Codes, texts and contexts are hidden in the music. The artists at the "Codex Subpartum" exhibition will use a spectacular sound installation to translate into the language of music the content hidden in eight works of art from the collection of the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. The exhibition will be on display from December 18, 2021 to February 6, 2022 in Marres, Huis voor Hedendaagse Cultuur in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
The project involves three musicians and artists - Michał Libera, Barbara Kinga Majewska and Konrad Smoleński. In the following weeks, the creators will work on a new piece of music that will replace the previous one. Each of the works is inspired by one of the eight works from the collection of the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. In Codex Subpartum, artists use the sound to search for words in Wacław Szpakowski's great-handwriting, memories in the graphics of Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, computational algorithms in Suzanne Treister’s diagrams, or distorting vision elixirs in the works of Bob Cobbing.
The "Codex Subpartum" is the second display of this project. The first one was presented at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź between April 12 and June 8, 2019, as one of the scenes of the "Prototypes" project. As part of it, invited artists used the works from the museum’s resources to try to model our contemporary reality. Thanks to their activities, the museum’s collection turned into a pool of practices and methods awaiting updating, reusing or launching them. This repeated exploitation of the existing works and testing their potential in different contexts was an expression of concern for the sustainability, in the ecological spirit, of
production of new works. In 2019, within the framework of three editions of the project the following artists were creatively cooperating: Fashion House Limanka, a team composed of Barbara Kinga Majewska, Michał Libera, Konrad Smoleński and Zinc & Copper, Carolina Caycedo, also Agata Siniarska. In January 2022, we will open another exhibition as part of the project, this time the interpretation of works from the museum's collection will be made by Marek Sobczyk.
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with: