Markéta Mráčková and Barbora Šimonová met at Emil Přikryl’s School of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. They have been working as a creative duo since 2013. They founded the cultural cooperative cosa.cz in 2016 to join together their diverse activities – architecture, visual arts, literature and video. The reason why the cultural cooperative cosa.cz was founded was that its creators wanted to offer an alternative to the system of independent architectural tradesmen. It represents a profit-making organisation based on the principles of economic democracy: all those who are affected by the consequences of a particular decision are at the same time the decision-makers. There are three participants in the cultural cooperative and they would like to expand in the future and inspire the foundation of further similar organisations.

Their song “Bude to bílý, černý nebo maximálně šedý” (It Will Be White, Black or at Most Gray), composed of snippets of work emails and their friends’ stories, represents a follow-up of various manifestos.

From 2016 they shoot video-documentaries about architecture of 80’s that are presented on cosa.tv. In 2014 they published the book “Legenda o sídlišti” (The Legend of the Prefab Estate), in 2016, cosa.cz published the translation of the stories by Gottfried Müller “Melancholie a dobrodružnost stavění: 25 zapomenutých staveb” (Melancholy and Adventure of Construction: 25 Forgotten Buildings).

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