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Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at <i>Préavis de Désordre Urbain</i>, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Dariusz Fodczuk & Peter Grzybowski at Préavis de Désordre Urbain, September 18th-25th 2010, Marseille

Malgorzata Kazmierczak, 2011-03-11

Préavis de Désordre Urbain is an International Laboratory Festival of Performance, created in Marseille (2007) by Redplexus network, in which performance artists are invited to explore public and urban space, provoke, cause chaos and disruption. Radical, subversive and poetical actions are encouraged and it is expected that the audience will go through unexpected experiences.

Clearly questions like “how far we can go in disrupting a public space?" or “what kind of disorder and why?" are not only being treated as art issues “tested in reality” during the Festival, but they are also being discussed during meetings in bars with town planners, sociologists, psychiatrists, politicians, policemen etc. What comes out of these discussions is another story, because the artists’ way of thinking is and always will be totally unconventional.

In September 2010 two Polish artists – Dariusz Fodczuk and Peter Grzybowski presented in Marseille a few performances. Each artist was supposed to perform inside and outside, alone and with an accidentally chosen partner. Political and social issues were naturally predominant. In Peter’s action on the Arabic green market his task was to command attention by blowing a stadium horn and smashing a monitor with a baseball bat while Non Grata burned a Sarkozy doll. Dariusz’s street actions – with Ornic’art were built around issues of the homeless, the poor, the disabled, and the problems faced by the Gypsy community in Marseille. During one action he organized a “demonstration” handing people Marseille flags with a blue cross on white background and a sentence: "one day this town will belong to me". In another performance he organized artists to beg around the town, and in the supermarket etc. and then gave all the collected cents to a Gypsy girl kneeling on a street. Dariusz says: "I'm an artist whom life and art experience have brought to the point where aesthetics doesn't matter too much, especially regarding public actions and appearances. I'm more interested in what is the use and function of an artifact. In general we may say, that art in the past was a tool to conserve systems and improve emperors’ power whilst now its functions seem to be about progress and improvement as well as the provoking of new ideas and inventions that finally increase space for liberation and emancipation of each human being. Art has its sense as long as it remains a sense of our civilization and a duty of public institutions at least. If we consider tolerance and democracy as one of the most valuable inventions to be in use nowadays, as a consequence, art might be just any action that brings more understanding and expands the meaning of those terms. So, this is why art rebuts being merely an aesthetics phenomenon and demands to be a philosophical tool."

Indoor performances were totally different. In both cases – Dariusz and Peter performed in darkness. Dariusz’s performance used sounds and was a kind of sleeping or dreaming together with the audience, while Peter’s was built of two parallel layers: video projection and live action. It consisted of walking along a rectangle in complete darkness, gesturing at and manipulating objects. The darkness was periodically disturbed by short flashes of white light coming from the video projection. The video contained long periods of completely dark screen and flashes of images of Peter waving and manipulating objects similar to the ones in the live action. The video was shot in full light, on a white background so the video projections (on 3 screens) created an effect similar to a strobe light. The action was accompanied by steady background sound recorded using a synthesizer. The flashes of the images attacked the subconsciousness of the viewers and recorded certain phases of his movement in their eyes conveying a subliminal message. The performance reflected the artist’s recent interest in exposing the audience to simple signals onstage and investigating their reaction. It was also one of a series of performances that were formal experiments that created two parallel realities.

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