Compact archive October 11, 2007

Clare Woods until 20th October in Prague

Clare Woods exhibition in Prague The young English painter Clare Woods’ paintings is possible to see in Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague. Woods’ paintings celebrate contested space. The space is at the same time intimate and desolate. These are locations devoid of any particular focus and yet they are places of possible significance – places where someone might be conceived and, as likely, someone might expire.

Woods’ interest in depicting such ambiguous space, so often hidden or overlooked, is in that it is here where wider interests and concerns can be seen to overlap. For example: popular and folk traditions, the pagan and the orthodox and what we understand as urban and as rural.The paintings are derived from photographs of undergrowth.

Taken at night using a camera and flashgun, these images capture the bright colours and reflective surfaces of pockets of scrub. Other images record vegetation obscured not by nightfall but by snowfall. These are abstract paintings and yet within the endless possible readings of the forms that they contain they are somehow psychologically charged and, are uncanny – familiar and yet somehow sinister.

Jiri Svestka Gallery, until 20th October, Tue – Fri – 12.00 – 6.00 p.m. Sat – 11.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Biskupsky dvur 6, Prague.


Jan Svejnar for the President of the Czech Republic

jan svejnar for the president Jan Svejnar was offered by Vaclav Havel the prime minister’s post of Vaclav Klaus, freed when Klaus’ government fell in 1997. He couldn’t accept it, because he didn’t have Czech citizenship at that time (he emigrated at the age of 17, otherwise his passport would be confiscated according to communist law). Josef Tosovsky became the prime minster. Now, being a Czech citizen, he may became the new president of the Czech Republic.

Finally a Worthy Opponent for Klaus

Professor Svejnar graduated from the Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relationships and obtained a PhD. in Economics at the Princeton University. His academic interests are in the areas of economic development and transition, labor economics and behavior of the firm.

Jan Svejnar (born in 1952) is a US-based, Czech-born economist. An adviser to former Czech president Vaclav Havel for almost a decade, Professor Svejnar is the Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Everett E. Berg Professor of Business Administration, and Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Strangely enough, his excellent career lowers his chances to became the president. He may be handicapped that he didn’t live in the Czech Republic and now he doesn’t permanently stay at the country. However his economic institute CERGE in Prague is quite significant – it is a joint workplace of the Charles University in Prague and Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, that offers an American-style PhD. program in economics. The idea is to educates the new generation of elite economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States.

He gained support of all the political sides except for the ODS (Civic Democratic Party), whose candidate is the present president Vaclav Klaus. Even when liberal, he is supported by the left-wing parties, because of his criticism of Klaus’ policy; namely the equal tax, post-revolutionary economical reformation, supporting of the rich on the account of the poor and he is for deep integration into the EU.

Laurent Garnier's Techno Music again in Prague

laurent garnier prague Laurent Garnier likes it in Prague and often visits it. You can hear his techno show, today in Prague Akropolis. Laurent Garnier, born 1966 in Boulogne-sur-Seine, is above all a French techno music producer and DJ. Why techno? In one interview he gave to D. A. Rodriguez in 1997, he stated, that he has a clear idea about common French music style:

“The whole so called French House Scene is nothing but a group of posh kids from Paris. The real sound of French electronic music is somewhere else today, and it is not house, but techno.”

He is a proud French with perfect English, as he begun DJ-ing in Manchester during the late 1980s. By the following decade, he had a broad stylistic range, able to span classic deep house and Detroit techno, the harder side of acid/trance and jazzy tracks as well. As the widely-known-French-producer-outside-France founded F-Comm label, he produced Mr. Oizo or Shazz.

His music videos are the best and most hilarious, what was available in dance music of that times. Flashback, Crispy Bacon, Man With Red Face or The Sound of Big Babou are entertaining even today, just youtube it. The concert is 11th October 2007 in Palac Akropolis, Kubelikova 27, Prague.


Russian Drug Addicts of Prague get Sick

Prague officers have a new, significant problem with the Russian-speaking community in Prague. There were cases of groups, suffering from jaundice and even HIV. Those are probably spreading the diseases, and the experts are worried, because there is no evidence how many people are involved.

Groups of foreigners from one country are usually very closed. To get in their lines and get trust is really hard. Many of foreigners (now not just Russians) stay and work in the CR without permission. But the experts need to know as many information as possible.

“There is accrual of HIV virus and jaundice A, B and C. And because we don’t know, how large the Russian community in Prague is, we are trying to map it.” Prague Mayor Pavel Bem announced about the city project and the anti-drug association Sananim.

The survey of Russian population using drugs by the doctors of Center for addictology, that should bring significant support, is being finished. The leader Tomas Zabransky warns of possible incendiary campaign against the Russian speaking community: “They could get frightened and stop to cooperate. That would cause an epidemic catastrophe and not only in Prague” he explains.

Posters Supporting Olympics in Prague

advertisement for the Olympics 2016 The Czech capital starts a new campaign for support of the idea of Olympic Games in Prague 2016. In the whole country, we are going to see posters of famous personalities doing sports; actors Jan Triska, Pavel Liska and Vaclav Vydra, singers Helena Zetova and Richard Krajco.

The speaker of Czech Olympic Committee Karel Tejkal stated: “We want to emphasize the Olympics is a matter of all Czechs, not just sportsman”. According to him, the campaign has three goals – to introduce the logo, slogan : “Vsichni jsme v národnim tymu” (we are all in the national team) and to remind Prague stands as a candidate for the Olympic Games.