Media Innovation Technology Series: Helena Třeštíková, film screening of Katka

Come to the screening of the award-winning documentary film Katka, meet the Director Helena Třeštíková and take part in a Q&A session.

Join online for this special screening and Director Q&A by using this webinar link: https://praguecityuniversity-cz.zoom.us/j/96032889666

Helena’s film Katka is an extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in the rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? Tagging along with her through the back streets and squalors of Prague, Trestikova gets deep under the skin of a person most of us would cross the road to avoid, and shows us Katka’s profoundly human face. You might be angry with Katka, or your heart may go out to her. One thing is certain – you will never forget her.

Helen grew up in Prague’s Wenceslas square in a cultural and inspirational environment. She graduated during the Prague Spring and moved to Western Germany in 1968. While her parents visited her in Bonn, the Warsaw pact armies marched to Czechoslovakia. After returning from Germany she worked as a production assistant. In September 1969 she began documentary movie studies at FAMU. Society was going through a phase of disillusionment and depression. She searched for a theme to explore in such difficult times and was interested in the development of human characters and lives over a long-term period. In 1980 she began the Marriage etudes; following several husbands for six years. Using this method she also shot her other documentaries. Amongst the most famous are Katka, René, Marcela, Mallory and Lída Baarová – Destruction by beauty. She has won numerous awards for her documentaries and currently teaches at the FAMU.

Prague City Architecture course

This free introductory course is open to PCU students, alumni and lecturers.

Over 10 weeks students will learn not only about architecture but also the history of Prague from the 10th to 20th Century. Hear fascinating stories, examine the decorative and applied art features and learn about the businesses behind the facades. Towards the end of the course students will undertake research and write a four page essay on a topic of their choice. On completion participants will receive a Certificate.

The lectures are created and presented by Alex Went and will take place every Friday at 2pm in November through to mid-December. The class will resume in January after the Christmas break.

There will be 10 classes that are 60 to 90 minutes in length. Classes can be taken in person or in the Digital Campus. 

Registration is essential as in-person spots are limited. Please register below to secure your spot in class or in the Digital Campus.

Supplementary Walks

Alex will be conducting 4 weekend walks around Prague to examine the city’s architectural treasures. This is open to the whole university and does not require registering for the Prague City Architecture course. Stay tuned for details of the first walk!

Friday Show – Illustration and Graphic Storytelling

What happens when you transform a text into an image? What is lost and what is gained in this translation?

FADM students have been brainstorming and experimenting with different techniques, tools and styles to investigate the boundaries of illustration while preparing images for their favourite books.

Tune in to their Instagram account from 5pm on Friday or drop by PCU’s Polska Campus and check out the works in person (opposite the Student Lounge).

Friday Show – Adobe Illustrator

This is the third in the new series of FADM Friday Shows: “You’ve Got Mail!”.

Students from Foundation Art, Design & Media Practice will showcase different regions and worlds via individually designed postcards catering to a design brief presented to them by their lecturer following an intensive Illustrator workshop.

To see their work visit the FADM Instagram account below from 5pm on Friday or drop by PCU’s Polska Campus and check out the works in person in the classrooms opposite the student lounge.

Friday Show – Photoshop

For this exhibition, students have been asked to meditate on the annual theme “Be The Change” and to create a poster in Adobe Photoshop that applies this message to a song of their choice. The theme is a call for action. It is a call for students to wrestle with big questions, to be proactive in engaging with topics and issues they believe in. Problem solving is core to the design thinking process and to artmaking in general and this project is meant to get the students to meditate on the topic in relation to a song that they feel embodies its meaning.
Works will be uploaded to the FADM Instagram page from 5pm. You can also see the work in person at Polska Campus in the rooms opposite the Student Lounge.
https://www.instagram.com/pcu.foundation/

Friday Show

Foundation in Art Design and Media Practice students have been learning painting and drawing techniques over the last two weeks.

Using a mix different techniques in order to copy masterpieces that they love.

Check out their work on the FADM Instagram link below from 5pm, or visit the classrooms next to the Student Lounge to see some of their work in person!