Due to the celebration of the city of Łódź's birthday, on July 26, 2024 (Friday), entry tickets to the ms1 and ms2 branches will be available for 1 PLN. Tickets available only in stationary sales at ticket offices.

Audio Situations. Archival records

Stefan Themerson imagined a man of the future immersed in "radio-phono-vision," that is, the multi-sensory experience of phonics and vision. He wrote about this in an article titled “Radio Possibilities” for the magazine The 20th Century in 1928. The artist experimented with layers of image and sound together with Franciszka Themerson in jointly produced films, i.e. Moment Musical (1933), Short Circuit (1935), The Adventure of a Good Citizen (1937), Calling Mr. Smith (1943). In their last film, produced in 1944, The Eye and the Ear, the Themersons documented four different ways of combining acoustic and optical impressions. The goal was to create coherent content derived from a  variety of media.

INFO

Place

ms1, 36 Więckowskiego Street (entrance from 43 Gdańska Street)

Time

April 23 ‒ August 16, 2024

entrance

1 PLN (A ticket to the temporary exhibition at ms1 also entitles the visitor to view the presentation).

In the 1970s, sound was subjected to numerous tests by the Warsztat Formy Filmowej [Film Form Workshop]. The students of the film school in Lodz, who formed this artistic group, were primarily interested in exploring the language of film forms and audiovisual performances. A project of 30 Sound Situations by Ryszard Wasko, among others, has been preserved in the Archives of the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz. Using a static shot and the repeated clacking of wooden boards, the artist examined the acoustic effects of selected outdoor shooting locations. 

In 1973, on the initiative of the Warsztat Formy Filmowej group, Ryszard Stanislawski (then Director of the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz) made the Museum space available for workshop activities. At that time, Wojciech Bruszewski prepared the sound action Intersection, in which he transferred sounds recorded live at the intersection of Więckowski and Gdańska Streets to the interior of the exhibition hall.  

In the face of the intensive practices of rational art, Andrzej Partum came out reciting the slogan Avant-garde Silence. He first used it in 1974 on a banner he hung over Krakowskie Przedmieście Street in Warsaw.

The sounds favored ephemeral activities organized independently of the official art scene. In 1974, Krzysztof Zarębski presented The Freezing of Sound at the Bureau de la Poesie by literally freezing a fragment of a pre-recorded sound tape in an ice cube. Tomasz Sikorski, on the other hand, decided to shout the word "No" into the camera and in front of the audience during a performance at the Pracownia Dziekanka [Dean’s Leave Studio], but deprived himself of his voice in the recording. 

The musicians themselves experimented with sound. Since 1958, in the Experimental Studio of the Polish Radio, Eugeniusz Rudnik ‒ composer of electronic and electro-acoustic music, author of scripts for radio programs, collector of sounds ‒ was responsible for sound production. The Museum's collection includes the artist's archive, which, in addition to the recorded tapes themselves, contains detailed descriptions of the sound structures of the works. 

In 1974, the student club "Stodoła" hosted the first concert of the composer group KEW (the name comes from the initials of the first names of Krzysztof [Knittel], Elżbieta [Sikora] and Wojciech [Michniewski]). KEW focused on the possibilities of electronic music by incorporating elements of improvisation and theater into live performances. In addition to their own works, group members created collective compositions, i.e. The Second Secret Poem to a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire.

In the early 1990s, the group Earth Mindel Würm (Marek Rogulski and Piotr Wyrzykowski) was organized in Gdansk. In their performance actions, the artists referred to primitive cultures, mixing myths of various civilizations with a new narrative. They created ritualistic shows in which they performed in animal leathers and with painted bodies. They also performed live music using prepared guitars, drums and sound transducers. In 2022, the group's archive with documentation of their joint artistic actions, as well as prints and publications, was donated to the Library of the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz.

The presentation of archival materials is available every day (mezzanine above the library in ms1), except Mondays and weekends, from 9am-4pm and on Thursdays from 9am-6pm. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture entitled Sound Archives scheduled for June 27, 2024.

The Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz also collects sounds! A story about the recordings in the collection of the Department of Scientific Documentation as well as the collection of the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz in general. On what media were they recorded? Is it still possible to reproduce them? What was the sound of Ryszard Stanislawski's voice and Wladyslaw Hasior's? What did printers - students of Władysław Strzemiński ‒ discuss at a meeting in the museum's library in 1974?

Moderated by Maciej Cholewiński

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Place

ms1, 36 Więckowskiego Street (entrance from 43 Gdańska Street)

Time

April 23 ‒ August 16, 2024

entrance

1 PLN (A ticket to the temporary exhibition at ms1 also entitles the visitor to view the presentation).

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