An insight look on impact of COVID 19 on the Cultural and Creative Industries with a curator, writer and teacher Jen Kratochvíl. The interview continues the Czech Centres’ podcast series with leading Czech personalities living in various European countries reflecting on social, economic and political changes during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. The questions are posed by the curator of Czech centre Vienna Anezka Jaburkova, who was able to meet up with Jen Kratochvíl on the verge of the wave of second lockdown across Europe.
The aim of the series is to think about the current COVID 19 situation in the artworld and the way it affects us. We are also trying to focus on the future. The interview was done on the verge of the wave of second lockdowns in Europe, which brought the cultural organizations to a standstill once again.
Jen Kratochvil (1986) is a curator and writer based in Prague and Vienna, focusing mainly on time-based media and architecture related, research-based artistic practices. Together with Hynek Alt, Kratochvil runs a studio of New Aesthetic at the Photography Department at FAMU, Prague. Among other projects, he has co-curated a cycle of exhibitions at the Moving Image Department in the National Gallery Prague; film program at Plato, Ostrava; Fotograf Festival 2017, Prague; m3 art in public space festival 2018, Prague, and currently he is responsible for the film program at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague called Rudolfinum_Time-based. Besides these long term projects, Kratochvil operates as an independent curator. Since 2017 he co-runs Viennese art space Significant Other with Laura Amann. Kratochvil also regularly contributes to various art magazines and online platforms.