The closing of "Prototypes 04: Agata Siniarska. (Land)Slip" – online performative lecture
We have the pleasure to invite you to an online performative lecture by Agata Siniarska (LAND)SLIP, which is an integral part of the "Prototypes 04" exhibition. Siniarska's exhibition, which is the fourth installment from the series created using the collections of Muzeum Sztuki, explores - often escaping our visual perception - the material aspects of the process of creating and the state of existing of works of art, as well as their twofold potential: an archive of the processes of memory and forgetfulness, and the ability to preserve and destroy the structures of the existing world.
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The starting point of the performative lecture will be the artist's work with the collection of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, its material will be selected works from our collection. During the lecture, Agata Siniarska will "discuss", among others, artworks by Alina Szapocznikow ("Big Beach", "Journey", "Corrida", "Bouquet II" or "La Lumachelle / Mussle"), Agata Ingarden ("The Sunbed"), Izabella Gustowska ("Wycinek rzeczywistości / A scrap of reality") and Simone Forti ("Zuma News"). Some of them will also be presented this year at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź as part of the new edition of the permanent exhibition "Atlas of Modernity. The 20th and 21st Century Art Collection" and temporary exhibitions.
AGATA SINIARSKA, (LAND)SLIP (from the performance text)
The body always offers us one direction – by gravity- it’s going down. Coming down to the surface of the Earth builds a new perspective of being in the world, a new way of positioning oneself towards and in the world. This is not about looking at territory with GoogleMaps, it is not looking down, it is being there, being down.
Death is an act of falling of the matter, an act of surrendering to gravity, going down to the ground, reuniting with our ancestors, including those who we have not met yet, going back to the past, to all the graves that are still to be found and uncovered…
How do life-stories, species, our loved ones, situations, moments, sounds, shadows, outlines, scraps go away?
Where is the passing away located then?
I find it easier to imagine the extinction of works of art, it is much harder for me to imagine the extinction of species.
How can extinction become co-extinction?
I am discussing these questions from a safe political and geographical perspective. We cannot speak of the same threat within one species. Can I speak of any threat without being in a state of emergency? How? Should I give up my privilege?
Is it a matter of empathy?
Is it a matter of practice? Are there people who are skilled in co-extinction?
Or maybe it is supposed to be this type of feeling that is completely superficial, bodily, affective, based on an ontological existence in time, on being in the process of becoming-different, never being identical, but always dispersed, always temporarily intertwined with something else?
Everything is so huge. I can't operate on such a scale, but when I hear you sing, I miss you...
Special thanks to Katarzyna Słoboda, Justyna Stasiowska, Przemysław Purtak, Magda Zamorska, Julia Rodriguez, Anna Majewska, Zuza Berendt, Mateusz Szymanówka, Jules Urban, Eva Meyer-Keller and the PACT Zollverein residency programme in Essen.Agata Siniarska in her investigations touches, among others, stage practices, video, and lectures. She is interested in building up knowledge that examines diverse media, protocols, and self-developed strategies without imposing any hierarchies. She is also interested in all sorts of knowledge aimed to engage, not to explain. Siniarska is the founder of fxtrouble (formerly ’female trouble’) – a collective whose activities are centred around aspects of identity, carnality, feminisms, pleasure, afirmation, and love; she is also a co-founder of Pinpoint TV, an artistic research project that has been designed as an Internet TV channel set within intersecting art-scenes of Berlin.