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[[Image:Plasy_Monastery_Jun_1999.jpg|thumb|258px|Plasy Monastery, 1999. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/limbo-ii-festival (Source)] ]]
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[[Image:Plasy_Monastery_Jun_1999.jpg|thumb|350px|Plasy Monastery, 1999. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/limbo-ii-festival (Source)] ]]
[[Image:Growthrings_Plasy_Monastery_1993.jpg|thumb|258px|Growthrings, Plasy Monastery, 1993. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/growthrings (Source)] ]]
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[[Image:Growthrings_Plasy_Monastery_1993.jpg|thumb|350px|Growthrings, Plasy Monastery, 1993. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/growthrings (Source)] ]]
[[Image:Limbo_Festival_I_Plasy_Monastery_Jun_1998.jpg|thumb|258px|Limbo Festival I, Plasy Monastery, 1998. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/limbo-i-festival (Source)] ]]
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[[Image:Limbo_Festival_I_Plasy_Monastery_Jun_1998.jpg|thumb|350px|Limbo Festival I, Plasy Monastery, 1998. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/limbo-i-festival (Source)] ]]
[[Image:Limbo_Festival_II_Plasy_Monastery_Jun_1999.jpg|thumb|258px|Limbo Festival II, Plasy Monastery, 1999. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/limbo-ii-festival (Source)] ]]
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[[Image:Limbo_Festival_II_Plasy_Monastery_Jun_1999.jpg|thumb|350px|Limbo Festival II, Plasy Monastery, 1999. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/limbo-ii-festival (Source)] ]]
'''The Center for Metamedia - Plasy''' was an art centre located in the former Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic, and managed by the Hermit Foundation and the Society of Friends of Art. The center organised "programs and projects where visual arts and new media, music, performance, theater all have the possibility to be interlinked -- 'metamedia' intimates the creative potential of this informal and organic confluence. Above all, the Center sought to provide a setting which fosters these collaborations, communication in general, and experimentation." [https://agosto-foundation.org/sites/default/files/hermit_cz/docs/Cen.htm]
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'''The Center for Metamedia - Plasy''' was an arts centre located in the former Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic, founded by [[Miloš Vojtěchovský]] and managed by the Hermit Foundation and the Society of Friends of Art. The center organised "programs and projects where visual arts and new media, music, performance, theater all had the possibility to be interlinked -- 'metamedia' intimates the creative potential of this informal and organic confluence. Above all, the Center sought to provide a setting which fosters these collaborations, communication in general, and experimentation." [https://agosto-foundation.org/sites/default/files/hermit_cz/docs/Cen.htm]
  
 
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Between 1992-1999, the centre organised a series of annual international symposia. Over the years, more than 350 artists participated in the events. It also held workshops, exhibitions, festivals, meetings and residencies.
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Between 1992-1999, the centre organised a series of annual international symposia. Over the years, more than 350 artists participated in the events, among them Roman Signer, [[Jimmie Durham]], Fred Frith, Ulay, [[Paul Panhuysen]], [[Paul DeMarinis]], Alastair MacLennan, a.o. It also held workshops, exhibitions, festivals, meetings and residencies.
  
<blockquote>[[Miloš Vojtěchovský]]: "[[Woody Vasulka]], se kterým jsem se potkal asi dva roky předtím, hlásal, že pro umělce je třeba udržovat po celém světě takové skrýše, kam by mohli přijet a pracovat, a které by byly provozovány v jakémsi mimo-monetárním, postkapitalistickém systému, založeném na ekonomii daru, sdílení a přátelství. Tím jsem byl tehdy poněkud infikovaný. Zdálo se mi skvělé, že bych se mohl sám na něčem podobném v Čechách podílet. Také jsem cítil, že nastala ta pravá doba na pokusy o propojení a poměřování zkušeností a myšlení v západní a východní Evropě, ke které jsem cítil určitý resentiment. Plasy byly asi sto kilometrů od západních hranic, což mi připadalo příhodné i geograficky. Pochopitelně hrály roli i vzpomínky na některé místní neoficiální akce, jako třeba na výstavu fotografií ''9 x 9'' nebo na výstavy na Suškových sympoziích na statku v Malechově u Klatov." [http://ma-kulatura.blogspot.com/2013/04/o-hermitu-sympoziich-v-plaskem-klastere.html (Source)]</blockquote>
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<blockquote>Miloš Vojtěchovský: "[[Woody Vasulka]], whom I met about two years before that, declared that such refuges have to be maintained all over the world for artists; a place to come and work at; a place that is operated in a kind of non-monetary, post-capitalist system based on an economy of donations, communication and friendship. I was quite taken by this idea at the time. It seemed like a great idea to me that I could take part in something similar in Czechia. I also felt that the right time had come to try connecting and gauging experiences and ways of thinking between Western and Eastern Europe and about which I still felt a certain resentment. Plasy is about a hundred kilometres from the western border, which seemed to me geographically appropriate as well. Recollections of some local unofficial actions also understandably played a role – such as an 9 x 9 photography exhibition or the exhibitions at Čestmír Suška's symposia on a farm in Malechov near Klatovy." [http://web.archive.org/web/20130515002620/http://makulatura.posterous.com/on-the-hermit-symposia-in-the-plasy-monastery (2011)]</blockquote>
  
 
The activities of the Hermit Foundation/Center for Metamedia Plasy/Civic Association of Friends of Art in Plasy took place over the years with the support of several funding bodies, foremost of which were: the Foundation Pro Helvetia Ost-West (1996-1998), Foundation for Contemporary Art/Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Prince Bernhard Fonds, Het Mondrian Stichting, The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, and others. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/hermit-foundation-and-center-for-metamedia-plasy]
 
The activities of the Hermit Foundation/Center for Metamedia Plasy/Civic Association of Friends of Art in Plasy took place over the years with the support of several funding bodies, foremost of which were: the Foundation Pro Helvetia Ost-West (1996-1998), Foundation for Contemporary Art/Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Prince Bernhard Fonds, Het Mondrian Stichting, The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, and others. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/hermit-foundation-and-center-for-metamedia-plasy]
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* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/die-fabrikanten-ironet Die Fabrikanten: IRONET], residency and conference, Autumn-Winter 1994.
 
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/die-fabrikanten-ironet Die Fabrikanten: IRONET], residency and conference, Autumn-Winter 1994.
 
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/meridian-crossings Meridian Crossings: Hermit V. Symposium & Entarctic Shelf Festival and Workshop], Plasy Monastery/Emauzy Monastery Prague, June-July 1995. [http://web.archive.org/web/19991008204801/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/Arc.htm#crossings]
 
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/meridian-crossings Meridian Crossings: Hermit V. Symposium & Entarctic Shelf Festival and Workshop], Plasy Monastery/Emauzy Monastery Prague, June-July 1995. [http://web.archive.org/web/19991008204801/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/Arc.htm#crossings]
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/near-the-beginning Near the Beginning], symposium, Plasy Monastery, August-September 1997. Organised and curated by Igor Hlavinka, Vladimír Vimr, Sakai Shin-ichi – Galerie Surge, Christophe Charles, and Miloš Vojtěchovský. [http://web.archive.org/web/19991008204801/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/Arc.htm#beginning]
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* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/near-the-beginning Near the Beginning], symposium, Plasy Monastery, August-September 1997. Organised and curated by Igor Hlavinka, Vladimír Vimr, Sakai Shin-ichi – Galerie Surge, Christophe Charles, and Miloš Vojtěchovský. [http://web.archive.org/web/19991008204801/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/Arc.htm#beginning] [https://paper.cup.com/hermit/]
 
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/rites-de-passage Rites de Passage], performance symposium,­ Plasy Monastery, 17-24 May 1998. [http://web.archive.org/web/19991008204801/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/Arc.htm#ritual]
 
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/rites-de-passage Rites de Passage], performance symposium,­ Plasy Monastery, 17-24 May 1998. [http://web.archive.org/web/19991008204801/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/Arc.htm#ritual]
 
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/limbo-i-festival Limbo: Festival of "Unconventional Art"], Plasy Monastery, 20-22 June 1998. Organised by Center for Metamedia in collaboration with mamapapa, Terminal Bar, and Skleněná louka. [http://web.archive.org/web/19991008204801/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/Arc.htm#limbo]
 
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/limbo-i-festival Limbo: Festival of "Unconventional Art"], Plasy Monastery, 20-22 June 1998. Organised by Center for Metamedia in collaboration with mamapapa, Terminal Bar, and Skleněná louka. [http://web.archive.org/web/19991008204801/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/Arc.htm#limbo]
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==Publications==
 
==Publications==
[[Image:Hermit_International Art Symposium Plasy 1992.jpg|thumb|200px|''Hermit: International Art Symposium, Plasy'', 1992, [[Media:Hermit_International Art Symposium Plasy 1992.pdf|PDF]].]]
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[[Image:Hermit_International Art Symposium Plasy 1992.jpg|thumb|300px|''Hermit: International Art Symposium, Plasy'', 1992, [[Media:Hermit_International Art Symposium Plasy 1992.pdf|PDF]].]]
[[Image:Fungus Inquiry of A Place 1145-1995 1995.jpg|thumb|200px|''Fungus: Inquiry of A Place / průzkum místa (1145-1995)'', 1995, [[Media:Fungus Inquiry of A Place 1145-1995 1995.pdf|PDF]].]]
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[[Image:Fungus Inquiry of A Place 1145-1995 1995.jpg|thumb|300px|''Fungus: Inquiry of A Place / průzkum místa (1145-1995)'', 1995, [[Media:Fungus Inquiry of A Place 1145-1995 1995.pdf|PDF]].]]
[[Image:Near the Beginning Plasy 1997.jpg|thumb|200px|''Near the Beginning / O počátku'', 1997, [[Media:Near the Beginning Plasy 1997.pdf|PDF]].]]
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[[Image:Near the Beginning Plasy 1997.jpg|thumb|300px|''Near the Beginning / O počátku'', 1997, [[Media:Near the Beginning Plasy 1997.pdf|PDF]].]]
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* ''[[Media:Hermit_International Art Symposium Plasy 1992.pdf|Hermit: International Art Symposium, Plasy]]'', ed. Jana Šikýřová, Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1992, [122] pp. Catalogue, with texts by Eric de Visscher and Miloš Vojtěchovský. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/hermit-i-audiocassette-1992 With audio cassette] containing the recordings of performances by Fred Frith (USA) & Pavel Fajt (CZ), Michael Delia (US), Phill Niblock (US), Paul Panhuysen (NL), and Jo Truman (AU), Bram Cox (NL), Lubos Fiedler & Oldrich Janota (CZ), The Horlogue of Dreamers (CZ), Anna Homler (US) & Ad van Buuren (NL). [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
 
* ''[[Media:Hermit_International Art Symposium Plasy 1992.pdf|Hermit: International Art Symposium, Plasy]]'', ed. Jana Šikýřová, Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1992, [122] pp. Catalogue, with texts by Eric de Visscher and Miloš Vojtěchovský. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/hermit-i-audiocassette-1992 With audio cassette] containing the recordings of performances by Fred Frith (USA) & Pavel Fajt (CZ), Michael Delia (US), Phill Niblock (US), Paul Panhuysen (NL), and Jo Truman (AU), Bram Cox (NL), Lubos Fiedler & Oldrich Janota (CZ), The Horlogue of Dreamers (CZ), Anna Homler (US) & Ad van Buuren (NL). [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
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* ''Growthrings - Hermit II. Symposium'', Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1993. Catalogue, [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/growthrings-cd with CD] containing the recordings of performances by James Fulkerson (UK) & Phill Niblock (US), Tibor Szemzo (HU) & Martin Groeneveld (NL), Peter Cusack (UK) & Michael Delia (US), Irena & Vojtech Havel (CZ), Agon Orchestra (CZ), a.o. [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
 
* ''Growthrings - Hermit II. Symposium'', Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1993. Catalogue, [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/growthrings-cd with CD] containing the recordings of performances by James Fulkerson (UK) & Phill Niblock (US), Tibor Szemzo (HU) & Martin Groeneveld (NL), Peter Cusack (UK) & Michael Delia (US), Irena & Vojtech Havel (CZ), Agon Orchestra (CZ), a.o. [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
* ''[[Media:Transparent Messenger Hermit III Plasy 1994.pdf|Transparent Messenger: Hermit III]]'', Plasy: Hermit Foundation & Society of Friends of Plasy, 1994, [80] pp. Catalogue, with CD containing the recordings of performances by ROVA Saxophone Quartet (US), Hugh Davies (UK), Pavel Fajt (CZ) & Jim Meneses (US), Rajesh Mehta (US), Erhard Hirt (GER) & Martin Klapper (DK), a.o. [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
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* ''[[Media:Transparent Messenger Hermit III Plasy 1994.pdf|Transparent Messenger: Hermit III]]'', Plasy: Hermit Foundation & Society of Friends of Plasy, 1994, [80] pp. Catalogue, [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/cs/transparent-messenger-cd with CD] containing the recordings of performances by ROVA Saxophone Quartet (US), Hugh Davies (UK), Pavel Fajt (CZ) & Jim Meneses (US), Rajesh Mehta (US), Erhard Hirt (GER) & Martin Klapper (DK), a.o. [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
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* ''[[Media:Fungus Inquiry of A Place 1145-1995 1995.pdf|Fungus: Inquiry of A Place / průzkum místa (1145-1995)]]'', ed. Miloš Vojtěchovský, Plasy: Hermit Foundation & Society of Friends of Plasy, 1995, [100] pp. Texts by: Jiří Zemánek, Jimmie Durham, Karel S. Amerling, Stephen J. Gould, and Miloš Vojtěchovský. Catalogue. [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
 
* ''[[Media:Fungus Inquiry of A Place 1145-1995 1995.pdf|Fungus: Inquiry of A Place / průzkum místa (1145-1995)]]'', ed. Miloš Vojtěchovský, Plasy: Hermit Foundation & Society of Friends of Plasy, 1995, [100] pp. Texts by: Jiří Zemánek, Jimmie Durham, Karel S. Amerling, Stephen J. Gould, and Miloš Vojtěchovský. Catalogue. [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
* ''Meridian Crossings'', Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1995. Catalogue, [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/meridian-crossing-cd with CD] containing recordings of performances by Tim Hodgkinson (GB) & Jim Meneses (USA), Pavel Fajt (CZ), Anarctica (NL), Vojtech Havel (CZ), Michael Delia (USA) & Jaroslav Koran (CZ), a.o. [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] {{cz}}/{{en}}
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* ''[[Media:Near the Beginning Plasy 1997.pdf|Near the Beginning / O počátku]]'', Plasy: Hermit Foundation & Society of Friends of Plasy, 1997, [86] pp. Catalogue. {{cz}}/{{en}}
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* ''Meridian Crossings'', Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1995. Catalogue, [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/meridian-crossing-cd with CD] containing recordings of performances by Tim Hodgkinson (GB) & Jim Meneses (USA), Pavel Fajt (CZ), Anarctica (NL), Vojtech Havel (CZ), Michael Delia (USA) & Jaroslav Koran (CZ), a.o. [http://web.archive.org/web/19990922034024/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/pub.htm] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpr9OU7DJTg] [https://www.discogs.com/release/1222034] {{cz}}/{{en}}
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* ''[[Media:Near the Beginning Plasy 1997.pdf|Near the Beginning / O počátku]]'', eds. Miloš Vojtěchovský and Igor Hlavinka, Plasy: Hermit Foundation & Society of Friends of Plasy, 1997, [86] pp. Catalogue. {{cz}}/{{en}}
  
 
==Literature==
 
==Literature==
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* Lubomír Drožď alias Čaroděj OZ, [https://agosto-foundation.org/cs/klasterni-tajemstvi "Klášterní tajemství. Fiktivní rozhovor o baroku, letokruzích a Hermitu"], ''Vokno'' 29, 1994, pp 28-31. {{cz}}
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** [https://agosto-foundation.org/chartreuse-or-fictive-interview-with-vokno "Chartreuse or Fictive Interview with Vokno: About Baroque, Hermits and Growth rings"], 2020. {{en}}
 
* [[Media:Plasy_in_Site_Specific_2008.pdf|"Plasy"]], in Denisa Václavová, Tomáš Zižka, et al., ''Site Specific'', Prague: Pražská scéna, 2008, pp 49-60. [https://issuu.com/nvbes/docs/2009_site_specific_parts] {{cz}}
 
* [[Media:Plasy_in_Site_Specific_2008.pdf|"Plasy"]], in Denisa Václavová, Tomáš Zižka, et al., ''Site Specific'', Prague: Pražská scéna, 2008, pp 49-60. [https://issuu.com/nvbes/docs/2009_site_specific_parts] {{cz}}
 
* Radoslava Schmelzová, [https://monoskop.org/images/2/28/Divadlo_v_netradicnim_prostoru_performance_a_site_specific_2010.pdf#page=10 "Jiné podoby umění aneb Hledání kořenů umění místa"], in ''Divadlo v netradičním prostoru, performance a site specific – současné tendence'', ed. Radoslava Schmelzová, Prague: Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 2010, pp 10-33. {{cz}}
 
* Radoslava Schmelzová, [https://monoskop.org/images/2/28/Divadlo_v_netradicnim_prostoru_performance_a_site_specific_2010.pdf#page=10 "Jiné podoby umění aneb Hledání kořenů umění místa"], in ''Divadlo v netradičním prostoru, performance a site specific – současné tendence'', ed. Radoslava Schmelzová, Prague: Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 2010, pp 10-33. {{cz}}
* Lenka Dolanová, [http://web.archive.org/web/20130515002430/http://makulatura.posterous.com/rozhovot-o-hermitu "Rozhovor o Hermitu. O Hermitu, sympoziích v plaském klášteře, skrýších pro umělce, intenzívním a extenzívním zemědělství, otevřenosti a uzavřenosti. Rozhovor s Milošem Vojtěchovským"], in ''Mezi první a druhou moderností 1985–2012 / Between the First and Second Modernity, 1985-2012'', eds. Jiří Ševčík and Edith Jeřábková, Prague: VVP AVU, 2011. {{cz}}
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* Lenka Dolanová, [http://web.archive.org/web/20130515002430/http://makulatura.posterous.com/rozhovot-o-hermitu "O sympoziích v plaském klášteře, skrýších pro umělce, intenzivním a extenzivním zemědělství. Rozhovor s Milošem Vojtěchovským"] / [http://web.archive.org/web/20130515002620/http://makulatura.posterous.com/on-the-hermit-symposia-in-the-plasy-monastery "On Symposia in Plasy Monastery, Artists’ Refuges and Intensive and Extensive Agriculture. Interview with Miloš Vojtěchovský"], in ''Mezi první a druhou moderností, 1985-2012 / Between the First and Second Modernity, 1985-2012'', eds. Jiří Ševčík and Edith Jeřábková, Prague: VVP AVU, 2011, pp 269-284 & 285-300. {{cz}}/{{en}}
** [http://web.archive.org/web/20130515002620/http://makulatura.posterous.com/on-the-hermit-symposia-in-the-plasy-monastery "Interview on Hermits. On the Hermit, symposia in the Plasy monastery, refuges for artists, intensive and extensive agriculture, openness and closedness. An interview with Miloš Vojtěchovský"], in ''Mezi první a druhou moderností 1985–2012 / Between the First and Second Modernity, 1985-2012'', eds. Jiří Ševčík and Edith Jeřábková, Prague: VVP AVU, 2011. [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/on-the-hermit-symposia-at-the-plasy-monastery] {{en}}
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* Miloš Vojtěchovský, [https://agosto-foundation.org/cs/hermit-networks "Hermit Networks: o oddencích, příživnících i poustevnících, uvízlých v sítinách"], ''Agosto Foundation: mediateka'', Prague, Apr 2020. {{cz}}
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* Noemi Purkrábková, [https://www.artantiques.cz/o-sitich-zvucich-a-smeckach "O sítích, zvucích a smečkách. Rozhovor s Milošem Vojtěchovským"], ''Art Antiques'', May 2021. {{cz}}
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* Miloš Vojtěchovský, "Parazité, echo a rezonance: Symposia Hermit a příběh zvukového umění / Parasites, Echoes and Resonances--The Hermit Symposia and the Story of Sound Art", in ''Zvuky, kódy, obrazy. Akustický experiment ve vizuálním umění / Sounds, Codes, Images'', eds. Jitka Hlaváčková and Miloš Vojtěchovský, Prague: ArtMap, 2021, pp 151-158. [https://knihy.artmap.cz/zvuky-kody-obrazy-sounds-codes-images/] {{cz}}/{{en}}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
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* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/hermit-foundation-and-center-for-metamedia-plasy Hermit/Plasy online archive], Agosto Foundation
 
* [http://web.archive.org/web/19990421113248/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/cen.htm Website] (archived), [https://agosto-foundation.org/sites/default/files/hermit_cz/docs/Cen.htm mirror], [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/sites/default/files/files/hermit-foundation-center-for-metamedia-plasy.pdf PDF]
 
* [http://web.archive.org/web/19990421113248/http://www.hermit.cz/docs/cen.htm Website] (archived), [https://agosto-foundation.org/sites/default/files/hermit_cz/docs/Cen.htm mirror], [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/sites/default/files/files/hermit-foundation-center-for-metamedia-plasy.pdf PDF]
* [https://www.agosto-foundation.org/hermit-foundation-and-center-for-metamedia-plasy Hermit/Plasy online archive], Agosto Foundation
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* [http://web.archive.org/web/19971008033603/http://www.terminal.cz/~eyescrat/metamedia/enc_czech/ Website] (archived 1997)
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1084828937832.9927.1739660969&type=1 Photographs] (Facebook)
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1084828937832.9927.1739660969&type=1 Photographs] (Facebook)

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Plasy Monastery, 1999. (Source)
Growthrings, Plasy Monastery, 1993. (Source)
Limbo Festival I, Plasy Monastery, 1998. (Source)
Limbo Festival II, Plasy Monastery, 1999. (Source)

The Center for Metamedia - Plasy was an arts centre located in the former Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic, founded by Miloš Vojtěchovský and managed by the Hermit Foundation and the Society of Friends of Art. The center organised "programs and projects where visual arts and new media, music, performance, theater all had the possibility to be interlinked -- 'metamedia' intimates the creative potential of this informal and organic confluence. Above all, the Center sought to provide a setting which fosters these collaborations, communication in general, and experimentation." [1]

Between 1992-1999, the centre organised a series of annual international symposia. Over the years, more than 350 artists participated in the events, among them Roman Signer, Jimmie Durham, Fred Frith, Ulay, Paul Panhuysen, Paul DeMarinis, Alastair MacLennan, a.o. It also held workshops, exhibitions, festivals, meetings and residencies.

Miloš Vojtěchovský: "Woody Vasulka, whom I met about two years before that, declared that such refuges have to be maintained all over the world for artists; a place to come and work at; a place that is operated in a kind of non-monetary, post-capitalist system based on an economy of donations, communication and friendship. I was quite taken by this idea at the time. It seemed like a great idea to me that I could take part in something similar in Czechia. I also felt that the right time had come to try connecting and gauging experiences and ways of thinking between Western and Eastern Europe and about which I still felt a certain resentment. Plasy is about a hundred kilometres from the western border, which seemed to me geographically appropriate as well. Recollections of some local unofficial actions also understandably played a role – such as an 9 x 9 photography exhibition or the exhibitions at Čestmír Suška's symposia on a farm in Malechov near Klatovy." (2011)

The activities of the Hermit Foundation/Center for Metamedia Plasy/Civic Association of Friends of Art in Plasy took place over the years with the support of several funding bodies, foremost of which were: the Foundation Pro Helvetia Ost-West (1996-1998), Foundation for Contemporary Art/Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Prince Bernhard Fonds, Het Mondrian Stichting, The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, and others. [2]

Events[edit]

Publications[edit]

Hermit: International Art Symposium, Plasy, 1992, PDF.
Fungus: Inquiry of A Place / průzkum místa (1145-1995), 1995, PDF.
Near the Beginning / O počátku, 1997, PDF.
  • Hermit: International Art Symposium, Plasy, ed. Jana Šikýřová, Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1992, [122] pp. Catalogue, with texts by Eric de Visscher and Miloš Vojtěchovský. With audio cassette containing the recordings of performances by Fred Frith (USA) & Pavel Fajt (CZ), Michael Delia (US), Phill Niblock (US), Paul Panhuysen (NL), and Jo Truman (AU), Bram Cox (NL), Lubos Fiedler & Oldrich Janota (CZ), The Horlogue of Dreamers (CZ), Anna Homler (US) & Ad van Buuren (NL). [13] (Czech)/(English)
  • Growthrings - Hermit II. Symposium, Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1993. Catalogue, with CD containing the recordings of performances by James Fulkerson (UK) & Phill Niblock (US), Tibor Szemzo (HU) & Martin Groeneveld (NL), Peter Cusack (UK) & Michael Delia (US), Irena & Vojtech Havel (CZ), Agon Orchestra (CZ), a.o. [14] (Czech)/(English)
  • Transparent Messenger: Hermit III, Plasy: Hermit Foundation & Society of Friends of Plasy, 1994, [80] pp. Catalogue, with CD containing the recordings of performances by ROVA Saxophone Quartet (US), Hugh Davies (UK), Pavel Fajt (CZ) & Jim Meneses (US), Rajesh Mehta (US), Erhard Hirt (GER) & Martin Klapper (DK), a.o. [15] (Czech)/(English)
  • Meridian Crossings, Plasy: Hermit Foundation, 1995. Catalogue, with CD containing recordings of performances by Tim Hodgkinson (GB) & Jim Meneses (USA), Pavel Fajt (CZ), Anarctica (NL), Vojtech Havel (CZ), Michael Delia (USA) & Jaroslav Koran (CZ), a.o. [17] [18] [19] (Czech)/(English)
  • Near the Beginning / O počátku, eds. Miloš Vojtěchovský and Igor Hlavinka, Plasy: Hermit Foundation & Society of Friends of Plasy, 1997, [86] pp. Catalogue. (Czech)/(English)

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