program 2017

Thusrday I 07.12.2017 

ZÁHRADA /under the roof/ I 16.30

Adam Engler [sk]: Present Perfect Progressive

visual and object installation
ZLOvakia & Territory (expectations of hospitality)

Curator: Milan Zvada

The title "Present Perfect Progressive" frames the installation of three works of art that were created during the author's studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica in 2016-17. Only two of the three works will be shown. The third is a caricature - a chair that is not "constructable" because the tools such as saw, hammer and scrapers are imitations made of textile. The attached drawing in the manual does not help either. The visual object symbolizes malfunction of the system and institutions such as court or self-governing region, where it was also temporarily installed. On the chairs' surface, there are carved years (1945. 1949, 1952, 1968, 1993 ... and other), which our historical memory and society still have come to terms with. By installation, the author deconstructs irreversibility of the past and anticipates progress.


The visual installation consists of a series of 12 simple images. It was created in response to the social situation and the content of public space, which has been more and more contaminated by the most primitive content in the form of hate speech turned against certain groups of people. Using allusions to national slogans and other beliefs, the author deconstructs the function of language, while pointing to its ambivalent nature - insulting and using irony as a way of humiliating another human being (including the ability of the language to evoke strong emotions and lead to aggressive acts), or malignant neoplasms as a critique of complex social phenomena (fascism, populism, corruption, illiteracy, propaganda, manipulation, fanaticism). "I made this work as a reaction to the recent parliamentary elections in Slovakia. I do not fake personal disappointment nor fear. The form of irony and the choice of the last letter in the alphabet is the last cry for sharing with others the responsibility for the course of this country, " says the author of the exhibition after the March 2016 elections.

Territory (hospitality expectations)

In the work, the author deals with the topic of Slovak hospitality in the Slovak territory. Using a metaphor in the form of a birdhouse and a hand-made bread in the shape of Slovakia, the artist tackles the question of the extent of our hospitality, and what we expect in return. Birds migrate freely and naturally. Migration has become a human phenomenon since he jumped off the tree. Progress - whether linear or synchronic - can only be brought about by cultural and social migration and critical evaluation of what we "export" as a Slovak virtue - hospitality.

ZÁHRADA /café/ I 17.00

Lucia Devečková [sk]: The Slovak Myth 

visual installation

An idea behind ​​the work portrays deceptive, illusive propaganda about the country of Slovakia, which is based on traditional cultural expressions and folklore. These are often abused by political parties, churches and civic associations, becoming a part of the superficial image of beautiful, hospitable and heroic country - Slovakia, values of which ​​are said to be in danger, and thus must be protected at all costs.

The work aims at decrypting the myth, which is artificially nourished and, when appropriate, saves the true Slovak mentality, based on rejection, inaccessibility, fear and condemnation.

The final output of the bachelor thesis was the performance during which the author created a traditional folk rug from T-shirts, using colorful symbolism of specific political parties and civic associations that publicly spread intolerance while, paradoxically, defending Slovak morality. They were claiming to uphold "human values", of which they had political profit.


Róbert Švarc [sk]: European Action Art and Christoph Schlingensief: Ausländer raus!

art lecture

The lecture will give an insight into European action art from the 1960s to the present, the main subject of which will be social aspects and the phenomenon of physicality of individual approaches. From the Vienna Stock Exchange, which did not only attacked the program of rigid Catholicism, but also resisted to the then militant Austrian restaurant over Marina Abramovich & Ulay's performances, in which the body and the relationship come to the fore of two bodies, we will return to Vienna at the beginning of the millennium: the election was won by the ultra-right FPÖ. German artist Christoph Schlingensief reacted to this with its "Ausländer raus" media installation - Please love Austria (Aliens out - Please love Austria). Schlingensief installed a container next to the Vienna Opera, in which real asylum seekers - applicants were placed. These real immigrants were monitored on a non-stop basis for 7 days with camera system, which recorded their life in this repository. It was all broadcast online on the web page, making the whole issue a cynical-nihilist reality show á la big brother. Everyone who visited this site could vote online for two applicants to be expelled from the country. The container was covered with real FPÖ pre-election posters that have been "ornate" with xenophobic and racist slogans. Crossover of technology and social factuality explicitly pointed to the problems we are confronted with. Part of the lecture will also present excerpts from the document on the Schlingensief action in Vienna.


Jaro Viňarský [sk] & Marek Menšík [cz]: Animalinside

physical theatre

entry: 5/3€

Friday ' 08.12.2017


Rado Sloboda [sk]: Embargo - A brief course on terminology lecture


Jaro Viňarský [sk] & Marek Menšík [cz]: Animalinside

physical theatre

Is a dance creation inspired by Laszlo Krasznahorkai's and Max Neumann's book by the same name. A suite of poem like stories by a figure who seems to be able to augment the dimension of himself in time and in space, which drastically shifts his relationship to the material world, larger than all things, caught in a tautening moment. But then there is this suffering demons relationship to men, which adds a psychological layer to the shifting axis of this thing's capability.

Is display of the understanding of two humans who share the acceptance of the power in oneself that is even stronger than domestication he must impose on himself as a desire to be among others. It is a belief in this deeper power, a dark magic in the play of sublimation. At its core, it is a faith in the body's ability to speak a true language.

Is an investigation of extreme states of man's relationship to his own body in relationship to another man in relationship to viewers.

Body language painting called forth by the apocalyptic battle with memory thoughts ideas and imaginations on human kind on power on God on senses on beauty on dreaming on love wolves and other animal forms inside us the howling in bodies in the space of cruel time. Physical images from fine arts and a textual world of the unspeakable emotional states of mind languages and bodies pushed over the borders of their own comprehension the game of arresting the audience's nervous system. Concieved, choreographed and directed by JARO VINARSKY (also performing), who is one of the recipients of THE BESSIE AWARD 2013 for OUTSTANDING PERFORMER in collaboration with 

Performer: Marek Menšík
Light design: Tomáš Morávek
Original music score: Jan Burian
Costume design: Martin Kratochvil
Recorded text and voice Henrietta Rab & Matthew Rogers
Producer, manager: Katarína Ďuricová
Production: SKOK! o.z. / non - profit organization
Záhrada - Centrum pre nezávislú kultúru (Banská Bystrica, Slovakia), Stanica Žilina-Záriečie (Žilina, Slovakia), Archa Theatre (Prague, Czech republic)

entry: 5/3€

Saturday I 09.12.2017

Human Library for public: Slovakia of the Other (communities)

stories of "other" people about how they see Slovakia

Come and listen to the pesonal stories of people from three communities living in Slovakia. Have they evere been labelled and discriminated against based on their ethnicity, country of origin or faith?


Acceptance and social inclusion of minorities and migrants in Slovakia - reality and its challenges

panel discussion

Guests: Katarína Šomodiová, Jozef Miškolci

Moderator: Laco Oravec


Andrea Marinelli [it]: SECRETSHOW

audio-visual performance

Sunday I 10.12.2017

MARKET PLACE /Barbakan/ I 14:00

FORTRESS EUROPE: "Shot" crossing the borders (1993-2017) happening on International Day of Human Rights

Reminding of the causes of death of refugees and migrants due to restricting policies of the EU. Concept and realization: Adam Engler & Milan Zvada

Happening is situated in the oldest part of the city in public space between the remnants of the city fortress and an ecumenical sculptural group depicting important people of Banská Bystrica, Moyses and Kuzmany. Both sculptures are life-sized, standing out directly from the tiles. Both are joined by the scar-shaped arch, which symbolizes the national and ecumenical unity of the Slovaks. The sculptures are sometimes mistakenly considered to be Cyril and Methodus - the Solun brothers - foreigners (or aliens?) who delivered scripture and Christianity to the territory of Great Moravia in 863.

There will be a series of small events inspired by a 44-page document enlisting 29 586 refugees and migrants who have lost their lives as a result of the restrictive "Fortress Europe" policies (border closures, asylum regulations, housing, detention policy, deportations, carier sanctions...). The document was published by UNITED for Intercultural Action - European Network Against Nationalism, Racism, Fascism and the Support of Migrants and Refugees.

Stefan Moyses was a Catholic bishop who also worked in the diocese of Banská Bystrica. He made a significant contribution to the development of the local Catholic grammar school, from which education in the Slovak language could spread. At the General Assembly of the Matica Slovenská in Martin, on August 4, 1863, they appointed him as the first president. On the same occasion, there was Karol Kuzmány, a protestant priest, who was elected the vice-president of this nation-wide cultural institution.

TOWN I 14:00-16:00

Art Walk - Genius Locci

walk through the town

Places, meetings, art and entertainment in the eyes of the trail. Communities, culture and life in town: Main Square, Museum SNP, Barbakan, The Vila of Dominik Skutecký, Urban Spot, Literary Bašta, Artforum


Jihad For Love 

2007,  documentary,  USA / GB / FR / DE, 81 min.

Director: Parvez Sharma
Documentary on coexistence of islam and homosexuality.
#english subtitles

"Why there has to be the same color of heaven for everyone?" asks a young Muslim from Iran, seeking asylum in Canada. The reason for his escape from his homeland was that, as an open gay man, he could be punished by law. Yet like many other Muslim gays and lesbians from South Africa, Pakistan, Northern India, or Egypt, he does not cease to be firm in his faith. Can gay or lesbian in the eyes of other believers still be a good Muslim? Director Parvez Sharma does not show the faces of protagonists at their own request. The approach of society to homosexual orientation is often reluctant in the Muslim world, similar to some conservative Christian circles. Even in Slovakia, physical expressions of homoerotic affection are not welcome in public, regardless of faith. What makes a difference is just a degree of public condemnation and social pressure, depending on where you live. And what is also different - is the perception of the limits of intimacy, sexuality and privacy. Gay people and lesbians perceive their love for people of the same sex differently - they may feel guilty (in the same way as some Christians) in relation to Islam, yet they do not want to lose their feelings. Shall anything change soon in the Muslim world so that some people do not have to pay for their love? Sharma's documentary is a human-right probe into the lives of some LGBTI people in Muslim and Arab countries. It raises hope that a way to reconciliation of one's own life and feelings with faith is possible.


Katarína Šomodiová: Culture, Religion, Society and Otherness 

lecture & discussion

The aim of the lecture and discussion is to introduce the concept of "otherness" in its cultural and social connotations that shape and define our daily attitudes towards the relatives, wider society, humanity as a whole and ourselves.

The pursuit of a certain social uniformity is natural to human - we meet and commune in social or professional associations, and often seek friends with the same or similar character and moral code. Yet, on a daily basis, we are exposed to the most diverse forms of "otherness", whether religious, national, social or any other. Some of its forms are tolerated by the majority of society without apparent objections, others, especially those that have been drastically abused in political and power discourse in recent years, act as incompatible with our "values" in a standard public debate, whatever that means. Let's have a look at who we are, what about them, what divides us, what gets us together, and most importantly, why.

Katarína Šomodiová obtained her M.A. degree in Political Science Specialized on the Middle East and North Africa at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra in 2007. Since 2012 she is a Doctoral Student at the Department of Comparative Religion, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. In the past she has absolved several study stays in Syria and Egypt and a field research trip to Iran. She specializes on the relation of ethnic and religious identity among Muslims in Europe as well as among members of Middle Eastern minority groups in their homelands and the diaspora. She regularly conducts field research among Middle Eastern communities in the Visegrad Four countries and Western Europe. She is among the founding members of the Academic Center for Shiʼa Studies in Bratislava.


Andrej Bán [sk] & Igor Čoko [hr]: Migration in Photography

presentation & discussion

Two photographers, known for their socially engaged approach to local as well as global issues. Both have spent time around refugees on their way to freedom, on the borders or stuck in the cities. They know well the stories of people, who gave them trust and privilege to share their life through photography. Their work is a documentary of the times and a memento of humanity.

Monday I  11.12.2017


2016, documentary,  SK' 56 min.

Director: Emília Ondriašová


Czech Allah 

2017 ' documentary ' ČR ' 91 min.

Director, writer: Zuzana Piussi


Theatre Feste [cz]: VÁCLAV HAVEL // The Power of the Powerless

site-specific performance

Cast: Ondřej Jiráček, Kateřina Jebavá
Director: Jiří Honzírek
entry: 5/3€

Tuesday I 12.12.2017


Professional foreigner

2016 ' documentary about Irena Brežná ' SK ' 64 min
Director: Anna Grusková


Filip Jekkel [sk]: JEDEN

monodrama based on the Asne Seierstad's book on Anders Breivik

Collective: Filip Jekkel, Miroslav Lukačovič, Tereza Stachová, Anna Kvašňovská


The White World according to Daliborek

2017 (documentary) film CZ ' 141 min.
Entry: 3€

Wednesday ' 13.12.2017


Terre Promesse - METROPOLIS

presentation of the project activties & discussion with participants

EU Creative Europe Program



staged reading of microdramas

Katarína Vozárová [sk]: Silence in the masses
Bianca Tridan [ro]: Confused melody
Elisa Campisi [it]: In the dark, they can't be seen
Director: Petra Kovalčíková


Dominika Kňažková [sk]: MALALA

monodrama based on the Christina Lamb's book about Malala Yousafzai

Director: Jakub Mudrák

Thursday I 14.12.2017


Theatre from the Passage [sk]: The Little Prince

entry: 2,50/5 €