Activities

 

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.

Na sklonku roku 2016 vznikla v Brně iniciativa na založení Vašulka Kitchen, odkazující na dílo uměleckého páru Steiny Briem Bjarnadottir a Bohuslava Woodyho Vašulky. V říjnu 2018 jsme za účasti manželů Vašulkových slavnostně v Domě umění města Brna zahájili činnost Centra umění nových médií, jehož posláním je uchovávat a zprostředkovávat tvorbu manželů Vašulkových a rozvíjet jejich odkaz. 

Od konce 80. a začátku 90. let se uměním videa, elektronických médií, později digitálním uměním v České republice zabývalo několik (neziskových) uměleckých iniciativ. Dnes je VKB jedním z mála specializovaných (neakademických) projektů v této oblasti. Je důležité, že v mezinárodních souvislostech se stává součástí sítě institucí, zaměřených na podporu, archivaci, výzkum, nebo distribuci umění, založeného na pohyblivém obrazu, zvuku, elektronických sítích, kódování a performativitě jako umělecké praxi.

Věříme, že společně s vámi se nám i v příštích letech podaří všechny aktivity rozvíjet a plány realizovat. Děkujeme za váš zájem a vaši podporu.

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.

Spolek Vašulka Kitchen Brno

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.

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.