Tomáš Žižka (Prague)    Olivia Moura
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After studying at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague, the performance artist, who was born in Bratislava in 1963, has worked for various experimental theatres, including as artistic director and set designer for some of them. He still coaches freelance artists, museum staff and contemporary dancers. Moreover, he has participated in a range of TV and film productions and holds a professorship in set design at his alma mater in Prague. Since 1997, he has also been a founding member and director of the experimental non-profitmaking performance facility and artists' community "mamapapa", an interdisciplinarily-oriented laboratory that sees theatre not only as an art form but also as a forum for social and communicative interaction. Tomáš Žižka has worked as the curator of various dance and theatre festivals, including the Prague Quadriennial "Heart of Q" in 2003, and in performance workshops at home and abroad - for example in the Netherlands, France, Denmark and Brazil.

Statement: Tomáš

Social art roles and roods

The projects can consist of a variety of forms: storytelling, film and photography, sculpture and installation, performance, recording and publishing the outcome in print or multimedia format. It is focused on close collaboration with communities, using new digital media in expressing ideas, appreciating and respecting local traditions, history, and craftsmanship. The richness of each community is interpreted and viewed in its complex and unique human experience and differing local lifestyles.
My work gives voice to the participants (the community) to gain back their knowledge, their presence, their identity.

1. The primary objective for all parts of my project is to inspire the people who live and are connected to the location Feldafing. This brings community ownership to the project.

2. Cooperation and co-organization between the ensemble of professional artists and the artists at Villa Waldberta as well artists from Feldafing and in the surrounding region, with the community is essential.

3. The main theme of this project is the community, and to honour a different set of values which are based on authentic local situation.