Józef Robakowski


Józef Robakowski (Poland)

bio: Born in Poznań in 1939. Makes films, photographic series, video, installations, drawings, objects, conceptual projects, initiator of multimedia actions, editor, art theoretician and critic. Graduated from Torun University (Department of Fine Arts, art history and museum studies), Film, Television and Theatre State School in Łódź (Camera Department). Lecturer and head of Photography and Visual Advertising at Lodz 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, documentation. Contact office for the international artistic movement INFERMENTAL.

exhibition: Blood of Facebook

The state of suspension that is permanent lethargy awaits us, the progressive ones. As it seems to me, long with the “good change” everyday we are loosing the remains of positive energy. Is there a way out of this political welfare?

I think there IS! I propose a critical entrance to the gut of Facebook, where we should start living intensively in a slightly imaginary world of culture and art. There has never been an opportunity like this before. A democratic postulate of being a versatile participant of many changes in mentality that determine the self-enrichment in this depressing circumstance, is being fulfilled before our eyes. Being creatively active, very fast we can feel the state of exaltation, easefulness and full satisfaction from reaching the very much needed mental relaxation. As everyone today knows, Facebook’s open stage lets us retain the feeling of individual independence marked with active presence among many other citizens. On this “weird” exhibition I let myself quote many, often anonymous, creators, who believe in the significant power of Facebook.