Festival Founder & Director
The SIGNAL Festival of Lights is the largest cultural event in the Czech Republic, whose unique integration of art, city space, and modern technology has drawn over 2 millions attendees to Prague in the five years of its existence. The festival brings visually attractive works together with complex installations of international quality. Its concept allows it to appeal both to professionals and the lay public. With its support of new works of art, the SIGNAL Festival has become a respected platform on an international scale and a sought-after venue for introducing the newest projects of the field. The financing of the festival is drawn from the support of grant programs such as those of the Magistrate of the Capital City of Prague, the Ministry of Regional Development, and the municipal districts Prague 1, 2 and 3, as well as through partnership with commercial entities and revenues from the auxiliary activities of the festival.
Jan K. Rolník, curator, arts manager and producer. Studied Financial management and Aesthetics (philosophy of art) in Prague and Mexico City. Combines these two approaches (pragmatic and aesthetic) in everything he does: production and curatorship in performing arts, new media arts or light art, realisation of permanent museum exhibitions, arts management. Founded, produced, curated or managed various projects including Prague Quadrennial 2007, Theatre Architecture in Central Europe (book, exhibition, workshops, web database), Institute of Lighting Design Prague, Prague light festival SIGNAL, interactive multimedia installation for Czech pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan, UNESCO Museum of Erbil Citadel in Kurdistan and many smaller projects. Lately explores mainly the world of light art, lighting design, creative use of new technologies and technologies for sustainability and resiliency. Lately explores mainly the world of light art, lighting design, creative use of new technologies and technologies for sustainability and resiliency.
Jiří Sulženko (*1980) was the program director for the project Plzeň – European Capital City of Culture 2015 and has worked in the same position for DEPO2015, a creative zone carrying on the tradition of EHMK2015. Other sustainable projects of EHMK2015 include the BLIK BLIK Festival of Light and Art in Public Space in Plzeň, which he manages. From 2007-2012 he was a team member and later the director of the Zahrada Cultural Center in Prague, where he co-founded the Street For Art Festival. He has worked in Divadlo Archa as a producer and marketing manager. He studied at the Production department of DAMU in Prague, where he teaches to this day.
Pavel Karous (*1979) is a visual artist who creates objects and works with site-specific installations, interventions into public space, exhibition architecture, set design, and design. He studied at the Spatial Art Studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague and later worked there as an assistant in the Glass Studio. In his work he focuses primarily on the relationship between geometry and human society. With his long-term project “Vetřelci a volavky” he documents and popularizes visual art in public space in real socialism. In 2015 he created several social sculptures, such as his “Minimal mobile home” for one person without shelter, a shopping cart transformed into an SUV, the illegally placed “Memorial of Victims of Police Violence” in front of the Prague Squat Klinika, and joined with Michal Pěchouček to intervene in a memorial of Czechoslovakian-Soviet friendship in Plzeň. In 2016 he created “Memorial to Bruno Zwicker” for the Boskovice museum and the architecture of the exhibit “South City – from Utopia to Reality” for the Chodov Fortress Gallery. In partnership with the Lørenskog refugee center in Oslo he and his group Nová Věčnost created an exhibit in the Lørenskog Cultural Building called “Fascism and Figuration”. Since 2016 he has also been planning and moderating the radio show Predátoři a plameňáci on Wave radio, which focuses on current expressions of visual art in public space. At present he is the head teacher for the Sculpture Studio at the Scholastika School of Contemporary Art.
Martin Pošta (37) is the founder of several significant cultural events and a manager with extensive experience in the cultural sector. He graduated from VŠE and FAMU, worked for many years at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, founded the debut festival Fresh Film Fest, the designSUPERMARKET sales exhibition of contemporary design, and the SIGNAL Festival, which drew 570,000 attendees in its fourth year and thereby became the most frequented cultural event in the Czech Republic. With his company Fresh Films he also serves as the producer of several films, including the award-winning documentary RAPublic. He is also the producer of the videomapping design group The Macula. They have won recognition in particular with its projects on the Prague Orloj and have performed assignments in Dubai, Liverpool, Bucharest, and many more.
Richard Loskot (1984) is a two-time nominee of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for artists under 35 years. In his installations he creates new age technical still life and subtle spatial compositions. In this way he continually informs his viewers about his long-term study of the “invisible” and “what transcends us”.
Ondřej Horák (1976) artist, creator of exhibits Creator of the project Benzinka (2006-10, with M. Sybolová), co-author of the international art project Cargo (2007-10), initiator of the Místa počinu lecture series and editor of the anthology of the same name (Galerie Školská, 2010). Creator of the debate program Křeslo pro hosta (MeetFactory 2010-11) and the program Nažive! (SNG, 2012). Adjunct lecturer at the National Gallery in Prague (2005-2009), head of the GASK Education Center (2009-11). Creator of the presentation projects Obrazy pro nevidomé, Obrazy u seniorů (2011) and Věznice: místo pro umění (2011-12). Since 2011 he has been the creator of the accompanying program of the Jindřich Chalupecký Awards and he is also a staff member of the gallery tranzitdisplay. He is the author of the review column “Na oprátce” in A2 magazine (since 2012) and the book Proč obrazy nepotřebují názvy (2014), Magnesia Litera and IBBY awards (2015). Co-author of the film The Prison of Art (directed by Síbrt, 2012), author of scripts for comics in Raketa magazine (together with J. Franta), author of the publication W.A. Mozart (together with V. Chalánková, Pragtique, 2016), author of story and scripts for the Um! project for Stream. TV (2016).
Festival Founder & Director
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