Imagine London

Like most of us in the UK, I find myself spending all my time in the local neighbourhood. Having explored every corner, noticing new paths and little digression with newly found curiosity, I am growing increasingly tired of the same configurations of walks, sequences of streets and local parks. Additionally, unlike in the recent past,... Continue Reading →

Jan Švankmajer: Ways of Redemption

Few days ago, I wrote an email to Jan Švankmajer, whom I have the privilege of knowing. I wrote because I wanted to know what he thinks about the current situation of the pandemic and in particular, its effect on art and culture. Through some personal conversations, as well as through having read his book... Continue Reading →

Under the Sea

These are stills from my latest short film, with the working title: Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean. This project is a part of my on-going research into using food and eating to communicate multi-sensory impressions in moving image. It is also an homage to Marinetti, and his call to: "use food to evoke... Continue Reading →

Creative Process – Jan Švankmajer

Jan Švankmajer's description of his own creative process, 1985 What is your own personal definition of poetry? For me the concept of poetry coincides with imagination. And the potency of imagination for me is also an evaluative criterion for poetry, whatever its medium of expression is: i.e. a pen, a brush or touch. It is... Continue Reading →

Jan Švankmajer on Food

Jan Švankmajer on FOOD Although we called our exhibition Food, it doesn’t mean that we consider what we do as some kind of “ nourishment for the spirit” or that we will be serving goulash in our exhibition, but because food is a short, easily comprehensible word, while the function it describes is practiced universally.... Continue Reading →

The Magic Ritual of Tactile Initiation

A Poem by Jan Švankmajer The novice is isolated in a dark room He has to leave his hands submerged in a black ointment Meanwhile bandages from finely chopped stinging nettles and goose fat are alternatively applied to his back. The sole of his left foot is touching the surface of hot water The sole... Continue Reading →

Embodied Memory

[The past is] somewhere beyond the reach of intellect, and unmistakably present in some material object (or in the sensation which such an object arouses in us), though we have no idea which one it is. As for the object, it depends entirely on chance whether we come upon it before we die, or whether... Continue Reading →

Tactility and Film, interview with Jan Švankmajer

Tactility and Film Jan Švankmajer's interview, with Tereza Stehlíková 2011 1. What methods do you consciously employ in order to make your films more tactile? I have in mind both in pre-production [choice of location, experiments], production, and post-production [particular methods of editing etc]? Until my first experiments with tactile objects I was unaware about... Continue Reading →

Tactile Workshop

This is a 13 minute documentation of one of my tactile workshop, performed at the Royal College of Art, London, between 2005 - 2009 Tactile workshops have been a vital part of my personally tailored methodology. They functioned as a testing ground for various practical propositions, as well as an imaginative way of gaining new... Continue Reading →

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