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16. 03. 10:00 - 21. 03. 20:00

As part of the Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 project and the programme "Departures: Austrian Days", Austria and the Czech Republic are organising a number of joint projects. The Office of the Federal Chancellor, The Federal Ministry for Education and Women, and The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (The Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague) will take part on the Austrian side.

The Office of the Federal Chancellor organises many projects in the field of modern art.

SHARE – Too Much History, MORE Future is an exhibition project which was created in 2014 in Sarajevo. SHARE means sharing and participating in the lives of others. Video works by 15 international artists will be presented at DEPO2015. The exhibition will also be joined by a Czech artist who lived and worked in Vienna for three months and an Austrian duo working in Pilsen. The project contributes to the artistic residencies exchange programme OPEN A.i.R as part of the Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 project.
The Viennese artist Oliver Hangl has prepared guided tours called Guerillawalks which will enable participants to discover the secrets of Pilsen accompanied by artists and with headphones on.
The cooking show of Rainer Prohaska, Lunch Box, will engage the audience in the action! We will build a mobile kitchen at DEPO2015 together with the artist and we will cook and eat in an interesting industrial space.
The work of six Austrian musicians and artists will be presented at DEPO2015 during the audio-visual event "sound:frame – audio-visual life shows".

The Federal Ministry for Education and Women has been collaborating with the Czech Republic for more than 25 years. The Austrian Grammar School was established in Prague in 1990 and is one the most prestigious schools in the metropolis.
The Ministry has been organising bilateral educational seminars of German as a foreign language for Czech tutors of German in Austria for more than 20 years.
Since 2010, "Austrian Days" – an educational event on special Austrian topics –has successfully been organised in Pilsen for tutors of German from the Pilsen Region.
On 19 & 20 March 2015, as part of the event "Departure: Austrian Days", two Austrian experts will organise business meetings relating to various topics on Austria.
The Federal Ministry for Education and Women is organising a supranational project for Czech and Austrian students as a contribution to the Pilsen 2015 project. Two school classes will work on a joint project on a given topic within the seminar "Cultural Diversity". This joint event of the Austrian Grammar School Prague and the Gymnasium Henriettenplatz Vienna aims at supporting the on-going collaboration between Czech and Austrian youth.

The Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague (ÖKF) has been engaging in realising foreign cultural and political agendas of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA) and supporting cultural exchange between the Czech Republic and Austria.
The guided tours around the city called "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen" are one of two projects supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague. In collaboration with Pilsen Tourism, five young Pilseners have created a special city guide highlighting Austrian heritage in the city. The tours are run in both Czech and German and are therefore intended for locals as well as tourists. Free tours will be offered daily in Czech and German and will eventually become a part of the official offer of guided tours by Pilsen Tourism.
Together with the "Knoflík" (Button) association, interactive city tours called "PilsTour-Loos" have been prepared for students and young people. PilsTour-Loos invites to discover Czech-Austrian connections in a playful way by engaging students. We will follow Austrian footprints in the city which go all the way from Kaiser Franz Josef to Adolf Loos and the Skoda works. The "PilsTour-Loos" will take place between 16 and 21 March 2015 together with school classes from the Pilsen Grammar School and will be permanently offered by the Austrian Library in Pilsen and the association "Knoflík".
In the European House Gallery, which houses one of the eight Austrian libraries of the Czech Foreign Ministry, Alexander Peer will present modern Austrian literature and read from his latest novel "Bis dass der Tod uns meidet / Until Death Rejects Us". At the same time, a travelling exhibition of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, "Gustav Klimt – the Pioneer of Modernism", will be presented.
Austria will also be represented in cinematography in Pilsen. A festival of Austrian short films (a collaboration between the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Film Academy) includes short films that qualified for pre-selection for the Austrian Film Award 2015. DAS FILMFEST, which annually takes place in autumn in Prague and Brno, will be presented in Pilsen for the first time and will offer significant films from the contemporary film production scene in the German-speaking realm. DAS FILMFEST represents the long-standing collaboration of the Goethe Institute in Prague, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague and the Swiss Embassy.
Adolf Loos, a significant Pilsen personality, will be presented in Pilsen’s Mázhaus in an exhibition titled "Learning to Dwell" by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague and The City of Prague Museum.   

PROGRAM:
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17.3.
18.3.
19.3.
20.3.
21.3.

16.3.2015

”PilsTour Loos!“
It is well known that Adolf Loos, the world-famous Austrian architect, left behind a significant legacy in Pilsen. In addition to his works, there are many things waiting to be discovered in Pilsen – both great and small signs of the shared Czech-Austrian history. "PilsTour Loos!" invites Czech as well as German-speaking students to a playful and interactive discovering of the European Capital of Culture. "PilsTour Loos!" will educate students about the Pilsen 2015 project as well as historical Czech-Austrian facts connected to Pilsen. 
Venue: The video hall of the Austrian Library in Pilsen
Time: 9:00am – 12.00pm
Language: Czech/German
Registration of school classes from Pilsen by 9.3.2015 with Bc. Monika Štroblová: monika.stroblova@knoflik.org

The city guide "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen"
From the "Pilsen Kaiser spring", exclusively brewed to honour Kaiser Franz Josef I, until the times when Pilsen was for once in its history, if for just a short period, a capital city; from important historical events and personalities to curiosities – in any case, it is worth discovering Austrian heritage in Pilsen. The city tour guides of "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen" invite local citizens as well as German-speaking guests on an unusual walk especially created around the significant milestones of the shared Czech-Austrian history. 
Meeting place: Meeting Point Pilsen 2015
Time: 4:00pm
Language: Czech
Free entry

17.3.2015

The seminar for Austrian and Czech students: "Cultural diversity"
Which shared topics interest Czech and Austrian students? What do Czech and Austrian students understand by "cultural diversity"?
Against the background of the Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 project and in collaboration with the youth organisation "Knoflík", two school classes from Pilsen and Vienna will get together and share their experience and views on this and other topics in a joint workshop in order to discover new ways of inter-cultural understanding.
Venue: KD Peklo, Pobřežní 10
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm; 2:00pm – 5:00pm

The Festival of Austrian Short Films 2015
The Festival will offer films that have been pre-selected by the Austrian Film Academy for nomination for the Austrian Film Award 2015. The best short film award went to the director Magdalena Lauritsch for her film Rote Flecken (Red Spots) which will also be screened in Pilsen.
The festival is prepared by BMeiA and the Austrian Film Academy.
Venue: the European House Gallery, 12 Republic Square
Time: 7:00pm
Free entry

18.3.2015

”PilsTour Loos!“
It is well known that Adolf Loos, the world-famous Austrian architect, left significant footprints in Pilsen. In addition, there are many things waiting to be discovered in Pilsen – both great and small signs of the shared Czech-Austrian history. "PilsTour Loos!" invites Czech as well as German-speaking students to a playful and interactive discovering of the European Capital of Culture. "PilsTour Loos!" will educate students about the Pilsen 2015 project as well as the Czech-Austrian historical facts connected to Pilsen. 
Venue: the video hall of the Austrian Library in Pilsen
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Language: Czech/German
Registration of school classes from Pilsen by 9.3.2015 with Bc. Monika Štroblová: monika.stroblova@knoflik.org

The city guide "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen"
From the "Pilsen Kaiser spring", exclusively brewed to honour Kaiser Franz Josef I, until the times when Pilsen was for once in its history, if for just a short period, a capital city; from important historical events and personalities to curiosities – in any case, it is worth discovering Austrian heritage in Pilsen. The city tour guides of "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen" invite local citizens as well as German-speaking guests on an unusual walk especially created around the significant milestones of the shared Czech-Austrian history. 
Meeting place: Meeting Point Pilsen 2015
Time: 4:00pm
Language: Czech
Free entry

Book reading by Alexander Peer
”Bis dass der Tod uns meidet” by Alexander Peer
The Austrian writer and journalist Alexander Peer will read from his latest novel "Bis dass der Tod uns meidet" on 18 March 2015 at the European House Gallery. The novel is based on a fictional-real triangle consisting of the narrator Franz, his beloved Rebecca and Friedrich Nietzsche.
Alexander Peer lives and works in Vienna as a writer and a freelance journalist (e.g. Der Standard, Die Presse and Profil).
Venue: the European House Gallery, 12 Republic Square
Time: 7:00pm
Free entry

19.3.2015

Educating German tutors - Part 1
The German Department of the Faculty of Education of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen organises, along with "Culture and Language" and The Federal Ministry for Education and Women (BMBF), courses for tutors of German from Pilsen and around. Participants can attend three workshops relating to Austria, methodology and German didactics. All participants will receive up-to-date educational materials and a certificate of attendance from The Federal Ministry for Education and Women (BMBF).
Workshop 1 - 9:00am – 12:00pm "Austria in pictures" (Dr. Ute Michailowitsch)
Workshop 2 - 2:00pm – 5:00pm "Writing in German as part of teaching German as a foreign language" (Prof. Dr. Renate Faistauer)
Venue: The University of West Bohemia, Jungmanova 1, JJ 123
Language: German
Registration by 12.3.2015 with Mgr. Eva Salcmanová: salcmano@knj.zcu.cz
Free entry

A workshop of literary writing with Alexander Peer
The Austrian writer Alexander Peer is organising a workshop of literary and creative writing for all. He lets participants see his own writing skills and invites them to discover and develop their own literary potential.
Venue: The Austrian Library in Pilsen, 12 Republic Square
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Language: German
Registration by 12.3.2015 with Mgr. Eva Salcmanová: salcmano@knj.zcu.cz
Free entry

Pilsen Guerillawalks I:
Oliver Hangl (A) feat. Bio Masha (CZ)
The Viennese artist Oliver Hangl has prepared guided tours called Guerillawalks which will enable participants to discover the secrets of Pilsen. Put your wireless headphones on and let yourself be carried away by stories, sharp wit, improvisation and music prepared by Oliver Hangl and Pilsen musicians including poetry slammer Bio Masha. Discover the urban jungle and forget classic urban tourism!
We might dive into a shopping centre or a swimming pool, a supermarket or a restaurant, take a tram or silently visit a church. It will not be just public places; we might lift the lid on the privacy of some passers-by and peer into their apartment – these are surprises typical for Guerilllawalks.
Those without headphones may watch a group of people and try to guess what they are talking about, what is happening, where they are heading and why. This makes an interesting "animal" species of the participants – partly anonymous, abstract, yet very interesting; that is why such a group often attracts attention. The walkers themselves are tensely awaiting what is coming next, where to go and whom they will meet there.
Guerillawalks change the perception of reality – the participants are isolated from their surroundings by headphones, they won't talk even to people standing next to them. Guerillawalks enable individual, intimate perception of surroundings in a group of people who walk through the city where almost anything can happen.
Meeting place: Plzeň Zastávka, Přeštická 1761/4
Time: 4:00pm (duration: 3 hours in all weather conditions)
Entry: CZK 20, tickets at www.plzenskavstupenka.cz
Deposit for headphones: ID card or passport
Language: English with Czech interpretation
Oliver Hangl, born in 1968 in Grieskirchen, Austria.
Media artist, Vienna
Oliver Hangl uses performance elements in media spaces as well as in classic art exhibition spaces. His interest in the playful research of different mechanisms of perception in a mostly (semi-) public environment focuses on physical and psychological realities and fictions of an individual in a society.
www.olliwood.com
BIO MASHA, born in 1982 in Pilsen, Czech Republic
A musician, stage designer and performer of slam poetry.
Her work is inspired by the new technologies trend and she presents herself through a mix of singing, performing and videos. She forms one half of the musical duo Debbi Love. She has represented the Czech Republic in slam poetry competitions in Hungary, Poland and Scandinavian countries.
biomasha.webnode.cz
 

The opening of the exhibition SHARE
SHARE – Too Much History, MORE Future
SHARE could be read on one of the 148 postcards of the Mailart* project. SHARE, not otherwise, was written by the artist Sejla Kameric from Sarajevo. SHARE – a wish, a challenge, a need? SHARE as in to share and to exchange, to participate in the lives and work of others, was the starting point and is the main idea behind this artistic project. The complete title is SHARE – Too Much History, MORE Future.
The SHARE project was created in 2014 in Sarajevo as a contribution by the Office of the Federal Chancellor of the Austrian Republic to the memorial year. Since then, the project has been enriched by many more works; new artists have joined the project at various places and the young talent competition in Bosnia-Herzegovina has introduced new talents. The exhibition in Pilsen will be joined by a Czech artist who had lived and worked for almost 3 months in Vienna and an Austrian artistic duo who spent the same amount of time in Pilsen and let themselves be inspired to create a new artistic work.
Works by 15 artists will be presented at DEPO2015 – video works about the past and our approach to it, how we store memories and what we do with them. This is necessarily projected into the way we act here and now and this is reflected in the videos. The exhibition will take place in the industrial space of DEPO2015. It is interesting to follow the history of this place as well, to perceive the accumulated relics of the past and what we do with them today.
The participating artists come from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Austria, Slovenia, Russia and the Czech Republic: Gordana Andjelic-Galic, Mladen Bundalo, Anna Jermolaewa, Marko Jovovic, Adela Jusic, Sejla Kameric, Nikola Kekerovic, Nevena Kosovic, Ernst Logar, Janek Rous, Irena Sladoje, Sasa Tatic, Hermann Peseckas & Tommy Schneider, Roswitha Schuller & Markus Hanakam
www.share-sarajevo2014.eu/
Venue: DEPO2015, Presslova 14
Time: 7:00pm
Free entry

SOUNDFRAME concert
sound:frame
The Viennese festival sound:frame has been mapping various audio-visual forms since 2007. A creative and unique mix of musicians, artists and theoreticians from fields such as visualisation, media art, architecture, design and music create the basis for the thematic direction of this festival.
Three musical and artistic duos will be presented in Pilsen in joint interdisciplinary shows as part of the audio-visual event called "sound:frame – audio-visual life shows".
The musical genres span from minimalistic sound architecture to free-jazz inspired by hip hop and atmospheric electronic pop. The texts of the artists are unique and specific too. The screenings show abstract, minimalist worlds of images and video-mixing influenced by street art and design, as well as the picturesque language of images and the interface between analogue and digital aesthetics. 
www.soundframe.at
Bernhard Fleischmann
Bernhard Fleischmann is a constant element of the Viennese musical scene. As a trained drummer he performed with formations such as "Speed is Essential" and "Sore!" He made his electronic debut with "Pop Loops for Breakfast" in 1999. Since then he has produced ten solo albums and played many concerts at various places both home and abroad.
http://www.bfleischmann.com/
Susita
Susanne Foisner, alias Susita, is a video artist and performer. She connects video, dance and theatre. With the help of her radiant colourful visualisations oscillating between real images, dance and the abstract, she disseminates stage images and visualises music performances and shows on theatrical, club and festival stages.
http://susannefoisner.wordpress.com/
Sixtus Preiss          
The Viennese musician Sixtus Preiss has been devoting himself to his passion for sounds, beats & bass for many years. Apart from his classical piano training, he developed a liking for electrical scrap, mostly radios, which he takes apart and then reassembles. After completing his technical education, he studied drumming with Howard Curtis and Walter Grassmann. But the jazz influence was not apparent until his solo project. www.facebook.com/sixtuspreissmusic/info
e:v/a
Eva Fischer is the initiator and Artistic Chief of the sound:frame festival in Vienna. She works under the pseudonym e:v/a – influenced by street art, graffiti and urban art and culture – visual worlds which, in her shows and video works, are inseparably connected with music and intensify its effect as an additional musical instrument.
www.soundframe.at
Monique Fessl
Monique Fessl has worked as a musician, DJ and a producer since the mid-1990s. Vocals stored with reduced sound offer an ideal platform for her techno and minimal house production.
She has performed in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland in recent years. The latest production, a remix of new singles "The Violets" by the Austrian artist Favela Gold, was realised at the start of 2014.
www.mai2.net
Thomas Wagensommerer
Compositions by the media artist Thomas Wagensommerer rest on the line between man and machine. Wagensommerer has explored the ability of sound – sounds connected with life as well as noise made by electronic machines and the possibilities of creating sound at the time of the developmental phase of web 2.0. This reflects the process of composing and tries to extend the definition of what we understand by hearing.
www.wagensommerer.at
Venue: DEPO2015, Presslova 14
Time: 8:00pm
Free entry

20.3.2015

Educating German tutors – Part 2
The German Department of the Faculty of Education of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen organises, along with "Culture and Language" and The Federal Ministry for Education and Women (BMBF), courses for tutors of German from Pilsen and around. Participants can attend three workshops relating to Austria, methodology and German didactics. All participants will receive up-to-date educational materials and a certificate of attendance from The Federal Ministry for Education and Women (BMBF).
Workshop 3 - 9:00am – 12:00pm “Teaching grammar in lessons of German as a foreign language“ (Dr. Ute Michailowitsch)
Venue: The University of West Bohemia, Jungmanova 1, JJ 123
Language: German
Registration by 12.3.2015 with Mgr. Eva Salcmanová: salcmano@knj.zcu.cz
Free entry

The city guide "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen"
From the "Pilsen Kaiser spring", exclusively brewed to honour Kaiser Franz Josef I, until the times when Pilsen was for once in its history, if for just a short period, a capital city; from important historical events and personalities to curiosities – in any case, it is worth discovering Austrian heritage in Pilsen. The city tour guides of "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen" invite local citizens as well as German-speaking guests on an unusual walk especially created around the significant milestones of the shared Czech-Austrian history. 
Meeting place: Meeting Point Pilsen 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Language: German
Free entry

Pilsen Guerillawalks II:
Oliver Hangl (A) feat. Bio Masha (CZ)
The Viennese artist Oliver Hangl has prepared guided tours called Guerillawalks which will enable participants to discover the secrets of Pilsen. Put your wireless headphones on and let yourself be carried away by stories, sharp wit, improvisation and music prepared by Oliver Hangl and Pilsen musicians including poetry slammer Bio Masha. Discover the urban jungle and forget classic urban tourism!
We might dive into a shopping centre or a swimming pool, a supermarket or a restaurant, take a tram or silently visit a church. It will not be just public places; we might lift the lid on the privacy of some passers-by and peer into their apartment – these are surprises typical for Guerilllawalks.
Those without headphones may watch a group of people and try to guess what they are talking about, what is happening, where they are heading and why. This makes an interesting "animal" species of the participants – partly anonymous, abstract, yet very interesting; that is why such a group often attracts attention. The walkers themselves are tensely awaiting what is coming next, where to go and whom they will meet there.
Guerillawalks change the perception of reality – the participants are isolated from their surroundings by headphones, they won't talk even to people standing next to them. Guerillawalks enable individual, intimate perception of surroundings in a group of people who walk through the city where almost anything can happen.
Meeting place: Plzeň Zastávka, Přeštická 1761/4
Time: 4:00pm (duration: 3 hours in all weather conditions)
Entry: CZK 20, tickets on www.plzenskavstupenka.cz
Entry: CZK 20, deposit for headphones: ID card or passport
Language: English with Czech interpretation
Oliver Hangl, born in 1968 in Grieskirchen, Austria.
Media artist, Vienna
Oliver Hangl uses performance elements in media spaces as well as in classic art exhibition spaces. His interest in the playful research of different mechanisms of perception in a mostly (semi-) public environment focuses on physical and psychological realities and fictions of an individual in a society.
www.olliwood.com
BIO MASHA, born in 1982 in Pilsen, Czech Republic
A musician, stage designer and performer of slam poetry.
Her work is inspired by the new technologies trend and she presents herself through a mix of singing, performing and videos. She forms one half of the musical duo Debbi Love. She has represented the Czech Republic in slam poetry competitions in Hungary, Poland and Scandinavian countries.
biomasha.webnode.cz

21.3.2015

Lunch Box
A show by Rainer Prohaska
Lunch Box is wooden profiles, kitchen utensils and graphical user guides in the form of an artistic book. This manual describes how, under the supervision of Rainer Prohaska, we can build a kitchen with all the parts and make a meal described in the cookbook. In the end, the parts are wrapped up again and sent to the next destination.
After years of experimenting with cooking shows, the artist Rainer Prohaska is for the first time presented more as a director in the background. Participants, i.e. the audience, have the chance to interpret the graphic guidance. The building of the stage and the cooking itself are interconnected.
The artist has been travelling the world with various projects since he was 13 in order to discover new recipes and inspiration for his new work.
Rainer Prohaska was born on 4 June 1966 in Krems. After completing his studies of engineering and realising various projects in the field of adult education as well as snowboarding, scuba diving and ballooning, he studied at universities in Linz, Krakow and Vienna between 1999 and 2005. He graduated in 2005 from the University of Applied Art in the class of Peter Weibel.
Exhibitions, installations and shows have been organised in the USA, Canada, South Korea, China, Cambodia, Peru, Russia, India and many European countries.
Rainer Prohaska currently lives and works in Vienna and Berlin.
www.rainer-prohaska.net
Venue: DEPO2015, Presslova 14
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Free entry

The city guide "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen"
From the "Pilsen Kaiser spring", exclusively brewed to honour Kaiser Franz Josef I, until the times when Pilsen was for once in its history, if for just a short period, a capital city; from important historical events and personalities to curiosities – in any case, it is worth discovering Austrian heritage in Pilsen. The city tour guides of "Along Austrian Footprints in Pilsen" invite local citizens as well as German-speaking guests on an unusual walk especially created around the significant milestones of the shared Czech-Austrian history. 
Meeting place: Meeting Point Pilsen 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Language: Czech
Free entry