Presentations 2018

Dorota Masłowska (Poland)

author’s meeting: “Inni ludzie” (“Other people”), book presentation – an interview with Stanisław Łubieński and music video screening


18.05. 2018. Warszawa. Pisarz dziennikarz Stanislaw Lubienski
Fot. Albert Zawada

Stanisław Łubieński (Poland)

Born in 1983, Stanisław Łubieński is a specialist in Ukranian and cultural studies and has a passion for nature. His works have been published in “Lampa”, “Nowe Książki” and “Dwutygodnik” amongst others. He is the author of a historical account “Pirat stepowy” (“Pirate of the steppes”) which was translated into Croatian and Ukrainian. He holds a Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship and received the Nike readers’ award for his book “Dwanaście srok za ogon” and a nomination for the Paszport Polityki award in 2016 and the Gdynia Literary Award 2017. He writes a blog entitled Dzika Ochota.

ornithological walk
author’s meeting with Dorota Masłowska


Łukasz Guzek (Poland)

book presentation: Reconstruction of Action Art in Poland [Rekonstrukcja sztuki akcji w Polsce].

Warszawa, Toruń: Polski Instytut Studiów nad Sztuką Świata, Tako, 2017.

The monographic publication is a comprehensive presentation of the action art in Poland. The main aim of this study was to elaborate and ordering a large volume of documentary material, dispersed in catalog publications, magazines and newspapers and archives, mostly private and less accessible in museums or galleries. An important source was the direct testimony. This publication largely complies with the lack of literature on the subject of a comprehensive study of the action art in Poland. On the other hand, we will find many studies of particular phenomena, as evidenced by the enclosed extensive bibliography. The published illustrated material includes photographic documentation that is mostly unpublished or hard to find (with appropriate footnotes to existing catalogs).

Monograph presents the collected material in a chronological order. The timeframe marks the first happenings of the sixties, and closes by the year 1989, which brought about political, social and economic change affecting culture and art. The creation of a detailed chronology of the subject is a result of comparative analyzes of the works of individual artists in the diachronic arrangement. This allows us to show the developmental processes of action art in Poland and their connection with world art trends.


Małgorzata Bosek (Poland)

presentation: Studio Marka Serafińskiego


Susanne Weins (Germany)

We were those who knew but did not understand, who grasped but could not imagine, filled with information but devoid of insight, crammed with knowledge but scant of experience. So we went, no longer detained by ourselves.  

(Roger Willemsen)

Seemingly, melancholy is a state of stagnation, a feeling of pensive sadness with no apparent obvious cause. Inasmuch as the postmodern promise, the freedom from fear, now lies in ruins, post-truth politics have largely framed cultural debates by appeals to baseness emotions, which are causing greater division among people. The repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored, runs parallel to the compulsive hustle to consumption, caused by a capitalistically motivated addiction and mediatic manipulation. Within this scenario, where what seems to count is just the ability to prevaricate the other with any means for the sake of personal survival and affirmation, there is also a need for holding-up the Self, for a melancholic résumé, for a pupation of mankind in the melancholic space, to contrast the nowadays craving selfishness and spurious logic which are detrimental to our existence.

lecture: Free performance lecture about Voice: the invisible foreign body


VestAndPage (Germany/Italy)

Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes have been working together since 2006 as VestAndPage, gaining international recognition in the fields of performance art, performance-based film, writing, publishing, and with temporary artistic community projects. They explore performance art as a phenomenon through their collaborative creative practice, as well as through theoretical artistic research and curatorial projects. Their oeuvre is contextual and situation-responsive, conceived psycho-geographically in response to the social context, natural surroundings, historical sites and architectures. They perceive performance art as a need to explore physical, mental and spiritual bodies through the possibility of crossing the boundaries of exterior and interior, and to interface ephemeral art with existence. In ‘Poetics and Relations’ they examine notions of temporality, layers of memory, communication and the fragility of the individual and the collective within the social and environmental sphere. They apply the themes of faith in change, endurance, union, the sublimation of pain and risk-taking with a poetic bodily approach to the practice of art, focusing on universal human experience.

Questions and Answers: “Antarctic Dream – Ice as Architecture of the Human Spirit, VestAndPage performative works in Antarctica” (Performing in extreme weather conditions and in places where humans do not belong to)


Teatr Cinema (Poland)

Teatr Cinema was founded in 1992. Since the very beginning, it has created authorial productions which are a deliberate response to the products of mass culture.  This interdisciplinary group operates on the borders of theatre, dance and visual art. Cinema has a clear, easily identified style. Its dominant feature is the polyphonic structure of the production. Neither a dramatic nor a musical nor a dance theatre, it combines all these categories, whilst at the same time denying the audience their traditional perceptions.

The group’s artistic vision and activities are led by Zbigniew Szumski. He is director, set designer and auteur. The actors use improvisation to create a show. Most of their ideas are in response to drawings by Szumski, which resemble a music score and constitute the first version of a given scenario.

Theatre criticism perceives the artistic activity of Teatr Cinema as the uncovering and elaboration of new visual values in the language of theatre.

Teatr Cinema is based in Michałowice in the Karkonosze Mountains.

Teatr Cinema – presentation


Zbigniew Benedyktowicz (Poland)

“Konteksty” quarterly – presentation