Opava: po proudu zvuku
Magdaléna Manderlová and Michal Kindernay
Collaborative project commissioned and curated by Bludný kámen, Opava, Czech Republic
2021-22

A long term project investigating and archiving the changing sonic environments of the Opava region, the Czech Republic.

The first, work-in-progress exhibition studied the Opavice river and took place in Galerie Cella, Opava, 20.10 - 09.12.2021. Opavice has had a significant role in the historical, geographical, and ecological context of the region.  Kindernay & I engaged with the river by walking along with it from its spring to its confluence, over 100 km in total. The river and its ecosystem change as it flows down from Jeseníky mountains, with its final stretch being heavily regulated due to former gravel mining.

Opavice (prologue) is a piece I composed for this exhibition and is based on spending time and walking along the river. Recorded, composed and mixed by myself, 2021.

In 2022, we are researching Kozmické louky—Kozmic meadows—a system of floodplain meadows situated in the Opava region. The area was formerly intended for gravel mining and experienced difficult times of amelioration, water drainage, aggressive terrain destructions, and extraction of resources which caused disruption of the natural balance, loss of biodiversity, and environmental burden. Kozmic meadows are now, thanks to the long-term commitment and dedicated work and care of many, full of life, and accommodate hundreds of species of birds and plants, amphibians, Exmoor ponies, and an ornithological observation station.

This project will have a satellite radio broadcast at Radio Art Zone 22. September 2022, as part of the European Capital of Culture Esch2022.

More details to come.