Parallel Polis for Culture in Quarantine and 2020+

Parallel Polis virtualized its activities and launched live broadcasts for culture in the time of quarantine. Support the studio and its guests. Contribute to maintaining a centre for a free, decentralized and critical thinking society.

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The beginnings 

The project Parallel Polis is the seventh project of the art group Ztohoven. Since the introduction of two Slovakian hackers, the group has transformed into an interdisciplinary organization with a deeper interest in social phenomena springing from the emergence of the digital underground, the "hacker scene". This encounter opened new perspectives to the group, rendering it more sensitive to gradual changes in societal paradigms. Both hackers were members and operators of the Hackerspace Progressbar in Bratislava, which became a model for the Ztohoven Group. The intention was to set up a similar hackerspace, focused primarily on education and exploration of hacking, particularly encryption technologies.

From its beginnings, the project was based on the ideas of the cyberpunk community, especially the Cryptoanarchy Manifesto by Timothy C. Maye. The name Parallel Polis was chosen to suit the local context. It originates in a set of strategies conceived by Václav Benda, which was gradually formulated at various symposia and samizdats, the most notable source being the book Midnight Cadre Questionnaire and Other Fights. Benda explored these sources as a dissident after the Charter to ensure autonomy and internal freedom. The primary and fundamental idea of ​​Parallel Polis is to create a parallel structure of relationships, alternative to the dominant structures of the state. 

The aim is not to fight the government, but rather to create a kind of philosophical counterbalance to it, physically interpreted in the form of an actual building. The house serves as an incubator for the ideas of thinkers, philosophers, scientists, visionaries, technologists and artists who identify with the concept of ​​a parallel community. The platform of the house, the community and the concept within it can serve as a basis for new ideas, introducing possible alternatives to wider society.

From the very beginning of the Parallel Polis project, crypto technologies and cryptocurrencies as functional alternatives to the mainstream state currencies have been a central theme in the new organization of human relations. Parallel Polis does not accept state money in its internal economic structures; the entire internal economy is based on an infrastructure of cryptocurrency. From the outset, Parallel Polis has been conceived as a non-profit organization that supports itself only from its own operations, voluntary or membership contributions. Parallel Polis is state free: no form of cooperation with the state is conceivable, including the use of grants and subsidies.

For more than five years, Parallel Polis has been working as an independent think-tank, running a coworking space, the Institute of Cryptoanarchy, MediaLab, Hydroponic Gardens, and supporting a community centred around its core concepts.

OUR GOALS

Our goal is simple - to keep Parallel Polis running even when the house is closed. To maintain a quality production program that contributes to a strong, independent, decentralized and critically-minded society, and to provide the maximum resources to those who lack them. 

We aim to maintain and fulfil ambitious intentions such as "Decentruck", spreading awareness of internet freedom to all possible corners of (not only) Bohemia and making Parallel Polis a global network of associated communities (as in Bratislava and Vienna).

DETAILS

Although we had to close our physical space, we virtualized our operations without interruption. Sustainability is one of the cornerstones of Parallel Polis. We use a multimedia studio to broadcast our program every evening from the beginning of the pandemic. The program is based on three pillars - science, art and technology. Through our activities, we strive to contribute to a critical discussion of the issues of contemporary time. We provide a space for artists and other creators whose contact with their audience is compromised due to the currently imposed measures. 

We want to keep going. 

...AND SOMETHING MORE

We want to invite everyone who has not yet found their way to Parallel Polis or was afraid of cryptocurrency payments for a coffee or any other activity on our premises. Once safe, the doors of the Parallel Polis will be opened again. 

WHO ARE WE?

We are a group of artists, hackers and technology enthusiasts who are trying to not only criticize the situation but also bring forward possible alternatives, seek new ways and test them out in our community.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

We pride ourselves on the principle of self-organization, where human-made solutions are closer to natural need than power regulations, often detached from reality. With clever use of technology, society can be self-sufficient and self-improving. We want to be pioneers of cyber scouting and make these principles accessible to the general public - especially in these times. 

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  • 19 "GOOD-GIFT" in bad times in Parallel Polis

    Support with a contribution to make it easier to cope with the difficult times of culture during the quarantine. The contribution will cover the operational costs of the Parallel Polis Center at a time when it cannot be opened to the public. The space for generosity is unlimited, and you can adjust the amount as you like.

    Thank you!
     

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    EUR 3.88
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  • 23 Let's have a COFFEE | Bitcoin coffee in Parallel Polis

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    EUR 3.92
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  • 28 T-Shirt Parallel Polis or Institute of Cryptoanarchy - women's and men's

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    Thank you!

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    EUR 19.62
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    The sweatshirt will be available for pickup at Parallel Polis as soon as the situation permits. Alternatively, we will ship as many items as possible. The shipping fee will be charged to the addressee.

    Thank you!

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    EUR 49.04
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  • 2 SEASON TICKET for ten entries to the Parallel Polis program

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    EUR 58.85
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  • 57 from 60 WORKSHOP | Current state of cryptocurrency legislation

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    The workshop is limited to 60 seats, duration approx. 3 hours.

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 98.08
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    EUR 98.08
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    Graphics can be viewed here:

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    Umělec, člen skupiny Ztohoven a také skejťák z devadesátek Martin Fischer je jedním ze spoluzakladatelů Paralelní Polis. Jeho díla jsou dedikovaná tématům jako cypherpunk, bitcoin, decentralizace a digital freedom. 
      
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    Umělec, člen skupiny Ztohoven a také skejťák z devadesátek Martin Fischer je jedním ze spoluzakladatelů Paralelní Polis. Jeho díla jsou dedikovaná tématům jako cypherpunk, bitcoin, decentralizace a digital freedom. 
      
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    Umělec, člen skupiny Ztohoven a také skejťák z devadesátek Martin Fischer je jedním ze spoluzakladatelů Paralelní Polis. Jeho díla jsou dedikovaná tématům jako cypherpunk, bitcoin, decentralizace a digital freedom. 
      
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    EUR 117.69
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  • 1 from 1 BONUS!!! Signovaný sítotisk, plakát k Hackers Congress 2017

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    Umělec, člen skupiny Ztohoven a také skejťák z devadesátek Martin Fischer je jedním ze spoluzakladatelů Paralelní Polis. Jeho díla jsou dedikovaná tématům jako cypherpunk, bitcoin, decentralizace a digital freedom. 
      
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    EUR 117.69
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  • 0 Record your own PODCAST or LIVE STREAM on MediaLab Parallel Polis

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    EUR 137.31
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  • Sold out!! Red underwear graphic

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    In September 2015, Ztohoven exchanged the standard of the President of the Czech Republic for giant red underwear, which soared over the Prague castle. The members of Ztohoven were fined and sentenced for six months.

    “At the same time, personal freedom goes hand in hand with personal responsibility for its actions, for its behavior, for the family, and for the widest community. I can be accused of idealism. But if we do not believe in something like this, we will not approach it.” Roman Týc commented on the project (a member of the group and a co-founder of Paralelní Polis).

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    EUR 392.31
    (CZK 10,000)
  • Sold out!! Red underwear graphic

    The second unique collector's piece among the rewards is the graphics of red underwear from Ztohoven art group.


    In September 2015, Ztohoven exchanged the standard of the President of the Czech Republic for giant red underwear, which soared over the Prague castle. The members of Ztohoven were fined and sentenced for six months.


    “At the same time, personal freedom goes hand in hand with personal responsibility for its actions, for its behavior, for the family, and for the widest community. I can be accused of idealism. But if we do not believe in something like this, we will not approach it.” Roman Týc commented on the project (a member of the group and a co-founder of Paralelní Polis).


    One of the 20 authored graphics signed by Ztohoven can be yours!
     

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    EUR 392.31
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  • 0 FOR COMPANIES Training from Parallel Polis members on a selected topic

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    The price includes approx. four hours of training in the premises of Parallel Polis.

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    EUR 588.47
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  • 3 from 3 VIP input to # hccp20 | Hackers Congress Parallel Polis 2020

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    The theme of the seventh annual congress is Digital Totality. Although the trend has accelerated long before the pandemic, we are experiencing an avalanche of alarming events at this very moment. GSM-based citizen surveillance in quarantine, border closures, restrictions of internet freedom, transactions tracking and much more.

    The HCCP usually takes place in October. In case of persistent constraints, it will be fully virtualized.

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    EUR 980.78
    (CZK 25,000)
  • Sold out!! Reliquary

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    “It seems to many people that activist art cannot be compared to paintings or sculptures because it is so unbearably easy. No way. This was much harder than painting a picture in a studio or cutting a statue from a rock. The more months and years since that Saturday passed, the more time the underwear over the Prague Castle seems to me more important and timeless.” wrote journalist Petr Volf about the project.
     

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    EUR 1,569.24
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  • Sold out!! Relikviář

    Schránka pro uložení jednoho z ústřižků standarty je třetím sběratelským unikátem, který můžete teď a tady získat. Jedná se o dubový rám s autorskou grafikou umělecké skupiny Ztohoven vytvořený na míru jako schránka. 

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    „Spoustě lidí se zdá, že aktivistické umění nemůžeme srovnávat s obrazy nebo sochami, protože je tak nesnesitelně snadné. Kdepak. Tohle bylo mnohem těžší než namalovat v ateliéru obraz nebo vysekat ze šutru sochu. Čím víc měsíců a roků od oné soboty uplynulo, tím se mi zdají hradní trenky důležitější a nadčasovější,“ napsal o projektu publicista Petr Volf.

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    EUR 1,569.24
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  • Sold out!! ONE & ONLY | Day and Night Parallel Polis just for you

    The parallel Polis was conceived as an art project, an experiment. Since its inception, we have faced many challenges that the community and its supporters have learned from and overcame. Currently, we face a great challenge again, and we are curious to see how we can handle it this time.

    The One & Only voucher owner is to receive an exceptional experience of Parallel Polis world in all its aspects, including a private view with Roman Týc, workshop with Pavel Lupták, discussion with Martin Leskovjan and much more.

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    This voucher is a philanthropic contribution to support Parallel Polis in a time of a need.

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 8,321.73
    (CZK 212,121)