When space becomes form - Lecture by Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk

“When space becomes form.   Katarzyna Kobro’s idea of sculpture and experimenting with the body and perception in art of the early 20th century”

ms2, Ogrodowa 19, audiovisual room

2nd February 2017, Thursday, at 18:00, admission free

The lecture accompanies the exhibition “Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity”.

The turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in European art marks the period of fundamental changes in the understanding of space and the way it is constructed and represented in the works of art. At that time space became the subject of intense interest in philosophy, natural sciences, theory of art and architecture, as well as in the artistic practice. It produced new understanding of space as a phenomenon, which does not exist a priori but comes into being as a result of the recipient’s  experience of move, her/his bodily activity or work performed by her/his imagination.     In the works and theory of sculpture developed by Katarzyna Kobro space also occupied a special place; by making it a fully fledged element of her sculpture compositions, Kobro has introduced fundamental formal changes to sculpture and redefined relations between the work of art and its recipient.  The lecture will focus on this new understanding of space and its relevance to psycho-technical experiments in art and culture of the early 20th century.  We will also pose a question to what extent in those times the model of space, together with bodily and movement experiences related to it, can be examined in the context of attempts to optimise and rationalise human life and, in a wider sense, as a reflection of specific bio-politics exercised in the first decades of the 20th century with the help of art.

Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk – Ph.D. student at the Institute of Art History at the Jagiellonian University, graduate of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. programme  Environment-Technologies-Society (JU). She studied also at Universität Wien and at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Maintains professional ties with the Polish Institute in Berlin and with the International Cultural Centre in Krakow; works also as an independent curator.

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