Post Noviki, Memplex


Oh public institution engaged in the dissemination of cultural knowledge, hear us out.

Oh institution in the post-artistic age, hear us out.

Curators, directors, members of the staff, have mercy on us.

Oh the Spirit of Art, hear us, for it is your brilliance that lights up the darkness.
Litany, pleas, demands, claims. Agreements, sacrifices, compromises, promises. To us, exhibiting an artwork in a gallery is a game, the rules of which are continuously in the process of being set up, unregulated by homogeneous systems. We link artistic expression with legal and financial obligations, while managing impressions, provocation, and dematerialization.

And what if it was just like that?

“The role of a museum is to come up with a product, the product being an exhibition; the role of artworks is to be hung, placed and exhibited; the theme of an exhibition determines which artworks to hang, place, and exhibit; and the role of the audience is to walk among the artworks and look at them. This is the system that works. Only to what purpose?”

[Stach Szabłowski, Krakowska produkcja (Cracovian production), https://www.dwutygodnik.com/artykul/7884-krakowska-produkcja.html].

Or only like that:

“An art gallery is a special place where you cannot trust anyone or anything. You are entrapped the moment you enter the building. You cannot trust the artist, because if you do, in all likelihood he will trick you. Even more so, you cannot trust the curator, because it is the curator who has set up the exhibition and invited the artists to cooperate, all the while struggling with the criticism of the institution where he works. Can you trust the support staff who are there to keep an eye on fire extinguishers as well as the artworks? Obviously not.”

[Umerto Glucco, About gallery].

Or always like that:

Has this made you uncomfortable? Good. Detachment is necessary to raise awareness of what does not work and does not fit. Post Noviki’s idea is simple: as part of this project, they suggest changing the clearly vertical and autocratically hierarchical institution and its practices to ensure greater flexibility, mindfulness, and contemplation of each relationship.

Oh institution that is capable of change, the source of vivacious energy, transform us!

Post Noviki, a follow-up project to the design studio Noviki, are interested in creating an alternative framework for the exploration of graphic design as well as curatorial and exhibition practices in the post-artistic world. In their work, post-conceptualism collides with technology-based tools. Post Noviki’s characteristic feature is their openness to transdisciplinary exchange beyond the realm of the official art market. They work with various tools and media, design prints, video and virtual images, participate in panel discussions, give lectures, curate exhibitions, and conduct workshops.

Post Noviki’s works have been published, among others, in “IDPURE”, “Slanted”, Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Design, Introducing Cultural Identities. They have served as external consultants at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. They lecture at art schools and universities in Europe and Asia (including leading workshops at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, and giving lectures at the universities of Karlsruhe, Dortmund, and Frankfurt as well as the Brno Biennial).