This year’s edition of the International Biennale of Urban Art OUT OF STH in Wrocław will cover areas ranging from Hong Kong to Slavic vixa parties. It will look at modern-day streets and dance floors, examining how bodies form temporary communities through physical presence in public space, how they transform the old reality and create new conditions.
The THREE’S A CROWD exhibition will feature self-choreographing protests, improvised social dances and grassroots forms of kinaesthetic organization of bodies in urban fabric. From Georgia’s rave revolution in 2018, through the political dimension of rave culture and queer aspects of clubbing, to the mechanisms of building social solidarity in the conditions of forced physical isolation and practising pleasure in a crisis situation. At the same time, we will have a look at artists whose work has an activist dimension or has become a training ground for social and political struggle.
The title itself – THREE’S A CROWD – refers to the dynamics of forming assemblies or demonstrations and the biopolitics of states of emergency, as well as the history of club culture, familiar with cases of criminalizing the rhythmic movements of a minimum of three persons to the music based on repetitive beats. But THREE’S A CROWD also thematises the process of collective conception of the exhibition itself, and horizontal conditions of work in a three-person curatorial team.
Artists: Archives of Public Protests, Iván Argote, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Rufina Bazlova, Boris Charmatz & César Vayssié, Zuzanna Czebatul, Bogomir Doringer, Robert Getso, Anton Stoianov, Frédéric Gies, Jonathan Glazer & Mica Levi, Jakub Gliński & daisy cutter, Igor Grubić, Roman Himey & Yarema Malashchuk, Zhang Huan, Steffani Jemison, Anna Jermolaewa, Agata Kalinowska, Consortium for Post-Artistic Practices, Chris Korda & Church of Euthanasia, Daniel Kotowski, Firenze Lai, Nils Amadeus Lange, Las Tesis collective, Kanas Liu & Sam Tsang, Ania Nowak, Naja Orashvili & Giorgi Kikonishvili / BASSIANI, Stepan Polivanov, Luiz Roque, Paweł Sakowicz, Anne de Vries, Romily Alice Walden, Marta Ziółek and Marta Czyż, Marianka Dobkowska, Magda Drągowska, Michał Frydrych, Karolina Grzywnowicz, Mateusz Kowalczyk, Yulia Krivich, Julia Minasiewicz, Jan Możdżyński, Kuba Rudziński, Weronika Zalewska, Paweł Żukowski.
Curators: Michał Grzegorzek, Anka Herbut, Gregor Różański
Light design: Jacqueline Sobiszewski
6th International Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH. Space Absorbency
The International Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH is a project of cyclical presentations of practices referring to urban space and covering activities which often fail to be assimilated by critical artistic discourse.
The 6th edition is devoted to analysing the city as a special urban-social case using patterns of spatial human behaviours in social interaction. We will be looking at spatial contexts, urban enclaves, self-organized flashpoints on the city map, tendencies in grassroots and civic shaping of public space – all collectively responsible for the organization of the city.
Curators of Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH. Space Absorbency: Hubert Kielan, Joanna Stembalska
Curator of the International Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH: Joanna Stembalska