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A nič nebude počuť. Aftermovie Tomáša Prištiaka.

We wish Milan Adamčiak’s legacy will continue to live beyond monographs and galleries. His work was created on the periphery – artistic as well as geographical and social in his last couple of years. The local environment shaped him, it is here he can be best understood and followed up upon. At JAMA, we commemorated Milan Adamčiak’s 73rd birthday in the places where he felt most at home in his latter years, and this way we try to continue Adamčiak’s legacy.


foto: Milan Adamčiak, so súhlasom Michala Murina

Mi-65 (SK/CZ/IT)

The Mi-65 is a group that was formed in 2011 on the occasion of the implementation of a large international Sound Exchange project under the direction of the Slovak composer Daniel Matej and the German producer and curator Carsten Seiffarth. The TRANS Music [VARIATIONS] project, which the ensemble will present at the JAMA festival – the 73rd year of Milan Adamčiak, is focused on the interpretation of graphic and verbal scores by Milan Adamčiak, a Slovak “flux” artist who, with his open, extremely creative and unconventional approach to creation influenced many Czech and Slovak artists. The project was created on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

Los Amargados (CZ/US)

George Cremaschi and Petr Vrba are active partakers of the Prague improvisation scene, where they not only perform, but also organize concerts, workshops, happenings, festivals and such. Both are active in international groups and have released albums around the world. Together they founded several improvisational groups, among them – in addition to Los Amargados – e.g. renowned Prague improvisation orchestra. They are obsessed with assembling, layering and subsequently demolishing detailed sound structures. They use ordinary sounds: mechanical rattling, squeaking, creaking, reverberation, bubbling, roaring, electronic buzzing and sometimes “regular” tones.

foto: Lucia Kovalová

Jonáš Gruska (SK)
Umelec Spíker

He specializes in music and experimenting with sound. He studied at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and at the Academy of Music in Krakow. He created several site-specific sound installations based on the resonant properties of specific spaces and materials. He conducts workshops on sonication, field recording and programming for artists. He created the Elektrosluch device for capturing the sounds of electromagnetic fields. He presented his work at festivals in various European countries. The Slovak audience can get to know him, for example, from the Melos-Éthos and Next festivals, but also as the founder of the LOM publishing house focused on experimental art and music from Eastern and Central Europe and the LOM space in Petržalka, Bratislava.

Petra Fornayová & Peter Machajdík (SK)

Dancer and choreographer Petra Fornayová and composer Peter Machajdík will meet again at JAMA in a joint performance. In the past, they created the project Diamondance – Hommage á 2M, an open game / happening taking place “on” the graphic score of Milan Adamčiak transformed into a carpet, which was created for this occasion by the artist Michal Moravčík. This time they prepared performances for 1 space and 2 scores by Milan Adamčiak. Each of the performers interprets one Adamčiak’s score according to their own choice, but they do not know about their respective choices. Just like at the river-mouths, we have no idea where the sea is and where the river is. A brackish situation arises.

Tigris Argentum (SK)

Tigris Argentum is an acoustic, industrial DIY project that was created in the late summer 2017 to explore metal as a medium for sound wave transmission. It combines physics and mathematics with a thousand-year-old, albeit modified, gong techniques and obsession with a sound that can be heard, felt and perceived as naturally as the sound of a stream in a forest. It works with the idea that there are no scales in the real world, only the interplay of phenomena around us that give rise to a perfect structure, a perfect system / nonlinear chaos. 


Tigris Argentum is a two-member team consisting of members – Figur von Molitan that specializes in playing techniques, and Skinny Boyfriend that specializes in production.

foto: Eva Vozárová

Anna Čonková (SK)

Anna Čonková is a graduate of acting and alternative puppet theater at DAMU Prague. She has worked in various stone and alternative theaters in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Since 2015, she has been developing her music platform Stavros Papadopulos, which explores the human voice in various subject-object constellations. She met Milan Adamčiak thanks to Daniel Matej, which resulted in further collaborations based on Milan’s work. She performed her sound poetry, for example, together with the Cluster ensemble in 2017 at the Vienna MUMOK as part of the Dots.Lines.Shapes project dedicated to the graphic scores of Milan Adamčiak. At JAMA, she will present an interpretation of sound poetry by Milan Adamčiak, prepared in collaboration with a choir of local volunteers.

foto: Adam Šakový

Lucia G. Stach (SK)

Head curator of the Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Slovak National Gallery. She studied art history and culture at the University of Trnava. She completed several study visits and residencies abroad: at the Charles University in Prague, the Sommerakademie in Salzburg and at the Museumsquartier in Vienna. She worked as a curator at the Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, and currently works at the Slovak National Gallery. In 2017, together with Michal Murin, she prepared a solo exhibition of Milan Adamčiak, its accompanying program, catalog and album of scores. In May 2017, she curated the exhibition of Jana Želibská’s Swan Song Now in the Pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic at the 57th Venice Biennale. She also works as an editor and independent curator, she has prepared dozens of exhibitions, e.g. for or Kunsthalle Bratislava.

foto: Martin Murin

Michal Murin (SK)

Intermedia artist and teacher. He has been dedicated to experimental and contemporary music since the 1980s, and from 1984 to 1989 he regularly corresponded with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Since the mid-1980s, he has been creating graphic scores, acoustic performances and conceptual music projects. He has collaborated with Milan Adamčiak on a number of projects since 1987, and is a founding member of the Transmusic Comp. ensemble and both, together with Peter Machajdík, founded the Society for Unconventional Music – SNEH. He was active in the physical, nonverbal, experimental theater ensemble Balvan. He has organized festivals, and is engaged in journalistic and curatorial projects, for example in the DIG Gallery and in the Kunsthalle in Košice. He works at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, since 2019 he has been a professor. He is dedicated to mapping Adamčiak’s work; he participated in the preparation of Adamčiak’s retrospective in Slovak National Gallery in 2017.

foto: © Vojtěch Havlík 2017

Daniel Matej (SK)

Slovak composer, conductor, performer, musicologist, pedagogue and organizer of musical life. He studied music theory and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, at the Conservatoire national supérieur in Paris and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. He worked in Berlin as a “composer-in-residence” within the DAAD art program. He is the initiator, founder and artistic director of many music groups and projects, including VENI ensemble, VENI ACADEMY, VAPORI del CUORE or Mi-65. As a musician, he has collaborated with Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Christian Fennesz, Steve Reich, Elliott Sharp and many other foreign and domestic artists. His works are regularly performed in Slovakia as well as abroad.

Monika Čertezni (SK)

Dancer, choreographer and scientist. She graduated from the Conservatory of Eva Jacz, was a member of the ballet ensemble of the Slovak National Theater and studied the pedagogy of modern dance at the Music and Dance Faculty in Bratislava. Later she worked in dance and theater groups and worked with renowned domestic and foreign authors – among others, e.g. with the Stoka Theater, Petra Fornayová, Marek Piaček, Jozef Vlk, Martin Burlas, Jodi Kaplan or Pauline De Groot. She is a founding member of the Neskorý zber (Late Harvest) group. She has several authorial projects (Blue Moon, Zlet, O as Schlemmer (Reloaded), CityZen a.i.). She is currently a theater researcher at the Theater Institute in Bratislava.

Richard Kitta (SK)

Artist, teacher and cultural activist. He creates exhibitions and contemporary art curatorial projects. He is the author of art projects such as DIG gallery, MAO or Kotolňa, which present contemporary art and have become a part of the cultural zone in eastern Slovakia. The activities of the DIG gallery together with the Austrian partner Ars Electronica helped the city of Košice to win the title – UNESCO / Creative City of Media arts (2017). Since 2009, he has been running the Dive Buki creative publishing house, which focuses mainly on visual culture and co-education in art. He teaches at the New Media Studio at the Department of Fine Arts at the Technical University in Košice.

foto: Ctibor Bachratý

Ján Šimko (SK)

Theatrologist, pedagogue and director. He studied psychology, aesthetics and theater studies in Prague and Bratislava. He co-founded the M.U.T. Theater in Prague and the Bratislava Tucet platform focused on auteur theater. He worked as the artistic director of Studio 12, is a member of the dramaturgical board of the International Festival Divadelná Nitra, a dramaturg in Slovak Radio and teaches at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is the author of many theater, radio and television screenplays. In his texts he develops the methods of documentary theater and works with oral histories and authentic statements. In his theoretical works, he focuses on contemporary theater, drama and performance.

foto: Peter Ančic

Svätopluk Mikyta (SK)
Spíker Lokálny

Svätopluk Mikyta is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart and a DAAD scholarship holder at the Universität der Künste Berlin. In 2008, he received the Oscar Čepan Award for a young Slovak artist. He is the head of the Drawing and Graphics Studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology. In addition to his own artistic work and pedagogical activities, he is active as a curator and dramaturg of the activities of the Banská St a nica residential platform, which he co-founded. He lives and works in Central Slovakia.

Juraj Gábor (SK)

Graduate of VŠVU in Bratislava, studio of prof. Anton Čierny. In 2012, he received the Igor Kalný Award for a young author under 30 within the VI. Zlín Youth Salon. Between 2012 and 2016, he attended several residencies abroad. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the Oscar Čepan Award. His works are big in size, in recent years he has mainly devoted himself to large-scale installations, which, in addition to well-thought-out architecture, activate the viewer (literally in a physical way). Whether it is the Visual Pyramid (2015) in Súľov, a landart intervention combining a function (shelter) with joy (framed view of nature selected by the author), which refers to his older work Edmund (2011), which he completed within the residence in Banská St a nica, or the temporary installation Vertical Gradation (2016) in the Kostka Gallery in the Meet factory in Prague. For Gábor, thinking about space, vision, painting and the viewer is based on the history of art, theory and analytical evaluation of what is seen. In September 2019 he returned to Banská Štiavnica, where he spent almost two years after university. As part of the Banská St a nica residence and based on his own memory of Milan Adamčiak, he will create an intervention here on the site of the former Banská Belá stop. Adamčiak used this place to move between Štiavnica and Banská Belá.

Michal Bosák (SK)

Born in Banská Štiavnica, spent most of his life in Banská Belá. Since 2009, he has rented a pub below the municipal office, which locals know as the “U Michala” pub. Milan Adamčiak used to be a frequent guest, which led to the gradual emergence of friendship between them. “I first met him here at a time when he was supposed to move out of the village Podhorie. He ordered one small beer and a shot. He was deep in his thoughts, so I didn’t disturb him, I just wondered what a nice gentleman, who knows why is he here. Then he called a taxi and left.” After moving to Banská Belá, he started visiting Michal’s pub more often. Today, Milan’s photograph hangs on the wall of the pub as a reminder of this friendship and of Milan’s frequent visits. Michal likes to go to nature in the vicinity of Banská Belá, he spends his free time with friends, having fun. He used to paint in the past, but later gave up all his paintings. He will be one of the guests of honor at JAMA – the new album of Cluster ensemble 478 with music by Milan Adamčiak will be released at the festival and will be played in the jukebox in Michal’s pub.

Cluster ensemble (SK)

The interdisciplinary art group Cluster ensemble was formed in 2009, when it premiered the composition Six Pianos by Steve Reich in one of Bratislava’s piano shops. Since then, the free group of guest artists centered around the artistic duo Ivan Šiller and Fero Király has been giving regular concerts on domestic and foreign stages. The ensemble focuses mainly on the interpretation of works by contemporary composers and musical personalities of the 20th century, author projects that push the boundaries of artistic interpretation and educational projects. To date, almost fifty musicians, dancers, artists and other artists from Europe and the USA have collaborated with the ensemble. Their debut album Cluster ensemble Plays Philip Glass was released in June 2016 by the Slovak label Hevhetia and the American label Orange Mountain Music. The second recording, EP 478 with the subtitle Cluster ensemble Plays MIlan Adamčiak, will be released at the JAMA festival in a jukebox at the “U Michala” pub in Banská Belá.

foto: archív Banská St a nica

Milan Adamčiak (SK)
Umelec Lokálny

Slovak conceptual artist, visual artist, musician, author of visual poetry, composer and musicologist. He devoted himself to visual poetry, graphic scores, performance, experimental composition. In 1989, he co-founded the avantgarde ensemble Transmusic comp. which, in addition to a number of performances in Slovakia, was also played abroad. His works have been exhibited and performed around the world, from Tokyo to New York. In recent years, he has lived and worked in the villages of Podhorie and Banská Belá in the district of Banská Štiavnica. He died at the beginning of 2017. A few months later, his long-prepared cross-sectional exhibition Adamčiak, Begin! was opened at the Slovak National Gallery.


Štvrtok 3. 10.

18.30Who was Milan Adamčiak?
(Krčma U Michala)

Ivan Šiller and Fero Király present the work of Milan Adamčiak (lecture – accompanying program for local residents)

Piatok 4. 10.

(Parter BSC)
18.00Festival opening
(Parter BSC)

Talking, drinking and getting acquainted.
A bear’s head and a found cello (exhibition opening)
Arnold Kojnok – Musicologist and creator (film screening, 42 min.)
JAMA (an experimental radio play about Milan Adamčiak)
Svätopluk Mikyta, Michal Murin, Rastislav Marko, Ivan Šiller, Zuzana Bodnárová, Fero Király

19.30Brackish situation
(Parter BSC)

Petra Fornayová & Peter Machajdík, performance

20.15I am standing and waiting
(Parter BSC)

Anka Čonková & local volunteers, performance

Sobota 5. 10.

8.30We are opening (the door)!
(Parter BSC)

Morning coffee and tea to wake you up. Be on time.

(Parter BSC)

6 x 20-minute talks about adventures in art, Milan Adamčiak and topics close to the festival. Discussion will follow at the end.
Lucia G. Stach, Monika Čertezni, Ján Šimko, Daniel Matej, Richard Kitta, Jonáš Gruska

12.20Lunch and transfer to the train station
(Parter BSC)

We are changing the sound situations at the railway station. For years, the station was the seat of the residential platform Banská St and nica Contemporary, which is leaving the space at the end of 2019. Symbolically, we will say goodbye to a place that Milan Adamčiak often visited and worked at.
Tigris Argentum, Jonáš Gruska, Los Amargados, Mi-65

15.55Unintentional wandering with M.A.
(Železničná stanica Banská Štiavnica)

We set off into the countryside in Milan’s footsteps. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes. The road is long. Trains don’t wait.

16.00Stop No. 1: Banská Belá – former train stop cancelled in 2016

The train stops where it hasn’t stopped for years. In tall grass and nettles, we will present a site-specific sculptural intervention by Juraj Gábor. Introducing the concept of Unintended Wandering with M.A.

22.57Stop No. 2: „Sovereign’s Palace“

We continue along a small footpath, through bushes and a stream to the place where Adamčiak spent the last years of his life.
Juraj Gábor, Marek Kundlák, Ján Šimko

17.00JAMA – experimentálna rozhlasová hra
(Banská Belá)

Broadcasting of the experimental radio play JAMA produced by Rádio Devín about Milan Adamčiak in Banská Belá PA. (Accompanying program for locals)

The launch of the second Cluster ensemble album, which will exist only in the jukebox in the pub U Michala in Banská Belá. Album 478 contains recordings of Milan Adamčiak’s graphic scores. Informal program, everyone is welcome.

Nedeľa 6. 10.

(exhibition opening, accompanying program of the festival)

During September, Juraj Gábor created an installation by the Studnička at Červená studňa, within the Trojica AIR residence, which creates a natural transitional situation. As is the case in his previous projects, he expects active input – the participation of the viewer. We will bring the project to life with a guided walk with the author from the historic center of Banská Štiavnica to its outskirts. Those who are interested should meet in front of the Trojičný stĺp (Trinity Column) on the Námestie Svätej Trojice (St. Trinity Square) at 1 p.m.

Juraj Gábor

Parter BSC. A. Gwerkovej-Göllnerovej 6, Banská Štiavnica (Prístup do priestoru je po kovových schodoch z ulice nadol alebo zdola od plavárne na Mládežníckej ulici cez park hore.)
Banská Štiavnica | Námestie Sv. Trojice.
Veľká Vodárenská. Pod Červenou studňou, Banská Štiavnica
Hájovňa KTC. Nad Rozgrundom 1, Banská Štiavnica
Železničná stanica Banská Štiavnica. Trate mládeže 6, Banská Štiavnica
Krčma U Michala. Banská Belá 282
Banská Belá, zastávka. (Zrušená vlaková zastávka na znamenie.)
Banská Belá.


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