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Krakonos (Rieberzahl, Giant),
the mythical figure of Giant Mountains from Midle Age map

 

B o h e m i ae  s u b  R o s a  
S i t e B o d y E x p l o r a t i o n
Isara & Giant Mountains (Krkonose)
5 day walk through the Giant Mountains in the north of the Czech Republic and the south Poland
M a y  21 - 27  2006

 

International Interdisciplinary Open-Air Workshop for dancers and artists exploring the relation among body, art and landscape by Milos Sejn and Frank van de Ven Bohemiae Rosa Project
Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
Karkonosze National Park
Krkonose
Czech and Poland Republic




            
Since 1995 Milos Sejn and Frank van de Ven have co-operated in their bi-annual interdisciplinary open air Body-Site-Exploration projects in various National Reserves in the Czech Republic (Kokorin Valley, Plasy Monastery, Bohemian Karst, Bechyne Monastery with the Luznice River, Bohemian Paradise and Sumava Mountains) known as the Bohemiae Rosa Project.

            This 3nd edition Subrosa, like part of the Bohemiae Rosa Project proposes to investigate "Site Specific" under the integral theme w a l k i n g. Visual artists, poets, dancers and different specialists in historical landscape will be working in / wandering through Isara and Giant Mountains.

At the first part the walking through the Isara and Giant mountains will be consist from following the Kamenice and Isara river to the basement the mountains. It will be very wild part of the walk with bivaking directly in the rocky terrain.

After that, passing the Mumlava river waterfalls we will climbe up the  main ridge of the Giant mountains, Czech Poland boundary, which will be followed by the rest of the walk, from west to east. Upland with meadows, quarry seas, marshes and lakes will be used also for immediately intercontact work, like very intensive energetic flow among bodies and places in the landscape. The nights there will be spend in mount barks, because all area there is part of the national monument.

Like ending part of the walking will be last night, a waking on the higest point Snezka (Snow Peak – 1602 m) with waiting for the Sunrise. All walk will be approximately 100 km long.

The body is a landscape in itself moving within the larger frame of the given surrounding environment. The vertical and horizontal layering of the landscape invites us to reflect upon our own layers and connections of self and imagination.

We will focus on:

-          process of walking and wandering, silent walk, pilgrimage and nocturnal journeys
-          various ways of experiencing one's body and 'tasting' aspects of the landscape
-          processional experiences, working with time, peripatetic records, drawing, writing, immediate contact with the elements of the    landscape
-          mental topography of a location, myth, archaic mind and genius loci
-          geology, archaeology and history of the Bohemian Forest as a model of self: layers, vertical connections, labyrinths, joy and melancholy

The workshop expects a creative and open participation of 15-20 artists as well as interested students who will be selected through open competition. No previous (dance) training is necessary but the workshop will be physically and mentally demanding, therefore a good overall condition is required. Trekking and staying in the open will in itself provide an entrance into the Body/landscape theme. 

Milos Sejn works in the fields of visual art, performance and study of visual perception, and conducts workshops, such as Bohemiae Rosa. His artistic concept was formed in his youth when he undertook many trips into the wilderness as a reflex of an inner need to get closer to nature's secret and observe the miracles, which happen in it. From the beginning of the 1960s he took pictures, drew, collected and described his observations of nature during these wanderings. Currently he teaches mixed media and the relationship of nature and art as intrinsic needs of the mind at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, and focuses on immediate creative possibilities, based upon relations between historical humanized landscapes and intact nature.
http://www.sejn.cz
CD ROMs: Colorvm Natvrae Varietas (Centrum for Culture and Communication in Budapest c3, 2000); Make Your Own Island/Make Your Own Forest (Utrecht School of the Arts, Institute for postgraduate and professional higher education in the Arts, 2001)

Frank van de Ven is a dancer and choreographer who spend his formative years in Japan working with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company. In 1993 he founded together with Katerina Bakatsaki 'Body Weather Amsterdam', a platform for training and performance. Since 1995 he conducts with Milos Sejn the interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project, connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture. Interest in dance and theory led to the 'How to make yourself a Dancing Body Without Organs' Project. Together with Peter Snow (Monash University) he performs the famed Thought/Action Improvisations.  An ongoing collaboration exists with musician Daniel Schorno, artistic director of Steim Amsterdam.
Films (video and 16mm): Dancing Plasy Times 8, CI-VIT, LOM and NOUGHTS.

 

*site n., pl. –es [Latin situs “place, position”, from sinere “to leave, place, lay” ] 1. the actual or planned location 2 the place or scene of something (a camp site) / site vt., to place on a site or in position: locate

*body n., pl. -ies [OE, bodig, cask] 1. the whole physical substance of a man, animal or plant 2. the trunk of a man or animal 3. a corpse 4. [Colloq.] a person 5. a distinct mass [a body of water] 6. a distinct group of people or things 7. the main part 8. substance or consistency, as of liquid
9. richness of flavour

*exploration n., pl. –s  the act or an instance of exploring / explore: seek to ascertain, examine into XVI; search into (a country, etc) XVII 1. to search through or into 2. to examine carefully and in detail especially for diagnostic purposes 3. to penetrate into or range over for purposes of discovery 4. to make or conduct a systematic search [Latin explorare “to seek for”, from ex- + plorare “to cry out”; probably from the outcry of hunters on sighting game]

*landscape n., pl. –es [Dutsch landschap, from land+schap “-ship” ] 1. a picture of natural inland scenery 2. a portion of land that the eye can see in one glance
*mountain n., pl. –s is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain in a limited area. A mountain is generally higher and steeper than a hill, but there is considerable overlap, and usage often depends on local custom. Some authorities define a mountain as a peak with a topographic prominence over a defined value: for example, the Encyclopaedia Britannica requires a prominence of 2,000 feet (610 m).
The adjective montane is used to describe mountainous areas and the things associated with them.

*forest n., pl. –s [Old French, “forest, hunting preserve” , Medieval Lain forestis, from Latin foris “outside”] 1. a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract; also: an area covered by forest, 2. something resembling a forest especially in profusion (a forest of masts)

*wander vb., wan-dered, wan-der-ing [OE, wandrian] 1. to move about aimlessly or without a fixed course or goal : ramble 2a to deviate (as from a course) : stray 2b to go astray morally : err 2c to lose normal mental contacts (as delirium or madness)

*walk n., pl. –s [vb OE, wealkan “to roll, toss” ] 1. a going on foot (go for a walk) 2. a place, path, or course for walking 3. distance to be walked 4a manner of living 4b social or economic stats (various walks of life) 5a manner of walking 5b a gait of a four-footed animal in which there are always at least two feet on the ground

*Krkonose in Czech (known as Giant Mountains in English, or Riesengebirge in German) or Karkonosze Mountains (pronounced kár-ko-no-she) in Polish or is a mountain range, part of the Sudetes in Central Europe. The name is fairly ancient, appearing in the name of a people listed in Ptolemy as the Corconti. It may be Pre-Indo-European. The meaning was preserved, appearing in mediaeval Latin Gigantei montes.
The mountains stretch from north-west to south-east and form the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. The highest mountain is "Sniezka" (in Polish)/ "Snezka" (in Czech), 1602 metres above sea level. Situated on the Czech-Polish border it is also the highest mountain peak in Czech Republic. Large areas of Karkonosze Mountains are preserved as a national park by both countries. The mountains are famous for its skiing resorts and are growing in importance as a less expensive and, in some cases, nearer alternative to the Alps for tourism.


*The Corconti or Korkontoi were a tribe of Greater Germany in the Geography of Ptolemy (2.10). They were in the vicinity of Asciburgius Mountain somewhere near the sources of the Vistula. Asciburgius gives away their location, as it is on the edge of the Krkono‰e range in Czech, the Karkonosze in Polish.
It is clear that the people were named after the terrain, but the identity of those people is not entirely clear. Ptolemy considered them Germanic. Some have hypothesized that they were Marcomanni, as those people were in the region. So also were the Quadi; moreover, Ptolemy also lists the Quadi and Marcomanni. We know the latter were newcomers in the first century AD, but the residents of mountains are usually hold-outs from an earlier culture. Mountains are easier to defend and the people living in them are more isolated.
And finally, the Germanics did not adopt the name of Krkonose. They chose instead Sudeten, or Riesengebirge, "Giant Mountains", because that is what Krkonose means. The name is not Germanic, but neither is it Slavic or Celtic; or at least, no strong derivations in those languages have been found. Very likely, it is not Indo-European at all, but is Pre-Indo-European. One might connect it to the hypothetical Urbian root, *K-K-, "to swell, inflate; big, huge", from which Sorin Paliga derives German Gigantes. Possibly Sumerian kur-kur, "mountains", is related. Such derivations at this point are weak and speculative.
One does want to ask, who were the ancestors of the Corconti? Were they included in Greater Germany because the Germanics held it or because they spoke Germanic? If they did speak Germanic, how long had they spoken it? Questions such as these may someday have an answer. Meanwhile, there is something of a rivalry between the Slavs and the Germans about who occupied the mountains in antiquity. In the absence of solid evidence, the contention is likely to continue.
In respect to the above article, there are people living around the world today with the family name Krkononska. These people are descended from Northern Bohemia. Perhaps their genetic code holds the key and then one day...

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Dates

21 – 26 May 2006, arrival day 21 May

Meeting Place: Semily, Czech Republic
Accessible by train or bus
phone: +420 723701658
E-mail: bohemiaerosa@tiscali.cz
http://www.bohemiaerosa.org

 Workshop Fee (including Bohemiae Rosa Tee Years DVD):
Euro … (students Euro …)
(adapted price for Czech participants: Kc …, students Kc …)
The fee includes insurance and membership.
Accommodation in landscape and food provided by Bohemiae Rosa Foundation.
Travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.
Fees minus enrolment deposit will be collected upon the arrival
of  participants (21 May).
The number of participants is limited. We recommend early applications.
Please bring sleeping bag, backpack, tent, warm and waterproof clothes,
raincoat and hiking boots for eight days living outdoors.
Make sure your equipment is in good condition! We will walk for 5 days
through Isara and Giant Mountains and camp in varied places.

 

APPLICATION

 

To reserve a place send name, address, and a short c.v. plus an enrolment deposit of 50 euro to Frank van de Ven, de Wittenkade 101, 1052 AG Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Giro Postbank IBAN account number NL77PSTB0004129679.
Enrolment deposit of  50 euro not refundable after August 20.
Czech participants payment: Ceska sporitelna IBAN account number CZ45 0800 0000 000532875123 

 

Aerial view over Giant Mountains

 

Bohemiae Rosa surrounds the centre of Europe as a power-radiating centre.
In terms of topography and history, it is an ancient centre of communication where the petals of the rose flower, spreading
around, can read as versatility symbols of the ways of reading the world today.


INFORMATION: frank.bwl@wanadoo.nl, bohemiaerosa@tiscali.cz, www.bohemiaerosa.org
, http://en.wikipedia.org

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