PQ 2015 – Exposition Nomination



PQ 2015 Best Exposition in the Student Section

Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Best Exposition in the Student Section:

Finland: The Other Side


Slovakia: The Aura of Scenography

Russia: Do you want to speak bad English with us about art?

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PQ 2015 – Exposition

PQ2015 – Exposition of The Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava


Student Section PQ2015

Aura of Scenography

“Aura” is the key word of my PhD research. This term has already been used before in the work of philosopher Walter Benjamin as well as in the work of theorist and architect Peter Eisenman. In my research I define “aura” as the concept/ essence/ base of scenography. Every scenographer (consciously or unconsciously) forms the answer to the questions “What is a scenography” and “What is its aura” while creating the scene. Pragmatists could call it the original style of the Artist. In this short text I am not trying to persuade you or explain my theory. The only thing I want is to show you the importance of my research.

How does aura arise? Aura is present in every piece of art. It is created by its author during the process of creation. It is a key to author´s way of thinking about scenography, his way of seeing the world, his taste, education etc. It is the sign of work’s authenticity as well as of author’s honesty. It seems unnecessary to be dealing with aura in particular, because it does arise or does not arise anyway. And that is true.

I started to be dealing with aura purely for my personal reasons. I wanted to legitimize my whole creative work as “ascenographic”. While I am designing architecture, scenography in theatre, movies and various events, as well as by designing interiors and graphics, I apply the same individual method tomy work. Let’s say it is scenographic method of work. Then everything what I do could be called a scenography. I would own a method of how to work “in a scenographic way” and I could even start to be teaching it.

But instead of “producing” new scenographers, I would be “producing” only the copies of myself. Because it was not my answer, but my question that helped me to become a scenographer.

The research of education in scenography at KS VSMU as well as the searching for aura as the important part of this research. The confrontation of auras from the past, present and future can be found in the premises of Kafka’s house. What is actually a scenography?

It’s a political game, and what will be installed… is now unclear like the weather at that time. The beginning of summer.

Ing. arch. Mgr. art. Michal Lošonský – curator of the exposition

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PQ 2015 – Exposition Preparation


Student Section PQ2015 VŠMU

“Aura of Scenography”


Department od scenography VŠMU Masters degree (supervision prof. J. Ciller)
Karolína Kamenská, Ján Husár, Martina Rusnáková, Gabriela Timoránszka
/ resources, context, conception

Mária Stanko (Puppetry scenography and technology)
/ main idea of the exposition

Teo Kuhn (filmmaker, director)
/ video

Lenka Novosedlíková (music componist)

Peter Čanecký, Jan Kocman, Oleg Fintora, Ivana Macková, Gabika Paschová, Jan Ptačin, Ondrej Zachar, Michal Lošonský, (JaOnMi CreatureS), Zuzana Stranovská, Svetlana Waradzinová, Blanka Páleníková
/ concepts & managing team

Michal Lošonský


PQ 2015


Hello Quadrennial!



PQ 2015 – Introduction


When preparing the installation for Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, which held the place in June 2015 in Prague, we decided to inform all interested friends about the details of preparation per blogs posted on our website where we inform also about the current events at the Department of Scenography. At that time the website contains information only about current exhibitions, workshops, etc. Gradually, we complement the website of other useful information about the Department itself, about its history, teachers, the faculty, about the school…

Finally, we decided that, from the website information we will create printed catalogue, which would not only charted the rise and ultimately the success of our exposition at PQ (installation was nominated for a Gold Medal fot the Best Exposition in the Student section), but it could serve as information source to prospective students at the Theatre Faculty and the Department of Scenography and Puppetry.

“Diary” form of the blogs created for us a natural structure and especially the visual character of the catalogue. The visual is reduced to the necessary form, text is monolithic, made up of only one type and size, and the pictures are doing likewise. It was created by automatic application from http://www.blogbooker.com that transforms the webpage into the printed form. Therefore, we do not present any dazzling graphics “exhibitions”, we rather reduce the already simple forms and trying to capture the “AURA OF SCENOGRAPHY” as a unique and unrepeatable moment.

It is a record of the current state, which is in constant creative process. Ordering of particular blogs consecutively follows like they were mentioned respectively posted on the website (from oldest to newest). Therefore, we left the date and time of posting. But we sometimes change the order in the catalogue to have better logic. At the end of text blocks you will find links where you can see a short videos, making of, or read (note that there already is a necessary knowledge of Slovak :-) MA thesis of our graduates.


We wish you a pleasant reading, and if you were addressed by the catalogue, please, do not hesitate to contact us.

Assoc. Prof. Jan KOCMAN