Roman Dziadkiewicz & Ensemble
He studied at the Academy of Education in Opole and at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, in Professor Stanisław Rodziński’s studio, from which he graduated in 1997. He lives and works in Krakow. He is the initiator and co-founder of the Health Centre Art Society (SAOZ) and the 36,6 foundation. He carries out projects, artistic campaigns and workshops. He co-operates with the Ha!art Corporation – he is the author of the graphic design for the Linia Krytyczna (Critical Line) series. An interdisciplinary artist. Poet, painter, creator of videos, objects and installations, activist, performer, curator (occasionally). Author of critical and theoretical articles.
cooperation: Iza Kaszyńska
A several day long collective happening in the form of a living installation involving the audience. The action was set on an island, in the heart of Park Krakowski.
A group of Misfits settled down on the island, built homes, lived, and worked there. In a sense, they occupied it.
The island inhabited by the Misfits standed in a dialectical gesture of exile against the fortress. The figure of a misfit, an outsider, represents an allegorical outgrowth or a gap/hole in the functioning of a fortress, institution, or system. It provokes. In a sense, a "misfit" is a non-person, the Other; allusions are rife to the group life of primates, tourist fantasies, post-colonial, post-apocalyptic, and post-capitalist visions of culture and the image of the city used in a subversive, critical, and open manner.
For several days, up until the final day of the festival, participants were subjected to a marathon of psychophysical actions. Their perpetrators were dispersed. The island provided the venue for makeshift architecture, as well as para-theatrical undertakings, a condensing installation, and an anthropological experiment.
The encampment was the site of trials and attempts leading to liberation, explosion, in short – the final battle.
The author of the project also performed, became completely immersed in the battle, and died with the group of misfit in the last scene.
The form of the project continued Dziadkiewicz's recent line of works, with their recurrent motif of prolonged immersion, dwelling in a constructed environment, participatory observation, and studies conducted on oneself and on other invited participants.
Pictures: Weronika Szmuc
The construction of rafts and elements of the encampment
Open workshops – feel free to bring along rubbish, such as wooden planks, PET bottles, boards, panels, polystyrene foam, string, etc.
AESTHETICS, I.E. THE POLITICS OF URBAN SPACE
A debate concerned the aesthetic aspects of shaping and developing the urban space of Krakow in connection with its image and representations. We treated the category of image as crucial and critical here, as a knot/tangle of cultural, aesthetic, social and political issues, instrumentalised in the politics of municipal authorities to build homogenous, controlled images stripped of their critical potential. As an alternative for the category of image, we suggested a figure of pluralistic abundant representations – understanding the urban space as a space for meeting and the coexistence of contradictory needs, interests and images co-present dialogically and critically. We asked about the right to the city, spaces for the inhabitants to participate in shaping and developing the politics of the city or its districts, the formal and legal aspects of participatory processes and the willingness to enter into a dialogue.
Participants: Jacek Maria Stokłosa (Chief Art Consultant of the City), Karol Kurnicki (city sociologist, Jagiellonian University), Anna Komorowska (landscape architect, co-organiser of the Academy of Alternative Landscape Architecture), Beata Seweryn (editor of the Architektura&Biznes magazine), Małgorzata Gołębiewska (artistic director of the ArtBoom Festival), Łukasz Dąbrowiecki (philosopher, activist of the Anarchist Federation in Krakow), Piotr Klepacki, PhD (ethnobotanist, originator of the Pies Ogrodnika [Gardener’s Dog] collective).
LOVE AND REVOLUTION OR KUPALA NIGHT
performative debate and transdisciplinary orgy
A session which was dedicated to the search for revolutionary potentials in the fluid spaces of affection, emotionality, sensitivity (care) and polyamory as creative and causative enzymes building relations, stimulating joint and egalitarian processes of meeting, dialogue, multidirectional exchange, development, inspiration and the logic/economy of gifts. We were thinking over historical traditions, the legacy of the suffrage movement and feminist thought, as well as the echoes of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Apart from elements of discussion, we carried out some performance activities, a collective relaxation session, dancing and spontaneous all-night activity.
Ewa Majewska (philosopher, culture expert, activist, lecturer at the Institute of Culture of the Jagiellonian University), Michał Pospiszyl (philosopher, culture expert, PhD student at the Institute of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of John Paul II), Ewa Opałka (curator, art theoretician and film expert, PhD student at the Audiovisual Institute of the Jagiellonian University), Roman Dziadkiewicz (artist, Doctor of Arts), Monika Kiwak (dancer), Mira Marcinów (philosopher, psychologist, PhD student at the Institute of Psychology of the Jagiellonian University), improvising musicians, guests and others.
Settling on the island
Very intensive workshops for the Misfits collective with elements of relaxation and psychophysical techniques – hypnosis, regressing, working with the body, consciousness and unconsciousness (individual and collective). A series of activities or a lack of activities making it possible to descend to a horizontal “zero” state (no language, no culture, no property, no relations). After that, we will slowly become active in the utopian perspective of the here and now.
Residing on the island, the Misfits created their own culture, cumulated energy, penetrated the park and its vicinity, they seduced and kidnaped people and non-people, they spread viruses of equality, freedom and love; they rehearsed and prepared for the final explosion.
Day of Insubordination
Each first Monday following the Kupala Night is the day of insubordination, perversity and licence. Do not give in to discipline or order. The Day of Insubordination is also the day to smile.
We invite you to a (POST)PORNOGRAPHY workshop
conducted by Roman and Opałka
special guest: Pola Dwurnik
Yoga on the island
We are still expanding the encampment. We need old clothes and rags, and we keep collecting PET bottles necessary to build a raft.
The final explosion. RAVE – HUMAN ENERGY GENERATOR
Real and ritual excess, collective acting-out, an emanation of collective powers, a concert in the park, fire, music, beats and battles, screams and moans, love and aggression, a distillation of power, curry made of people and spiced up by making their heads spin, burning bras and burning bridges, spreading rumours, a psycho-fair and a massacre-picnic.
dj gretzky (pl) +live drums and a mermaid’s song, mk fever (sparks from the decks), kacper ziemianin aka ghostman (uk), sounds of apocalypse, sounds of death, marta poznańska (uk), sounds of the park, contact, improvisations, performance and an abundance of surprises and forms open to anything.
20/06/2012 - 29/06/2012
16:00 The construction of rafts and elements of the encampment
19:00 AESTHETICS, I.E. THE POLITICS OF URBAN SPACE
21:00 LOVE AND REVOLUTION OR KUPALA NIGHT
22/06/2012 - 24/06/2012
Settling on the island
24/06/2012 - 29/06/2012
20:00 Day of Insubordination
11:15 Yoga on the island
The final explosion. RAVE – HUMAN ENERGY GENERATOR