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Procedures of Everyday Practice


Everyday practices are tactical by nature. They try to take advantage of the possibilities in a situation which is already determined. They find a way of slipping through the cracks in control. Our methods of speaking, communication, reading, dressing up, walking around town… even the tiniest activities, are based on learning about tactics. Technocratic structures fill up every day, multiplying our per-determined actions but not eliminating our agency. Tactics battle with time, since they do not have their own base from which to operate but adjust to what is already there. They sneak into spaces that might open for only a short while and utilizes the data they can gather there. Time organises and dictates events, while tactics search for opportunities to create their own benefit. We all play for these “opportunities” – the weak against the strong, the excluded against the dominating, the invisible against the visible. By choosing tactics, we allow ourselves to organize our individual practices – our experiences, meetings, bonds, battles and joys – for ourselves while learning how to survive in the world of others. Varied tactics were with us throughout the ages – let us recall the Metis of ancient Greece, the goddess of both prudence and perversity, one of the thousands of Oceanides, who combined wisdom with cunning and concocted a treacherous potion for Cronus to deliver Zeus’ siblings. These subterfuges of ancient mythology were preceded by the primordial intelligence of the world of animals and plants, using camouflage, simulation and ruse to ensure the survival of their species in a hostile environment.

Moving from the world of nature to the city and its landscapes, while following the Krakow tradition of Tadeusz Kantor, we might suggest that the best medium for art is found in the regions outside of official awareness; places that are shameful, hidden away in bourgeois interiors, subject to prohibitions and penalties, and overwhelmed by conformity. This place for art has a therapeutic and cleansing effect on an individual – it is a space of conflict, of clashing ideological influences and of the social and political sphere. It can also be a tool for the recognition of everyday reality and its deconstruction into prime factors. The presentation of Procedures of Everyday Practice points to the concept of tactics and how they are utilized by the youngest artists in this city – graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow – Róża Duda, Agnieszka Fluder, Krzysztof Furtas, Martyna Kielesińska, Magdalena Lazar, Marianna Serocka, and Michał Soja. Through their work, they learn how to define their own courses of action.

Selected videos:

Magdalena Lazar, Atoms, 2010, b/w, sound, 8’37’’
Martyna Kielesińska, There is no thing to be worried about, 2016, colour, sound, 4’3’’
Krzysztof Furtas, Hominism, 2015, colour, sound, 8’
Róża Duda and Michał Soja, Gold mine, 2017, colour, sound, 10’20’’
Marianna Serocka, Wavemaster, music by Undine, colour, sound, 6’37’’
Agnieszka Fluder, Monitoring, 2012, colour, sound, 3’14’’

Project was co-financed by Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tehran

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RÓŻA DUDA (1993) / rozaduda.pl

In my works, falsehoods mix with truth, and fiction with documentary material. A dog barks out a poem, a washing machine confesses to a psychotherapist, a pavement turns into cosmic space, a frog is being indoctrinated, and trash found while moving from a house form giant bombs. Animals, items, and locations are then a symbol of a man, their disappointments, mental problems, metaphysical exploration, subordination to a political system, and loneliness.

A graduate of the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Since 2016, she has been studying Transmedia at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna, in the class of prof. Brigitte Kowanz. Recently she was a student of the the Department of Digital Art at the Zürich University of the Arts. Her current exhibitions include a solo exhibition Obserwatorium (Małopolska Garden of Arts, Krakow) and group projects such as Nuda / Boredom (Skład Długa, Krakow), Teatralność (Gdańsk), (Nie)obecność (Labirynth Gallery, Lublin).

KRZYSZTOF FURTAS (1985)

I work without artistic strategies and tactics; I actually try to avoid them. Perhaps I’m too serious and naïve about art, but being a professional artist reminds me of charlatanry. I idealize art, infusing it with values such as purity, honesty, liberty, and spirituality. In art, I’m interested in losses, failures, unsuccessful attempts, and ugly painting. The freedom one gets from a loss. Medium is not especially important in my works – I try to avoid decoration.

A graduate of the Academy of the Fine Arts in Wrocław, currently a student of Library Studies at the Wrocław State College of Culture Animation and Library Studies in Wrocław. Between 2010–2011 he was a curator of the EMDES Gallery in Wroclaw. His recent group exhibitions include Zoom (competition for video makers at the T-Mobile Nowe Horyzonty IFF, Wroclaw), GoerlitzerArt (Goerlitz), Self Identities (Buenos Aires), The Germans Did Not Come (Wrocław Contemporary Museum).

MARTYNA KIELESIŃSKA (1991) / martynakielesinska.tumblr.com

During the first years of my studies and work with video, I’ve been guided by the need of collecting and cataloguing interesting clips and gifs I found on the Internet. I was fascinated with the manipulation of meanings I can achieve by juxtaposing these images. (…) Currently, I expanded my workshop by using my own recordings, and film and advertisement clips. I am interested in the structure, which governs the structure of video. I search for patterns, which can serve as a template during video montage.

A graduate of the Department of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow; she also studied at the Intermedia Department (2012/2013) and spent one semester at the Berlin University of the Arts in the studio of Hito Steyerl. In 2015, she debuted with two solo shows in Krakow: Groszki i róże (part of the Cracow Gallery Weekend, Onamato Gallery) and Komputer/dysk lokalny(K)/nowy folder (2) /torrenty/gify/hjjghjgk (Małopolska Garden of the Arts). Her group exhibitions include Talk to Me (Fabryka Sztuki, Łódź, 2014), Freiera (LAVRA Gallery, Kiev) among others.

MAGDALENA LAZAR (1986) / magdalenalazar.com

I mainly create videos, installations, animations, and photos. I try to simulate a reality that does not exist yet, but is potentially possible. I track and create traces of presence of man and process whatever is familiar to us. In video works, I use my own approach to interpret the theory that culture is a work of nature and as such, it inspires, processes, and forces further transformations of itself.

A graduate of the Graphics Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and the Berlin University of the Arts. Her solo shows in Krakow include Withoutus (part of the Krakow Photomonth, Kathedra Gallery, 2012), Something reminded (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, 2013), and Very low frequency (The Grey House Gallery, 2014). In 2016, she participated in group exhibitions such as HATI HATI HAT (Bookstore | Exhibition, Krakow and National Gallery in Jakarta), Frameless 08 (MUG / Einstein Kultur, Munich), and Motion vs rest (SM Dębniki, Krakow).

MARIANNA SEROCKA (1988) / properhartkor.blogspot.com

I usually seek inspiration in everyday situations. I enjoy watching the masters of the Polish School of Posters. I like naïve art and children’s art, video games from the 1990s, and glitch-art; films of such directors as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and David Lynch, as well as B-movies with its interesting, kitschy scenes. I’m also interested in fashion, but rather in sculpture/conceptual solutions of such designers as Alexander McQueen or Gareth Pugh. Lately, I’ve been interested in plastic theatrical set designs. I like dance (body in motion, its awareness etc.). I’m least inspired by contemporary painting. I try not to follow it.

A graduate of the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and a student of Aalto University in Helsinki in the Department of Fine Arts (2012–2013). Cartoonist and illustrator, in 2016 she published her first graphic novel DISCO CRY and participated in various group projects such as Koma Festival (Bern), Art Book Fair (Stockholm), Women International Comics Art Festival (Brussels), and Song and Dance Ensemble Henryk (Henryk Gallery, Krakow). Her solo show Das ist Wiksa took place in the Henryk Gallery last year.

MICHAŁ SOJA (1994) / michalsoja.pl

A student of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Recently he presented his works on such occassions as the 56th Krakow Film Festival (2016), 19th Holland Animation Film Festival (Utrecht, 2016), 19th Guanajuato International Film Festival (San Miguel de Allende, 2016), and the 26th “Message to Man” International Film Festival (St. Petersburg, 2016). He was awarded a special mention prize at 10th IN OUT Festival of Video Art (Gdańsk, 2016). In 2016, his solo show 24/7 was presented at the Henryk Gallery in Krakow.

AGNIESZKA FLUDER (1987) / agnieszkafluder.tumblr.com

I am mainly involved with video and spatial activities. I often use motion and my own body as material, seeking relations with a space and my own identity. I find inspiration in contemporary dance and sound experiments (Meredith Monk). I’m interested in issues of recounting memories and methods of remembering, relations with space and seeking myself in them, and transferring some emotions and meanings into visual language. While creating video, I think about how to create a space for its exposition in order for images to affect the viewer spatially, to draw them in and create a meditative space. Sound and combining different stimuli are also very important to me.

A graduate of the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Erasmus Scholar at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art. Her solo shows include Warmed Constructions (Artists’ Colony, Gdańsk, 2013) and Nie widzę powodu, żeby być sobą. Chcę być rakietą (Program Gallery, Warsaw, 2011). She also participated in various group projects such as Rozstrój (AS Gallery, Krakow, 2014), Tame me (JWD – Zwischenzeitlicher Raum für Kunst und Reise, Berlin, 2014), and Punkty widzenia Festival of Video Art (Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2013).