The exhibition strives to introduce non-standard ways of perceiving sound and movement with regard to experimental artistic phenomena. Through complementary narrative layers made up of objects and performative actions, we wish to draw attention to the formal and thematic connections between different art disciplines.
Underlying the exhibition is an attempt to present artists whose work allows for significant revaluations in the field of audio culture. The starting point here is the tradition of musical experimentation established in the mid-20th century by John Cage. In reference to this tradition, we propose a way of defining sound art as a field of practices that broaden the concept of sound and hearing. Applying a strategy based on the speculative merging of groups of works and meanings into a larger whole will possibly to lead to the creation of an alternative canon. The exhibition situates the works of the invited artists (including, i. a. Rolf Julius, Wojciech Bruszewski, Ryszard Waśko, Anna Zaradny, Sarah Hennies, Brandon LaBelle, Artur Żmijewski, Kama Sokolnicka, Grupa Budapeszt, Zorka Wollny or Sebastian Buczek) in the context of the most important issues in ontology and epistemology of sound – audio imagery, sound memory, perception and various modes of attention (deep and distracted listening). This approach to methods of working with sound matter will enable us to outline the framework of “an other tradition” of sound art, characterised by consistency in the development of unspectacular practices – unobvious conceptualisations of the medium and in-depth education of the audience in the so-called non-habitual listening, and thus conscious building of subjectivity based on the audial sphere.
Sound objects, installations and other forms of audiovisual messages arranged throughout the gallery space will be reinterpreted through performative actions, opening them to issues related to movement and gesture. Both semantic planes will intersect in a sensitive point: the viewer’s body.
Choreographic interventions taking place during the exhibition in the form of weekly mini-residences will revolve around the issues of organicity, processuality and relativity. Their common theme is diffusion – areas shared between what is concrete and material, and what is moving and transforming. The actions by Magdalena Ptasznik, Anna Nowicka, Aleksandra Osowicz and Agata Siniarska will incorporate elements of the surroundings: people, air, stones, dreams, soil, plastic, dirt.
The common inspiration for creative practices of the residents consists in the processes of (post)organic formation and movement. The artists are to study and create locally conditioned choreographies using the existing materials (including the invisible ones), systems of power and objects, flows and relations. Semi-permeability of the body as a biological membrane and perceptual liquefaction of the world are the areas on which they will focus while forming choreographies which will infect the reception of the exposition’s physical layer. The elements inscribed in the experimental character of the interaction between the two layers of the exhibition are the unforeseen diffusion of its components and negotiating the possibility of movement in the folded reality. The events open to the public will also feature experiments with representation of ecological and biochemical concepts.
artists: Wojciech Bruszewski, Sebastian Buczek, Matěj Frank, Grupa Budapeszt, Sarah Hennies, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Rolf Julius, Brandon LaBelle, Karolina Pietrzyk, Gilbert Schneider, Kama Sokolnicka, Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble, Ryszard Waśko, Tobias Wenig, Christian Wolff, Zorka Wollny, Anna Zaradny, Artur Żmijewski
choreographic residencies: Anna Nowicka, Aleksandra Osowicz, Magdalena Ptasznik, Agata Siniarska
curators: Paweł Szroniak, Karolina Wycisk, Magda Zamorska
collaboration: estate rolf julius, Performat Foundation
media partner: The Wire, Glissando, TaniecPOLSKA.pl
Friday, 12.04.2019, 7 p.m.
Exhibition opening & live by Sebastian Buczek
Wednesday, 24.04.2019, 6 p.m.
Composing Listening – performative workshop with Bill Dietz
Saturday, 27.04.2019, 4 p.m.
Cheap Imitation or Silence Recording Exercises – workshop with Paweł Szroniak
Museum Night 2019
opening hours: 3 p.m.–10 p.m.
Oniric Walk with Anna Nowicka as a part of the choreographic residency
Magda Ptasznik Climat fiction
8–12.05.2019, culmination: 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, 11.05.2019, 4 p.m.
I Lay My Body Into A Sediment
Anna Nowicka Open Your Dreams
14–19.05.2019, culmination: 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, 18.05.2019, 4 p.m.
Aleksandra Osowicz Interspecies Activities
21–26.05.2019, culmination: 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, 25.05.2019, 4 p.m.
A Concert for Rats
Agata Siniarska Vegetation
29.05–2.06.2019, culmination: 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, 1.06.2019, 4 p.m.
Each Wednesday, 5 p.m.
(17.04, 24.04, 8.05, 15.05, 22.05, 29.05)
Polish Guided Tour
Each Saturday, 12 p.m.
(20.04, 27.04, 4.05, 11.05, 18.05, 25.05, 2.06.2019)
Or upon request contact our info desk
English Guided Tour