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20 Jun 2015 18:00

Diaries and Communities: Czech Underground Cinema of the 80s

Underground film of the 1980s was an unseen and undiscovered area of Czech film history for many decades. The underground art community produced more than 80 short films shot on Super-8, with numerous directors, production companies and festivals, creating an almost entire small-scale industry parallel to the 80s state film industry. This talk by Martin Blažíček will introduce various documentary strategies and community practices of filmmaking within this area, utilizing examples from some recently restored films.


MARTIN BLAŽÍČEK will also take part in no.we.are 10, a late night party  for artists, radicants, friends, fugitives & time travellers celebrating 10 years of no.w.here on Saturday 20th June from 7.30pm.  Come and dance on the back of austerity, doublespeak and triple think.. The night features a heady and eclectic mix of film, music, performance and interventions.



Martin Blažíček (1976) is a Prague-based film/video maker and media artist.
His work includes short films, videos, live image performances and objects.

Since 2000 he has been performing solo live film and video shows as well as working with varioux groups including Ultra (2000-02), Mikroloops (2007-11), and collaborating with Steven Ball, Andras Blazsek, Zenial, Arszyn, Hannes Hoelzl, Bryan Eubanks, Kateřina Zochová, Vojta Procházka, Michal Zbořil and many others.

He curated NoLab at Roxy/Nod Prague (2007-09), ScreenLab series at Školská 28 Gallery Prague (2010-12) and The Hole site-specific sound gallery (2013).

He published texts on music, film and media arts in numerous magazines including Cinepur, A2, Iluminace, Kino Ikon, Flashart, Film a doba and others
He teaches at the Center for Audiovisual Studies at the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has recently been playing with the open live coding group Kolektiv.

His films and live performances were shown at MAK Vienna, High Zero at Theatre Project Baltimore, Optosonic Tea at Diapason Gallery NY, Lux London, Anthology Film NY, DDM Gallery Shanghai, IDFF Jihlava, PAF Olomouc, City Gallery Leeds, Arnolfini Bristol, Entropia Gallery Wroclaw, Zamok Ujazdovski Warsaw, Dom Kino Minsk, Art Factory Lodz, Cinema Nova Brusel, Galerie Rudolfinum Prague, IFF Rotterdam, and more.

Part of Open City Documentary Festival

In cooperation with Eunic London

Čaroděj OZ, Pan Karra – Easy Rider OZ
1984, film Super-8, sound, black and white/colour, 42 min

Čaroděj OZ – The Blessed Cleaner
1980, film Normal-8, sound, black and white, 6 min 13 sec




Roberts Building, UCL University, WC1E 7JE


20 Jun 2015 18:00


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