Lumír Nykl
10.06. — 24.06.2018
Cluj, Bucharest

Lumír Nykl is a curator, writer and DJ based in Prague. His main interests lay in intersections between contemporary art and alternative club music. Lumír’s main focus is trying to find social emancipatory potential inbetween these fields while trying to maintain imaginative and narrative approach in favor of values like fantasy, sensuality and romanticism rather than sticking to analytic or symbolic meaning of art objects. He studied history of art and esthetics at the Charles university in Prague. For two seasons from 2015-2017, he was a co-curator of A.M.180 gallery (one of the very first Prague’s art off-spaces), together with Tina Poliačková and the founders of eponymous collective Jakub Hošek and Nik Timková, with whom Lumír also colaborated on promoting music gigs and seting up the 2016’s edition of international Creepy Teepee festival. Together they also took part at Stockholm Independent Art Fair, with VR-oriented project Frontier Justice Experience, which featured original soundtrack by Finnish producer 111x (signed to Mexican imprint Infinite Machine).

Besides several exhibitions with Jakub Hošek in the past, e.g. his last year’s joint project with Paul Barsch, Tilman Hornig and Norman Orro at Karlín studios Prague, his long-term collaborators are czech illustrator and artist Jan Šrámek aka VJ Kolouch or artistic duo Marek Delong and Anna Slama, with whom Lumír shares the interest in neoromantic or neosensual esthetics in contemporary art, as seen on their Femme Fatale Brewery show at Karlin Studios as well. He also contributed to Slama’s book Anti-pro, which was also published online at OFLUXO, together with articles from writers like Armen Avanessian, Levi Paul Bryant, Václav Janoščík, or Keiu Krikmann.

In 2017 he also organized shows of Mexican music producer, singer and stylist Mya Gomez (NON/PAN records signee) or audiovisual performance by Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper aka MSHR. During the years 2016 and 2017, he co/curated several shows at the Center of Contemporary Art FUTURA, such as Dancing water by Latvian artists Ieva Kraule and Kaspars Groshevs. His collaboration with Michal Novotný, director of FUTURA, led to the group show Klub Fiesta that “dealt with the phenomenon of club music as a driver of change in civilization” exhibiting works from Bora Akinciturk, Yannick val Gesto, Thomas Jeppe or Sarah Tritz.

Lumír’s selected writings were published in Fotograf magazine, czech culture magazine A2 and its online newspaper A2larm and he was also an external music redactor of czech public broadcasting station Radio Wave. Being a co-founder of music collective called Blazing Bullets, he shared stage with post-club producers like Lotic, Mechatok and Toxe. As a member of cassette label Redforcolourblind, he designed album covers of British rave imprint Dwellings, US industrial producer Freddy Ruppert or czech beatmaker Dizzcock.

The residency is organized in collaboration with FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art and the Czech Centre Bucharest.