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Theory and art to blend on Bratislava streets
Richard Müller writes best song of 1999
Pezinok a magnet for international alternative art
John, Paul, George and Ringo hit Žilina gallery
American photographer captures look of another time


The director of Aréna Theatre is planning another exquisite happening.
foto: Ctibor Bachratý

Theory and art to blend on Bratislava streets

For the third year, Milan Sládek, the director of the International Institute of Mime, has gathered together a group of young artists and theoreticians from Slovakia and abroad to engage in a week-long creative workshop. The end result is a new performance which blends theory, performance and visual art and which directly reflects on the current era.
This year, the new performance will be performed on Saturday, October 2 on the streets of Bratislava, as well as in the Aréna Theatre and at Sad Janka Kráľa park, located along the Petržalka Danube bank. Students from art academies in Lyon, Aix-en-Provence and Ain Avignon are taking part along with others from Dresden. Slovak philosopher Miroslav Marcelli and film and theater theoretician Emil Lehuta will be on hand to add their theoretical insights.
Exhibitions and installations will accompany both the street theater performances and the evening show. See the Calendar for show times.


Richard Müller writes best song of 1999

Slovakia's own Bono, superstar Richard Müller, was awarded by the best song of 1999 for "Night Optica" on September 18 at a gala evening at the Slovak Philharmonic - Reduta. The evening, moderated by Slovak actor Milan Lasica, was held by the Slovak Association of Copywriters.
Night Optica, the jury found, was the most played particular song on radio, in concerts or at music events this year in all categories from pop music to traditional Slovak folk music.
Müller has had a varied carrier. Once inspired by Tom Waits, he later became a psychedelic drug experimenter. His albums reflect a vast shift in styles. Now clean, he is experiencing a creative resurgence with the Night Optica album , his new collection Müllenium Live and new recording, The End of World (Koniec sveta).


Pezinok a magnet for international alternative art

Pezinok is a Slovak town well known for its pro-active stance towards environmental issues and its encouragement of alternative art. From September 17-26, for example, it hosted a unique "land art" exhibition called "Integration - Invisible Exhibition" in its castle garden. Fifty-four artists from 29 countries such as Argentina, China, Israel, Japan and the USA presented outdoor sculptures created from natural materials such as leaves and wood. The exhibition focused on links between man and nature, also presented a workshop for disabled children. The project was organised by Contemporary Art Agency International in cooperation with culture institutions and the Ministry of Culture.


John, Paul, George and Ringo hit Žilina gallery

The Považské Múzeum at Budatín Castle is holding an exhibition of the work of Dežo Hoffmann, an American photographer of Slovak origin who became famous for his pictures of the young Beatles in the 1960's.
The first part of the exhibition stages 20 pictures of the Beatles, while the second part focuses on competitors such as The Rolling Stones. Other photographs depict solo artists such as Eric Clapton and Frank Sinatra, while actors such as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Marlene Dietrich are the subject of another section. Open daily except Mon., 10:00-18:00. Ends October 31.



Craig Barber's landscapes are shot with a 19th century camera.
foto: Craig Barber

American photographer captures look of another time

The House of Photography in Poprad is well-known for organising a school of photography every year in July as well as for exhibiting top quality international photographs. This month, it presents " Craig Barber - Camera Obscura," a show by an American photographer who used 19th century "camera obscura" technology to shoot pictures of the American West, Italy, Thailand and Vietnam. The result is a series of dream-like landscapes. Open daily except Mon., 10:00-18:00. Námestie of Saint Egýdius, http://www.domfoto.sk.

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