The Monastery of Foolish Thinking is an installation which consists of a simple rack with on its shelves a green book to be browsed by visitors and selected models of ideas for artworks contained in it. The book depicts a day in the life of a student of the University of the Arts in Poznan, who combines his studies and artistic practice with the job of a news program editor at a local TV station. While doing his tasks, he ponders his future projects. The narrator concludes the depiction of his day with an observation on the point of studying at an art school and of art-making as such. The piece additionally offers insights into how television works through the narrator’s descriptions and multiple stories about so-called artistic circles. Though apparently remote from each other, these worlds begin to mingle in the narrator’s head. The depictions of invented artistic projects in the book formally refer to Locus Solus by Raymond Roussel.
Szymon Wildstein (1988) – graduated from Print and Time-Based Media at University of the Arts London and from Intermedia at the University of the Arts in Poznan. He works with installations, radio plays, music, paintings, drawings, and literary texts. In collaboration with Dominika Święcicka, he co-founded Atelier Artel, independent artistic space whose name and form refer to Russian artels.