Saturday, May 7, 2011

Spectrum. From the Zacheta Video Collection

My "Praise the Flowery Meadows" video is featured in the "Spectrum. From the Zacheta Video Collection". Exhibition is organized by Zacheta National Gallery of Art in cooperation with Kunsthalle Wien.

Spectrum. From the Zacheta Video Collection
KUNSTHALLE Wien ursula blickle videolounge
May 01st - June 30th, 2011

The compilation of video presented in ursula blikle lounge is a selection of works from the Zachęta video collection. The programme of the thematic screenings of videos is a spectrum, in other words a certain organized selection of phenomena and concepts analysed by the films’ authors. It is a presentation of works of the newest video art in Poland, created by outstanding artists of the young and middle generation. The screenings that comprise the project Spectrum have been divided into the following thematic blocks: sound, gender, social portrait and roles. The selection made was dictated in part by the technical conditions of the place of presentation – the videos selected were one channel projections, whose theme and aesthetics made them appropriate to be shown in the proposed form. The choice of these works was also an attempt to underline the range of themes that Polish video artists engage with. It shows both a cross-section and the spectrum of problems relevant today in Polish art. This should not be treated as a full picture, but rather as an overview of Polish video art of the last two decades.


02.05.11 - 15.05.11 SOUND

Sound, music and silence – we hear them around ourselves, our daily lives are played out in an audio-sphere determined by the environment in which we live and evolve, and also by our own physiological make-up. Only its disturbance or a change causes attention to be paid to the specificity of this sphere. Althamer creates an untypical audio background in the labyrinths of the Moscow metro by inviting a choir of professional singers to perform in a joint action. It is with the help of music that the characters of Katarzyna Kozyra’s fairy-tale Summertale communicate with one another and it is equally music which finally frees the unusual location of the film’s action as well as its heroes from the spell cast over them. In contrast, Anna Niesterowicz’s HH surprises the viewer with its total silence – by depriving the film of a soundtrack the attention of the viewer is concentrated on the gestures of the dancing girls. Karol Radziszewski, in the work Praise the Flowery Meadows, creates a duet: he records his singing, editing it in with songs sung by his grandmother. Artur Żmijewski, working with a deaf-and-dumb choir records very different sounds.

Paweł Althamer, Choir in the Moscow Metro, 2004, video, 13.05min
Katarzyna Kozyra, Summertale, 2008, video 19.58 min
Anna Niesterowicz Anna, HH, 2002, 9 min
Karol Radziszewski, Praise the Flowery Meadows, 2007, 6.36 min
Artur Żmijewski, Singing Lesson 2, 2003, video, 16.3 min

1 comment:

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