performances

Do my sły rze czy wi sto ści,  ½ teatru, 30 Wroclaw Contemporary Theatre, 30 min

Project ½ theater was made for the “off-stream stage”  at the 33th Actor’s Song Festival in Wrocław, Poland. Performance based on Miron Białoszewski’s poetry. The entire script id build on rhythm of the text itself – we treat it like a musical score. The rhythm of speech is attached to the motion of the bodies. Our performance is laboratory,  spatio-temporal experiment that blurs the boundaries between the different areas of art.

Cast + directing : Aleksandra Wałaszek, Anna Skubik, Michał Oganiaczyk, Mattej Frank, Jagoda Siegień, Jacek Chlastawa, Magda Grzybowska, Oskar Sobota. Co director: Marta Streker. The development of music: Paweł Głosz, Julian Grzybowski.

fot. Paweł Gepert

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My First Business, collaboration with Paula del Castillo Cabeza |2010|
a pair of black suits, high heel shoes and beggar boards

The increasing trend of begging on street corners or inside public transport, has been adapted as a type of business. The beggars have brought a certain professionalism to their jobs. They are well organized and do their work with a lot of planning. It’s an everyday routine. In simple words, we can say that this Is one way to earn your living.  On the whole, begging is a great resource generator for many people who are happily engaged in this “work”. As we turned our attention to this incredible case, we decided to create our own begging association. It‘s work anybody can do, so we decided to become professional beggars and work an eight-hour day. We were self-employed and we had our own uniforms, identity boards and places in the city center, a few meters away from each other.  We acted like professionals begging for alms without saying anything to each other.

fot. Clara Calvo Luz Civiera

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Better than Repair, collaboration with Tomasz Opania |2010|
Skype connection, monitor, black fiber

This performance took place at the Third Underwater Wroclaw Festival – an Art review (Podwodny Wrocław 2010), at an exhibition called: The Waves of Art (Fale Sztuki) Between  Place and Time. The title of this exhibition can be understood in a broad context, which includes the ambiguity of word “wave” as a wave of generation, transformation, energy, or  creative ideas. It was a link between two generations of artists taking part in a project who were asked to find a common ground for artistic research in one place as well as make an experiment using different media. Our project was a visual operation between different levels of space and time. A head pasted to another body is like an aesthetic division, the beginning of visual schizophrenia. The donor and the broadcaster merged Into one creature.  What the spectators can see Is the body and the transfer of the image. The process between  possession and dedication, simulation and stimulation.  A head liberated from the constraints of it’s own body becomes an independent image, a virtual medium that directs the actual body. Pixels and atoms form a visual collage in the name of a hybrid being.  Our freedom between fiction and reality.

fot. Czesław Chwiszczuk

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Breakfast |2009|

pyjamas, food, plates, a frying pan, a radio

Four people find themselves in a public place that has been changed into a private place (a kitchen in IKEA), and eat breakfast.  At first glance, this action seems trivial but in reality it has a deeper meaning. Breakfast is an important way of  making a good start to the day. Four people enter a lifeless kitchen and add meaning to it. They cook and talk. A form of communication is created. This public place becomes a private one and vice versa. The borders between these two different places disappear, resulting in a specific type of media in space. The process of conscious observation begins to merge with that of observing unnoticed. Art finds itself in the same world, touches on the same subjects and themes.  It is a way of building new situations, and creating a history between people. Breakfast is a pretext for a dialog, creating relationships between people, making both sides feel comfortable with each other. It determines the relationship between that which is one’s own and that which is shared.

fot. Anna Sikora

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Distributing Words, |2008|

schamotte clay (biscuit fired), each word being 3cm in height

Are you lost for words?“ is a project based on words. These fire-clay phrases are left raw and natural in colour. These words are three-dimensional structures ready to be put into context.

Words are the root of a language, no other form of communication is as successful. Words have power over people. They can be taken both literally and figuratively, with the ability to make or break a person. Words can be harmful, scary, heartfelt as well as gentle. We think with words. Words can be kept, broken, counted on, thrown into the open, and caught. The freedom of speech brings about the freedom of choice. How do we find the right word, how do we determine its value and how do we elect which word will be our last. Nothing can be simpler if one were to take a glace at my proposition. I encourage building communicative relationships through entering into a realm where words become physical, where they can be possessed, felt and held. The words become forms, yet each one holds its own meaning. Each isolated word possesses autonomy. The words hold many layers. They function on many levels, both semantically as well as materialistically. These elementary parts of speech are put on a silver platter (literally and figuratively) solving ones problem of being “Lost for words“. 

fot. Aleksandra Wałaszek, Katarzyna Herniczek