Funeral, the Musical (remembering Thatcher)

“Bona fide sentimental and quirky!”
– The Clakula

In the capital of occasionally tiring Broadway productions, Clakula-Gauthier is pleased to introduce live excerpts from a musical about Margaret Thatcher’s funeral created by András Cséfalvay, a visual artist, and musician from Slovakia.
András is a winner of the Oskar Cepan prize for emerging artist and has also been increasingly active on the music scene, recording gentle, fragile and bona fide sentimental songs in his bedroom. His latest album, entitled Funeral the Musical and another tabletop opera, is out on the label LOM and captures András’ persona, which is at the same time timeless, quirky and rooted in the past.

Andras will also introduce his short movie “Comspgnation”

The event is produced in collaboration with Sunview Luncheonette.

When & Where

The event starts on Friday, September 1st, 2017,  8 pm, at The Sunview Luncheonette, 221 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn.

Dušan Barok:


An exercise in learning, a cultural resource, a shadow library, an avant-garde Wikipedia, and a tactic for intervening in three kinds of practices, those of art, of publishing and of scholarship. has been called many names. Dušan, its founding editor, is passing through New York these days and will share his experience of operating in the restless waters of the internet, once as a ship, once as a swarm of jellyfish.

Dušan Barok is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, looking into how to make the contemporary last forever.

3,2,1, ? ? @ Sunview Luncheonette | Extrapolation Factory – Operator’s Manual


Join us August 11, for a celebratory launch of the ‘Extrapolation Factory – Operator’s Manual’, a fresh of press book on participatory design futures, printed in English and Chinese. Throughout the evening Chris and Elliott will be sharing some anecdotes and learnings from running participatory workshops along with snacks and drinks at the Luncheonette. Come by between 7-10pm and get a signed ✍️  copy.


This book launch is hosted by CLAKULA Art Productions

AI Garden Party: What is Intelligence, that a Machine Might Have Some?

What is Intelligence, that a Machine Might Have Some?
What is the legacy that we should be aiming for? What is intelligence itself? What should we do to try to build intelligent machines? What might these machines look like in the future and what will they do? In this amazing cocktail event we will watch a live stream of a talk by Jeff Hawkins from Numenta that will cover the biological components of intelligence, the functional components of intelligence and the diversity of intelligence machines.

CLAKULA Productions is happy to organize a live stream AI Garden Party. The Live Stream is provided by NeuroTechX and Indiegogo, which are proud to host Jeff Hawkins, co-founder of Numenta, who will give a talk titled, “What is Intelligence, that a Machine Might Have Some?”

There’s no question that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is hotter than ever. Yet as interest continues to grow, so do the number of interpretations of AI itself. Numenta’s approach lays the groundwork for the new era of Machine Intelligence. Led by Hawkins, the company’s mission is to reverse engineer the neocortex to build intelligent machines. This approach, which is not just biologically inspired, but biologically constrained, is based on the understanding that the brain is the only example we have of an intelligent system.

While there’s more work to be done, Numenta has made great progress toward a computational theory of the neocortex called HTM. At the core of HTM are time-based learning algorithms that store and recall spatial and temporal patterns. It is distinguished from other techniques in its ability to learn continuously in a fully unsupervised manner.

Don’t miss the chance to hear Jeff speak on this fascinating topic!

About the event

The event starts on Thursday May 12th at 9:45pm 274 Gates Ave, Brooklyn. You will be able to watch the event live and ask questions to Jeff in the chat room. …and of course grab a drink!

Public Lab Workshop at the Sunview Luncheonette


Join for experiments in collecting oil sheens and and identifying where did they came from! Public Lab, in collaboration with Newtown Creek Alliance CLAKULA Productions and Sunview Luncheonette, are organizing an oil sheen collection and analysis workshop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – a place of the second largest (but not widely known) oil spill in the US history! We will be testing new methods PL is developing for Oil collection and extraction, we will be using our Oil Testing Kit for sample analysis and the PL Spectrometer. We’ll collect samples from Newtown Creek superfund site and adjacent areas. We will learn how extract oil residues and analyse collected samples.

Limited space. RSVP here (on the bottom):

We’re hoping to use our own prototype fluorescence method for distinguishing oils on a few samples which have already been lab analyzed, to see if our tests correlate with official results.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 13th, 2pm – 6pm at the social club Sunview Luncheonette, 221 Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (Next to McGolrick Park)

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Day before AND the morning of the event we’ll collect and document collection of oil sheen from some specific site where it’s been measured before by a lab extract oil residue from samples

Compare reference samples and official test results (spectroscopy) from Randy, try isopropyl extraction

Further test LED cuvette frame test new coastguard oils sheen collection net, the freezing method and PIG Oil Only absorbent mat pads.

Private Nationalism: Pressing Issues in Central European Contemporary Video Art

Cséfalvay András
 Video screening and panel discussion
 December 12, 3pm – 6pm
2015 at The Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378.
Co-presented by the Knockdown Center, Edit András, Ilona Németh, Viera Levitt, the Clakula-Gauthier Art production and Magdalena Moskalewicz
Including the work of Tibor Horváth, László Nagyvári Nosek, Csaba Nemes, Bálint Szombathy (Hungary) /András Cséfalvay, Matej Kaminský, Ilona Németh, Tomáš Rafa, Mark Ther, Matej Vakula (Czech Republic and Slovakia /C.T Jasper. And Joanna Malinowska (Polish Pavilion of the Venice Biennial, 2015)
Private Nationalism Project initiated by Approach Art Association, Pécs (project leader (Rita Varga) took place as an exhibition series at arts venues throughout Central Europe and beyond. Using visual artworks, discussions, and publications, the project directed attention to the urgency of totalizing nationalist developments of the former Soviet bloc by shedding light on overlooked issues of the daily life, and the subtle processes by which ideologies infiltrate and are absorbed into the citizenry.
Knockdown Center hosts a screening and discussion generated from this expansive project that involved the work of many curators and artists as it traveled and changed shape in each city: Budapest, Bratislava, Dresden, Krakow, Košice, Prague.
The presentation is divided into 3 parts focusing on Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Each screening section will be followed by a 15min discussion.
Hungarian part will be presented by Edit András (Hungary/USA, art historian)
Czech and Slovak part will be presented by Ilona Németh (Slovakia, artist), Matej Vakula (Slovakia/USA, artist) and Viera Levitt (Slovakia/USA, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director)
Polish part will be presented by Magdalena Moskalewic z )Poland/USA, art historian and curator)
Supported by Trust of Mutual Understanding, NY



-Artist Talk by Joe Davis

Friday February 20th at 7pm, Sunview Luncheonette,221 Nassau Ave., Greenpoint, NY 11222, Brooklyn


An overview of a now successful effort to sequence and assemble the genome of Malus sieversii, the wild ancestor of all domesticated apples by participants of an international consortium organized as the first project of its kind in art and science. A companion project to clone that apple with a highly compressed version of Wikipedia is also described.



Controversy persists concerning many aspects of our understanding of the universe around us. We still find whole chapters of history being rendered secret or forbidden for religious or political purposes. There are daily reminders that the catastrophic and bitter conflict between wisdom with knowledge is still underway and that it continues to devastate our world and plunder its treasures.

As the legendary “fruit of temptation,” the apple has become a nearly universal symbol for what we know and what we choose not to know. In the last decade, advances in plant genomics have shed light on long-standing questions about the origins of the today’s domestic apples (Malus x domestica) now diversified into thousands of varieties cultivated worldwide. The genome of Malus sieversii, the progenitor fruit (a wild, diploid apple native to Central Asia) has now been sequenced and assembled by participants of an international consortium organized as the first project of its kind in art and science.

Despite the agricultural value of domesticated apples, populations of the wild Malus sieversii progenitor species still exist today, closely related to those of biblical time periods. They also display diverse phenotypic characters that represent a critical genetic resource for disease resistance, fruit quality, and tree physiology of today’s cultivated apple. Traits lost in domestic apples may thus be recovered.

A companion project is also underway to clone Malus sieversii with encyclopedic information using Agrobacterium vectors to insert DNA encoded with a highly compressed version of Wikipedia. Ironically, this effort has confronted several deeply philosophical questions that are also familiar to researchers focused on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Both of these scenarios pose fundamental questions about nature of human beings and of the universe they perceive themselves to be part. How are such messages composed and implemented? How can the information they contain be correctly interpreted? Is this what we know? Is this who we are?



Joe Davis (b. 04 Dec 1950): B.A. Creative Arts, Mt Angel College, Mt. Angel OR, 1973. Undergraduate work (laser art) at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill NJ; University of Cincinnati Medical Center Laser Laboratory (1972-74). Lecturer/Research Fellow, MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (1981-1990); Artist Scientist, George Church Laboratory, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School (2010-current); Research Affiliate, Alexander Rich Laboratory, MIT Department of Biology (1990-2013); Research Affiliate, Thomas Schwartz Laboratory, MIT Department of Biology (2013-current); “Honorary Lab Member” Ashley Seifert Laboratory, University of Kentucky (2015); Visiting Professor, Bauhaus University, Weimar (2012-13); Research Associate, McLuhan Program, University of Toronto (1995-2008); Visiting Scholar, University of Washington (2011).Research in lasers and laser carving, optoacoustics, microscopy, molecular biology, microbiology. Created specialized programming languages for production of new biological art forms and biologically compatible databases to hold human language and generic image archives in living organisms. Helped to pioneer fields in art and molecular biology and carried out several widely recognized contributions to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Created large-scale, permanent public art (sculpture/fountain/pedestrian lights) in Kendall Sq., Cambridge MA (1989). Rockefeller Fellow (1986 and 2008). Awarded “Golden Nica” in Hybrid Arts, Ars Electronica (2012). Organized international consortium to sequence and assemble the genome of Malus sieversii, a wild progenitor of domestic apples (2013-15) and a companion project to clone Malus sieversii with DNA encoding an English language version of Wikipedia.

Known and Unknown is All the Same Land: Artist Talk by Ashley Bell Clark

Ashley Clark
Ashley Clark

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Plusmínusnula galéria v spolupráci s Clakula Productions Vás srdečne pozývajú na prezentáciu prác americkej umelkyne Ashley Clark

Clark predstaví súboru svojich diel pod názvom “Known and Unknown is All the Same Land”. Clark pracuje vo formáte videa a fotografie s personifikáciou svojich izbových rastlín, krajiny a prírody ako symbolu túžby po moci, ovládania a ochrany pred tým čo ešte nepoznáme, alebo nevieme kontrolovať. Skúma spôsoby ako si uvedomiť a vyjadriť svoju vlastnú autoritu. Odprezentuje výber svojich prác, pomocou ktorého skúma to čo je z tejto vyššie spomenutej témy naoko hmatateľné a vlastný pôžitok z to čo nie je. Medzi prezentovanými prácami bude aj jej spolupráca s umelcom a výskumníkom z MIT/Harvardu nazvanú “ RuBisCo Stars” v ktorej spoločne z Arecibského rádioteleskopu vyslali správu do vesmíru, ďalej video inštalácia “Tonald”, v ktorej Clark dokumentuje “moc” ktorú má nad svojimi rastlinami, svojej u rodinu, miesto z ktorého pochádza. Odprezentuje tiež sériu projektov na ktorých momentálne pracuje a ktorá je ovplyvnená územím a jazykom Slovenska.

Projekt vznikol s finančným prispením Ambasády USA na Slovensku

PS: Tento talk bude prezentovaný aj v A4 v BA 2.12. o 18:00. Viac info v samostatnom A4 evente 😉

Gallery Plusmínusnula in collaboration with Clakula Productions presents artist talk by US artist Ashley Clark:

Ashley Bell Clark will present a talk entitled Known and Unknown is All the Same Land. Clark has a fascination with personification of her house plants, land and nature as a symbol of our desire for power, control, protection from that we do not know nor can control, and how we ascertain and express our own power. She will show selections of her work that explore what is seemingly tangible and her delight in what is not. Projects that will be presented include past work including a collaboration with MIT/Harvard Research Affiliate called RuBisCo Stars where they sent a message into outer space from the Arecibo Radar in Puerto Rico, Tonald, a video installation that includes documentation of herself exerting power over her plants, her family land and herself, and work that is currently in progress that is influenced by the land and language of the Slovak Republic.

PS: This Talk will be Presented also at A4 in Bratislava on December 2nd at 6pm. More info coming up soon in a separate A4 event 😉

This project was made possible thanks to financial grant from the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia



November 9th, at 6pm at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts], 41 Seabring Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11231

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CLAKULA Productions and DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] are very proud to introduce Pavlína Fichta Čierna, an international Slovakia-based artist to present her interactive pieces situated within public and social spaces, focused on a processes of communication containing a tangible sociological dimension at DE-CONSRUKT [projekts] space in Brooklyn on November 9th, at 6pm.

In her talk Pavlína Fichta Čierna will introduce her interactive pieces situated within public and social spaces. The works are based on a processes of communication conducted in public, containing a tangible sociological dimension. They represent various forms of Fichta’s artistic research; where she is inventively exploring possibilities of digital technologies. Besides cultural, historical and social connections communication plays here an important role. Fichta is accenting the ambiguous character of information. The viewer is becoming an active element with it’s physical and mental participation on the final form of the artwork.

In the public space, Fichta is pointing out economical and social questions, and she is situating herself into a role of an outsider while examining various links within in the context of an urban environment.

About Pavlína Fichta Čierna:
Pavlína Fichta Čierna is an important figure in Slovak contemporary art after the 90’s. Body of her work is situated within the fields of media art and video. Her work is exhibited internationally and it is also part of collections at MACBA in Barcelona, MOT in Tokio and the Slovak National Gallery.

The topics she is choosing are also reflected in the formal rendition of works – Fichta’s visual language is direct, severe, devoid of any useless embellishments distracting the viewer’s attention from the presented theme, with strong documentary features. In her works she often uses a specific interface of private and public spheres. Fichta’s approach is characterized by empathy, the ability to understand and share feelings of other people. It reflects her personal approach usually bearing strong emotional connotations. Her interdisciplinary PhD project titled “Human Condition at a Breaking Point Moment” deals with an individual’s conformation to a proper behavior within life in a society, and a critical artistic reflection of this process. It’s focused on people who found themselves in challenging situations, trying to find balance and a sense of happiness in their lives. Fichta is researching situations in which people are being dependent on various forms of support from specialists or institutions, and also those where people seek to help themselves on their own.

The aim of the project is to look at the processes these people are undergoing, as well as at their personal experience; to map socially acceptable processes of “formatting” of an individual in a historic, societal and social contexts; and to observe cultural diversity with all it’s effects, all displayed through particular personal stories and narratives.

Fichta Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (1987 – 1993). In 2002 she received the Oskár Čepan Award (Centre of Contemporary Art, Bratislava). Between 1995 and 2000 she lectured at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava – Department II. Ružomberok, between 2000 – 2002 she worked as a manager in Považská Gallery of Art Žilina. In 2010 – 2013 she was an PhD student at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica. Currently lecturing at the University of Žilina – Department of Mediamatics and Cultural Heritage.

For more information about Pavlína Fichta Čierna visit