Thanks to the freedom of thought, escape from daily routines, and eclectic mix of locals, Maříž has a certain regenerative quality for those who spend time there. There are countless other qualities of this quaint little village that keeps us coming back - year after year, generation after generation - however, one cannot deny the degradation of the environment that rightfully taints our relationship with Maříž.
Secondarily, we cannot simply go in hard and fast, directly undoing what has already been done as historical examples of this approach tends to create more problems than it solves. However paralysing the situation may seem, we should not view it as such. Instead, we would like to see this as an invitation to reacquaint ourselves with the intricate needs of the environment by entering into conversation with it.
So, just as the village allows us to work through our own weak points, helping to regenerate our spirit, we would like to return the favour by focussing our attention on the environment of Maříž itself. After many discussions, Leštnice decided that approaching this multilayered issue requires a nuanced response across a diverse range of disciplines, perspectives, and backgrounds. This was the core idea behind inviting a group of individuals from a variety of professional fields to participate in Leštnice’s ‘Residency in Maříž’ 2022.
Through this interdisciplinary research project, we aim to establish a lasting dialogue between the environment of Maříž, and the many lives that have been fueled by spending time there. We are thrilled to introduce you to the residents and can’t wait to share ideas, perspectives and time together in Maříž.
The residency ended in a public event at Spolkový dům in Slavonice, where all residents presented their projects in different ways as part of a guided tour for our guests in Czech and English.
Spanning from a video work on `Daily care in Mariz` by Veronika Pfaffinger, to a manual on building habitat structures in one`s own garden by Tobias Winkels, outcomes of soil analyses by Giulia Morlando, a presentation on sociological research conducted by Dennis Nientimp, a mind map visualizing different views on Mariz based on interviews with inhabitants by Hugo Chmelař, a visualization and a booklet on the waste management problems by Hannah Heiermann, a buffet of different elderberry specialities by Clara Harmsen, a textual `Ode to wind` by Anna Hokešová, a soil exchange to participate in by Alice Jeannel and pottered bowls with different design sketches by Nicolas Prokop.
The event ended with an improvised concert coordinated by Marius Houschyar, including other residents and a spontaneously volunteering choir.