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1,2,3… Avant-Gardes: Analytical Strategies

This programme examines different experimental methods developed during the 1970s by Polish artists linked to collective projects such as the Film Form Workshop, and to productions more closely related to educational undertakings, such as films by Józef Robakowski made with his students from the Lódz Cinema School. The selection includes films by: Józef Robakowski, Kazimierz Bendkowski, Ryszard Wasko, Pawel Kwiek, Zbigniew Rybczynski.

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1,2,3… Avant-Gardes: Games and Participation

The radical utopian concept of ‘Open Form,’ developed by the influential Polish architect Oskar Hansen, was originally developed in the international context of late-modernist debates on architecture during the 1950s and was later applied to experiments in cinema and performance by several Polish artists. Hansen employed the concept at the Fine Arts Academy of Warsaw during the 1970s. These sessions witnessed the emergence of the ‘artistic game’, a mode of practice that encouraged communication and cooperation between the artist and various participants. The films in this programme document some of the artistic games carried out in the period, while two contemporary works recover the element of communication that was typical in Hansen’s artistic games. Artists include Oskar Hansen, Pawel Althamer, Artur Zmijewski, Zofia Kulik, Przemyslaw Kwiek.

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1,2,3… Avant-Gardes: Consumption

Pop Art was a strong tendency in Polish experimental film in addition to the country’s better known structuralist cinema practices. The 1970s gave rise to a strong current of artists who considered their own work an attempt to establish a critical or affirmative link with the popular / quasi-consumerist culture of socialist Poland. The group included Natalia LL, Zdzislaw Sosnowski, Janusz Haka, and Zygmunt Rytka.

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Lukasz Ronduda, PhD, is an art historian, art critic and curator, founder of the Archive of Polish Experimental Film at Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (www.csw.art.pl). He works at Warsaw School of Social Psychology. He curated the exhibitions: Marysia Lewandowska/Neil Cummings: Enthusiasts from the amateur film clubs (CCA Warsaw 2004, Whitechapell Art Gallery, London 2005), The Workshop of the Film Form (Electronic Arts Intermix, NY, 2004), Down with the pimps of art, relations between art and punk (Warsaw Stock Exchange 2006), Polish socialist Conceptualism from the 70s (Orchard, NY, 2007), 1,2,3...Avant-gardes. Film/Art between Experiment and the Archive (CCA Warsaw 2006; Kunstlerhaus, Stuttgart 2007; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao 2007/2008). He is the author and editor of several books: Subversive strategies in media art (Krakow, Rabid 2006), 1,2,3...Avant-gardes. Film/Art between Experiment and the Archive (Sternber Press, 2007), Polish New Wave Cinema, the history of the phenomenon that never existed (Warsaw 2008). He is a co-editor of Piktogram Magazine (www.piktogram.org).

 

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