Monday, 1 October 2007

What is an art, what is a fiction ?

A picture is showing John McCracken's work 'Tantric' with an unexpected company.

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Fun factor was there too

Kassel 1st Day of Workshop by A Prior Magazine

First day of our workship was organized by Andrea Wiarda, editor of A Prior, the magazine based in Ghent, Belgiun. We attended conversation between Allan Sekula, Documenta 11 and 12 artist, featuring in the last issue with another editor of APM Monika Szewczyk. In the afternoon they were joined by Sven Augustijnen and Valerie Mannaerts, who are also APM artists in the framwork of Documenta 12 Magazines Platform. Dicussed where their contributions to the magazine. In addition they brought the matter in which extend pages of the magazine can be understood as the space for art as well as artist's contribution the actual artwork. Timely question in the frame of this gigantic show offering so much less intimate involvement in the process of perception and rather superficial reading, shaped by the scale and offered very little guidance for general public.

Day 2 in Kassel

waiting ...
finally inside!


after all day with art!

Friday, 28 September 2007


Impression from Documenta made by Igor Duszyński & Kordian Lewandowski with Ola`s and Roma`s help.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Participant: Niko Solorio

Niko Solorio (Video Artist / Musician) -

Niko’s very wry and humorous works are concerned with the false constructs of identity that play out in visual media. His video installations often embody a dreamlike point of view–a sort of dulled, satiated, reflection upon desire, which is posited for the viewer as a safe place in world replete with representations. Also an experimental musician, he performs as POCKET NIKO (, a one-man-band that is spreading DANCE REVOLUTION across the land with analog digital beats and harmonies.

Here you can watch his music video called DANCE REVOLUTION

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Participant: Franciszek Budzyński

Franciszek Budzyński - born in 1984. He studies culture at the University of Gdańsk and collaborates with Wyspa Institute of Art. He has organised an exhibition of street art in underground passage near Gdynia Stocznia SKM station. He also collaborates with artzin called "ASAP" and Modelator. He is interested in art in public space and architecture.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Exercise made by Artur Żmijewski: part 2.

Artur Żmijewski was a special guest on Documenta as a Fiction workshops. In the morning he has shown us his film "Them" which he presents on Documenta 12, and later he made an exercise. He asked participants to critcise each other their pieces of art. First authors were talking about their works, which we could see on photographs, and than we were suposed to critcise them using different tools.

Friday, 3 August 2007

Participant: Mateusz Skóra

Mateusz Skóra studies Art History at University of Poznań and Photography at Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. He is interested in contemporary photography considered as a tool with potential to change the way we think about our physical and social world. Currently colaborates with Wyspa Institute of Art.


Special guest: Artur Żmijewski

Artur Zmijewski
Them, 2007
courtesy Foksal Gallery Foundation

Artur Żmijewski
1966 born in Warsaw
1990-95 studies at the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
1995 diploma in the studio of Professor Grzegorz Kowalski
1999 studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam
2000 first prize (Premio Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l’Arte) for the video film An Eye for an Eye, during the exhibition Guarene Arte 2000, Guarene d’Alba
2005 first prize for the video Repetition at KunstFilmBiennale 2005 Cologne

1966 urodzony w Warszawie
1990-95 studia na Wydziale Rzeźby Akademii Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie
1995 dyplom w pracowni profesora Grzegorza Kowalskiego
1999 studia w Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
2000 główna nagroda (Premio Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l’Arte) na wystawie Guarene Arte 2000 za film Oko za oko, Guarene d’Alba
2005 główna nagroda za film Powtórzenie na festiwalu KunstFilmBiennale 2005 w Kolonii

Solo Exhibitions / Wystawy indywidualne
Artur Żmijewski. Ausgewählte arbeiten, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Plug In # 24. Artur Żmijewski (Plug In. De collectie anders / Plug In. Re-imagining The collection), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Artur Żmijewski. Wybrane prace, Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, Gdańsk
Artur Żmijewski, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich

Einmal ist Keinmal, Kunsthalle Basel
Powtórzenie (Repetition), the Polish Pavilion at the LI International Biennale of Venice
Arrivals: Poland. Artur Zmijewski and Pawel Althamer, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; Turner Contemporary, Margate

The Singing Lesson, Helsingin Taidehalli, Helsinki
Artur Zmijewski, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge
Lekcja śpiewu. Filmy i fotografie z lat 1997–2003 (The Singing Lesson. Films and Photos from 1997–2003), BWA Gallery, Jelenia Góra
Artur Żmijewski. Selected Works, 1998–2003, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston

Lekcja śpiewu (The Singing Lesson), Arsenał Gallery, Białystok
(with Paweł Althamer) So genannte Wellen und andere Phänomene des Geistes, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Lekcja śpiewu (The Singing Lesson), Kronika Gallery, Bytom
Restar y Sumar. Artur Żmijewski, ITESO, Clavigero de Guadalajara
The Singing Lesson, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Lekcja śpiewu 1 / Lekcja śpiewu 2 (The Singing Lesson 1 / The Singing Lesson 2), Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
The Singing Lesson 2, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Leipzig

An Eye for an Eye, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
The Singing Lesson, Collective Gallery, Dublin

Na spacer (Out for a Walk), Foksal Gallery, Warsaw
KR WP, a.r.t. Gallery, Płock
Berek (The Game of Tag), a.r.t. Gallery, Płock

Ausgewählte Arbeiten, Gallery & Foundation Wyspa Progress, Gdańsk

Oko za oko (An Eye for an Eye), Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Polish Institute, Budapest

Śpiew sardynek (Sardines Song), a.r.t. Gallery, Płock

Tożsamość dzidzi (The Babe’s Identity), A.R. Friends Gallery (Tęcza Cinema-Theatre), Warsaw

Akty (Nudes), a.r.t. Gallery, Płock

Selected Group Exhibitions / Wystawy zbiorowe
documenta 12, Kassel
Silenzio. Una mostra da ascoltare, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
L’œil-écran ou la nouvelle image. 100 vidéos pour repenser le monde, Casino Luxembourg – Fourum d’art contemorain, Luxembourg
Lessons in Learning, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1,2,3…Awangarda. Eksperyment/Film/Sztuka/Archiwum / 1,2,3…Avant-Garde, Experiment/Film/Art/Archive, Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
Personal Affairs. Neue Formen der Intimität, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
In Search of the Lost Time, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
Strange Powers, Creative Time, New York
Policja / Police, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków
Höhepunkte der KunstFilmBiennale, KW Kunszt-Werke Berlin e.V., Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
YOU WON’T FEEL A THING. On Panic, Obsession, Anesthesia and Rituality, Kunsthaus Dresden, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Dresden
A Short History of Performance, Whitechapel Gallery, London
La Monnaie Vivante, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge
Irreducible : Contemporary Short Form Video, Bronx Museum of Arts, New York

Between the Furniture and the Building, FR 66, Paris; Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge (2006) / [s], Cente for Contemporary Art, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
Wizerunek artysty, National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw
War is Over. 1945-2005 La Libertà dell’arte, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo
Das Heilige und der Leib Schätze aus dem Natinalmuseum Warschau, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden / National Museum of Art, Warsaw
Positioning. In the New Reality of Europe: Art from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima (2006)
Das unmögliche Theater, Kunsthalle Wien; Barbican Art Gallery, London (2006)
(with Paweł Althamer) Kollektive Kreativität / Collective Creativity, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
(films made with Paweł Althamer) Paweł Althamer zachęca (Paweł Althamer Incites), National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw
(with Paweł Althamer and the Nowolipie Group) Akademie. Kunst lehren und lernen, Kunstverein in Hamburg
Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video, Centre for Contemporary Art, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, Miami Art Central
compulsive_handmades, Press to Exit Project Space, Skopje

Warszawa – Moskwa / Moskwa – Warszawa 1900–2000 (Warsaw – Moscow / Moscow – Warsaw 1900–2000), National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw; Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2005)
Instant Europe – Photography and Video from the New Europe, Villa Manin, Passariano
ahalegina esfuerzo, Kolodo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastián
Rendez-vous Nova Polska, Espace Croisé, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Roubaix
Minority Report. Challenging Intolerance in Contemporary Denmark, Aarhus Festival of Contemporary Art, Aarhus
(films made with Paweł Althamer) Paweł and Vincent. The Vincent Award, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
E.U. Positive – Kunst aus dem neuen Europa, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Powinność i bunt. Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie 1944–2004 (Duty and Rebellion. Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw 1944–2004), National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw
Videozoom – Videoartisti Polacchi, Palazzo San Carluccio, Polish Institute in Rome, Viterbo
Mémoires du temps de l’immaturité, Passage de Retz, Paris
Fin des temps ! L’histoire n’est plus. L’art polonais du 20e siècle, l’Hôtel des Arts, Centre Méditerranéen d’Art, Toulon
Privatisierungen. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Osteuropa, KW Kunst–Werke Berlin e.V. Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Videodreams, Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Under the White-Red Flag. New Art from Poland, Estonian Art Museum, Rotermann Salt Storage, Tallinn; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Nizhny Novgorod branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Arsenał, Nizhegorodsky Kreml; Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts, Nizhny Tagil
Videoformes 2004. XIX International Video and New Media Art Event, Clermont – Ferrand
Passage Europe; Realities, References; A Certain Look at Central and Eastern European Art, Musee d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Metropole, Saint-Etienne
Breakthrough: Perspectives on Art from the Ten New EU Members’ States, Grote Kerte Den Haag
Rzeźbiarze fotografują (Photography by sculptors), Museum of Xawery Dunikowski, Królikarnia Palace, National Museum in Warsaw

Topos Polonicus – Stockholm Art Fair, Sollentunamässan, Stockholm
Reversed Art and Engineering. Polish Contemporary Art, Skulpturens Hus Gallery, Stockholm
Art Focus 4, International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Jerusalem
Pressing Flesh: Skin, Touch, Intimacy, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Die Aufgabe der Zeit, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
Co widzi trupa wyszklona źrenica? (What Does the Corpse's Glazed Pupil See?), District Museum, Bydgoszcz
Aktuelle Fotografie aus Polen, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg
Phalanstère, Centre d'Art Contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge
Sound System, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
New Polish Video Art, Atelier Nord, Oslo
Ukryte w słońcu (Hidden in a Daylight), Foksal Gallery Foundation, Cieszyn
Interior Secrets of the Body, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Rhythm is a dancer, it's a soul’s companion, you can feel it everywhere, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
Gleiche Rechte für Behinderte, Kunstausstellung von Ernesto Weber, Hans Witschi und Artur Żmijewski, Behindertenforum und Seneparla-Kulturbüro, Offene Kirche Elisabethen, Basel
Gleiche Rechte – Droits Egaux, Kornhausforum (Galerie), Bern
Des/fragmentar, Museo Universitario de Ciencices y Arte Roma, Mexico City
InteGracja. Sztuka wobec acedii po 7-8 czerwca 2003 (InteGration. Art Towards Acedia after June 7-8, 2003), Program Gallery, Warsaw
Public Rituals. Art-Videos from Poland, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien
red, rad, rod kriticari suizabrali / order, labour, gender, Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade

Sąsiad(ka) – Nachbar(i)n. Polen-Österreich. Fotografie, Film, Video – aus Polen, WUK Projektraum, Vienna; Arsenał Gallery, Poznań; Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw
Potrzeba realizmu / A Need for Realism. Solitude in Ujazdowski, Center for Contemporary Art, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
Co widzi trupa wyszklona źrenica? (What Does the Corpse's Glazed Pupil See?), National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw
Co widzi trupa wyszklona źrenica? (What Does the Corpse's Glazed Pupil See?, 2nd edition), Academia Theater, Warsaw
Polska (Poland), Academia Theater, Warsaw
Liverpool Biennial 2002, Liverpool
Manifesta 4. European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Städelisches Kunstinstitut, Künstlerhause Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main
Niebezpieczne związki (Dangerous Liaisons), Arsenał Gallery, Poznań

Abbild, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Milano Europa 2000. Triennale di Milano, Palazzo della Triennale, Milano
Co widzi trupa wyszklona źrenica? (What Does the Corpse's Glazed Pupil See?, 1st edition), Academia Theater, Warsaw
International Collection of Contemporary Art, Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
Zimna wojna sztuki ze społeczeństwem (Cold War Between Art and Society), Theatrical Association Łaźnia, Kraków
Pomiędzy: sztuka polska 1945 – 2000 / In-Between. Art from Poland 1945 – 2000, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

Scena 2000 (Scene 2000), Center for Contemporary Art, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
SEXXX, Inżynierska 3, Warsaw; a.r.t. Gallery, Płock (2001)
Polen – Postindustrial Sorrow, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden
Sławomir Belina – Osiem (Sławomir Belina – Eight), Mały Salon, National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw
Forum Galerii i innych miejsc sztuki w Polsce (Art Gallery Forum), Gallery & Foundation Wyspa Progress, Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia, Gdańsk
Guarene Arte 2000, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba
Wojna w człowieku (War in Man), Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko
In freiheit \ endlich, Polnische Kunst nach 1989, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden; Polen Museum, Rapperswil (2001); Museum of Xawery Dunikowski, Królikarnia Palace, National Museum in Warsaw (2001); National Museum in Szczecin (2001)

What You See is What You Get. Projected: Poland, Medium Gallery, Bratislava
Can You Hear Me? - 2nd Ars Baltica Triennale of Photographic Art, Stadtgalerie, Kiel; Kunsthalle, Rostock (2000); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2000); Kunsthaus Dresden (2000); Galleria OTSO, Espoo (2001)
Blue Fire, 3rd Biennial Prague. Young Artists from Central Europe, City Gallery The House of the Stone Bell, Prague
After the Wall. Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Galerie im Hamburger Banhof, Berlin
Rondo. A Selection of Works by Central and Eastern European Artists, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Parteitag (3rd edition), BWA Gallery for Contemporary Art, Katowice
Generations. Polish Art at the End / Beginning of Century. 30 Artists from Warsaw, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Pushkin Gallery 10, Sankt Petersburg

Figura w rzeźbie polskiej XIX i XX wieku (The Figure in Polish 19th and 20th Sculpture Art), Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko; Museum of Xawery Dunikowski, Królikarnia Palace, National Museum in Warsaw; National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw (1999)
Germinations X. European Biennale for Young Artists, The Factory, Exhibition Hall of the Academy of Fine Art, Athens; IN/OUT, Higher Institute of Arts, Antwerp
Fragment of Collection 3, National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw
Parteitag (2nd edition), a.r.t. Gallery, Płock
OIKOS IV, District Museum, Bydgoszcz
Fauna, New Manege, Moscow; National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw
Via#4 Festival, Escape Provert – Centre Culturel, Savigny-le-Temple
W tym szczególnym momencie / At the Time of Writing, Centre for Contemporary Art, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw

Nowe terytorium ekspresji (New Territory of Expression), Centre for Contemporary Art, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
Photography’97, Pałac Sztuki, Krakow
Parteitag (art exhibition, 1st edition), Inżynierska 3, Warsaw
I International Arts Meeting Katowice’97, BWA Gallery for Contemporary Art, Katowice
Passport: Exchange (Ex)Change, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Arthouse Multimedia Centre, Dublin; National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw (1998)
Exhibition of the Polish Participants, 10th Edition of the European Project of Young Artists. Germinations, National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw

Galeria Przyjaciół A.R. (A.R. Friends Gallery), Museum of Xawery Dunikowski, Królikarnia Palace, National Museum in Warsaw
Pokolenie’ 96 (Generation’ 96), BWA Gallery for Contemporary Art, Katowice
Ja i AIDS (Me and AIDS), Czereja Gallery, (Stolica cinema), Warsaw; a.r.t. Gallery, Płock; Artists’ Society Water – Tower, Bydgoszcz; Gallery & Foundation Wyspa Progress, Gdańsk

Transhumation, Pictures Gallery, Kaunas

Na pięknej łące puszczam w kosmos seryjne, białe stolce (On a Beautiful Meadow I am Getting Rid of Series of White Stools in Outer Space), Czereja Gallery (Stolica cinema), Warsaw
Rzeźba z ruchu (Sculpture from Movement), Aspekt Gallery, Warsaw
Rzeźba ruchliwa. Okazja do posunięć (Mobile Sculpture), Czereja Gallery (Stolica cinema), Warsaw

Pracownia Grzegorza Kowalskiego. Kardynał, Wieczerza (Studio of Grzegorz Kowalski. Cardinal, Supper), Dziekanka Gallery, Warsaw

Screenings and Broadcasts / Pokazy filmów
Powtórzenie, Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, Gdańsk 10.11.2006
Sonambiente. Festival für hören und schen, Klang Kunst Sound Art, Berlin
Powtórzenie, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków
Powtórzenie, Redakcja Krytyki Politycznej, Warszawa 11.10.2006
Powtórzenie, Galeria Manhattan, Łódź, 21.04.2006
Powtórzenie, BWA Gallery, Zielona Góra
Powtórzenie / Repetition, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Powtórzenie / Repetition, International Documentary Festiwal Amsterdam
Powtórzenie / Repetition, KunstFilmBiennale 2005 Cologne
Pokaz filmów, Galeria Manhattan, Łódź
Powtórzenie / Repetition, National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Warsaw
Decoding Poland, Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam, February 24, 2005
Werkschau von Artur Żmijewski – kurzfilm, Transmediale International Media Art Festival Berlin, February 8, 2005
Pokaz filmów Artura Żmijewskiego (Screening of Artur Żmijewski’s films), Foksal Gallery Foundation, Muranów cinema, Warsaw, November 3, 2004
Art Paris 2004. Foire d’art moderne + contemporain, Polish Institut, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, October 22–25, 2004
Artprojx. Cinema Series Two, London, October 16–18, 2004
Pielgrzymka (Pilgrimage. Artur Żmijewski and Paweł Althamer), screening of film in TR Warszawa, Warsaw, October 4, 2004
The Singing Lesson, Nuit Blanche, Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montrouge, Paris, October 2–3, 2004
Six Feet Under: Make Nice, White Box, New York, August 3–7, 2004
Pomiędzy awangardą a postmodernizmem (Between the Avantgarde and Post-modernism), Teatr Nowy, Łódź, May 22, 2004
Nasz śpiewnik (Our Songbook), Arsenał Gallery, XIX Days of Contemporary Art, May 21 – June 20, 2004, Białystok
Artur Żmijewski: The Singing Lesson, Klub im Podewil, Berlin, March 18 – April 11, 2004
Supermacht Mann und die Powerfrauen, Treffpunkt Kultur, ORF TV, Vienna, November 10, 2003
Nuit Blanche, La Grand Halle de La Villette, Paris, October 4, 2003
Fiut a sprawa polska (The Dick and the Polish Question), Sfinks, Sopot, August 31, 2003
Artur Żmijewski – Video, Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Słupsk, February 19 –March 2, 2003 (with Jacek Malinowski) Powściągliwość i praca (Temperance and Toil), Parakino, Center for Contemporary Art Łaźnia, Gdańsk, February 7, 2002
Pokaz filmów Artura Żmijewskiego i Jacka Malinowskiego (Screening of films of Artur Żmijewski and Jacek Malinowski), Cross Over Association & Cogitatur Theater, Katowice, December 12, 2001
Cinemathèque. Projekcja filmów Artur Żmijewskiego i Jacka Malinowskiego (Cinemathèque. Screening of films of Artur Żmijewski and Jacek Malinowski), Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow, November 28, 2001
Azyl. IV Akcja Teatralna. Przegląd niekonwencjonalnych zjawisk kultury (IV Theatre Action. Festival of Fringe Art), Studio Gallery, Warsaw September 16, 2001
41st Krakow Film Festiwal, Krakow, May 25–29, 2001