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Born Košice, Slovakia
Lives in Prague, Czech Republic; Athens, Greece
Peter Gonda, 2019. Photo: Matěj Sýkora.

Peter Gonda (aka gnd, 1983) is a theatre director, audiovisual provocateur, VJ, radio host, programmer, and Pure Data-freak. He received his Bc in Applied Computer Sciences (2007) and MA in Cognitive Science (2009) from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science of Comenius University in Bratislava. Later he graduated in theatre directing at the DAMU Theatre Academy in Prague (2018).

Since 2003 Gonda performs as a VJ under the moniker gnd. He live-codes in the dataflow language Pure Data or uses his own open-source livecoding framework writen in C and GLSL. He frequently performed with Bratislava-based experimental electronica projects Poo and 1/x (Daniel Tóth);or with Michal Cáb and Markéta Cilečková. As a VJ he also performed with internationally acclaimed artists and projects such a COH, Atom TM, Zdislaw Piernik, GNOD, and others. He also developed Pure Data tools for Bratislava's P.A.T. Theatre.

He was founding member of BURUNDI media lab (2004-05) and Itchy bit collective with Ana Filip and Michal Čudrnák (2005-). He worked as a speaker, later as editor-in-chief of Tlis radio in Bratislava. From 2007, he advised and developed a free streaming platform for the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2008, together with Dušan Barok he is administrator of the free culture server Sanchez, affiliated with Multiplace network. Together with Lucia Udvardyová he started the Easterndaze project dedicated to exploring young alternative music scenes of CEE countries in 2009, and later co-founded the Baba Vanga tape label to release experimental electronica.

Since 2013 Gonda directed theatre performances, often utilizing casts of non-actors or working with mixed ensembles of actors and non-actors. Gonda is also a member of the loose improvisational body of creators of algorithmic music and visual Kolektiv, based in Prague.

He was born in Košice, lived in Bratislava, in 2010 he moved to Prague, in 2017 started to live in Athens. He divides his time between Prague and Athens. (2024)

Theatre performances[edit]

  • Naggnaggg (2011)
  • Endgame (2012)
  • Sarajevo (2013)
  • Neklid (2014)
  • Peklo je taky jenom sauna (2015)
  • Posledný případ Detektíva Konečníka (2015)
  • Sión (2016)
  • Rilato (2017)
  • ATISMIA (2018)
  • Six Stories(2019)
  • Piece fashioned for twelve random specific non-actors (2021)
  • OK Carbon (2021)
  • Moravian Karst (2023)