How things hold together – Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art – Warsaw PL

With the kind support of Flanders State of the Arts, Joanna Tercjak and Anna Czaban

Following the format of an open studio, ‘How things hold together’ presents 4 process-based small objects, related to the scale of my body plus 5 sculpture assemblages that could operate as wearable objects in the future exploration of my practice-based research. The produced sculptures gather the materialization of different interpersonal spaces which I have experienced during my time in Warsaw.

Over the course of the 3-month residency period -from March to May 2018- I have assumed the position of my body as a ‘place’, extended into and towards other bodies, objects and places in a reciprocal coexistence and this through various artistic processes.

The aim of my artistic work is to incentivize different ways of ‘thinking together by doing, from the place of production itself’. Therefore, I organized several collaborative practices with the participation of invited people. The Belgian choreographer and dancer Klaas Freek Devos and the Peruvian -Madrid based- visual artist Jimena Kato came to Warsaw for one-to-one practice-based workshops, and 12 people from Warsaw who reacted to an open call for the choreographic workshop ‘The time and space we share together’, participated in a 1-day workshop.

Out of all these intense and interesting collaborations and through the process of mutual exchange, I have materialized the knowledge generated during these workshops through the production of -what I call- sculpture-machines; objects that can help us to learn together about the importance of the spaces that our bodies can share.

I will present the outcomes of my research at a venue called the ‘laboratory building’ with the intention to activate some of the architecture features of this particular building. The laboratory building has very specific functions inside the Ujazdowski’s institutional programme. It houses the temporary rooms for invited artists and curators, meeting rooms, a laboratory for artistic production, storage and a technical room but also one of the most attractive venues for performance and concerts in the city. The polyvalent character of this architecture is of importance to me.

I am intrigued how this variety of functions allows to draw different people together and how they constantly interact with each other and with the different objects present in the building, either when they are performing or visiting, participating or just observing.

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