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Name of the Father? Name of the Mother! - Korean-Polish exhibition

Name of the Father? Name of the Mother! - Korean-Polish exhibition

Many people may ask what can connect such distant countries, whose inhabitants differ in everything – a different alphabet, different food, even a different appearance. However, if we analyse briefly Polish and Korean history after 1945, it turns out that we have many similar experiences in common. After the war, Korea was divided into 2 parts – the Northern under Soviet rule and the Southern which remained under American influence. Poland in a divided Europe found itself in the Soviet camp. Until the beginning of the nineties, in South Korea there were various forms of dictatorship. In Poland, we went through various phases of communist regime until the first free elections in 1989. We could say then, that our democracies are of the same age. The most important aspects of the meeting between the artists from Korea and Poland are the similar episodes in their art history – such as the time when the first art happenings emerged.

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Performance art here and now - the Interakcje Festival in Piotrkow Trybunalski

Performance art here and now - the Interakcje Festival in Piotrkow Trybunalski

The curator of the jubilee Interakcje festival in Piotrkow Trybunalski was Prof. Artur Tajber who based the main structure of the festival on inviting artists who were born within 10 year intervals. Probably neither the public nor the organisers actually focused much upon when everyone was born although classification according to one’s age did indicate the existence of some generational waves in performance art. However the issue of a performers’ age that earlier had been discussed many times, in this kind of art turned out to be an antithesis – all performance artists are equally ageless because we live here and now. We react to the contemporary world, not historical programs or occurrences. This does not mean, however, that performance artists do not make history, they do make it and their anniversaries just happen from time to time. The 15th jubilee of Interakcje featured the same mechanical pump with which the festival opened for the first time in 1998 in the Europa Restaurant. Proof of the anti-generational atmosphere of the festival was the large scope of proposed ideas, quotations, parallel stances and slogans, repetitions, reminders and references. Independent of the artists’ age.

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Between art and (its) documentation – a report from the exhibition <i>Art – Object – Registration 5</i>

Between art and (its) documentation – a report from the exhibition Art – Object – Registration 5

The exhibition entitled Art-Object-Registration consists of openly submitted works and is a fixed event as part of the Art and Documentation Festival. During last year’s edition, we showed photography, video and other works referring to the problem of documentation which emerged in 2012. The exhibition is open, so the artworks may be sent by artists, art critics, curators, filmmakers, cultural and art institutions and also anyone who is interested in contemporary art. It is also international and there is neither an age limit nor profession boundary. The organisers are mostly interested in the fluid border between art and its documentation and the question of when documentation provides us with knowledge about the original event or when the documentation itself acquires independence and may function as an autonomous being. And once it acquires independence, whether one can still consider it in the categories of documentation or if it becomes autonomous art in itself.

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Roddy Hunter’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

Roddy Hunter’s reply to our projects: What is performance art? and Timeline of performance art

I would not define performance art any more than I would define other (visual) art forms. As it would seem of limited value to continually re-iterate definitions of installation art, sculpture and painting (as examples), so it is the same with performance art.

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Áine Phillips’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

Áine Phillips’s reply to our projects: What is performance art? and Timeline of performance art

Performance art is the live expression of artistic ideals, concepts, aesthetic images, forms and action. It amalgamates form, meaning and subject matter so that it can become a structure addressing the audience, be it viewers or camera.

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