Dobrosława Nowak – Swan / 2012 / 1’05”
And they also have to undergo the senses that prevail over the brain. The senses they are in slavery of and they have to listen to for their own natural good of relentless cries of the outside world. In this great procession of departures and returns lies the mystery of these two unstoppable temptations: the heat and humidity.
Daniel Zgliński, 1919 [trans. Klaudyna Majchrzycka]
From the program of Biennale WRO Pioneering Values 2013.
I intuitively fantasize about an image. An idea moves me away from reality where I experience the feeling of suspention, asthenia, almost physical inability to move. I associate the aqueous space with soothing tranquility and safety of the mothers’ womb. Utopian illusion turns out to be cold and supplanted of human warmth. Sensory duality of idea embodies the ambivalence of feelings that I experience.
Małgorzata Goliszewska – Messages. I Go / 2014 / 5’04”
From the program of Biennale WRO Test Exposure 2015. Every day thousands of messages are hitting us. Streets, screens, billboards, papers and other people cry to us out at every step. In this video performance, the artist walks through the streets of Szczecin – with the GoPro camera mounted to her head – reading out every message that “strikes” her.
Justyna Misiuk – Oresteja /2011 / 1’41”
From the program of Biennale WRO Alternative Now 2011. Hellenism and pessimism. At the source of the hedonistic feast lays Aeschylus’ tragedy in which the king devours his children.
Łukasz Prus-Niewiadomski – Dance of Reflexes / 2012 / 2’21”
From the program of Biennale WRO Pioneering Values 2013. To camera—performance. The author stands in the cold. The sub—zero temperature makes his body shiver, giving it an impulse to dance. The performance is accompanied by music.
Maria Toboła – White Army / 2010 / 3’01”
From the program of Biennale WRO Alternative Now 2011. Golden oldie from the repertoire of Bajm is singed by the artist in front of a platoon. Soldiers are interested rather in the singer than a song.
Agata Kus – Good shape / 2014 / 2’27”
From the program of Biennale WRO Test Exposure 2015. Video was shot on the Polish-German border. It has been inspired by the image of girls from the German National Socialism group “Faith and Beauty”, whose main engagement was to keep yourself in a good shape and achieve perfect housewife skills. It refers to obsessive body care and matching excessive body standards present among modern women established by patriarchal mass culture.
Marta Mielcarek – Inversion / 2014 / 4’12”
From the program of Biennale WRO Test Exposure 2015. The work is about the relationship between the individual and the collectivity. It has been inspired by the Greek choir: its collectivity, array, standardization of individuals, ceremonial character and universal remittance. The central element of the Greek performance has become almost excluded from the modern Theatre Science; in Mielcarek’s work, the choir becomes visible and personal – the artist decides to shift the generally accepted order by making the title “inversion”.
Jaś Domicz – Elevator and a Kid / 2015 / 3’25”
From the program of Biennale WRO Test Exposure 2015. Elevator in a residential building. Teenager asked to move his leg back and forth. He triggers sound of motion detector and stops elevator from use.
Natalia Balska – B-612 / 2014 / 1’19”
Documentation of an interactive installation presented at the WRO Biennale Test Exposure 2015 in the WRO Art Center. The work is built from a system consisting of two objects: a plant and a neural network. An independent measuring system, reacting only to certain external stimuli, such as humidity, temperature and light, acts as a mediator of the interaction between those objects. The survival of the plant depends on the water level distributed by the neural network in a daily cycle. The “behavior” of the network and its “decisions” about the division of water is shaped by the reward system based on the read-outs of the plant living environment. The survival and the development of the objects is dependent on each other. B-612 was made as a kind of experiment on the possibilities of shaping the interaction between the real and the virtual.
Julia Taszycka – A Very Sad Story / 2014 / 2’12”
From the program of Biennale WRO Test Exposure 2015, presented also in 2014 as a part of Distinguishing Features exhibition. The work inspired by Bas Jan Ader’s video, “I’m too sad to tell you” (1971), is its contemporary version. In its form, it refers to the current problems and ways of solving them. An intimate confession of the author is written in the form of an incomplete and inconsistent music video, which was published on one of the social media websites, provoking different comments and ratings on the internet. The work includes authentic comments, which appeared after the publication of the project on Facebook.
Monika Misztal – Ladies / 2010 / 2’25”
From the program of Biennale WRO Alternative Now 2011. Animation patching up edges of illusion and reality. Two-faced cabaret dancers enliven the world from the old photographs.