proj. Beata Rojek
Meerschmerz – Perhaps Shared. Echo of the Opera
OPENING: 03.02.2017, godz. 19:00
Studio Gallery BWA Wrocław
Ruska 46a/ 301 street
Meerschmerz is a condition of the sea-weariness, an experience of anxiety and dissatisfaction with the surrounding physical reality (from German: Meer – “sea”, Schmerz – “pain”). This term, coined as a direct reference to the German Romanticism and the urge for integration of spiritual and material aspects of the humans’ experience of the world, describes the psychoemotional condition of a group of dolphins living in the Mediterranean, who became the actors of Beata Rojek’s work.
The sea-pain of the superintelligent creatures was found to be caused by the various human-drawn divisions, which have profound implications for the ecosystem they mutually live in. Language and culture – and the barriers brought by their structures – were found by the dolphins to be the main source of the humans’ miscommunication, leading to various conflicts within the basin of the Mediterranean Sea. Once, they have already tried to warn the humans but they have failed to understand the message and the animals have left the Earth, as described by Douglas Adams in his sci-fi novel “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” (1984). This time they have decided to overcome this issue with a different approach.
The multimedia installation is the result of a collaborative effort of Beata Rojek and a group of her friends, forming together the Gang of Dolphins, to establish a non-verbal, egalitarian polylogue (as a dialog of many). It derives from an utopian concept of an island, that would be a floating ‘biennale’ of art – a neutral space for creative exchange, moving from one shore to another and performing as a bridge over all humans’ divisions: geographical (3 continents), political (currently 23 countries), linguistic, cultural, religious and others. In opposition to a hierarchy, it was meant by the dolphins to be a holarchy – an evolving, self-organizing and open system, where every element is, at the same time, a part and a whole, enabling horizontal communication and free fluctuation of forms. Pieces of music, poems, drawings and animation create an inviting environment for the visitors of different origins. The project draws from the vast Mediterranean culture and history, revealing the aim to escape from both euro- and anthropocentric perspectives and seeking for their substitution with a new holistic narrative.
Beata Rojek the Dolphin + the Gang of Dolphins: Florie Adda, Lucia Bricco, Wojtek Furmaniak, Małgorzata Goliszewska, Raúl Hott, Gabriela Kobus, Anna Lauenstein, Patrycja Mastej, Iza Moczarna-Pasiek, Lindsay Parkhowell, Kamil Radek, Zo¶ka Reznik, Matteo Rovesciato, Sonia Sobiech + a growing group of guests
Curator: Zofia Reznik the Dolphin
With special support of: Michael Arzt, Krzysztof Bielaszka, Dominika Drozdowska, Karolina Micuła, Marzena Sadocha, Joanna Stembalska, Joulia Strauss