15. 02. – 14. 04. 2013
Aleš Čermák
Publication no. 16, Notes for Women

Aleš Čermák

Publication No. 16, Notes for Women

15 February 7 pm Ausdruck Books Project Opening

The very first project INI Gallery presents in its PREMISES is a series of encounters on the boundary between a permanent theatre workshop (i.e. structure that keeps developing) and a symposium (in the sense of connecting playfulness and seriousness), which under the umbrella title Notes for Women was prepared by last year’s Prague Academy of Arts graduate Aleš Čermák.

Aleš Čermák is the author, editor and founder of Ausdruck Books Independent Publishing House, which in the last three years published 15 titles from the author’s own literary works to a series of collaborative projects, part of which is thematically exploring the meaning of expressions such as “a book, production, presentation and distribution”. The Ausdruck Books Project offers an overlap of historical, political and social topics, exploring the relationship between history and collective memory, or the quite autonomous, subjective relationships between an individual and society. Ausdruck Books will stay at PROSTOR for two months during which visitors will have the chance to informally meet the author. The main program will be arranged as a series of events occurring on two levels, theoretical and situational.

An hour-lasting film Fiction and Women (which is the original name of Virginia Woolf’s lectures given at two English Girls’ Schools in 1928) will be projected to open the event, with several special guests. Other encounters will take on the form of a discussion, performative lectures, theatrical sketches, or spontaneously developing performances based on principles similar to the “devised theatre” (collaborative form of a theatre based on controlled improvisation).

To be followed by:

Aleš Čermák: selected chapters from his prepared book with working title: ‘spring, (”beautiful”) day, no passage, for two tablets’.

Aleš Čermák – Zbyněk Baladrán: Autobiography + How do I work? (Textual explanation with graphical layout of the process of thinking on a black wall)

Jan Kubíček: Trees Go Out to Battle (screening of a recording from a presidential pre-election encounter with Táňa Fišerová to be followed by a theatrical sketch)

Petra Hauerová – Aleš Čermák: Choreography (‘To start with we may rephrase the demanding system of conditions needed to obtain a positive answer such as: “Yes! Real life is the present moment.”)

During a two-months project, the author will also present his long-term intention to establish a public Internet library to be presented as the 17th publication (publication in the form of a public database). It will be available on http://ab-library.blogspot.cz.

7.3. 19:00 Marcel Tomášek: History as a Bubble?

A lecture and discussion on the topic of history versus memory (the grand history versus collective memory)

What shapes our past? This seems to be a paradoxical question, as the past already happened and so there is nothing to shape, it is given. So why are there different histories? Are there histories, which try to mediate our past only through artificially blown bubbles? How are the bubbles made? Let us outline different ways of apprehending how history and memory are being formed and let us try to understand the ways we compose them.

27.3. 11:00 - 19:00 The Working process: Zbyněk Baladrán, Aleš Čermák, Théo Hernandez

In the course of a single day, Zbyněk Baladrán, Aleš Čermák and Théo Hernandez will give a visual form to a short text called “How do I work?”

A process diagram will emerge gradually, describing individual steps and trajectories of thinking over the purpose of human actions, setting them into social context.

Come and see us any time during the day!

4 April 6 pm Palo Fabuš: Is it possible that you also love the impossible?

Virtuality as ontological category means neither non-existence nor fiction. Virtuality is quite a real mode of being, which surpasses the oldest dualisms. In spite of virtuality being the dynamic sister of static possibility, it makes this possible and extends the possibilities, which are nowadays being laid as horizons of our freedom. Based on the works of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze, in my lecture I will briefly explain the notion “excessive possibilities” as a constitutive moment of relating to one’s environment, to oneself and to the future. In the conclusion I will attempt to discuss the idea of a university in a situation when "accessibility" and "extended possibilities" can no longer be taken seriously as a meaningful goal.

The lecture was first introduced last year at the PAF in Olomouc under the title The Excessive Possibilities and the Magnitudes of Infinity. Here it will be presented in an abridged and adapted version.

21 April 7 pm To start with we can rephrase the demanding system of conditions needed to obtain a positive answer such as: Yes! True life is the present moment.

Final event of Aleš Čermák’s Ausdruck Books Project: Publication No. 16, Notes for Women


Roman Zotov (7th April 1990 Russian Federation, Tula)
Lives and studies in Prague.

Anita Bánhegyi (23rd April 1988 Budapest)
Lives and studies in Prague.

Nikola Němcová (27th July 1994 Pardubice)
Lives and studies in Prague.

Choreography, concept:

Petra Hauerova (31st August 1975 Pilsen)
Lives and studies in Prague.
Aleš Čermák (4th March 1984 Prague)
Lives and studies in Prague.

It is not a world given by the logic of its manifest form (infinity of its objects and relationships), which suggests the possibility of life – at least not so if life and existence are two different things.

Bringing such a possibility to life depends on what acts in the world as a trace of a flashing-through order, which has stricken this world; i.e. traces of an extinct event. As a part of the worldly manifested form, such a trace is always an existence of supreme intensity. Thanks to the inclusion of the world’s past into its present opened by this very trace, one can learn that before what happened and no more is, there was an ontological support of that intense existence by a nonexistent element of the world. Birth and development of a set toward a flash of a manifested form, a flash it once exclusively belonged to in its extinct form, creates a trace in the world and signals sent toward life. For those who ask where true life is, the first philosophical guideline goes: “Take care of what is born. Interrogate the flashes; probe into their past without glory. You can only put your hope in what inappears.” 

*Quote from the closing part of Alain Badiou’s book The Logics of Worlds