The "Readings" series
In April and May, we invited you to readings of book passages from our extensive publishing offer. Popular and well-known artists, such as Wojtek Bąkowski, Dominika Olszowy, Michał Libera, Alex Freiheit and Marcin Polak, read texts by Katarzyna Kobro, Władysław Strzemiński, Debora Vogel and others. The series was presented on Facebook profile of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.
We listened to the bold proclamation of a modernist sculptor who believed that “art should not be a luxury of life”, interpreted in a modern way. Following Strzemiński, we imagined "The soaring movements of the wobbling lanterns casted rectangles of the unwritten novella’s pages, with walls of the room opening equal sections of shared time.”
We immersed ourselves in Debora Vogel’s words, who advocated the natural change of roles, when the decorated interior had started taking control of its inhabitants, rearranging their heads. As the philosopher and critic wrote: "...it begins to shape a person. It can trigger instinct for a specific way of feeling things and thinking."
We also presented contemporary studies devoted to inspiring projects such as - ongoing incessantly for four decades - “Niezależna Galeria Wschodnia” (The Independent Eastern Gallery) and Polish Radio Experimental Studio. We looked at the latter from the perspective of Józef Patkowski, its creator, and his first encounters with the Theatre of the Imagination. It was where his adventure with radio began.
Episodes of Readings were broadcasted every Wednesday on Muzeum Sztuki’s Facebook profile at 7 pm.
On April 8, Michał Libera read fragments of the book Patkowski. Ambassador of Music from Mars.
On April 15, Wojtek Bąkowski read fragments of Theory of Vision by Władysław Strzemiński.
On April 22, Dominika Olszowy read texts “Miasto bez trosk” (City without worries) and “Mieszkanie w swej funkcji psychicznej i społecznej” (Flat in its psychological and social function) by Debora Vogel which were reprinted in the Montages. Debora Vogel and the New Legend of the City exhibition catalogue.
On April 29, Alex Freiheit, half of the SIKSA duo, read text by Katarzyna Kobro “Rzeźba stanowi” (Sculpture is), originally published in “Głos Plastyków” (Voice of Visual Artists), reprinted in the Composing the Space. Sculptures in the Avant-garde exhibition catalogue.
On May 6, Marcin Polak read fragments of the book “Galeria Wschodnia. Dokumenty 1984-2017” (Eastern Gallery. Documents 1984-2017).
On May 13 at 7 pm, Ola Kozioł and Suavas Lewy read text "Troska, praca i roboty. Feministyczny manifest gospodarki przyszłości" (Care, work and labour. Feminist manifesto of the economy of the future) by Zofia Łapniewska, published in the book "Wszyscy ludzie będą siostrami" (All Men Become Sisters) edited by Joanna Sokołowska.
On May 2020 at 7 pm, Iza Szostak read text "Ożywione tańczenie. Praktyka improwizacji tańca" (Brisk dance. The practice of dance improvisation) by Simone Forti, published in the book "Przyjdźcie, pokażemy Wam, co robimy. O improwizacji tańca" (Come on, we will show you what we do. About dance improvisation) edited by Sonia Nieśpiałowska-Owczarek and Katarzyna Słoboda.
On May 27, 2020, Noviki read text by Wendelien van Oldenborgh from the second volume of "Monograph" of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.