Čierne diery turn reports and architectural research into books. Their first book about the quest for industrial monuments across Slovakia became a bestseller and an inspiration for the development of tourism. It was awarded the National prize for design in 2020 and the Tatra banka prize for art in 2019. The association has since also continued its publishing activities with other artists. Always following its own vision and design, from font creation through to distribution.

Čierne diery’s activism is accompanied by the creation of prints on their own Risograph printer. They have managed to enthuse Slovaks of all generations and, in a short space of time, have become a respected authority, promoting culture heritage, art, collecting, and secondarily, cultivating good taste. Since 2015, 75 artists, illustrators and graphic designers have taken part in the series of prints. Thousands of collectors have enabled the association to become financially involved in the areas of culture and charity work. In 2020 the Slovak National Gallery enlarged its collection with an entire series of graphic prints. The series is, however, continuously expanding with new motifs, new artists and new charity projects.

Books bound from graphic prints became an intersection between Čierne diery’s creation of books and visual art. The first was Stratená Bratislava (Lost Bratislava), with thirty illustrations by Daniela Olejníkova, about declining or changing industrial monuments in Bratislava. 850 copies of the book were printed on the Risograph at the Čierne diery studio in Nová Cvernovka and hand-bound using a Japanese binding method. Michal Tornyai, the printer and the creator of design and typeface was awarded the 2020 National prize for design.

Since 2014 Čierne diery have been devoting themselves to architecture that was overlooked for very long, from hundred-years-old factories and dilapidated spas up to icons of modern architecture. Their photographs and stories have been discovered by tens of thousands of readers and have become the motivation for visiting or reviving monuments in different corners of Slovakia. From 2021 the Čierne diery database will be integrated into the uniform portal of 20th century architecture in Slovakia by Slovak Academy of Sciences.
www.register-architektury.sk

To raise awareness about the footprints of industrial heritage, Čierne diery publish maps of technical monuments in regional cities in Slovakia. Each map contains illustrations, texts and the positions of buildings. In 2018 a visual created by Ondrej Gavalda was awarded the National prize for design. Apart from maps of monuments, the association also publishes maps of railways, inspired by maps of the New York and London metros. The hobby project of the designer Ondrej Jób has even made it to the walls of express trains.

Čierne diery rented part of the dilapidated Coburg manor house in Jelšava in order to revive it for experiential accommodation. The project is carried out without intervention, in a gesture showing that the ruin can be revived even when a budget of millions is not available. The collapsed parts of the monument were connected by walkways. The wood and glass accommodation units were designed by the architectural studio 2021 and Dielňa Haus from Banská Štiavnica. Lighting was designed by the studio LightLab. It will be possible to book visits free of charge or for a voluntary contribution. The project is financed by Čierne diery activities, without commercial partners.

The Slovak Philharmonic house of art in Piešťany, designed by the architect Ferdinand Milučký, will become a national cultural monument thanks to the initiative of the Čierne diery association. It is a significant decision in favour of late modernism in Slovakia. Čierne diery are preparing further development activities at the art house in cooperation with Plural architects, the designer Ľubica Segečová and the designer Júlia Kunovská, the architect Milučký´s wife.

As part of the development of alternative tourism, the Čierne diery project also covered the Forest sauna in Spišský Hrhov. The sauna was designed by Woven architects, which was awarded the 2020 CE·ZA·AR prize for architecture for the project. The building was erected by workers from a municipal firm in Spišský Hrhov which is known for its successful integration of the Roma population. The sauna is booked out months in advance. It can be reserved free of charge or for a voluntary contribution at
www.lesnasauna.sk

During the 2020 pandemic year Čierne diery raised approximately 200.000 EUR to support communities in the areas of art and charity work. The main source of finances was the creation of graphic prints, or the subsequent auctioning of works donated by the collectors themselves. They contributed to the people without homes, cultural organizations and people with various disabilities. Čierne diery collected around 27.000 EUR for the renovation of an old school for the master craftsman of traditional wooden toys from Kyjatice, 20.000 EUR for a new boiler for the Kláštor cultural centre in Rožňava, 11.000 EUR for activities at the modernist Machnáč sanatorium, 10.000 EUR for research into modern architecture at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and similar amounts for many other projects.

In 2020 Čierne diery published the book, Sochy Piešťan: Mesto ako galéria (Sculptures of Piešťany: the city as a gallery), the first in a series of books dedicated to art in public spaces. In addition to educational activities, the Sochy Piešťan project launched the rescue of specific works. Sculptures by Alexander Trizuljak were re-installed in Piešťany. Čierne diery directly financed transport of the largest one, named Pocta IX. symfónii Ludwiga van Beethovena (Homage to Beethoven’s IXth Symphony).
www.sochypiestan.sk

Piešťany City Prize (2021)
Slovak National Gallery (2020)
National prize for design (2020)
CE·ZA·AR prize for architecture (2020)
Tatra banka art prize (2019)
Prof. Martin Kusý prize (2019)
ASB magazine prize (2019)
Forbes 30 under 30 (2019)
National prize for design (2018)
Youth Council prize (2016)

Kasárne/Kulturpark, Košice (2021)
Nová synagóga, Žilina (2020)
SOGA Art Auction House, Bratislava (2020)
Nádvorie, Trnava (2018)
Council of the EU, Brussels (2016)

Čierne diery’s books are set in their own fonts or the fonts of Slovak designers. For the Risograph publication Stratená Bratislava (Lost Bratislava), hand-bound from graphic prints by Daniela Olejníková, Michal Tornyai designed a geometric font system, Diery, inspired by the fonts of the industrial era. For the book, Sochy Piešťan (Piešťany statues), he designed the sans-serif grotesque font Socha.

Čierne diery keep rejects and proofs of graphic prints to create new products. These have already become upcycled as packaging for the Bagbet fashion studio and as covers for the magazine Železničné vodojemy Slovenska (Railway Watertowers in Slovakia), awarded the National prize for design in 2020, or, for example, the series of six hand-bound books Makula, of which three pieces were auctioned off at about 6.000 EUR each to revive the manor house in Jelšava.

Since 2014 Čierne diery have been devoting themselves to overlooked architectural works in Slovakia, from hundred-year-old factories and deserted spas, to icons of modern architecture. Their books have been discovered by thousands of readers, their graphic prints have become a phenomenon in the Slovak National Gallery collection and proceeds from sale have helped communities in the areas of culture and charity work. The members of the civic association are: marketer Martin Lipták, journalist Andrej Sarvaš, urbanist Lívia Gažová, designer Michal Tornyai, architect Miroslav Beňák and historian Lukáš Patera.

Kontakt: ciernediery@gmail.com

Čierne diery turn reports and architectural research into books. Their first book about the quest for industrial monuments across Slovakia became a bestseller and an inspiration for the development of tourism. It was awarded the National prize for design in 2020 and the Tatra banka prize for art in 2019. The association has since also continued its publishing activities with other artists. Always following its own vision and design, from font creation through to distribution.

Čierne diery’s activism is accompanied by the creation of prints on their own Risograph printer. They have managed to enthuse Slovaks of all generations and, in a short space of time, have become a respected authority, promoting culture heritage, art, collecting, and secondarily, cultivating good taste. Since 2015, 75 artists, illustrators and graphic designers have taken part in the series of prints. Thousands of collectors have enabled the association to become financially involved in the areas of culture and charity work. In 2020 the Slovak National Gallery enlarged its collection with an entire series of graphic prints. The series is, however, continuously expanding with new motifs, new artists and new charity projects.

Books bound from graphic prints became an intersection between Čierne diery’s creation of books and visual art. The first was Stratená Bratislava (Lost Bratislava), with thirty illustrations by Daniela Olejníkova, about declining or changing industrial monuments in Bratislava. 850 copies of the book were printed on the Risograph at the Čierne diery studio in Nová Cvernovka and hand-bound using a Japanese binding method. Michal Tornyai, the printer and the creator of design and typeface was awarded the 2020 National prize for design.

Since 2014 Čierne diery have been devoting themselves to architecture that was overlooked for very long, from hundred-years-old factories and dilapidated spas up to icons of modern architecture. Their photographs and stories have been discovered by tens of thousands of readers and have become the motivation for visiting or reviving monuments in different corners of Slovakia. From 2021 the Čierne diery database will be integrated into the uniform portal of 20th century architecture in Slovakia by Slovak Academy of Sciences.
www.register-architektury.sk

To raise awareness about the footprints of industrial heritage, Čierne diery publish maps of technical monuments in regional cities in Slovakia. Each map contains illustrations, texts and the positions of buildings. In 2018 a visual created by Ondrej Gavalda was awarded the National prize for design. Apart from maps of monuments, the association also publishes maps of railways, inspired by maps of the New York and London metros. The hobby project of the designer Ondrej Jób has even made it to the walls of express trains.

Čierne diery rented part of the dilapidated Coburg manor house in Jelšava in order to revive it for experiential accommodation. The project is carried out without intervention, in a gesture showing that the ruin can be revived even when a budget of millions is not available. The collapsed parts of the monument were connected by walkways. The wood and glass accommodation units were designed by the architectural studio 2021 and Dielňa Haus from Banská Štiavnica. Lighting was designed by the studio LightLab. It will be possible to book visits free of charge or for a voluntary contribution. The project is financed by Čierne diery activities, without commercial partners.

The Slovak Philharmonic house of art in Piešťany, designed by the architect Ferdinand Milučký, will become a national cultural monument thanks to the initiative of the Čierne diery association. It is a significant decision in favour of late modernism in Slovakia. Čierne diery are preparing further development activities at the art house in cooperation with Plural architects, the designer Ľubica Segečová and the designer Júlia Kunovská, the architect Milučký´s wife.

As part of the development of alternative tourism, the Čierne diery project also covered the Forest sauna in Spišský Hrhov. The sauna was designed by Woven architects, which was awarded the 2020 CE·ZA·AR prize for architecture for the project. The building was erected by workers from a municipal firm in Spišský Hrhov which is known for its successful integration of the Roma population. The sauna is booked out months in advance. It can be reserved free of charge or for a voluntary contribution at
www.lesnasauna.sk

During the 2020 pandemic year Čierne diery raised approximately 200.000 EUR to support communities in the areas of art and charity work. The main source of finances was the creation of graphic prints, or the subsequent auctioning of works donated by the collectors themselves. They contributed to the people without homes, cultural organizations and people with various disabilities. Čierne diery collected around 27.000 EUR for the renovation of an old school for the master craftsman of traditional wooden toys from Kyjatice, 20.000 EUR for a new boiler for the Kláštor cultural centre in Rožňava, 11.000 EUR for activities at the modernist Machnáč sanatorium, 10.000 EUR for research into modern architecture at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and similar amounts for many other projects.

In 2020 Čierne diery published the book, Sochy Piešťan: Mesto ako galéria (Sculptures of Piešťany: the city as a gallery), the first in a series of books dedicated to art in public spaces. In addition to educational activities, the Sochy Piešťan project launched the rescue of specific works. Sculptures by Alexander Trizuljak were re-installed in Piešťany. Čierne diery directly financed transport of the largest one, named Pocta IX. symfónii Ludwiga van Beethovena (Homage to Beethoven’s IXth Symphony).
www.sochypiestan.sk

Piešťany City Prize (2021)
Slovak National Gallery (2020)
National prize for design (2020)
CE·ZA·AR prize for architecture (2020)
Tatra banka art prize (2019)
Prof. Martin Kusý prize (2019)
ASB magazine prize (2019)
Forbes 30 under 30 (2019)
National prize for design (2018)
Youth Council prize (2016)

Kasárne/Kulturpark, Košice (2021)
Nová synagóga, Žilina (2020)
SOGA Art Auction House, Bratislava (2020)
Nádvorie, Trnava (2018)
Council of the EU, Brussels (2016)

Čierne diery’s books are set in their own fonts or the fonts of Slovak designers. For the Risograph publication Stratená Bratislava (Lost Bratislava), hand-bound from graphic prints by Daniela Olejníková, Michal Tornyai designed a geometric font system, Diery, inspired by the fonts of the industrial era. For the book, Sochy Piešťan (Piešťany statues), he designed the sans-serif grotesque font Socha.

Čierne diery keep rejects and proofs of graphic prints to create new products. These have already become upcycled as packaging for the Bagbet fashion studio and as covers for the magazine Železničné vodojemy Slovenska (Railway Watertowers in Slovakia), awarded the National prize for design in 2020, or, for example, the series of six hand-bound books Makula, of which three pieces were auctioned off at about 6.000 EUR each to revive the manor house in Jelšava.

Čierne diery

Historic books

Graphic prints

Risograph books

Stories of architecture

Maps of monuments

Jelšava manor house

House of art

Forest sauna

Financial support

Sculptures

Awards

Exhibitions

Type design

Recycling

Since 2014 Čierne diery have been devoting themselves to overlooked architectural works in Slovakia, from hundred-year-old factories and deserted spas, to icons of modern architecture. Their books have been discovered by thousands of readers, their graphic prints have become a phenomenon in the Slovak National Gallery collection and proceeds from sale have helped communities in the areas of culture and charity work. The members of the civic association are: marketer Martin Lipták, journalist Andrej Sarvaš, urbanist Lívia Gažová, designer Michal Tornyai, architect Miroslav Beňák and historian Lukáš Patera.

Kontakt: ciernediery@gmail.com