Artists Moving Image programme: Agnieszka Polska
Artists' Moving Image programme: Agnieszka Polska
Thursday 16 October / 7pm / Free (donations welcome)
Pre-booking essential online via Eventbrite.
Warsaw-based artist and filmmaker Agnieszka Polska unearths forgotten histories in her films and animations. Using various unique narrative devices she blurs fact and fiction, inventing fantastical scenarios and situations with people and places from cultural legacy of the 20th century.
In her films, collages, and animated works of recent years, Agnieszka Polska has often addressed the issue of institutionalized amnesia and the retrieval of memory (particularly through fiction and confabulation), she has researched mechanisms by which various works of art, artists, or art movements have been legitimized, mythologized, or excluded. She has particularly focused on marginalized or forgotten facts from the twentieth-century history of art in Central/Eastern Europe, focusing on the moments of disappearance (ideas, bodies, materials) and on facts that have become distorted through incomplete photographic documentation or inaccurate filming, or simply from being badly remembered. Future Days picks up these threads, rendering them in the form of a hallucination - a mixture of historical structures and impossible dialogues between artists who never managed to meet in their lifetimes.
Future Days was shot during the summer of 2013, on the Swedish island of Gotland. In the film artist Agnieszka Polska creates a phantasmagoric image of a heaven inhabited by dead artists, representatives of the avant-garde, bound by a single attribute: they all, in some fashion, vanished from the art scene or discredited their own role as an artist. One of the protagonists is the influential Polish art theorist Jerzy Ludwinski, who suggested that we are living in a 'post-art epoch', and whose non-material activities require a new name and language. The artists seem incapable of being creative; they are condemned to aimless wandering, deprived of the main drive that had once spurred them onward - a fear of death and oblivion. They come in contact with eternity, which is infinitely barren and stifles the need for creativity of any sort. Along the way, the wandering artists find traces of things recalling works of art, including legendary works built into the landscape that disintegrate due of their temporal form. At some points the sky resembles a lumber room for works of art which have attained ‘assumption'. (Text by Sebastian Cichocki)
This recent collaborative work weaves the history of a gun collection - its hypnotic visuals rotating on a central axis on screen.
Analyst Sigmund Freud meets art in this animated work that applies his theory to artwork.
Polska’s unique animation techniques explore a variety of objects, collaged onscreen.
This early animation features the body in motion, capturing a variety of poses and movements with archival images.
Future Days was produced by: ACT Art Collection Telekom
Co-production: Baltic Art Center, Visby, Sweden; Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts as part of the cooperation project with the biennials of Göteborg, Liverpool and Mechelen (within the framework of the European Culture Programme 2007-2013).
This event is presented in association with the ICA with support from
The Foyle Foundation. (www.ica.org.uk)
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