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20. 5. 2019

The garden visual successful at international annual awards

The work of the illustrator Tereza Bartůňková is successful not just in homeland. With the visual-poster created for Laterna magika performance The Garden, she entered the prestigious World Illustration Awards and appeared on the shortlist of applicants – 200 of more than 3 600 applied. Tereza’s work was enlisted in the Advertising category and under the New Talent (artists who graduated or started their professional work in 2017 or later). Every category has a winner in the Professional (long term) and New Talent (emerging artist) and there are 8 categories in general. Moreover, the jury chooses overall winners of the contest and there are couple of other prizes. So the chances are not small! The contest is organized by the British Association of Illustrators and has a 40-years-long history. The award ceremony will take place on July 10 in London. Everyone on the shortlist will be featured in a printed full colour catalogue, which is distributed to over 1,300 commissioners worldwide and the work will also be featured in a major exhibition that will take place in Somerset House in central London from July 11 to 28. Fingers crossed for Laterna and Tereza!

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3. 5. 2019

Laterna magika: (De)construction and (Re)invention

15.5. – 28.7.2019

The House of Arts
Malinovského nám. 2, Brno
Open: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm 
Opening: 21.5.2019 18:00


Curators: Kateřina Svatoňová, Lucie Česálková
Architect: Zbyněk Baladrán

Note 1: This exhibition does not aim to reconstruct Laterna Magika’s productions or the history of Czech theater. To us, Laterna Magika is a multifaceted phenomenon: an institution, a political affair, an invention, a (multi)medium, a format, an art discipline, a variety show, and a critical practice.
This exhibition aims to show the individual facets of Laterna Magika, its deconstruction and reintroduction.

Through deconstruction, we reveal the basic principles behind the multimedia mechanism of Laterna Magika, looking beyond the image/theater, beyond the compact illusion, and thus dismantling the carefully synchronized machine into its individual components. This is the only way to approach the foundations upon which Laterna Magika is built, to comprehend the essence of the multimedia performance, its possibilities and limits, to simulate a multisensory experience for the viewers and to address several issues which have emerged throughout the history of the experimental scene of the National Theater, such as: political representation, the institutional background, promotion, the memory of experimentation and the role of artists in the Normalization era. Deconstruction goes hand in hand with reintroduction, which constitutes a basis for the spatial solution of the individual installations while also being embedded in the new art projects which merge with the archival materials and show Laterna Magika as a medium or format with many potentialities.

Note 2: This exhibition is based on film scenes made for Laterna Magika.
The curated selection is not based on an imaginary auditorium anda complex performance but literally goes behind the scenes: to the movable scenery, the projection room. The exhibition thus presents neither set design models nor live actors; quite the opposite. Instead it looks “beyond” the individual productions, exploring moving image clips and various “backstage” accompanying materials.

Note 3: This exhibition does not aspire to present the complex history of Laterna Magika.
Rather, we present several case studies which illustrate selected phenomena of Laterna Magika (such as surrounding the viewers with images, splitting a single screen into fragments, the tendency towards illusiveness and virtuality) while outlining the development of the multimedium.

The research is funded by the Programme for Support of Applied Research and Experimental Development for National and Cultural Identity 2016–2022 (NAKI II)

Dům umění města Brna, Národní filmový archiv

Cesnet, ČVUT, FF UK, Národní divadlo, Laterna magika, MeetFactory, BRNO, MK ČR, Státní fond kultury

Media partners
Art & Antiques, A2, Artalk, ARTIKL, ArtMap, České galerie, GoOut, KAM v Brně, Sibiř, TIC

23. 2. 2019

The GARDEN design notebooks

Notebooks from VOALA graphics studio with unruled pages in A6 or A5 format accompany our latest show "The Garden" (=Zahrada). Together witj black and white pencil they are great souvenirs from Laterna magika. Check our e-shop or stop by at the box office:
A5 notebook
A6 notebook

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