In Western Europe, the topic of converting churches to other functions has been very relevant in recent decades. Many churches have been transformed into quite congenial functions as museums, galleries, libraries or cafés to more extreme uses as gyms, bathroom studios or casinos. Do these fates await our churches and religious buildings? What about the now abandoned and neglected churches, chapels or synagogues? How to manage this heritage wisely and inventively, to discover its value and be enriched by its beauty?
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Alena Piatrová is an art historian, mainly devoted to liturgical art and the issue of contemporary visual art in the liturgical space. She is a curator of several exhibition projects, active in publishing, and also works as an external lecturer at the Department of Scenography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Alena is a diocesan curator - former curator for the Trnava Archdiocese, director of the Institute of Christian Culture at the Faculty of Arts of the Trnava University of Technology and a member of the Council for Science, Education and Culture of the Bishops' Conference of Slovakia.
Vladimír Ondrejovič is an architect and a member of the Gothic Way association. Since 2017, he has been involved in the cultural and educational activities of the association and is looking for opportunities to use his professional knowledge in cooperation with engaged municipalities.
Andrej Botek is an artist, architect and lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. In addition to teaching, he is engaged in monument research, theory and methodology of restoration and presentation of monuments and restoration, architectural creation in the monument environment, issues of sacred architecture and art, his own architectural and artistic work. Recently, he has been working mainly on early medieval sacral architecture.
Lenka studied civil engineering and architecture at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, as well as during her international stays in Prague and Weimar. Although she is currently working in the field of BIM and digitalization in a construction company, she still follows the architectural scene and development especially in Slovakia with interest. She is a current student at SLH.