The exhibition in the spaces of the old and new hall of the National Museum in Poznań presents 19 works of the Poznan-based artist of the Intermedia Department of the University of Arts in Poznan.
Intermedia, as the title of the exhibition points out, is the opposite of immobility, stagnation, lack of vitality; full of variants and energy tension, they require constant striving for new qualities of artistic expression, thus they are to a large extent the opposite of traditional academic art.
Participants: Wojciech Bąkowski, Piotr Bosacki, Izabella Gustowska, Jakub Jasiukiewicz, Leszek Knaflewski, Daniel Koniusz, Piotr Kurka, Diana Lelonek, Karolina Kubik, Kris Lukomski, Andrzej Pakuła, Jana Shostak, Slawomir Sobczak, Magdalena Starska, Andrzej Syska, Raman Tratsiuk, Marek Wasilewski, Rafał Zapała
curator: Piotr Krajewski
organizer: Foundation of the Department of Intermedia, University of Arts in Poznan
production: Aleksandra Kołodziej, Mikołaj Ludwik Szymkowiak
Project co-financed by the City of POZnan
The event takes place as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the University of Arts in Poznan
The title ANTI-STATICITY draws attention to the multi-layered and multi-media work of a group of artists, theoreticians and cultural animators associated with the Department of Intermedia of the University of Arts in Poznan, including Piotr Kurka, Piotr Bosacki, Kris Łukomski, Sławomir Sobczak, Andrzej Syska and Marek Wasilewski among others – artists that are well-known and acclaimed on the international arena.
Izabella Gustowska, author of renowned artistic projects and participant of many international events, celebrates the 70th anniversary this year. Wojciech Bąkowski, laureate of the first prize at the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen Festival, the most important review of short films in the world, an emblematic artist whose life and work has recently become the inspiration for a feature film. Diana Lelonek – this year’s laureate of the first prize of the Swiss Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation for young artists, awarded by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow.
All participants of the exhibition prepare works inspired by the ANTI-STATIC – a slogan proposed by Piotr Krajewski, curator of the exhibition, artistic director of the WRO Media Art Biennale and lecturer at the University of Arts in Poznań, and poetic texts by Wojciech Bąkowski and a musical composition by Rafał Zapała, written especially for this occasion. The exhibition will also remind Leszek Knaflewski, one of the most recognizable artists of Poznań, who died prematurely in 2014.
The works created especially for the exhibition present individual artistic practices, but also form a common work. Combining diverse art media and various forms of artistic expression, such as objects and installations, spatial media arrangements, kinetic works and multi-screen video projections and sound forms, the exhibition serves as a coherent space shared by artists and audiences.
ANTI-STATIC aims to bring the audience from Poznan and Poland to new practices of artists who use video art, film and installations, and the performative character of the event underlines the open relationship of art to the wider contemporaneity, and – more ironically – lack of exposure to collect dust.