Nikol Štrobachová: Plants and Music

Tuesday December 11, 7 - 9pm

During the exhibition opening, Vasulka Kitchen will showcase an interactive sound performance by Nikol Štrobachová, focusing on music by plants. The main exhibit will be Aechmea fasciata. Visitors will be able to interact with the plant by touching it and talking to it. The second and smaller sound station connected to headphones will use different kinds of fruit.

Free admittance

Nikol Štrobachová (aka Kukla, Bruno) is based in Brno, where she works for Bastl Instruments. She also works at the Synth Library in Prague. She focuses on educational activities related to modular synthesizers (Patchení with Nikol) including workshops for women and LGBTQI people. She
established an outfit called Pink Noise. Its priorities (as well as Bastl or Synth Library) are to create an environment for making music to everyone without any distinction.


Educational Program

Serie of lectures for students and public

dep. Theory of Interactive Media, MU

1.Videology: Art & Cybernetics

Dům umění města Brna, Malinovského nám. 2.

12. 11. 10.00-11.40 h. – 14.00 – 15.40 h.
13. 11. 10.00-11.40 h. – 14.00 – 15.40 h.

Luis Armand

Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory. His books include Videology (2015), The Organ-Grinder’s Monkey (2013), Event States: Discourse, Time, Mediality (2007), Literate Technologies: Language, Cognition, Technicity (2006), Incendiary Devices: Discourses of the Other (2006), Solicitations: Essays on Criticism and Culture (2005), and Technē: James Joyce, Hypertext and Technology (2003). Edited collections include Pornoterrorism: De-aesetheticising Power (with Jaromir Lelek, 2015), Abolishing Prague (2014), The Return of Kral Majales: Prague’s International Literary Renaissance 1990-2010 (2010), Contemporary Poetics (Northwestern University Press, 2007), Pornotopias (with Jane Lewty & Andrew Mitchell), Technicity (with Arthur Bradley, 2007), Avant-Post: The Avant-garde under “Post-” Conditions (2006), Mind Factory (2006), JoyceMedia (2004), Giacomo Joyce: Envoys of the Other (with Clare Wallace, 2002; expanded edition 2006) and Petr Škrabánek, A Night Joyce of a Thousand Tiers (with Ondřej Pilný, 2002). In 1994 he co-founded the online journal Hypermedia Joyce Studies, which he edited up until 2006. In 2008 he founded the Prague Microfestival. He has published twelve volumes of poetry, including East Broadway Rundown (2015), Indirect Objects (2014), Synopticon (with John Kinsella, 2012), Letters from Ausland (2011), Malice in Underland (2004), Strange Attractors (2003), Land Partition (2001) and Inexorable Weather (2001), as well as eight novels, including The Garden (2001), Menudo (2006), Breakfast at Midnight (shortlisted for 3AM magazine’s Novel of the Year, 2012), Cairo (shortlisted for the Guardian newspaper’s Not-the-Booker Prize, 2014) and The Combinations (2016). He is the editor of VLAK magazine, founding editor of Litteraria Pragensia Book and a member of the editorial boards of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (Washington State University). His work has been included in The Penguin Anthology of Australian PoetryBest Australian PoemsPoems for the Millennium (vol. 4), Contemporary Australian Poetry, World Poetry in English, Thirty Australian Poets, among others. His critical essays have appeared in Angeliki, Technoculture, Sci Phi, Symplokē, James Joyce QuarterlyThe Symptom, Journal for Cultural Research, James Joyce Literary SupplementLola, Jacket 2, Cordite, Semiotica, Irish Studies ReviewGenetic Joyce StudiesCulture Machine and TriQuarterly. He is a member of the Northern Theory School, University of Lancaster, UK; an associate member of the Centre for Postcolonial Writing, Monash University, Australia; he was a member of the European Network project ACUME2: Interfacing the Arts, Sciences and Humanities; and from 2008-2012 served as a trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation. He has also taught Art History at the University of New York, Prague.

This seminar focuses on the transformation of the relationship between art, technology and futurity through the reshaping of human consciousness in the post-industrial age. From the advent of the industrial revolution to the birth of cybernetics, artificial intelligence & quantum computing, what poet William Blake called the “human abstract” has undergone a radical evolution – & this has been reflected in a transformation both of the idea of art & its forms, from machine aesthetics to cyberculture to xenofeminism & beyond. If modernity has come to be characterized by the “end of history” (Auschwitz, the Cold War, the Anthropocene, the Technological Singularity) in which humanity “experiences” its own negation, as Walter Benjamin suggested, as an aesthetic experience of the highest order, how is this mediated through the intersection of art & cybernetics? If technology, in its broadest ramification, represents both the necessity and impossibility of a “living on” – from individual, to species, to general ecology – beyond what Buckminster Fuller famously evoked as the mission of “Spaceship Earth,” is the task of art to represent the possibility of a post-future of the post-human? The seminar will address the work of artists from Marcel Duchamp, John Cage & Nam June Paik, to Stelarc, VNS Matrix, Nina Sellars, Merz, Mark Amerika, Laboria Cuboniks & Christian Bök – among others.

2.Digital Culture / Algorithms Society

Romi Mikulinsky

Romi Mikulinsky is the director of the M.Des. program for Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and a senior lecturer at the History and Theory dept. at Bezalel and the Liberal Arts program at Tel Aviv University. She is a research fellow at the Center for Internet Research at the University of Haifa. Her dissertation at the University of Toronto’s English department was dedicated to photography, memory, and trauma in literature and film. Dr. Mikulinsky researches, writes, and lectures on the future of reading and writing as well as on the various interactions of words and images, texts, codes, and communities. Her research inquires into the new meanings of creativity and human imagination acquired with the introduction of Big Data and AI.

This module is dedicated to digital culture and the influences Big Data and quantification have on our society, on creativity an (algorithmic) art creation. Through a series of 4 lectures and final discussion, each dedicated to a different aspect of digital culture and cultural production, I will present the ways digital technology permeated and affected creativity, imagination, academic research and the everyday. The examples discussed throughout the module range from theory to practice from both art design and literature.

  • 21. 11. 10.00 -11.40 h – 14.00 – 15.40 h     Introduction to Algorithms in Society
  • 22. 11. 10.00 -11.40 h – 14.00 – 15.40 h     Creativity and Creation in Algorithmic Society
  • 23. 11. 10.00 -12.00 h                                  Creativity – Can Computers Make Art?                                                                                          Imagination – after Vilem Flusser, Final discussion

3. Sex, The Body and Cyborgs

Paul G. Nixon

Principal Lecturer in European Politics / Europe Platform Co-ordinator ES, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Den Haag, Netherlands. He has recently been appointed as Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication, IUSVE, Venice, Italy. His research is on the value of international staff exchanges. Often exchanges such as those undertaken under programmes such as ERASMUS+ are seen as only producing positive outcomes. The research will attempt to analyze the added value to both the individual undertaking the exchange, as well as to the organizations involved (both the host and the sending institutions). Nixon identifies goal setting and attainment, levels of pre departure training (if any), as well as attitudinal changes and the effects that these have upon the individuals teaching style and methods upon their return. In order to tie in the research and the KK with other THUAS initiatives, the same process will be investigated in one or more of the Strategic Partner Institutions to be used as a comparison, where practical, thus examining potential cultural differences.

  • 26. 11. 10.00 - 11.40 h
  • 27. 11. 10.00 - 11.40 h
  • 28. 11. 10.00 - 11.40 h
  • 29. 11. 10.00 - 11.40 h

The course is designed to explore how technology is affecting our sexual behavior and how that might change over time. Discussed topics: Cyborgs and Post humanism; Sex and Dating in the Digital Age; Sex in the Movies; Sex in Advertising; Sex toys and Robot Sex.


The lectures are organized by Theory of Interactive Media study programme, thanks to the support of the internal development project of Masaryk University "Supporting the Internationalization of MU" and the Institute of Musicology at the Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts.


Vašulka Kitchen Brno
Centrum umění nových médií

Dům Umění města Brna
The Brno House of Arts

Malinovského nám. 2a
602 00 Brno

Opening hours
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 – 16:00
Admission free


Supported through a grant provided by the Municipality of
the City of Brno's Cultural Committee.
VKB was kindly supported by a significant contribution
in the name of Dalibor Chatrny.