Short Summer Courses 2022

Spend 3 weeks learning something new and develop your knowledge & skills. PCU offers enriching, interactive classes led by expert educators.

This year we are offering:

Enjoy a summer party and other activities Take classes in Prague or join us online from any location.

We are taking enrolments now, so visit our summer school website or get in touch with [email protected]

A Walk on the Wild Side, MA Fine Art & MA Future Design Graduate Exhibition

An exhibition can be a symbol, a place, or a journey, but it can also be a source of conflict or an unfulfilled expectation. Ten students from ten different countries all over the world are graduating together from the programs MA Fine Art and MA Future Design. Featuring video, sculpture, installation, and performance, the exhibition will express the pulse of art & design communities, which have survived and flourished despite the various restrictions during the last two years.

The exhibition bears the same name as the song by Lou Reed, A Walk on the Wild Side. Written in 1972, it explored taboo topics of the time and described individual risky journeys. The lyrics now have a whole new meaning. An uncertain existence is now a new reality, one that we all have to attempt to navigate. Compared to the past, how have we changed as a society? With the same title as the song, the exhibition plays with both past time and present time. Nevertheless, this is not the end, but the beginning of a new Chapter.

Just as the works shift, so do the artists, the designers, and the environment they share. In a way, the work process was like an earthquake, which swept over the land, and the works emerged in the fog amid the ash. Even though the future is unsettled for each artist the simple connections between every work could give a glimpse of where they’re heading, as well as the road they have already walked.

Precarious existence is our new reality, relying on instinct to make our way through. All of us have questions that merge together in the exhibition space. But how to make a choice in the midst of shaking grounds? Could taking a different path benefit you? Is it possible to make life more worth living, not only for us but also for future generations?

In addition to the exhibition, visitors can participate in the following:

Public Workshop
Playing with Scales – a workshop to examine approaches to creating art using microscopes as creative tools

Public Performance
Performances that are a part of Alexandra Vasic’s project will take place each day in the exhibition hall (10 to 20 mins duration)

Sunday Panel discussion
For the closure of the exhibition ‘A walk on the wild side’ the MA graduates will open a conversation with their teachers and tutors who have guided them through the 2 year programme. The panel aims to create an open conversation about the present art world, its future, and the importance of new artists’ participation in a post pandemic, Central European context.

The panel discussion will take place on Sunday June 12 at the HUB at Kafe Pragovka at 17.00 CET. Visitors are welcome to watch the panel discussion in person, or join on Zoom here at the advertised time.

67% Tomato 58% Society, Foundation Diploma Art, Design & Media Practice Final Exhibition

Come along to PCU’s Polska campus and experience Foundation Art Design and Media Practice’s exhibition, 67% Tomato 58% Society.

We decided on this random and intriguing title rather than a generic and clichéd theme, so that we don’t give away much about our projects, but instead reflect our personality. All of us are individuals, and our projects reflect that. In addition to our exhibition we will have a DJ and  present fun activities such as a Ceramics Station, Poetry Station and Flash Tattoo station.

Website: 67% Tomato 58% Society

Instagram: FADMP

ЯTUT’, BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media Graduate Exhibition

Come to the exhibition opening of ЯTUT’ and see graduating BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media students final work. The exhibition will run until 7 June.

The age of digital media. Transformation of one’s own artistic practice based on personal experience and outlooks on life. Gathered will be depictions of ideas, forms and thoughts coming to life through the eyes of individuals experiencing a changing state of their own environment in their own ways, unique to their identities. The way that one transforms experiences into art, figures out how to make it accessible to those around them through the use of virtual pilgrimages – a form of escapism, showcasing varying identities from all around the globe.

The title – ЯTUT’, possibly also read as “Ya Tut” (I am Here), is the word for mercury, and a reference to all of us coming together, molten into one single fragment. An explosive combination of minds with different views and ideologies. I am here. We are here.

Website: RTUT
Instagram: RTUT

Long Story Short, BA (Hons) Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition

Final year Graphic Design students will give a public presentation of their work in-person and online.

13-16.00 public presentations
17.00 vernissage

Long Story Short highlights the student’s creative journeys as designers, culminating in one final moment.

The exhibition space will feature the graduates work in six distinctively themed zones and will run until 7 June.

Behance: @yearthree
Instagram: @pc.artdesign

Friday Show: Animation

Animation allows to work with different materials, techniques and be as creative as you like. For the final Friday Show of the Spring semester students will experiment with three different techniques: 2d, stop-motion and motion graphics.

Check out their work from 5pm on the FADMP Instagram page and be inspired!

VALS: Jiří Žák, Consensual Hallucinations and Poetic Investigation

Jiří Žák graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and works for Artyčok TV.  In 2015 he became a laureate of the EXIT award and in 2020, he became co-holder of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. His works have been shown at art biennales in Kiev, Warsaw and Prague.

As an artist, Jiří Žák works mainly with moving images and video installations, in which the research component usually blends with the poetic line and the form of narration.

He is interested in how grand narratives and collective identities are created and how they are maintained in society. In his work, he constantly tries to create a contra-stories towards consensual hallucinations for example such as the mythos of a national identity.
In the lecture, Žák will elaborate on an ongoing project which is based on his long-term artistic research regarding the Czechoslovak and Czech weapon industry. Military materials were important Czechoslovak commodities, which were exported to various parts of the world during the 20th century.
With the rise of the Communist Party government in Czechoslovakia in 1948, there was a turn in this area towards cooperation with fraternal socialist regimes. The Syrian Arab Republic stood out of a long line of these friendly states in the framework of trade cooperation. The first contract with Czechoslovakia was signed in the second half of the 1940s and this bond lasted till the year 1991. Although the core of the relationship was a weapon export to Syria, there was much more of a mutual influence going on, for example on the level of education, culture or simply basic human relations.
Showcase examples of this research will be Žák’s loose trilogy of short films called Epilogue of the Long Friendship (2020) which consist of Unfinished Love Letter, The Debt and It Was Probably Our Karel, She Said.
Žák will also present his project called DeepReal Havel where he investigates the speech of Václav Havel, in which the former Czech president marks decolonisation and the disintegration of the Soviet Union as the most significant events of the second half of the 20th century. This speech, delivered by Václav Havel on the occasion of receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize in 1994, became the subject of the collaboration between said researchers, etc. gallery and Jiří Žák. This consisted of a collaborative rewriting of Havel’s original speech based on the insights of postcolonial studies and the historical distance of the past quarter-century.
Jiri Zak, VALS Lecture
The final text is not merely a transcription but is foremost a re-evaluation of the thought of a politician who has become an international symbol of the nonviolent defeat of totalitarian communist regimes and the following transition of these regimes to capitalist democracy. This theoretically and visually updated reading of Václav Havel’s speech encourages viewers to take distance from the symbolic aura of his persona, and adopt a new perspective on the relation between post-Soviet Czech society, Western countries, and non-European others.
If you are outside of Prague and cannot make it to Bishop’s Court, then simply join online by using this zoom link at the advertised time.
To learn more about Jiří visit his website.

Friday Show: Typography & InDesign

For this week’s Friday Show the students will combine their freshly obtained knowledge of font psychology and Adobe InDesign to create Emotional Manifestos and fantastic magazines about the sensitive world of complex feelings and ever-changing emotions.

To view their work visit the FADMP Instagram page from 5pm.