The New Dictionary of Old Ideas: Residency en Madrid

November-December 2019

We have just started the final residencies of the project The New Dictionary of Old Ideas.

Artists Adela Součková, Jiří Žák (Czech Republic) and Irmina Rusicka (Poland) are in-residency in Madrid from November 1st until December 15th 2019, working at theirs temporary studios at CentroCentro.

While in Madrid, the artists will be focusing on their themes such as historical revisionism from an East-West perspective, post-modern cultural identities and power infrastructures, focusing in Madrid and Spain local contexts.

As part of its activation programme, during the 45 days of the residency, the artists will participate on the following activities:

11.11: the residents participated in a tailored urban tour organized by La Liminal to reflect upon the particularities and consequences driven by Madrid cultural identity created to promote mass tourism.

13.11: presentation of artists ongoing research in Madrid. In this session the residents will be presenting their work and research lines in an open dialogue with Madrid cultural agents. Guests: Violeta Janeiro, Susana Bañuelos, Tevi de la Torre, Marco Godoy, María Acaso, Ana García Alarcón, among others.

27.11: at CentroCentro, the residents will pair with Spain based artists Elena Lavellés and Erik Beltrán and the curator Alba Folgado, also participants in the project, to present their investigation mediated by a guest researcher from outside the art context.


The New Dictionary of Old Idea has been founded as a network by East European partners in 2017. The main aim of the project is to work around this topic as a direct response to the current cultural and political situation in Europe, with the strong rise of nationalism, EU-skepticism and anti-immigration attitudes. + info


International: MeetFactory (República Checa) // Trafostacja Sztuki (Polonia) // Silk Museum(Georgia) // Hablarenarte

National: CentroCentro


Adela Součková (Czech Republic)

Imaginatively questioning power structures, Adéla Součková develops a complex and critical pictorial language that overlaps from drawing to performance, installation, video, poetry and sound collaborations. She holds a MFA (2016, Academy of Fine Arts Dresden) and a BA (2007-2014, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague and 2012–2014 Academy of Fine Arts Dresden). She has shown her works in solo exhibitions such as On the Earth awakening from a restless dream, Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin (2017), Virtual Cave and Golden Cage, Zwitschermaschine, Berlin Art Week (2016), Underskin Experiences, label201, Rome, Italy (2015), Contain(era) project,Lookout Gallery, Warsaw/Soon (2015), Zurich/Zwischermachine, Berlin/Ekse, Budapest/Hotdock, Bratislava and Old Men at The Water Spring, Kostka Gallery, Prague (2015). + info

Jiří Žák (Czech Republic)

Jiří Žák mainly works with video. He oscillates between video-essay and hybrid forms of an experimental cinematic performance or a video installation. He is particularly interested in how we shape the nature of objects by projecting into them; the discrepancy between our perception of the world and its actual state. Jiří Žák asks a question of how to create a meaningful story of our lives in the complexity and the uncertainty of our era. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) in Prague in Tomáš Vaněk’s studio. He participated in the internships at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM) in Prague, in the Academy‘s of Fine Arts Saloun studio in curatorial studies, and in the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.

Irmina Rusicka (Poland)

Irmina Rusicka is a visual artist, author of installations, videos and research works. She graduated in psychology and art history from the University of Wrocław within the framework of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities (2014) and in Media Art from the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts (diploma with honours, 2017). She took part in inter-university exchange, studying Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the studio of Krzysztof Wodiczko and Prof. Grzegorz Kowalski (2016–17). Her works combine social and political criticism with the existential dimension. Gallows humour and being pissed off are also palpable in her art. + info

With the support of:

Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Activity organised with the support of the Madrid City Council's grant for contemporary creation and national and international mobility (2018-21).

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