Invisible to the Eye. Spiritual Workshops
For the sixth time already the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź has got engaged in cooperation with the Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź (Polish abbr. ASP) by offering its students the space for collaboration with artists and curators within the framework dictated by an artistic and educational project. This time, the mentor was Katarzyna Kozyra who proposed the participants to explore the subject of spirituality and immateriality.
How can diverse artistic media show phenomena that are invisible to the eye, such as chemical, physical but also metaphysical, spiritual, and emotional processes? How can art convey the immateriality of these phenomena and processes?
The invisible creates the visible. During the workshops we were seeking to find these invisible interpretations. Spirituality is invisible only on the face of it. To detect what is hidden from the eyes, our bodies have formed organs which cannot be described in biological terms, strings sensitive to spirituality. We are only trying to transpose these inexplicable, silent vibrations to materialise what is invisible to the eye.
Sometimes there are no easy and quick solutions to real problems. When mind, heart, and body cannot cope with traumatic experience one may seek help in an unreal, imaginary world. This world may be more friendly and much safer to us. Spirituality, looking for it, asking questions and observing the invisible details may turn out to be therapeutical and beneficial. Believing the impossible gives strength and power in the most desperate circumstances.
We all go through very difficult moments, we are ashamed of it and do not want to talk about it. The situation builds a wall around us, we feel isolated in times of personal crisis. We ask questions, seek to find answers, we hold on to the imaginary and wish it were real.
To participants, these spiritual workshops, stripped of the physical aspect due to their online format, were a rather unusual experience which somehow highlighted the subject even stronger. To artists, taking part in the project, it was an attempt to get confronted with their own spirituality which sensitized them to their own creative rituals and practices.