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Kerdová Lenka

Period of stay: November 20 – June 21

Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows

  1. What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?

The main benefit for me was “time” to work and think. And of course, I appreciated, what is probably the main goal of the IWM, i. e. new contacts with academics from various fields, exchange of thoughts and life experiences.

  1. Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?

I have to admit, that I would have appreciated mainly live events and a more relaxed and unformal atmosphere after talks/ lectures to discuss the topic in person. Most of the online events were quite challenging for me – not only because of concertation, but also because they were far away from my field of interest. I found interesting the talks on the current situation in Belarus – mainly because of the moderation and the choice of guests. Of monthly lectures was for me inspiring the talk from Mr. Medvedev and would be interesting the talk from Mr. Burkhardt, but this one was very difficult to follow online. In general, I found interesting, what was connected to the current situation or what was a bit closer to my own interests (i.e. art, culture, history, philosophy, etc.).

  1. Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
    Please include any suggestions for improvement.

I have no criticism. I think, that despite the difficult covid situation, the IWM has done its best, and I appreciate it. If I should have any comments, they are as follows:

  • Try to cover more fields of “human sciences” even in the public sphere, mainly with special attention to issues of culture and art. I think, this could be also highly political aspect in our society and art/culture “world” (and its understanding) is still overlooked or separated to its own sphere.
  • With this respect, I would suggest to take better care about the “visual culture” of the IWM. Mainly the corridor and offices “exhibition” was for me distracting and even a bit painful. Not because of the subject matter, but mainly because of the form. We see it every day and it does something wrong with our subconscious perception as well. It would be a great possibility for some conceptual curatorial exhibition program, but this is unfortunately not the case.
  • The is valid also for any other “modernisation” of the building. It is very nice, that IWM had an architect and the interiors still have aesthetic value, but it is very easy to destroy it. As Miese van der Rohe said, God is in the details. And “culture” is not only in language, habits or thoughts.
  1. Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?

I would like to thank you all!


Final Report sheet for departing Fellows

As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!

In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.

We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.

 

FINAL REPORT:

During my stay at the IWM I finished my article on Prague German interwar architecture. It was published this spring (2021) in The Art/ Umění 4/2020, title: “1920s and 1930s Prague Architecture with Special Focus on the German Cultural Circle“ in English.
I can send you the issue of journal during this summer.

I have also made up, written and submitted my new research project on Czech-German Dadaism called “Dada – TAMTAM” at the FWF and IFK in Austria. I appreciated a lot kind help and precious advises from my colleagues at the institute. Especially I want to point out a willing attitude from the permanent fellows, who supported my academic work enormously.

Meanwhile I managed to make a deal about the publication of my doctoral research with the famous Czech publisher house Arbor Vitae. The book should be published in two languages next year. Also two books, on which I collaborated in Prague (UMPRUM), were published during my stay in Vienna. I gave one copy to the IWM (“The Spirit at Works: Architecture and Czech Politics 1918–1945”).

Because of the heavy covid restrictions (5 months of ‘hard lockdown’) I didn’t travel a lot, neither I didn’t visit any archives nor libraries in Vienna. Even more I appreciated the kind support of the IWM library and work of the librarian and others.
And of course, I took a part at the IWM junior fellows conference in December ’20 (only online format). I attended the second conference as a guest, as well as I attended many of IWM events during this period.

In last two months of my stay, I tried to do my best (as a curator and an artist) in preparation the exhibition on Jan Patočka. We had a several meetings in both cities, I met the whole team, saw the exhibition space and offered my own ideas, which could be incorporated in the future. Unfortunately, only two months didn’t offer enough time to develop and push more to the realisation the whole curatorial conception, but still I hope at least some ideas will be kept to the successful end. I was very glad to meet also other people, who are organising in cooperation with IWM (namely with Ludger Hagedorn) cultural events with the aim to connect Prague and Vienna. In this regard, I would be happy to keep this contacts and to develop them further. And I very much appreciated this particular effort to enter the cultural sphere as well.

Finally, I managed to meet many interesting people from different fields, with whom I had an opportunity to discuss not only our academic work. In the last sentence, I am happy to admit that my stay at IWM has been a very important and formative experience.

In Vienna 14.7.2021