The 2nd year of the Children's Festival with the main theme "OPEN STUDIO" was held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the premises of KC Hviezda Trenčín on Tuesday morning. The Children's Festival was held under the auspices of the vice-presidents of the town of Trenčín Ján Forgác and Patrik Žák. The focus of the festival was the film section for elementary schools focused on creative formal processing of short films that entertained, but also taught a young child's viewer.
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.
Lecture of Digital Artist Mgr. Art. Lukáš Matejka, ArtD. (TRAKT) about the need and meaning of "self" presentation of the current artist's portfolio on the Internet. Online space and social networks today are essential for implementing marketing strategies. Similar strategies can be used, in addition to agencies and companies, by the ordinary mortal - artist. Than? The lecture, which was held on June 22, 2016 at the HALA 2016 Symposium in Trenčín (premises of the former Merina), allowed the audience to get acquainted with current web tools for the creative presentation of their work.
The snow-covered village environment of the village Dúbravica provided from 3 to 5 February 2017 a creative "shelter" for five young artists - students from the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica - Faculty of Fine Arts - Department of Intermedia and Digital Media. The creative process took place in the former state nursery school, currently managed by the artistic organization Periférne centrá. Under the guidance of Mgr. art. Lukáš Matejka, ArtD. (TRAKT) students had created the prototypes at the intersection of light object and material experiment.
Within the doctoral studies at the Studio of digital media (Doc. Michal Murin, ArtD.) At the Department IDM, Faculty of Fine Arts, the Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica Mgr. art Lukas Matejka preparations for the original presentation with the focus to after-school activities for bachelor and master studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts. The aim of the lecture was to direct the potential of young artistic creation in extra-curricular context in practice. The fair practice, project beyond Penthouse award is a very important part of the study, which students realize until later editions.
TRAKT prepared at the festival ARTORIUM 2014 in Banska Bystrica (the Faculty of Dramatic Arts - Academy of Arts) Another workshop focused on new media art. Workshop titled Activities intermedia Artorium continuation of previous workshops.
Sponsor of the project was Lukas Matejka (TRAKT) and lecturer Pavol Soukal (TRAKT). 12 workshop participants were educated to creatively work with the kind of software VVVV.
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 meeting about the conception for work with youth during years 2015-2021 took place at Gallery M. A. Bazovsky in Trenčín, June 25th 2015, focusing on editing the documents pepared in May with a group of experts. First document – SWOT – is an analysis of the work with young. Second document created the propositions for the conception of work with youth. The people at meeting were randomly divided into groups by 4.
Escalator is an intensive capacity building and training programme for those working in the independent cultural sector. Now running for two years, Escalator has one main objective: to help cultural & creative professionals and artists achieve success on their own terms and, in so doing, to become cultural innovators and entrepreneurs who can effect and inspire change. For 2015, Escalator will expand its reach to include organisations and artists from all of Slovakia.
During the 2 months (March, April) TRAKT member Michaela Bottková took part at the online training Storytelling for peace. Together with another 25 participants and 20 associations they were trained in many specific exercises and tasks, which should prepare them for their workshop. The workshop then took place on the 27.4. – 3.5. 2014. The ambassadors of the EU countries and The Middle East were together looking for the possibilities, how to help people open their eyes blind from the war and senseless conflicts. The help was in the form of the creative process of storytelling.