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Programme of the Czech Centre London for February 2016.

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Design and Fashion

LAST FATA MORGANA: Czech Designers at the International Fashion Showcase

18. 2. 2016 - 23. 2. 2016
Space G16, West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

For the third time, Czech Centre London is bringing the country’s leading young fashion designers to the International Fashion Showcase, this year in collaboration with the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM). Last Fata Morgana features seven talented students and recent graduates of UMPRUM whose innovative, uncompromising and experimental views on fashion have an increasing influence on the Czech visual culture as a whole. Their collections, curated by Pavel Ivančic - award-winning designer and head of UMPRUM’s Fashion Department - is displayed in a dazzling installation designed as a robotic tree where unique displays are hanging from its branches like exotic fruits, the installation evokes the surreal feeling of ephemerality and timelessness at the same time. Part of Fashion Utopias, The British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase 2016 in association with London Fashion Week.

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Pavel Ivančic at Fashion Utopias: Then & Now Symposium

19. 2. 2016, 13:30 - 17:30
Screening Room, Embankment Entrance Somerset House, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PH

Award-winning Czech fashion designer and Last Fata Morgana curator Pavel Ivančic will talk about his work in Post-Soviet Czech Republic, discuss his personal journey as a designer and explore the work of the new generation of designers he teaches. His talk will be part of Fashion Utopias: Then & Now, a symposium accompanying The British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase 2016 in association with London Fashion Week.

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Shared Structure: Contemporary Embroidery and Weaving Workshop with Czech and Slovak Designers

20. 2. 2016, 13:00 - 17:00
The Great Arch (Embankment Entrance) Somerset House Strand, London WC2R 1LA

This is a practical workshop suitable for both adults and children. The topic is contemporary embroidery and weaving used by young designers. Participants will be working with various materials and techniques, some traditional, some recycled and some newly developed by the designers themselves. The individual pieces of embroidery will later be attached to form a large collective canvas. FREE ENTRY

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Science and Research

Chemistry of Love

16. 2. 2016, 19:00
The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London, Greater London, EC2A 4RH

Flushed cheeks, a racing heart and clammy hands are some of the outward signs of being in love. But what is happening inside our bodies, is there a scientific way to prove that we are actually in love? Using William Shakespeare’s sonnets and the law of thermodynamics, scientist and chemistry researcher Dr Michael Londesborough explores what love is and demonstrates what it means to be in love proving that when it come to love we seem to be at the mercy of our biochemistry, part of the DNA's strategy to pass on a genetic code. Is there anything we can do about it?

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Arts & Exhibition

MIKYTA EXPORT IMPORT | commodification

29. 1. 2016 - 19. 3. 2016
DIVUS London, Enclave 5, 50 Resolution Way, London SE8 4AL

Commodification is the transformation of goods and services, as well as ideas or other entities that normally may not be considered goods, into a commodity. What IRWIN is to Slovenia and Raša Tododosijevic is to Serbia, Mikyta will one day be to Slovakia. Well-travelled and well-read, the artist of Slovak origin plays on his knowledge and undeniable talent in order to ironically examine central European history and politics. In comparison to multiple other attempts at such a reflection, which may verge on activism, Mikyta´s work is truly a wholesome artistic project which the author continues to develop with each new endeavour.

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Sovinec by Jindřich Štreit

29. 1. 2016 - 30. 3. 2016
Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 148 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5RT

Centrala presents the exhibition ‘Sovinec’ by Jindřich Štreit, one of the most important Czech Documentary Photographers. For over 40 years, primary school teacher Jindřich Štreit has been photographing the people of his home village Sovinec in the north of the Czech Republic. Having always lived and worked among his subjects Streit is well known locally and is assumed to always be carrying his camera. His photographs strikingly reveal this intimate relationship with the villagers, but are often brutally frank about the hard life that was etched out by the people of Sovinec. This Exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, Eric Franke Fine Art and The Side Gallery.

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Tereza Bušková: Clipping the Church

1. 2. 2016 - 31. 3. 2016
Birmingham

Clipping the Church is a new public project by artist Tereza Bušková, conceived in Erdington, a district of Birmingham. Bušková celebrates and reinterprets long established customs with performance, print and video. Her work is a personalised exploration of feelings and fantasies connected to festive celebrations. After researching how people practice their traditions and rituals she reinterprets them involving local communities.

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Ivars Gravlejs at Tate Modern

18. 2. 2016 - 12. 6. 2016
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Works by Latvian photographer based in Prague Ivan Gravlejs will be on display at Tate Modern's new exhibition “Performing for the Camera”. The exhibition explores the relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational topics, as well as humour, improvisation and irony. A wide-ranging exploration of how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.

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I served the King of England

19. 2. 2016, 18:30
Delfina Foundation, 29/31 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY

Delfina’s curatorial resident Michal Novotný (Czech Republic) hosts an event with live artist interventions. Drawing on ideas of character and role-play within artistic practice, the event acts as part exhibition, part absurdist drama, part television broadcast and employs different ways of presence and presentation of artist and artworks. With: Julie Bena, Anna Daučíková, Chiara Fumai, Tim Philips, Ondřej Vicena, Mark Ther and others.

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Film

New European Documentary: Barzakh

24. 2. 2016, 18:30
Picturehouse Central , Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH

In a Chechen city recovering after the war, a man disappears. As daily life goes on, those in search are drawn into a world where encounters with diviners and legal advisors, with the torturers and the tortured, with secret prisons and mythical lakes all become commonplace. When the disappeared do return in dreams, they are said to come from Barzakh – a land between the living and the dead.

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Dance

Věra Ondrašíková selected for BE Festival residency

10. 2. 2016 - 28. 2. 2016
Birmingham

BE FESTIVAL is Birmingham's European Festival of performing arts. The festival takes place annually in Birmingham and lasts for a week featuring a daring and innovative programme of theatre, dance, circus, live music, DJs, visual arts, talks and workshops from across the continent. During the year, the festival invites two international artists to create a show with young people based in Birmingham who don't speak English as a first language, speak a second language at home, are homeless, at risk of homelessness, refugees or asylum seekers. In February, selected from an open call for applicants, Czech artist Věra Ondrašíková will be collaborating with British artist Michael Bell. At the end of the residency/rehearsals, there will be a sharing at the Midlands Arts Centre.

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Czech Centre Recommends

Pavel Haas Quartet visits the UK

4. 2. 2016 - 26. 5. 2016

The successful Czech Pavel Haas Quartet, whose recording last year of Bedřich Smetana's String quartets No. 1 & No. 2 is one of three nominated in the Chamber category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2016, will visit the UK this year again. Veronika Jarůšková (violin), Marek Zwiebel (violin), Pavel Nikl (viola) and Peter Jarůšek (cello) will play in London, Oxford, Liverpool, Reading and Gateshead in February and May 2016.

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The Ear

5. 2. 2016, 20:00
Close Up Film Centre, 97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR

Although made in 1970, The Ear was immediately banned by the Czech authorities and remained unseen for twenty years, finally being released only after the Velvet Revolution took place in Czechoslovakia. This landmark film is an extraordinary mix of one of the most direct indictments of life under an oppressive totalitarian system and a not-so-private examination of a disintegrating marital relationship. Introduction by Mehelli Modi, founder of Second Run DVD.

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Close-Up on Jan Švankmajer

22. 2. 2016 - 28. 2. 2016
Close Up Film Centre, 97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR

This programme presents a selection of 22 short films – exploring Czech Surrealist filmmaker-animator Jan Švankmajer diversity of methods and styles – and his unique adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Technically and conceptually astonishing in their own right, these films are also as remarkable for their philosophical consistency as for their frequently mind-boggling imagery.

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Something Different / A Bagful of Fleas - Two films by Věra Chytilová on DVD

29. 2. 2016
www.secondrundvd.com

Something Different follows the lives of two women – a gymnast in gruelling training (real life Olympic gold-medallist Eva Bosáková), and a dissatisfied housewife (Věra Uzelacová). The two strands never meet, but provide a progressive comment on each other and the differing roles of the women. In A Bagful of Fleas, the everyday world of young factory girls’ lives in the cotton mills of Náchod conflict with officialdom. These two terrific early works from the late, great Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová (DAISIES, FRUIT OF PARADISE) are available for the first time on DVD, presented from newly restored materials with new and improved English subtitles.

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