Publications, recordings and other outputs

An overview of what I have written and published (as sociologist) or recorded and released (as musician). Simply, all public "outputs" of my work. When technically feasible and legally possible, I will add full texts and, in respective parts of the musical section of this web, musical samples in mp3.
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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2002): Dejme smysl volební neúčasti [Let us make electoral non-participation more useful]. MF Dnes. June 7, p. A/9

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3 Lydi (2001): 3 Lydi 1980-1981. CD. Self-released by Milan Voříšek

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Home recordings made with poor equipment, representing the best and final period of this band, Spring 1981. [audio samples here]

V/A (2001): Black Point totality sampler. CD. Black Point [BP 0128-2]

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The sampler brings an overview of what was produced in the Czech part of the communist Czechoslovakia by alternative and underground rock bands.

DVOULETÁ FÁMA (2001): Studio 1983/Live 1988 (2CD). Black Point [BP-0012-2]

 

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"This 2-CD set collects a self-released studio tape from 1983, Dvouletá Fáma's sole album, and two concerts from 1988. The bands featured on the two discs are very different and barely deserve the same name. In 1983, Dvouletá Fáma was the quartet of Zdenek Konopásek (drums), Martin Vik (guitar), Jana Machácková (vocals) and Ivan Benda (bass). They played complicated new-wave pop songs that stood somewhere between Talking Heads, Pere Ubu, and the Art Bears. The studio 1983 CD bristle with quirkiness and charm. Vik's twangy out-of-tune guitar is a perfect match for Machácková's playful vocal delivery (some may be reminded of After Dinner's Haco). More challenging but still very interesting, the live 1988 disc is a very different affair. Only Konopásek and Vik remain of the original line-up. During the first 14 tracks (recorded on June 12, 1988) they perform as a trio with poet/actor Radomil Uhlír. The last six tracks (date unspecified but obviously a few months later) also feature bassist Josef Ferda Matousek. These pieces inhabit much darker realms, include a lot of improvisation and are dominated by Uhlír's theatrical (and often absurd) recitation. While the non-Czech speaking listener can thoroughly enjoy disc 1, one has the clear impression to miss a crucial dimension in the second one. It still has its moments and from the general mood it draws comparisons with Mikolás Chadima's MCH Band. The tapes have been beautifully remastered for this edition, making Studio 1983 & Live 1988 more rewarding than much of Black Point's other Archiv titles." François Couture, All-Music Guide [audio samples here]

LATOUR, B. (2001): Nepřehlédněme žížalu Pontoscoles corethrurus [Let’s us not overlook the earthworm Pontoscolex corethrurus]. Vesmír, 80 (7): 383-85 - translated by Zdeněk Konopásek and David Storch

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Translation of: LATOUR, B. (undated): Let’s us not overlook the earthworm Pontoscolex corethrurus. Manuscript, available at http://bruno.latour.fr

FINE, G.A. (2001): Jak se dělá příroda a ochočuje divočina: Problém "vysbírávání" lesů v houbařské kultuře [Naturework and the taming of the wild: The problem of "overpick" in the culture of mushroomers]. Biograf, (24): 29-56 - translated by Zdeněk Konopásek

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Although nature often has been treated as an unproblematic reality, I argue for treating it as a contested concept, suggesting that "nature" is a cultural construction. Drawing on interactionist and ecological theory, I claim that the creation of social problems involving the environment is inevitably grounded in cultural choices. Through a set of ideological structures (a protectionist vision, an organic vision, and a humanistic vision), social actors develop templates for understanding the proper relationship between humans and nature. Based on an ethnography of mushroom collecting, I contend that these models lead us to experience nature through cultural eyes - wishing to be away from civilization, to be at one with nature, and to engage in the pragmatic use of nature for personal ends. Conflicting stances toward nature account for debate over the moral acceptability of the commercial collection of mushrooms and the "problem" of overpick. Templates of human-environmental interaction, leading to models for experiencing the wild, provide the basis for understanding the conditions under which environmental change is defined as a social problem.

FINE, G.A. (1997): Naturework and the taming of the wild: The problem of "overpick" in the culture of mushroomers. Social Problems, 44 (1): 68-88

ASHMORE, M. / REED, D. (2001): Nevinnost a nostalgie v konverzační analýze: dynamické vztahy mezi nahrávkou a jejím přepisem [Innocence and nostalgia in conversation analysis: The dynamic relations of tape and transcript]. Biograf, (25): 3-23 - translated by Lenka Buštíková, Zdeněk Konopásek a Ivan Vodochodský

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This paper attempts an analysis of some of the methodological practices of Conversation Analysis (CA); in particular, tape recording and transcription. The paper starts from the observation that, in the CA literature, these practices, and the analytic objects they create (the tape and the transcript), are accorded different treatment: simply put, for CA the tape is a "realist" object, while the transcript is a "constructivist" one. The significance of this difference is explored through an analysis of the dynamics of CA practice. We argue that the "constructivist transcript" is premised on an understanding of CA as predominantly concerned with maximising its "analytic utility": a concern of one distinct temporal stage of CA work: that of the "innocent" apprehension of objects in the "first time through". The "realist tape", in contrast, is based on a different aspect of the work of CA: its quest for greater "evidential utility", achieved by the "nostalgic" revisiting of previously produced objects for purposes of checking them against each other; work done in the "next time through". We further argue that both the ontology and the epistemology of CA[a]s objects are changed in any next time encounter. We conclude with a cautionary speculation on the currently-projected, transcript-free, digital future of CA.

ASHMORE, M. / REED, D. (2000): Innocence and nostalgia in conversation analysis: The dynamic relations of tape and transcript. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(3): 45 paragraphs., art. 3. Available at http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs000335

KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2001): O politice nepolitičnosti (ve stopách Bruno Latoura) [On the politics of non-politics - A Bruno Latour's view]. Vesmír, 80 (7): 386-389

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BITRICH, T. / KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2001): Transcriber - pohodlnější přepisování, a možná i něco navíc [Transcriber: Easier transcribing and even more]. Biograf, (24): 125-146 (available online at http://www.biograf.org/clanky/clanek.php?clanek=v2412)

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DUO PROFESORES, Mistr Giss & 1 Guitár Plís (2000): Zjevení pravd [Revealing the truths]. CD. Self-released

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The band Duo Profesores appeared in a six-parts TV show Dokoláč by Jaroslav Dušek, Pjér Lašéz and Martin Krejčí (ČT2, April-May 2000). A kind of soundtrack, including some other songs, is available on this home-made CD with the title Revealing the truths. Many songs on this album were, in fact, results of improvisation on site. [audio samples here]
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