Gelnica Illumination is a multi-genre festival combining digital art, lighting installations, photography, literature and music, which took place for the first time on September 9, 2017 in Gelnica. Overall, the festival offered 10 projects from young Slovak artists, including members of TRAKT Pavol Soukal and Filip Kmeť. The Black Holes exhibition brought visitors to the underground of Miner Museum. People were given helmets and mining lights and could see photos of the forgotten cultural and industrial monuments of Spiš and Gemer.
After less than a year, invited children - the winners of the Creative Competition for Digital Photography and Short Film - were invited to Banska Bystrica for children of Slovaks living abroad. On 12 - 15 June 2017, an expert commission composed of Mgr. art. Lukáš Matejka, ArtD. (TRAKT) and BcA. Matej Mazák (TRAKT) in cooperation with the main organizer of Matej Bel's Methodological Center for Children, besides interesting prices, also a photo workshop in the plenary of the picturesque UNESCO village Vlkolínec and workshop of luminography in Banská Bystrica.
A year later, the winners of the Digital Photography and Short Film Competition - intended for children of Slovaks living abroad - met in Banská Bystrica on 27-30 June 2016. The expert committee composed by Lukáš Matejka (TRAKT) and Martina Krčová in cooperation with the main organizer of the Mateja Bela Methodological Center prepared for children, besides interesting prices, also a photo workshop in the Čierny Balog plein and a workshop of pixel and luminography in Banská Bystrica.
After almost two years are door of the training center of creativity and concentration at Academy of Fine Arts in Kremnica open again. Reconstruction of areas has brought not only new floors, facades and social instruments, but also a nice technical equipment that pushes the possibilities of participants to a more professional performance. We also took this opportunity to continue our ambitious plans to do workshops and links with schools which are programmatically related to the photo media.
Young winners of the digital photography and short movie competition – dedicated to Slovak children living abroad, met from the 23th to 26th june 2015 in Banska Bystrica. The commission comprising of Lukáš Matejka (TRAKT), Matej Mazák (TRAKT) and Martina Krčová in cooperation with the Metodic Center of Matej Bel University prepared for them interesting visual art workshops,for example a photo workshop in Kremnica and a short movie workshop in Banská Bystrica.
The last weekend of July (26th to 29th of July 2014) was TRAKT one of the partner organizations in Bialystok, Poland. As part of the workshop Crisis in mind mapping he met another professional photographers from Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. During the four days all members discussed the questions of crisis and using of techniques and mind mapping in experimental and documentary photography. In the artistic representation of Michaela Bottková (TRAKT), Linda van Dalen and Marek Šatala will TRAKT in the coming weeks work on the online platform based on the principles of mind maps.
After year competition of photography and short films for students abroad with Slovak language of education took again place in Banská Bystrica. Winners were invated for 24th – 27th of June 2014. Children attended workshop of pixelation – stop motion during their stay in Slovakia. Also trip to village Spania Dolina situated in beautiful mountains. Jury - Lukas Matejka (head of jury), Matej Mazak and Martina Krcova; with organizer of the event Methodological centre UMB for Slovaks living abroad awarded winner.
One of the activities related to the international project Hopes and Memories, where is TRAKT collaborator, was Festival of forbidden operas “Musiques Interdites” as one of the main projects of Marseille European Capital of Culture 2013. TRAKT as a partner apart from invitations (to hear the original opera The Barrier, performed by unique 72-members KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra), was also element of this performance through photographic participation.