gordon monohan, ivan palacký, pablo sanz, daniel koniusz, zimoun, magda stawarska-beavan, rolf julius, binaura, jonáš gruska, pawel kulczynski
Opening – Monday, August 14, 6 PM
Ostrava Days 2017 presents Sounding, Resonating, Vibrating, an exhibition based around the subject of sound, understood in the broadest of terms. Selected artists present site-specific realizations of their ideas regarding artificial soundscapes, examine the acoustic properties of spaces, prepare little sound-events, make field-recordings and re-contextualize them, create sound-objects, take journeys from which they bring back their sound-reports, record ambient sounds and generate their own, demonstrate various acoustic phenomena, and bring out sounds that would normally remain far outside the realm of the audible. The exhibition takes place at a number of venues around Ostrava and Opava. In Ostrava, these include Galerie Dole, Fotografická galerie Fiducia, Sokolská 26 Exhibition Hall, and Galerie Lauby; in Opava, the visitors are invited to Bludný kámen, Galerie Cella, St. Elizabeth Chapel, and Hovorny.
A new film by Czech Television (the national public television network), Untamable Kotik documents Kotik’s performances, rehearsals, travel, and personal life. Switching back and forth between New York, Prague, and Ostrava, it was filmed in the period between 2015 and 2016. It includes musicians from both continents in rehearsals, performances, and conversations. The film features music by Kotik, Phill Niblock, and John Cage. It is in English and Czech w/ English subtitles. Philip Glass, George Lewis, Alex Mincek, and Petr Kotik will be present throughout the evening to comment.
Documentary movie about contemporary music
Lucie is a composer and performer of contemporary music. However, her experimental approach is becoming more and more bizarre. Lucie “stitches” her pieces together based on knitting patterns or water turbine schemes. For the general public, however, this kind of approach is hard to accept. Lucie tries not to be superficial or undersell herself just to be popular amongst the audience. She avoids projecting any emotion or trying to tell a story in her music. She places authenticity above everything else. Therefore, she often encounters performers that do not want to play her pieces or listeners that cover their ears. However, Lucie doesn’t give up and sacrifices everything for her music, striving for a society that is more open to fresh and unexplored things. Her new composition, Accept, becomes a success, and she leaves to study more in Netherlands and USA. On stage, Lucie gathers acclaim, but her personal life remains unfulfilled. When she is suddenly struck by the loss of someone close, Lucie remains adrift alone in unexplored corners of sound and noise. Is she still able to compose music without any emotion? Director Jan Hubacek tries to find answers to these questions in his debut documentary film.