Night of living… archives – Coup d’état

Archive – active process
Nov 7, 2019 / Thu / 18:00

Night of living… archives – Coup d’état

Archive – active process
Nov 7, 2019 / Thu / 18:00


Selected and hosted by: Paweł Janicki

Media punt and virtual instruments. Spirit of the Revolution. System sabotage and penetration into tissue. Madness and emptiness. Working with archives is a really active and exciting process.

Founded over three decades ago, WRO has always taken care to record and document its events – the exhibitions, performances, concerts, symposia and meetings held during the WRO Biennale, as well as the centre’s other activities. It also made sure to retain the rights to those recordings for research, educational and creative purposes. As a result, it has amassed a collection of unique material which has served as the basis for many subsequent publication, exhibition and research projects. Purely artistic works have also been based on these archive recordings, e.g. interactive installations which reframe them in new contexts.

WRO’s work demonstrates the fundamental difference between a “living” archive built up within the confines of an active artistic institution, and an archive which is kept with the greatest of care but is frozen in a context outside of the environment in which it was created.

This review of WRO’s video work allows us to look at archiving as an integral, continuous process for accumulating experience and achievements.


Benoît Maubrey, Audio Ballerinas, performance in public space
WRO Media Expression, 1998

Władysław Kaźmierczak, Crash, performance – streamed live from TV studio
WRO Polish Monitor Festival, 1994

Cécile Babiole, Stich’n’Glitch, performance
Biennale WRO 2011

Eric Siu, Touchy, performance in public space
Biennale WRO 2013

Mirosław E. Koch, Kormorany. Smoke episode, video, 1991

Istvan Kantor, Media Revolt, performance at the Renoma Department Store
Wrocław, 20.06.2014

Megan Daalder, Tribute to Karl Sims, performance
Biennale WRO 2011

Jaron Lanier, Virtual Reality as Musical Instrument, concert
Biennale WRO 97

Jarosław Kapuściński, The point is…, performance – intermedia lecture
Biennale WRO 2003

Tibor Szemző, Tractatus, preformance – streamed live from TV studio
Composers’ Night, 1995

Arkadiusz „Bago” Bagiński, Communicators, installation sabotaging the urban traffic control system
Biennale WRO 2003

Andrey Ustinov, Film Noir, performative installation
Biennale WRO 2017