Vašulka Kitchen Reader #1 is published

Reader: First & Last

available as printed book and e-pub

Towards the end of 2020, the New Media Arts Center - Vašulka Kitchen Brno as the second publication published Vašulka's kitchen book # 1, - texts on the media: first & last. The book is free to download in PDF and ePub format, but also for purchase in a small volume of 200 pieces. It is related to the international colloquium of the Art Collection of the Digital Age in the gallery and museum, which Vašulka Kitchen Brno realized in cooperation with the House of Arts on October 22 and 23, 2019.

The main intention of the organizers of the colloquium and the editor of the reader was to provoke a broader discussion on the conservation, care, distribution and presentation of works of an unstable nature, especially in the context of current gallery and museum practice in the Czech environment. Activities that have been developed in recent years mainly by the Prague ETC. Gallery or the National Film Archive, expanding its collection interests to include non-standard formats such as video, is associated with an effort to set a clearer system and standards for the treatment not only of works but also of copyright in moving images in gallery and museum collections.

The collection of papers and texts from the Brno colloquium is a task to challenge the current situation, especially the possibility of comparison with international experience of various initiatives, associations and organizations that often deal with the issue of preservation, restoration and presentation of moving image art since the 1970s. Foreign guests of the colloquium shared experiences that can contribute to knowledge in the Czech environment as well as proven models of museums' collection activities in the field of new media art, and the publication can serve as a guide with specific examples of how to proceed in certain situations, what questions and solutions can be considered.

from the content

An enlightened historical overview of methodologies for preserving contemporary art in an international context was presented by researcher Dušan Barok, who is completing postgraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam. Gaby Wijers, Director of LIMA Institution, summarizes the history of the care of new media arts in the Netherlands from the 1970s to the present. Curator and art historian Anna Olszewska from the University of Krakow describes the story of the reanimation of the innovative robotic work Senster 2.0 by Edward Ihnatowicz. It is a case study of a curatorial approach to an artefact with a cult aura, which in its physical form has almost practically disappeared from the world of art. Miklós Peternák, a prominent representative of Central European electronic art, pointed out more general issues related to the preservation of heritage after the advent of digitization and the Internet on the example of the activities of the C3 Center for Culture and Communication Foundation in Budapest.

Conservator Joey Heinen of the LACMA Museum in Los Angeles shared his experience with the restauration of Woody Vašulka's complex robotic works The Brotherhood, constructed in the 1990s. The foreign study is supplemented by several texts by local curators, theorists and historians who deal with similar topics in their practice. One of them is the ongoing project of Jana Horáková from Masaryk University in Brno, which has the Vašulková archive processed by neural networks and machine learning, the article of Jakub Frank and Barbora Kundračíková on creating a database of Central European Art (CAED) in Olomouc and articles by Lenka Dolanová and Matěj Strnad. Michal Klodner from the NFA deals more with free and autonomous electronic networks than strictly speaking with the issue of conservation.

In addition to the mentioned case studies in specific environments and works, the publication also contains translations of several historical texts, suggesting more general cultural contexts and theoretical reflection, related to the current situation of the globalized and digitized world. Miloš Vojtěchovský's introduction or Peter Weibel's text from 2010 outline the issue of preservation, restoration and conservation of cultural heritage. In the appendix, the reader will find translations of texts considered important sources for understanding the concepts of electronic culture and knowledge of new media art: eg the text of Vannevar Bush from 1945, Gustav Metzger from 1969, Gene Youngblood from 1978 and Erki Huhtam on the history of interactivity. taken from the publication of Tomáš Dvořák Chapters from the History of Media Theory, published by the Academy of Fine Arts in 2010).

Listování Kuchyňskou čítankou v rámci Brno Art Week, provází editor knihy Miloš Vojtěchovský. 


  • MILOŠ VOJTĚCHOVSKÝKonečnost a nekonečnost uměleckého díla ve sbírkách a v jiných souvislostech
  • PETER WEIBEL: Digitální zapomnění. K hmotným dějinám médií, (přeloženo z Peter Weibel: Towards a Material History of Media)
  • DUŠAN BAROKPrístupy k uchovávaniu súčasného umenia, Video, inštalácie, digitálne umenie a otázky mediálnej konzervácie

case studies


  • MARTIN BLAŽÍČEKPrůběžný okraj, K filmům mimo mantinely kinematografie ve sbírce Národního filmového archivu
  • BARBORA ŠEDIVÁ, KATEŘINA DRAJSAJTLOVÁArchiv Vašulka Kitchen Brno - stručná zpráva o probíhajícím projektu
  • VÍT JANEČEKWoody Bohuslav Vašulka: poznámka k jeho básnické tvorbě
  • VANNEVAR BUSH: Jak si lze myslet (přeloženo z "As We May Think", 1945)
  • GUSTAV METZGERPoznámky ke krizi v technologickém umění (přeloženo z "Notes on the Crisis in Technological Art", 1969)
  • GENE YOUNGBLOODMasmédia a budoucnost touhy (přeloženo z "The Mass Media and The Future of Desire", 1978)
  • ERKKI HUHTAMOOd kybernetizace k interakci: příspěvek k archeologii interaktivity (přeloženo z „From Cybernation to Interaction: A Contribution to an Archaeology of Interactivity", 1999)
  • Program kolokvia
  • Biografie autorů

    Editor: Miloš Vojtěchovský
    Authors: Flóra Barkóczi, Dušan Barok, Martin Blažíček, Vannevar Bush, Lenka Dolanová, Kateřina Drajsajtlová, Jakub Frank, Joey Heinen, Jana Horáková, Erkki Huhtamo, Vít Janeček, Michal Klodner, Barbora Kundračíková, Štěpán Miklánek, Gustav Metzger, Anna Olszewska, Kryštof Pešek, Miklos Peternák, Pavel Sikora, Matěj Strnad, Barbora Šedivá, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Peter Weibel, Gaby Wijers, Gene Youngblood.
    Translators: Miloš Bartoň, Vít Bohal, Lenka Dolanová, Tomáš Dvořák, Dan Hrabina, Jiří Novák, Miloš Vojtěchovský
    Czech corrections: Kateřina Danielová, Markéta Slezáková, Radka Loukotová, Michal Jurza
    English corrections: Ken Ganfield, Jennifer DeFelice
    Responsible editor: Marika Svobodová
    Graphics: Karel Bařina
    The cover with the reproduction of Miloš Vojtěchovský, Karel Bařina

ISBN EPUB: 978-80-907763-3-3

The publication is published in the Creative Commons Attribution licence, NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

The printed book costs 290 czech crowns (plus the postage, the Czech Post prices). It is possible to order it via or on the website of the initiative Noise Kitchen and of the Artmap bookstore. After reopening galeries by the Government, it will be available in the Brno Art House as well.

Text to download:


Vasulka Kitchen Reader.pdf

Za finanční podpory Statutárního města Brna, Státního fondu kultury, Ministerstva kultury a Domu umění města Brna.