Józef Robakowski

REFERENCES, audio-visual presentation by Józef Robakowski

My collaboration with other artists has acquired its significance since 1961 when I started working with my friends in Zero-1 Group of photographers and Film Club “Pętla” (The Loop) as a student of Fine Arts Faculty at Mikołaj Kopernik Univeristy in Toruń. However, it was in the 70.when I became an active member of Film Form Workshop at the Łódź Film School REFERENCES became a conscious gesture as a crucial element of collaboration with numerous artists.

This presentation consists of photographs, films and video. Nowadays using facebook i have another wonderful opportunity of collaborative interactive work which i am happy to use, but it is another story.

6 000 000, film, 1962
Furniture Sale, Józef Robakowski’s action, photo reportage by Janusz Połom
Dynamic Rectangle, film, 1971
Fetishes, photo cycle, 1971-1986
Attention Light, for Paul Sharits, video, 2004
Concert for Leszek Knaflewski’s Coffin, video, 2007
Francisco Inte-Arana, Małgorzata Potocka, Józef Robakowski, action to camera, 2019

Józef Robakowski born in Poznań in 1939. His artistic practice includes films, photographs, video, installations, drawings, objects, conceptual projects.  An initiator of multimedia actions, editor, art theoretician and critic. Robakowski graduated from the Art Department of Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń. MA degree in art history and museum studies. He continued his studies at the Łódź Film School, Camera Department. Lecturer and head of Photography and Visual Advertising at the Łódź Film School (1970-81). Co-founder of avant-garde groups “Zero-61” in Toruń (1961-69), “Oko”, STKF “Pętla”, “Krąg”. Co-founder of Film Form Workshop (1970) and Television Creative Group Station “Ł” in Łódź (1992-1992)..From 1971 Robakowski has run a private gallery – Exchange Gallery, collecting films, videotapes and documentation. It is a contact office for the international artistic movement INFERMENTAL.