Residential stay April 2020

Artist in Residence Program 2020, in collaboartion with Brno Art House

Haraldur Karlsson

Haraldur Karlsson (1967, Reykjavik, Iceland) holds a diploma in Mixed-Media from the Icelandic art school in Reykjavik and BA diploma in Media-Art from AKI Enchede, Holland, where he met Steina, who was there as a visiting artist. Further he studied under the guidance of professor Clarence Barlow Sonology in the Royal Conservatorium Den Haag. For many years Karlsson worked at the Icelandic Academy of Arts as the head of Media-Lab, which he had designed. Karlsson has had exhibitions, performances and lectures in Iceland, Holland, Belgium, England, Czech Republic, Finland and Norway. He is currently based in Oslo and works on several video-art commissions.

Haraldur main focus is on interactive audio/video/3D installations and performances, and instrumental computer controllers.

The Video Art is Out of the Box

„Takový typ koncentrace a zaměření na video obraz, které dnes mám, bych nikdy dřív nemohl mít.  Není to jen proto, že jsem se změnil, je to také proto, že se změnilo video samo – vyvinulo se a dozrálo. Ještě před několika lety nebyl prostor pro soustředění na informace o videu, protože neexistovaly detaily a nástroje pro práci s videem a vytvářením detailů jako dnes. Ale teď má video takové detaily jako fotografie. Nepatrné odstíny barev a tónů jsou viditelné a funkční. Video se stalo médiem, které přijalo soustředění a práci s detailem, médiem, které nabízí tolik možností a příslibů. Pracovat s videem už není frustrující, nepřátelské. Počítače se nerozbíjí, programy pracují a fungují. Mohu vytvářet obraz přesně tak, jako bych pracoval s digitální fotografií. Nejsme svázaní tradičním rámcem obrazu a nemusíme ho dodržovat. The video art is out of the box. Video art vyskočil z krabičky a rozbil ji. Chci prozkoumat a žasnout nad limity současného video artu.“

HARALDUR KARLSON, Connectivity, instalace

Residency - April 2020

The resident can use the facilities of the Center of New Media Art, including access to the digital archive of Steina and Woody Vašulka, to the reference library, the opportunity to present the work audiences. The Vašulka Kitchen Brno residency program serves to strengthen the legacy and work with the making of the founders of video production of the Vašulka´s spouses, concerning current approaches and discourse. We offer a platform for the exchange and development of discussions on the historical and contemporary form of the new media art, which constitutes an essential part of the current intermedia art scene. The Brno House of Arts and Vašulka Kitchen Brno support live communication and realization of various projects of contemporary artistic approaches in their plurality and openness.

The resident is selected in an Open call through a committee made up of members of the Vašulka Kitchen Brno association and the Brno House of Arts. The resident should be an active artist or theoretician in the field of new media art, who genuinely develops the creation of the given media and thus benefits the artistic and professional community as well as the general public. As part of the one-month stay, we expect a presentation of the resident in the form of a lecture, discussion, or a small exhibition at the Vašulka Kitchen Brno premises.

The communication languages are English and Czech.

Date of the residence

1 – 31 April 2020

Vašulka Kitchen and The Brno House of Arts provides:

– artistic stipendium: 10 000 CZK in gross + per diem 300 CZK;
– accommodation and studio at House of the Lords of Kunštát, Dominikánská 9, 602 00
Brno, Czech Republic;
– available technical equipment and workshops.

Artists obligate

– to stay in Brno at least 75% of time;
– participate on program organize by The Brno House of Arts for its residents;
– communication languages are English and Czech.

The artist undertakes to elaborate a final report with photographic documentation from the
course of the residency.

Applications have to include the following documents (in PDF only).

– letter of intent explaining why do you apply, what you expect and what you would like
to focus on during the residence (max. 3 000 characters);
– brief informative curriculum vitae, including contact information (max. 1 page);
– portfolio (max. 10 MB).

Videos/films – we recommend to provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, youtube
page, etc. Please do not send video files.

Please note

- Accepted candidates are required to use the residence in its full length during the
following fixed periods.
- Applications are accepted only in English and by e-mail until: 17 th November 2019
- Please send your application with subject "VKB Open Call 2020" to:

Results of the Open Call will be announced till 15 th December 2019 at The Brno
House of Arts websites: and at
Facebook page of the Residences and Vašulka Kitchen Brno :
- Candidates will be contacted about the results neither by phone nor email.
For more information, please contact

General information

The residency program promotes international collaboration and exchange in the field of new media art, and provides artists and theoreticians with a base for studying the Vašulkas’ early works archive. The residency offers space for realization of artistic projects, experiments, or research.The output needn‘t be of a regular exhibition format and can also opt for other ways of presentation.

The residency, of the duration of 1 - 2 months, is intended primarily for Czech and foreign artists, theoreticians and curators working in the field of new media art. The selection of residents takes place by direct contact with selected authors or through an open call advertised at the beginning of the year. During the residency, guests are provided with accommodation and a studio in the House of Lords of Kunštát in Brno, the possibility of cooperating with the local art scene (Vašulka Kitchen Brno, FaVU VUT), access to the Vašulkas‘ archive, and the possibility of presenting their projects in Vašulka Kitchen Brno. Within the frame of the residential program of the House of Arts, artists present themselves in the form of regular open studios or other events in the House of Arts.

The Brno House of Arts provides:

1 Artistic stipend and meal stipend
2 Accommodation for one or two months
3 Studio for an artist or a curator
4 PR activities (fb, gallery webpage -,
5 Available technical equipment for work: hand recorder, camera, tripod, projector + workshop tools

Artists are obliged to:
1 Stay in Brno for at least 75% of time
3 Participate on the program organized by The Brno House of Arts for its residents and Vašulka Kitchen Brno
4 Communication languages are English and Czech
5 The artist undertakes to offer a final report with photographic documentation from the course of the residency

The residences are organized by the Brno House of Arts in cooperation with the City of Brno. The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture.

Residency - April-May 2019

The pilot year of the Vasulka Kitchen Brno residence was opened by German artist Christian Doeller (* 1987). Doeller, who lives and works in Weimar, is experimenting with technology, science and philosophy and during his stay in Brno he was engaged in photo-optic experiments.

Christian Doeller (*1987) is a German artist experimenting at the interface of science,  technology and philosophy. His work focuses on human self-perception with regard  to scientific research and technological developments, questioning social implications of digitally modified surroundings. Through building interactive installations and machines, Doeller visualizes ubiquitous processes that usually reside outside the realms of human  apperception and investigates the evolutionary nature of so called „errors“ in digital  systems and technology. In other projects, he develops narrative environments, performances and public events, playfully confronting our empiric capabilities with abstract scientific concepts and their corresponding methodologies. Doeller presented his work in several exhibitions, arranged different workshops and realized performances and events in public space internationally.