Vašulka Kitchen Brno
Vašulka Kitchen Brno (VKB) is a new established place for research, artistic experiment and informal education in the field of new media art. It consists of the archive of Woody and Steina Vašulkas’ work and a permanent exhibition of their selected works. We organize events aimed at commemorating and developing the artistic and philosophical legacy of the Vašulkas, pioneers in new media art with personal ties to Brno, and we support new media art production.
A Place for Research, Experiment and Education
VKB provides access to the digital archive and to the Vasulkas Mediateque. In cooperation with Vasulka Chambre and Berg Contemporary, we maintain the archive, we care about our collection, and documenting Vasulka's materials. We maintain in mapping and promoting and studying their work in a broad cultural and international context, devoting ourselves to collect and research works of other artists in the field of art of electronic media. We provide as well infrastructure for Czech and foreign researchers, students, educators and curators an initiate research network projects.
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Prof. Tomáš Ruller
Prof. Tomáš Ruller (born 1957 in Brno) is a Czech visual artist and performer. He graduated in 1982 from Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. His work includes multimedia works, performances, installations, videos, architectural realisations and stage design. He was initiator and participant in many unofficial art exhibitions and festivals such as Malechov (1980 and 1981), Malostranské dvorky (Prague, 1981), Meeting in Courts (Prague, 1982) or Chmelnice (Mutějovice, 1983). Co-founded the European International Performance Arts Movement The Western Attraction / Western-East Project (since 1983) and the follow-up Black Market (since 1986), (Open Situation), etc. He exhibited and presented his events in most European countries, in Israel, Canada, Japan, USA, Mexico, China. His activities are connected to artist as Chris Burden, Marina Abramovic, Stelarc or Orlan, as well as to personalities of electronic art such as Steina and Woody Vašulka or Van Gogh TV. Since 1994 prof. Tomáš Ruller is the head of the Department of Video-Multimedia-Performance of the Faculty of Fine Arts - VUT in Brno, where he was a Dean between 1998-2000. He lives and works in Brno and Prague.
Mr.A. Jennifer (Helia) DeFelice is an artist, musician, and educator focusing on performative practice, interpretation and improvisation. Her approach ranges from individual installations and events through community projects and curatorial activities. She has worked as a graphic designer, a translator and interpreter, and is interested in the field of art and technology. Originally from the United States, she lives and works in Brno, where she graduated from the Departement of Performance at the Faculty of Fine Arts, VUT Brno and where she currently works as an assistant of Prof. Tomáš Ruller.
Mgr. Barbora Šedivá, Ph.D.
Mgr. Barbora Šedivá, Ph.D.
Členka spolku VKB, nezávislá kurátorka a manažerka, statutární zástupce spolku 4AM/Fórum pro architekturu média, ředitelka kulturního prostoru PRAHA a platformy Multiplace. Spoluzakladatelka archivu Monoskop.org. Na katedře Teorie interaktivních médií na MUNI v Brně vedla seminář zaměřený na aktivní zkoumání archivů, aktuálních tendencí v oblasti mediálního umění a jejich historických souvislostí.
Mgr. Viktor Pantůček, Ph.D. (born 1977 in Brno) is a musicologist and curator, living and working in Brno, Czech Republic. Pantůček graduated in musicology at the Masaryk University in Brno in 2003, and since then he is an assistent professor at the Department of Musicology. He is the programmer of the New Music Exposition and since 2015 as well the programmer of the Brno Contemporary Orchestra.
Mgr. Miloš Vojtěchovský was born in 1955 in Prague, where he also lives. He graduated in Aesthetics at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University in Prague. Since the mid-1970s he has been active in folk music and visual arts in Prague and elsewhere. Pedagogical and professional activities: cooperation with Imaginary Museum Projects in Amsterdam, lecturer at the Department of Theories and Art History at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno and Department of the Center for Audiovisual Studies at FAMU, curator of the Školská 28 Gallery, psychogeography project sonicity.cz, symposium and festival vs. Interpretation, the initiator of the project Frontiers of Solitude (2015-2016).
Other members of the VKB association 2019
- doc. Mgr. Jana Horáková, Ph.D. vice-dean for publishing and public relations Faculty of Arts, MU
- Ondřej Merta
- Matěj Kotouček
- Mgr. Terezie Petišková, Curator, T (00420) 515 917 555, M 731 656 869
- Mgr. Marika Svobodová, Curator, M (00420) 776 133 804, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Barbora Šedivá
- Honorary members: Steina & Woody Vašulka, Kristin Scheving, Chris Hill
Center for New Media Art
Founding of The Centre for the New Media art, dedicated to the legacy of Woody and Steina Vašulka‘s was initiated by the association the Centre for New Media Art - Vašulka Kitchen Brno, founded in 2016 by Tomáš Ruller, Jennifer Helia DeFelice and Viktor Pantůček.
Main goals of the association
- the establishment and operation of a cultural and research centre devoted to the work of Vašulkas and the development of their legacy through contemporary work.
- work on archiving, documentation, digitization and restoration of works by Vašulka and other artists from the field of new media art.
- organizing public lectures and conferences, residential stays, exhibitions and performances supporting artists using new technologies.