The making of Olomouc

In 2017, I sat in on Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzogenrath’s (Goethe Universität) yearly seminar on experimental art in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The weeklong seminar for students from both Goethe Universität and Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci commemorated the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday with a look at the influence of American Transcendentalism on American art and culture, with a particular focus on John Cage, American avant-garde music and related practices. Prof. Herzogenrath gave an introductory lecture and visiting artists Christopher Shultis, Hee Sook Kim and Craig Shepard presented talks and performances, and guided silent walks. Students were then introduced …