Blood on the Tracks live

Blood on the Tracks live
as performed at the 'Big Show' of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
November 2008

It Burns

video documentation
at a performance event of the Jointissue Collaborative group in Boston on November 18, 2008

It Burns from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

this piece is a question:

How long do we think we can maintain our humanness in this rushed and anxious contemporary world?

The aim of the action is to burn as many matches as fast as possible without burning myself. I take as deep breath as possible, clip my nose shut with a clothes pin and take as much water into my mouth as I fit. I can put out each match only by spitting water on it.
Only in the instance of spitting water can i breathe in again before i clip my nose shut again. Since this is only a short moment i manage to take in only little air and am gradually deprived of oxygen.
At the same time i have less and less water for each consecutive match, until finally i have no water to put out the match with and it burns me.
The sound of the match is amplified through a microphone hidden in the match box and played back with a delay over it.

As fast and for as long as possible

As fast and for as long as possible from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

Artist statement
"As fast and for as long as possible" is a response to an apparent imperative which seems to characterize our lives in contemporary society. The act is carried on all fours for two reasons. The impetus for it comes from an animalistic sense of an ever potential failure a person living under such imperative may have: "I might not be able to go on, I am just going to drop here and lay here still, then crawl or walk on all fours". The motion on all fours is also a cumbersome movement for the human body and in that is a parallel to the obstructed character a human life has under the imperative "as fast and as long as possible".

It is particular to the movement on all fours that it is straining from the beginning of the act and therefore does not go through a physically and visually obvious progression as, for example, running on two as fast and for as long as possible. The muscles and skeleton resist this abnormal motion in a way that makes the human body give out signals as if it is on the verge of collapsing three minutes into the act the same way it signals fifty minutes later. The sense of a pending total exhaustion therefore occurs repeatedly. This repetition opens a door to questioning our fulfillment of the detrimental imperative 'as fast and for as long possible'. It also offers a chance to witness the human determination to overcome the fear of total exhaustion and to feel confident in the face of such fear.

Duration of this act 48 minutes, video 5 minutes.
Camera: Brian Budak


Since December 2010 Lenka Chludová online presence about her production services is to be found on:
of Feedback Live Productions, where Lenka Chludová works as an art director since October 2010.

The new website was launched solely for her Lenkadu live music and video project
This blogspot website remains to be the online location of Lenka Chludová's fine art and sound art performance work.


Middle East Club, Cambridge, sound,
The House of Blues Boston, Production team main stage and sound engineer Foundation Room,
Paradise Rock Club Boston, sound engineer,
The Crossing Bar Boston, sound engineer, booker, promoter,

Feb 24-26 Fashion Show Overdose, Boston, MA
Feb 21 live recording Vanessa Boyd, The Crossing Bar, Boston, MA

Nov 7, 09 sound and production 'John Holland: New Music in the Pozen center', Massart, Boston, MA
July 17-20, 09, FOH main stage Emrgnsee Festival, Salem, OR,
July 10-12, 09 FOH main stage, Shady Grove, Hoarse Chorale, Eugene, OR
July 3-5, 09 FOH main stage PEX Summer Festival, Darlington, MD,
June 2009 sound design and implementation, Someone In Florida Loves Me, Paradise Factory Theatre, NYC

June 2009 Internship Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA

January 2007-May 2009 sound and video production, Pozen Center for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Proficient Audio Skills:

Live sound engineering, surround sound system setups.
Software proficiency: ProTools, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Max MSP/Jitter.


The House of Blues Boston, Production team main stage,

Feb 13 PEX Heartburn, Philadelphia, PA,
Jan 9, 2010 The Palace Theatre, Hilo, Hawaii
Jan 8, 2010 The Mixx Bistro, Kailua, Kona, Hawaii
Jan 7, 2010 Pahoa Village Cafe, Hawaii Electronic Music Festival,
Dec 21, 2009 The Enormous Room, Cambridge, MA,
Dec 11, 2009 naughty-Snowball, Washington D.C.,
Oct 31, 2009 The Philadelphia Experiment Halloween Ball, Philadelphia, PA,
Oct 30 Thievery Coorporations, The Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Oct 21, 2009 6.30 PM Taste of Philly, Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 9-11, 2009 Venus Music Festival, Charlotte, NC,
Sept 25-27, 2009 Earthdance festival, Laytonville, CA,
Sept 12, 2009 Avalon Hollywood, CA
Sept 4, 2009 Heart Space, Entheon Village, Burning Man, NV
Sept 3, 2009 Heart Space, Entheon Village, Burning Man, NV
Sept 2, 2009 The Philadelphia Experiment stage, Burning Man, NV
August 17, 2009 Nacional Nightclub, Hollywood, CA
Aug 7, 2009, Crown Room, Portland OR
Aug 6, 2009, Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
July 17-20, 2009, Emrgnsee Festival, Salem, OR,
July 3-5, 2009, PEX Festival, Darlington, MD,
June 15, 2009 The Enormous Room, Cambridge, MA,
June 5, 2009 The Vitamin Breaks, Brooklyn, NY,

Proficient Video Skills

Professional video projection.
Software proficiency: Final Cut Pro, VDMX, Max MSP/Jitter, DVD Studio Pro, incl. BlueRay DVD with surround sound.

6. Contact

Lenka Chludová

currently based in Boston, MA


video documentation

Dust Performance from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

a live performance, a ritual for dust and desert


live sound performance
using interactive video made with Max MSP/Jitter

Darkness from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

Video documentation of a live performance
2'23" documentation of a 15 min. performance April 3, 2008
Doran Gallery, Boston, USA

Pinecone Creature

video documentation of a live performance in Ello Gallery, Portsmouth, New Hamsphire, U.S.

Pinecone Creature from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

I made this pinecone dress based on an image of a pinecone creature i had while walking in a forest on Elba, Italy in the summer of 2007. I did not know what this creature was about until i spent months making this dress, when it occurred to me that she is about taking time and living in a slow pace.
When I performed in the dress in Portsmouth I therefore tried to make the pinecone creature live in a slow manner and to activate a parallel reality for the visitors where things happen very slowly. I slowly moved from the inside to the outside of the gallery space, gradually bringing out a few loose pinecones that were on the floor of the gallery space.
The clicking sounds in the background are sounds of pinecones popping i recorded when they were 'ageing', that is drying out in my studio in Boston.

These pinecones are from Cape Cod.
I would not be able to make this piece without the help of Katrine Burkitt and Noah Stout and without the support of Carl Ahlstrom and Pete Froslie.


video performance piece
Colorado, US
January 2008

Play from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.


video performance piece
January 2008

Artist Statement
This piece developed from a single image I envisioned: a person with a suitcase walks into a wide open landscape, puts it down, sits on it still for as long as it feels right, stands up and walks out into the land. I knew that this happened in many locations. More I did not know exactly, but I was compelled to make the image.
The first moment I placed the camera, I realized the image was not about the person, but about the landscape and the person within the landscape. They were both equally important. I wanted to take the viewer into a place through the person, but the moment she sits down the viewer's attention is directed into the landscape, allowing the viewer to contemplate it along with the performer. The moment she stands up to lift the suitcase, the viewer's look is pulled back towards the person again. It follows her figure as she walks on out into the land and progressively refocuses onto the traveler's unison with the land.

This video consists of acts at five different locations. Each location is posted here as a separate video piece.

There: Plateau

There: Plateau from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

There: Dry Land

'There': Dry Land from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

There: Dunes
There: Dunes from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

There: Meadow

'There': Meadow from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

There: Forest

There: Forest from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.

There: Sea

There: Sea from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.


a sound installation and a live performance

Dissipation at the Firehouse (link)
Video documentation of a performance in Providence, January 2008

Dissipation from Lenka Chludova on Vimeo.
Video documentation of a performance in Boston, March 2008

Dissipation sound pieces played through the installation
Inside World
Outside World
Glass Rattle