Vašulka Kitchen Brno
Robert Horvitz: AGAINST MEDIA ART + book launch: Zvuky, kódy, obrazy
Robert Horvitz is an American media theorist, artist and activist who moved to Prague in 1991 to help de-monopolize broadcasting after communism. Starting in the 1970s, instead of producing media artworks that might have significance only within an art context, he chose to work in the public arena, to reduce government control over the use of radio frequencies.
At Vasulka Kitchen Brno, he will discuss his involvement in the reform of media laws and the creation of new radio stations in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s, bringing Internet access to new countries for the Soros Foundations, and his current project, redefining the future of television.
Robert Horvitz was born on April 4, 1947 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He completed a bachelor’s degree at Yale University. In addition to exhibiting his drawings since 1970, he devoted himself intensively to theoretical, editorial and pedagogical work. From 1972 to 1976, he contributed to Artforum magazine, and in 1977 became the art editor of CoEvolution Quarterly magazine (published as the Whole Earth Review since the early 1980s), featuring conceptual and earth art works. In the early1980s Horvitz also began reporting on the politics of radio spectrum access for Radio Netherlands. In 1991, he moved to Prague to help new radio stations start broadcasting, working for the Soros Foundations as their regional specialist for electronic media development. He has lived in Prague ever since. After Soros he managed the Global Internet Policy Initiative, which worked to expand public access and affordability of the Internet in 20 emerging democracies (from Albania to Vietnam). Since 2008 he has been advising the European Commission on radio spectrum policy reform, and is now advising Czech clients on the future of television and telecommunications.
The lecture will be preceded at 16:00 by the launch of the collective monograph Sounds, Codes, Images (ed. Jitka Hlaváčková and Miloš Vojtěchovský), which maps the border between image and sound, especially the area where visual art and music meet. The launch of the book will be accompanied by a short sound performance by the Brno artist Jiří Suchánek. The book is a follow-up to the exhibition Sounds, Codes, Images organized by Prague City Gallery in 2019.
· Free entry, the talk with be in English. The event is held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of The Kitchen in New York.
· The programme is realized with the financial help of the Statutory City of Brno and the Ministery of Culture Czech Republic.