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B o h e m i ae  R o s a   August 27 - September 1, 2019

Landscape & Memory

The Giant Mountains - The Czech Republic & Poland


International Interdisciplinary Open-Air Workshop for artists and dancers exploring the relation between body, art and landscape

led by Frank van de Ven and Milos Sejn

Waterfalls of the Green creek, © photo Sejn 30.7.2019


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 & Cultural Reserves in the Czech Republic (Kokorin Valley, Plasy Monastery, Bohemian Karst, Bechyne Monastery with the Luznice River, Bohemian Paradise, Sumava and Rychleby Mountains, Kuks Spa, The Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Morava River) known as the Bohemiae Rosa Project.


This edition of the Bohemiae Rosa Project will take place in a mountain range located in the north of the Czech Republic and the south-west of Poland, part of the Sudetes mountain system (part of the Bohemian Massif). We will find there high prelands, rremains of glacial valleys, high peaks, wild valleys, brooks, waterfalls, tundra meadows. Walking and working in the Giant Mountains (Riesengebirge) we investigate the numerous relations between Body & Landscape / Landscape & Memory and their significance to contemporary (Performing & Eco) Arts.

The program will include:

•        MB - (mind/body, muscles/bones) dance training

•        practice of and reflection on physical and mental training

•        walking and wandering, silent walk, pilgrimage and nocturnal journeys

•        various modes of experiencing body, movement and landscape

•        investigating divergent senses of space and time

•        peripatetic records, drawing, writing, immediate contact with surroundings

•        mental topography of a location, myth, archaic mind and genius loci

•        geology, archaeology and history of the Landscape as a model of self: layers, vertical connections and labyrinths


An integral part of the workshop will be the individual artistic projects that participants are encouraged to formulate and work on for about 1 to 2 hours a day. (in the fields architecture, landscape art, dance, performance, photography, sculpture, theatre, visual arts, biology and natural history). The workshop leaders are available to guide and support these processes.


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



Practical information


August 27 - September 1, 2019, arrival in the evening of August 26
 Meeting Place: YETTI Cottage (cadastral name: Jetice), Czech Republic
 Landline: +420 731 515 758

 GPS: 50°43'27.465"N, 15°43'43.460"E

Nearby airport is in Praha. Pec pod Sněžkou is accessible by bus.
The target rendezvous, it is the 2,5 km walk.
Parking Maršov (free and then shuttle service) or Pec pod Sněžkou.




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Waterfalls of the Green creek, © photo Sejn 30.7.2019

The Giant Mountains (Czech Republic/Poland)




Milos Sejn works in the fields of visual art, performance and study of visual perception. In 1990 he was appointed professor of painting and from this year to 2011 he leads an intermediate studio with a focus on landscape ecology and environment at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He has worked with the world´s leading artists such as The Harrisons (Elbe River Project). He is also the creator of the Solar Mountain near Olomouc and a number ot other projects related to landscape and memory. Many of his works have been presented at hundreds of exhibitions around the word.

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. In recent years, he has worked mainly in Australia in various parts of the continet.

Dictionary definitions


*site n., pl. -s [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 flavor


*landscape n., pl. -s [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


*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 contact (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 status (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


Milos Sejn: Interaction with Landscape / The Polish part of Giant Mountains, 2.8.2019


Contact:  Katerina Bilejova  

e-mail: BilejovaK@jinonice.cuni.cz