"Euzebio" with Piotrowicz- concert online
We met at a safe, virtual distance and spent a Saturday evening at a concert that Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi had transferred to cyberspace. We engaged in such activities to further explore and popularise the electroacoustic works of Polish artists. We were accompanied by the music of Robert Piotrowicz from his latest album Euzebio.
Facebook page of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź
“The body of Euzebio was found all covered in mud. Small devices attached to his limbs were soaked in water but still produced some sounds– neither of speech, nor of the humming spong. Suddenly, when some toad or a redstart slurped, he got up suddenly, and everything started again.”
Mircea Eliade, Euzebio, The Man Who Did Not Exist, Yet Still Shook the Forest
Robert Piotrowicz's concert inaugurated our next joint undertaking– a book telling the story of the godfather of Polish electronic music. Patkowski. Ambasador muzyki z Marsa (Patkowski. Ambassador of Music from Mars) is the second publication in the series Biblioteka SEPR (PRES Library) promoting the legacy of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio which, for many years, has been focusing a great deal of interests and research efforts of the team of Muzeum Sztuki and Bôłt Records curators. Agnieszka Pindera, the author of the publication, tells the story of Józef Patkowski, a musicologist, the founder and a long serving manager of the Studio. A year ago, a selection of texts titled Czarny pokój i inne pokoje (Black Room and Other Rooms) was released which, among others, gives a more in-depth insight into how the relationships between the Experimental Studio and composers evolved and describes interdisciplinary projects, in which the Studio was engaged.
Euzebio, the album by Robert Piotrowicz, was released early this year by Bôłt Records label with whom Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź has been cooperating for quite some time. In 2013, we worked together on a compilation Sounding the Body Electric on the occasion of the exhibition showcased in our museum under the same title and dedicated to intersections of technology and body in art of the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, we called the "common" field with an operational term "early Eastern European sound art" and focused primarily on works in which sound was approached from the perspective of other genres of art. When compiling the publication, Michał Mendyk and Daniel Muzyczuk followed the two fundamental issues vividly debated in the 1960s: object and space. Together with Bôłt Records we also published documentation of spatial sound installation by Teresa Kelm, Zygmunt Krauze and Henryk Morel displayed at the above-mentioned exhibition.
Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz is also one of the publishers of the first publication devoted to the Experimental Studio in English. It is edited by David Crowley Ultra Sounds. The Sonic Art of Polish Radio Experimental Studio (2019) (as a result of the PRES conference which we co-organized with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2017).
Robert Piotrowicz– a sonic artist, author of radio plays, composer and improvisor. Co-founder of Musica Genera Festival and Musica Genera record label. In addition to solo albums, he released collaborations with artists such as C. Spencer Yeh, Kevin Drumm, Jérôme Noetinger, Burkhard Stangl, and Anna Zaradny. https://robertpiotrowicz.bandcamp.com