installations

5 Minutes of Happiness |2012|
wood, daylight lamp, black fabric

Daylight lamp (which emits 10,000 lux light) is placed in a box, in the city center during the winter season. City residents are invited to look inside the light box. Through this simple act they are being involved in the photo therapy that can help them to relieve the symptoms of seasonal depression (SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder).  The  5 Minutes of Happiness installation provide light therapy with very  short exposure time (just 5 minutes).

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Universal Structure to Perform the Ceremony |2011|
white fabric with 12 head-holes, web cam, monitor, computer

This installation is a unique surface; a tract which eliminates unnecessary gestures and distracting colors. It can be matched to many traditional rituals by changes in the number of guests and the extension of the surface. This site-specific structure which sharpens your senses and focuses concentration by the reduction of the whole body to  head level and facial expressions.  It is intended to be a “product“ able to support many different ceremonies (in an experimental way).
The structure has been experienced in the gallery EMDES (on July 7, 2011 ) at the opening of my solo exhibition (Everything in it’s Place). The guests were divided into two groups. One stayed in a room with an LCD monitor (on which they could follow the live transmission from the second room). “Universal Structure to Perform the Ceremony”s was installed in the second room ( white fabric with 12 head-holes, stretched horizontally in a given space) ready to be placed, used. The situation has been divided into two perspectives. Participants located inside, experiencing and viewers, watching.

fot. Peter Kreibich
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Pic Nic, collaboration with Oliwia Beszczyńska |2011|
20 blanket stripes (2×20 m), twine

Installation performed in the SURVIVAL 9. Art Review in S. Tołpa Park, Wrocław (20 – 26 of June 2011). The slogan of the 9th edition of SURVIVAL was the subtitle: ‘When a park becomes an arena’, which refers to  the concentration of public activity in allotted, recreational spaces, the typical aesthetics of such places, as well as the free use of open city spaces. The modern park fulfills the function of the city’s living room – its open space encourages the common human tendency to strut around and expose oneself to  public view.
In our action we wanted to restore the original functions of the park as a city garden. The PIC NIC project revitalized the idea of a social meeting in nature. By using red striped blankets, we were creating a place which we hoped would be an intimate but open arena for actors-participants. The PIC NIC project was a social encounter, organized or accidental, it was the background for a possible event,  a perfect excuse to make new acquaintances, fitting, replacing and matching. PIC NIC was a pause in motion, as well as its reactivation.

fot. Peter Kreibich

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350.20 Cubic Feet of Warmth |2010|

space blankets (thermal foil blankets), wood, 350.20 ft³

Thermal blankets wrapped  around  a construction of wooden cubes, in a cold post-industrial space (Area 404 Gallery). Usually used to provide warmth and reflect light as an essential part of any emergency kit, they now  play a key role in 350.20 Cubic Feet of Warmth installation: the glittering reflections of light attracts our attention from a distance, and make us want to see it up close so that we can ‘explore’ this new value of the material – its transparency. The most important  idea is of an unreachable interior. By the power of our imagination we can evoke treasure through the fake gold of the fragile structure. Desire and the inability to reach the interior and  experience it.

fot. Aleksandra Wałaszek

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618 Cardboard  Boxes – continuation of 301 Cardboard Boxes project |20092010|
cardboard boxes, 130 m²

I used the found materials, a wide range of printed, meaningful and colorful cardboard  boxes with different identities and origins, for all kinds of goods. They were customized and selected to be placed in a space filling the floor.  I used 618 boxes.
The three-dimensional sign emerged as a code that  might be reached on different sensory levels, as found property. Struggle with the force of  quantity and the motion of bodies. Finally, people stepped into them to explore the structure and watch the Art works in the room.

fot. Aleksandra Wałaszek

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Sculpture with a Hole |2008|

white fabric, 305×340 cm

In the 12th century, sculptures of nude women were placed in palaces and churches in France, Portugal, England, Wales and Ireland. To this day, a ritual  takes place in Serra de Lapa, Portugal, every Sunday throughout July and August. Believers walk In procession towards an altar made of two granite rocks that form a passage leading towards a cave. They must climb through this narrow passage in order to enter the cave. This act is symbolic of purification, moving from chaos into order, from death into life.  This was for me an inspiration for an installation.  The vagina or yoni for Hindus, is considered to be part of the miracle of creation, the beginning of the world, the source of pleasure. For me, this installation represents an image of power and purification.


fot. Aleksandra Wałaszek

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