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Pospěch won sittcomm.award


THIRTY-two-year-old Tomáš Pospěch won the first annual sittcomm.award, which honours photographers under 35 years of age from the Visegrad Four countries. A six-member jury - László Gergely from Hungary, Jolana Havelková from the Czech Republic, Krzystof Miekius from Poland and Martin Kollár and Lucia Nimcová from Slovakia - announced the results on November 3 in Bratislava's Štúdio L+S. Along with the award, Pospěch received a check for €2,000.

Pospěch won the prize for his Krajinky.jpg (Small landscapes.jpg) series, compiled between 2002 and 2005, which features two dozen black-and-white photos of monitor screens with synthetic virtual landscapes from desktop wallpaper and games, taken to look as though the landscapes were real.

"This series presents an interesting examination of the problems facing contemporary visual culture: the relation between the real and virtual world, traditional and new technologies," Havelková said.

Mr. Pospěch was selected ahead of four other finalists: Anna Fabricius, with a cycle entitled Hungarian Standard; Gábor Arion Kudázs, who presented the Park with a View project; and Polish photographer Kuba Dabrowski, with Fauna & Flora. In total, 55 photographers had enrolled.

The award is the intitiative of young professionals in the field of photography who would like to support other young artists and promote their work in a wider European context.


Slovak juggler sets third record


Milan Roskopf.
photo: SITA

MILAN Roskopf, the only Slovak listed in the most recent edition of The Guinness Book of World Records, represented Slovakia at the Impossible Challenge contest in Dachau, close to Munich, Germany, on November 5. At the contest, competitors attempted to break world records, or set new ones, in unorthodox disciplines. Roskopf successfully set a new record by juggling three 10-kilo balls for 15.8 seconds. It is his third official inscription into the book.

Roskopf's record-setting feat in 2004, when he juggled three metal balls with a total weight of 25.86 kilos for 40.44 seconds, is detailed in the "Art and Media" section of The Guinness Book's 2007 edition, the TASR news wire wrote.


Tatra Cinema to screen film for blind


THE TATRA Cinema plans to use an audio narration to enable seeing impaired and blind patrons to enjoy the Czech movie Horem pádem on November 15 at 10:00.

The narration will describe actions and scene changes, as well as other visual information, such as titles, speaker names, and even gestures.

The screening is organized by the Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union, the National Board of Handicapped Citizens and kARTa - Karol Trnka, and Continental Film.


By Jana Liptáková

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