12. 2023 — 9. 3. 2024

Exhibitors: Ruta Putramentaite,  Gabriela BK / Connor Drew, Filip Dvořák, Markéta Kinterová
Curator: Mariana Serranová

We stand helplessly amidst the ruins of the industrial era. The persistent emphasis on increasing production, extractionism, and profit appears to be one of the main causes of the current climate crisis. After two centuries of consumptive destruction of the landscape and depletion of natural resources, we have reached a phase where rapid global solutions are necessary. The dialectic of gradual decay, radical destruction of power structures, and subsequent transformation is, in the Western Hegelian historical tradition, a variable that facilitates orientation in time.

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art of presumption – Natálie Pleváková

7. 12. 2023 — 9. 3. 2024

 

The sound installation art of presumption plays with the scale of sensitivity to the perception of the sound environment. It is based on an objectively given fact – sound is, for most of us, a fundamental element of the construction of reality. The Czech title of the work itself is a play on the place reflected and its official designation. In her composition, using sounds at the Ústí nad Labem House of Arts, Natálie Pleváková detects places, accentuates objects and materials, and transfers frequencies outside the audible spectrum into perceptible sensations.
Natálie Pleváková is a composer and sound artist. She studied Multimedia Composition at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, and Interactive Media Theory at the Institute of Musicology at Masaryk University in Brno. In her work she seeks a way out of the temporal determination of music and fragmented musical perception. Balancing on the edge of apparent chaos and precise composition, she invites audiences to discover new aesthetic categories in music and to increase listening sensitivity.

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The conference – Gardening of Soul

22. — 23. 2. 2024

The international conference of Gardening of Soul: Resources of Perspectives
in Ústí nad Labem

The conference Gardening of Soul: Resources of Perspectives will take place on 22 February – 23 February 2024 and is organized by the Faculty of Art and Design of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem and the House of Art Ústí nad Labem.

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