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We Are All Emotional !!cancelled!!

tranzit.cz/Matter of Art announce that the festival of performance art We Are All Emotional, due to take place on December 3–4, 2021, has been postponed. Our organization has decided to take this step in response to the worrying development of the epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic and other countries. We are currently working with our partners to ensure that the festival can take place on an alternative date in 2022. We apologize to all audiences, artists, performers, and partners affected by this change. Please read our official statement on the current situation.

The festival of performance art We Are All Emotional will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on December 3–4, 2021. The event is being organized by tranzit.cz / Matter of Art in collaboration with Divadlo X10 and co-curated by members of the tranzit.org network (Judit Angel, Dóra Hegyi, Livia Pancu, Georg Schöllhammer, Tereza Stejskalová & Attila Tordai-S.)

The program comprises new works by Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Larisa David, Helena Eribenne, Anetta Mona Chișa & Lucia Tkáčová, Kolektiv Prádelna/Laundry Collective, Hajnal Németh, Ovid Pop, Maja Štefančíková, Doris Uhlich, and Zorka Wollny. The ten new performative pieces will be performed by members of the ensemble of Divadlo X10 – one of Prague's most prolific theatre spaces for contemporary drama. The joint event heralds the upcoming twentieth anniversary of tranzit.org, which will be celebrated in 2022. Admission to the festival is free of charge.

Throughout 2021, we have been publishing interviews with the participating artists conducted by the tranzit.org curators. The interviews that have been released so far are available below.

Tickets

Admission to the festival is free with prior booking via GoOut. Space is limited and visitors must show proof of infection-free status at ticket check according to current government regulations. For press passes, kindly contact us via email at press@matterof.art.

Participating artists

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara

Larisa David
biography | interview

Helena Eribenne
biography | interview

Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkáčová
biography | interview

Laundry Collective
biography | interview

Hajnal Németh
biography | interview

Ovid Pop
biography | interview

Maja Štefančíková
biography | interview

Doris Uhlich
biography | interview

Zorka Wollny
biography | interview

Can we feel hopeful again?

Emotion is an intensity that takes place between people, concepts, and objects. Both cognitive and sensory, it moves around and sticks. It arises in a crowd, originating from no particular consciousness. As it circulates in the world, it is difficult to define. #MeToo, climate change, fascism, antifascism, racism, refugees/migrants, cancel culture. Today’s political culture often seems to be driven by irrational, fictional fears and anxieties. We feel empty, anxious, angry, fatigued, harmed, violated. Often it is our personal suffering and trauma speaking. But is that a good compass? It seems we live in an era of heightened emotions which are often labeled as toxic and appear not to lead anywhere. Emotions – be they highs or lows – are coded into the social media platforms on which we spend so much of our lives and which thrive on our emotional engagement, as our own emoticons remind us every day. The boundaries between the private and the public move too quickly for us to track. We react emotionally to what is happening around us, but sometimes it seems as if the ways in which we react make us incapable of dealing with the problems at hand. We shift from politics to personal and back. Have the political passions that were associated with twentieth-century revolutions and social strife been exhausted? Can we forgive each other? And whom should we not forgive? What emotions can unite us, and which emotions divide us? Which emotions should we trust to be our guides? Can we feel hopeful again?

tranzit.org is a unique network of civic associations working independently in the field of contemporary art in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia as well as across the borders of wider Europe. Its main goal is to support and articulate emancipatory practices and establish connections between culture and society by moving across geographies, generations, and political realms. Since its founding in 2002, tranzit has been a critical (and self-critical) platform that challenges dominant narratives of post-war European (art) histories. It has promoted contemporary art practices, theory, and social discourses with an aim to contribute to present-day mobilizations of solidarity and community building in a Europe of rising nationalism, cultural essentialism, growing economic egoism, and social as well as gender inequality. Each tranzit works under its own conditions in a variety of local cultural and social contexts, using different formats and methods to contextualize, generate or host theoretical, artistic, and activist debates around today’s exigencies. Tranzit’s activities include exhibitions, thematic projects, seminars, publications based on long-term research, and participatory interventions into the public discourse. ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.org.

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Divadlo X10

Divadlo X10 was founded in 2013 by the current Artistic Director Lenka Havlíková, director in residence Ewa Zembok and actress Anna Císařovská. From its founding to June 2018 it operated in the building of the Strašnice Theatre in the Solidarity housing development in Prague. From September 2017 the theatre has operated in the spaces of the Art Industry Building in downtown Prague (Dům uměleckého průmyslu), where it fully relocated after its voluntary departure from the Strašnice Theatre in June 2018.

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