Zbyněk Baladrán and Jiří Kovanda: The Nervous System (Into Idea)

Authors: Zbyněk Baladrán, Jiří Kovanda
Publisher: JRP Ringier Kunstverlag, Zurich
Content: 193 pages
ISBN: 978-3-03764-342-6
Year: 2013

A dialogue between two artists about the Voynich Manuscript: how ideas come in artistic practice, propitious situations, memory of the conscious and unconscious, transcribing poetry, ornithology, zoological gardens, the films of Fellini, screenplays, why the master of Czech literature, Jan Neruda, slept in the same bed as his father…

The conversation between Zbyněk Baladrán (*1973, Prague) and Jiri Kovanda (*1953, Prague) is conducted in the form of spontaneous reflections on the images with which they confront each other. It is, however, a debate that constantly branches out, creating a topical mental map of the aesthetics, referential environments, and approaches of two generations.

The book is published within the context of the series tranzit, edited by Vit Havranek, focusing on Central and Eastern European artists, on the occasion of the Czech Republic’s and Slovak Republic’s participation in the 55th Venice Biennale 2013.

This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.