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Surowiec Łukasz

Born in 1985 in Rzeszów. Graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. From 2007-2009 he was a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and from 2009-2010 of the Universität der Künste in Berlin. A Minister of Culture Scholarship holder from 2008-2009. An interdisciplinary artist, sculptor, performer, video artist, creator of actions in public space. He participated in many group and individual exhibitions, both in Poland and abroad. The most important presentations of his work include: Nice to meet you (Art Agenda Nova in Krakow), Nawet o tym nie myśl (Leto gallery in Warsaw) and Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku (CSW Kronika in Bytom). He participated in the Polish video art reviews such as: (Un)Polish in the Petra Vankova gallery in Berlin, Hejnał Expedition Art Festival in Minsk and the Design Attack Festival in Krakow.

Łukasz Surowiec was also nominated for the Start Point award for the best European art academies diploma. In 2012 the artist will take part in the 7th edition of the Berlin Biennale.
Everybody’s space – nobody’s space

Łukasz Surowiec’s project developed as part of this year’s ArtBook Festival took the form of a joint action conducted by the artist and a group of Krakow students. Everybody’s space – nobody’s space was an attempt to square up to our habits concerning our behaviour in the city. Literally domesticated space of the Krakow city centre is a place of meetings, lectures, joint actions. Through change of the character of the place a passive user turned into an active participant, who was capable of thinking over the functions of the adapted space and his/her place in it. Thanks to the planned interventions, young people perceived public space as a place shaped by them in accordance with social consensus, and not only by top-down decisions of authorities.

The project was also focused on the ‘prohibited’ areas (available only to sight), excluded from social activity, possibility of a meeting or a discussion. The feeling of civil freedom – in this case including a positive element of rebellion and anarchy – can be manifested through an attempt to inhabit the city, to function in it on the basis of negotiated rules.

The action was a special attempt to balance between critical perception of the city space, through which we may identify manifestations of authority’s microphysics inducing us to specific behaviours, and participation or use of recreation in the city. It had also been a city game in which our ‘unhinderance’, or chance to have fun and break free for a while from common patterns of proper behaviour, is at stake.

Curator: Szymon Maliborski

Pictures: Weronika Szmuc


10:00 Everybody’s space – nobody’s space