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A nič nebude počuť. Aftermovie Tomáša Prištiaka.

The second – originally unplanned – edition of JAMA took place at the height of the covid season in the fall of 2020. Due to pandemic measures, it was conducted online only. The site-specific program was streamed from Parter BSC, Banská Štiavnica and the surrounding forests and meadows in the presence of artists, but without the participation of a live audience.


foto: NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS – Alvin Lucier Film

Alvin Lucier (USA)

American composer of experimental music and author of sound installations. He is considered a pioneer in many areas of sound production. He experimented with e.g. using brainwaves in live performances, echolocation, or interference. In the eighties, he began writing compositions for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. Many of Lucier’s works are considered “classics” of contemporary music today. One of these classics is I am Sitting In A Room from 1970, a sound installation based on the use of the acoustic properties of space for musical purposes. The record of one of the performances is a part of the MoMA collection.

Hauke Harder (DE)
Spíker Autor

German composer and experimental physicist. He studied physics at the University of Kiel and until 2000 devoted himself to the research of molecular physics. He began composing alongside his scientific work in the late 1980s. The main part of his work is devoted to the study of intervals in intonation. He is the author of sound installations and environments. His work is characterized by extreme minimalism and follows the work of American composers Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier. He has worked with Lucier as an assistant since the 1990s. He will perform at JAMA as a speaker with a lecture on the creation of minimalist sound installations and will contribute to the premiere performance of Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting In A Room (1970).

foto: Berta Holoubková

Daniel Grúň (SK)

Daniel Grúň is an art historian, curator and poet. He participated in the creation of the international retrospective of Július Koller One Man Anti Show in Mumok, Vienna. He focuses on art after 1945 in Central and Eastern Europe, the archives of artists, and contemporary art. He is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, conducts research at the Institute of Art History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and manages the civic association The Július Koller Society. The subject of his contribution to JAMA – the 74th year of Milan Adamčiak will be his just completed book AMA. Ľubomír Ďurček, Květoslava Fulierová, Július Koller and Amateur Artists. He will also talk about his events with Koller and other participants.

Martin Piaček (SK)
Spíker Autor

Martin Piaček is a sculptor and gardener, he works at the AFAD Bratislava as the head of the vvv Studio at the Department of Intermedia. In addition to his own artistic work in the field of sculpture and video, he also organizes exhibitions, symposia and international projects. He is a co-founding member of the civic association Public Pedestal, the KUBA platform and the DiStO exhibition format. Since 2017, he has also been taking care of an orchard in Rajka, where he lives (@figy_rajka). At JAMA – 74th year of Milan Adamčiak, he will give a lecture on “Perpetual Seduction of the South”. Where did the first thermophilic plants appear for the first time and how were they grown? What is the boundary for distinguishing the “authenticity” of individual species? What was the significance and symbolism of southern fruit in the past? Does it still have it even today? Martin Piaček will bring a subjective excursion into the issue based on unscientific associativity.

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: at 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 Slovak National Gallery. In 2017, together with Michal Murín, she prepared a solo exhibition of Milan Adamčiak’s work, its accompanying program, catalog, and album of scores. In May 2017, she curated Jana Želibská’s exhibition 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. At JAMA – 74th year of Milan Adamčiak she will host a discussion, which will be part of Saturday’s Symposium on Intermediate Art.

foto: Branislav Grebečí

Ivan Šiller (SK)

Pianist, teacher, and performer of contemporary music. He studied piano. He founded the Cluster ensemble more than ten years ago, he is also a member of other groups, such as Ensemble Ricercata or Prague Modern. He is involved in music education – for several years he has worked as a teacher at Comenius University in Bratislava and co-created alternative educational projects for children and young people, focusing mainly on improvisation, graphic scores, experimental and contemporary music. At JAMA – the 74th year of Milan Adamčiak he will present Suite for Toy Piano by the American composer John Cage and a new composition by Tomáš Boroš for children’s piano written specifically for JAMA.

Panovníkov palác (SK)
Lokálny Dielo

For Milan Adamčiak, the place where he lived the last years of his life was a social asylum, a refuge, and a home. Curators, friends, and art collectors followed the author on a narrow sidewalk lined with nettles. The author successfully ignored the discomfort of the dwelling without the conveniences of everyday life and called these few square meters “the Sovereign’s Palace”. After Adamčiak’s death, the property changed owners. With the planned renovation, the cottage will become a thing of the past in the course of 2021 and will remain only in the memories of all of us who went to see Milan. The exhibition, which takes place as an accompanying program of JAMA – the 74th year of Milan Adamčiak, will present the first phase of the Banská St a nica project, which initiated the creation of a cast, a kind of death mask of the characteristic facade of Milan Adamčiak’s cottage. The epoxy mold is a separate gallery object, at the same time a starting point for a “stele” – a (non)monument, which the initiators of the project plan to place outdoors. // Authors of the project: Zuzana Bodnárová and Svätopluk Mikyta // Technical and professional realization: Marek Halász // Organized by Banská St a nica Contemporary with financial support from public sources from the Slovak Arts Council.

foto: Bára Antošová

Jürgen Rendl (AT/SK)
Spíker Autor

Jürgen Rendl comes from Austria and lives in Bratislava. He researches the periphery and marginal knowledge, and also works as a radio editor. He discovers “his” east by hitchhiking the region. Driven by curiosity, constantly in motion, he absorbs and occasionally interferes with the marginal fields of urban life. Over time, this created a kind of research practice, through which he documents people, experiences, and places in motion. He meets them on the outskirts, in non-places such as roadblocks, parking lots, and border crossings – from Ukraine to Georgia. He initiated the Stadlnova art research project based on the idea of ​​a fictional suburb between Vienna and Bratislava. He regularly participates in cultural and artistic initiatives in the wider region. He occasionally publishes his road diary entries under the alias suburbandrifter. At JAMA – 74th year of Milan Adamčiak’s, his travel diary entries will be translated by Marek Kundlák and he will also participate as a speaker with a lecture on “green migration” based on traveling across borders – literally – with vegetables from local growers in a bag. “I like this idea of ​​re-infiltrating diversity from outside the EU.”

Fero Király (SK)

Fero Király is an author, performer, and teacher. He deals with art projects that extend to performance, sound art, installations, and interpretations of contemporary music, but also education in the field of music, musical composition, and sound art. He uses new frontier experimental positions, creates his own digital tools, and likes to collaborate on projects with other artists with a multidisciplinary focus. He was mapping the early works of minimal music by Philip Glass, most of which he premiered in Slovakia – from clubs to the two largest cathedrals. He is a member of the Cluster ensemble. Recently, he has been working on microtonality and live-coding with digital media. With his sound installations from the last period (Chronika and Vodná Hudba III), he deals with the themes of language, time and new sensitivity. At the JAMA, he will perform the Slovak premiere of the sound performance of Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room in collaboration with the German musician Hauke ​​Harder. He will also participate as a speaker during the Symposium.

Robert Kolář (SK)

He studied musicology at the Faculty of Arts, at Comenius University in Bratislava, where he later worked as an assistant professor. Since 2008 he has been working as the editor of the monthly Hudobný život. As a trumpet player (flute / cornet and other wind instruments), he has been involved in various forms of improvisation since 2005 – as a member of the improvisation groups Musica falsa et ficta, Frutti di Mare and several occasional ensembles (V4 SoundLab, Mi-65, etc.). He has also collaborated with VENI Ensemble, VENI ACADEMY and Cluster ensemble, and participated in the recording of some of their projects as well as film and stage music. Since 2015, he has been a member of the jazz quartet Voľný pád. He is currently studying composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in the class of Marián Lejava. At JAMA, he will present three graphic scores by Milan Adamčiak in the open air – Modelli per tromba / cornetto solo, Labyrinto and The Green Piece – which he has decided to conceptually connect with a trumpet fanfare from Charles Ives’s composition The Unanswered Question.

foto: Ľubomír Drakh Panák

Liza Gennart (SK)

Liza Gennart is an experimental poetic project by programmer Ľubomír Panák and poet Zuzana Husárová. It is a neural network writing poetry, which was published in 2020 in the book Results of the Origin (Výsledky vzniku) by Vlna / Drewo a srd. Thanks to the GPT-2 language model through which she creates, she has learned language patterns that she tries to replicate or approximate as accurately as possible. She is “trained” on a literary database, which consists of more than 2,000 (mostly poetic) titles from catalogs of domestic publishers of contemporary poetry, contemporary art magazines and some relevant works from the Zlatý fond of the daily Sme (the largest electronic library of Slovak literature).

foto: Foto: Eva Vozárová

Marek Kundlák (SK)
Interpret Autor

Marek Kundlák is born, lives and creates Bratislava, although he also lived and worked in Edinburgh. He studied theater dramaturgy and devotes himself to a wide range of artistic expressions from writing librettos, texts and translations through theater dramaturgy, directing, performing, composing theater, film, concert music, and playing experimental instruments, to cooking, gardening, and working with wood. He worked as a project manager for the SND Opera and currently works for Slovak Radio as a music dramaturg. He will interpret his own translation of Jürgen Rendl’s texts at JAMA.

Soňa Kúdeľová (SK)
Interpret Autor

Soňa Kúdeľová is a choreographer, performer and lecturer. Her work is inspired by everyday life and focuses on research and interpretation of internal thought processes during the course of life, while trying to look at the conscious and unconscious. It deals with the questions “why?” and “how?” in topics of socio-psychological adaptation. “Why not” answers offer her an open possibility of (deliberately unexplained) absurd interpretation. Her work focuses on fusions of art, so her solo dance performance is always complemented by a strong sound and visual component. She is the author of two solo dance productions – Autopilot (2017) and Autocorrect (2019). At JAMA – the 74th year of Milan Adamčiak she will prepare a movement workshop for participants and a group performance Sounds of Silence. (3x movement), in which she examines silence as a tool for listening and expressing the body, carefully watching its motivation for movement.

foto: Peter Ančic

Svätopluk Mikyta (SK)
Lokálny Autor

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 young Slovak artists. He is the head of the Drawing and Graphics Studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts at 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. At JAMA, he will perform a solo online performance – Fungi Cyani that starts with collecting mushrooms, an act that is inseparably linked to Milan Adamčiak and his activities in the district. Random movement and the random finding of a random number and species of mushrooms is the starting point for the visual composition on paper that arises from this performance.

Tomáš Boroš (SK)

He studied composition and piano at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His musical works are part of the profile CD albums of Slovak performers, such as VENI ENSEMBLE, Elena Letňanová, Milan Paľa, Eva Šušková and Ivan Šiller. Since 1995 he has been working at Slovak Radio. He also teaches music, in the years 2012 – 2015 he was the head of the Department of Music Education at the Faculty of Education at Comenius University in Bratislava. For JAMA – the 74th year of Milan Adamčiak he wrote a composition for children’s piano Suite for Toy Piano, which will be premiered on Friday evening in the BSC Parter by Ivan Šiller.

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, had 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 22. 10.

17.00Martin Piaček – Orchard. A Brief Archive of the Gift.

Banská Štiavnica | Námestie sv. Trojice in front of Jozef Kollár Gallery

(opening of the exhibition, accompanying program of the festival)


Opening of the exhibition of the artist Martin Piaček, who spent part of September and October at the residence in Banská St a nica Contemporary. The exhibition will be available during JAMA and afterward as well. Entry is subject to compliance with current pandemic measures.

Piatok 23. 10.


(Banská Štiavnica | Parter BSC)


The Slovak premiere of Alvin Lucier’s well-known procedural electroacoustic composition and the world premiere of Suite for Toy Piano by Tomáš Boroš, and other. We are streaming live from Parter BSC.

Ivan Šiller: John Cage, Tomáš Boroš – Suite for Toy Piano

Marek Kundlák & several of the six: Liza Gennart – Jam results

Hauke Harder / Fero Király / Eva Vozárová:  Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room

18.00Opening of JAMA – 74th year of Milan Adamčiak

(Banská Štiavnica | Parter BSC)


Virtual opening of JAMA together with the opening of this year’s curated works of art. Refreshments served only remotely in the form of artistic experiences. You can toast to JAMA 2020 at home in front of your screens.

Svätopluk Mikyta: Fungi Cyani (exhibition opening)

Sovereign’s Palace (exhibition opening)

Soňa Kúdeľová: Sounds of silence (3x pohyb) (performance)

13.00Svätopluk Mikyta – Fungi Cyani

(Banská Štiavnica)


Mushroom picking is an inherent part of M.A.’s movement in the land. The meditative silence of walking through the forest is interrupted by the joyful shouts of successful mushroom pickers. The random movement and random finding of a random amount and types of mushrooms is the starting point for a visual composition on paper, which will be the result of a solo performance by the artist Svätopluk Mikyta. We are streaming directly from the forest.

Sobota 24. 10.

14.30Unintentional wandering with M.A.

(Banská Štiavnica – Banská Belá)


Traveling through the countryside in the footsteps of M.A., direction: Banská Belá. This time you can watch it from the comfort of your home and watch us on the hills with dry feet. To increase the quality of the experience, we recommend wearing a raincoat and entering the shower in it / putting on sunglasses and going out on the balcony in them* + serving tea with rum (at least you, as we can’t).

*depending on the weather

Marek Kundlák: Jürgen Rendl – Traveller’s notes from the east of the region

Robo Kolář: Unquestioned Answers (a selection of graphic scores by Milan Adamčiak)


(Banská Štiavnica | Parter BSC)


4 x 20 minute talks about contemporary art, Milan Adamčiak and topics related to the festival. Discussion will follow at the end.

Guests: Martin Piaček, Jürgen Rendl, Hauke Harder, Daniel Grúň, Fero Király

Hosted by: Lucia G. Stach




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