Sunday, June 24, 2007

Peter Fuss - For the laugh of God.

"We must buy the diamond skull for Britain" - this proclamation was made tohis countrymen by Jonathan Jones, a journalist of the Guardian to keep the"most amazing artefacts ever made in this country".Jones thus encourages the British to purchase this "work of art", made by"the treasure of Great Britain" Damien Hirst, which is currently on themarket for 50 million pounds.Our British friends, we are coming to rescue you!Like the cheap Polish labour well known to you, Polish artist Peter Fusswishes to relieve the British nation from such a great expense."For the laugh of God" by Peter Fuss will be available in the Polish car onART CAR BOOT FAIR at a competitive price of 1000 pounds. In addition, youmay also buy a limited (1000 copies) edition of signed and numbered graphicsfor only 1 pound each. You will not have to wait for tickets anymore to seea skull set with diamonds, and the time of watching Fuss's skull willcertainly not be limited to 5 minutes!To make his work, Peter Fuss used about 9870 pieces of glass polished andcut to look like diamonds, worth 250 pounds and spent 18 hours to completethe piece. Income from sale of Fuss's skull and its accompanying graphics issupposed to amount to 2000 pounds - this is eight times as much as theinvested amount!Before the skull goes to the trade fairs to London, it can be seen inPoland, during the Modelator event in Modelarnia, which will take place on28 June.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Polish art in London / PL ART 2007

“Modelator” has instigated a PL ART 2007 project. In cooperation with Polish Cultural Institute we will take part in Art Car Boot Fair 2007 in London. This event is especially important as it is the first time that Polish artists have been invited to join this fair in which the public can not only buy , but also meet with the artists and view their works of art in a relaxed atmosphere. The idea behind this particular venture is to promote a new way of thinking about Poland. We will travel from Gdansk to London in a Big Van filled with commissioned limited editions of works of art created by the crème de la crème of the Polish art scene. The journey will continue through various sites in Europe stopping at galleries in such cities as: Berlin, Dusseldorf , Antwerpia, Dunkierka, and London – Art Car Boot Fair 2007. We want to leave traces of Polish art in all visited cities, to show everyone that Poles have more to offer then the ever present stereotypes of Poles. For a small price one can become a proud owner of objects created by Magda Bielesz
Bogna Burska , Mirella von Chrupek, Peter Fuss, Artur Gogołkiewicz, Galeria Rusz
Hakobo, Low Budget, Prot Haładaj, Grzegorz Klaman, Zoya Łucewicz, Magazyn Modeli
Magda Marciniec, Honorata Martin, Dorota Nieznalska, Agata Nowosielska, Ania Orbaczewska, Lukrecja Plusz, Maciek Salamon, Malina Tomaszewska, Mariusz Waras, Ania Witkowska, Adam Witkowski, Wolny, Iwona Zając, Martyna Zdanowicz.
Music in London by Villa Rosa.


7080: Worldchat/Intercultural Dialogue: The future of money

Worldchat which will take place at Wyspa IS on 22th of June is a part of project Generation 7080 ( ) a programme serial made by Menno van der Veen (programme maker de Balie) and held in cultural-political centre De Balie, Amsterdam, examines the moral standpoints of people born between 1970 and 1989 (7080). What kind of labels indicates the generation 7080? ‘Patat’generation, Generation discharge, Generation Zero, Generation X, back seat generation? And how does the generation 7080 thinks from his perspective about problems of the present time.

Hiwa K. , Cooking with Mama

The event is accessible for everyone in the host country and contains elements of the ‘state of the art’ underground (dance) music and performances (like vj’s, poetry, stand up comedian, sing and song writers, folk music, spoken word). The idea behind this is that various groups of people meet each other. During the event people have access to ‘chat’ with cultural elite about various upfront-defined issues. On 22th of June we will discuss “The future of money”.


Performance by Hiwa K.

Performance by Honorata Martin

Initial presentation of the book “Alternative Economies Alternative Societies” by Oliver Ressler

music with visualisation by Bartosz H_12 Hervy


cocktail bar

June 22nd, 2007, 19.00- 00.30 hrs

Wyspa & Revolver = Books

At Revolver, contemporary art publications become an art form. By emphsizingand foregrounding the art rather than focusing on the methods and techniquesof book production we seek to redefine and question the meaning ofpublishing. The result is a decisive yet diverse program with many differentfaces: each book is unique. For us, visionary contemporary publishing thatcreates a possible definition of contemporary art as publication can onlyresult by opening new spaces and establishing positions.
Today, we are happy to announce another step taken in this direction: toincrease our impact on contemporary art, we want to create new places forour books. This will, like our publications, happen through collaboration.
We are therefore pleased to announce Wyspa & Revolver.
The launch of Wyspa & Revolver will happen on June 22nd at 7pm along withtwo other important events at Wyspa: Chat project on the World without Moneyin collaboration with De Balie <> andopening of free wirelless internet access for Wyspa visitors incollaboration with D-Link program "Wireless Culture" [Kulturalnie bezKabli]. Wyspa & Revolver happens in collaboration with private <> . Please get to our website <> and<> for detailed information aboutpublications, access and directions.
Begining Friday June 23rd the bookstore will be open at our regularexhibition hours Thursday - Sunday 12am-6pm.

YOU WON'T FEEL A THING: On Panic, Obsession, Rituality and Anesthesia

Bogna Burska, Arachne

States of uncertainty, undefined fears, rapid perceptual cracks, irrational behaviours, unshaped longings for the relief that never comes or does not come on time. Self-aggressions, medications, meditations and anaesthetic replacements. The rituals with no reason, needs with no desires. Obsessions of unclear origin and panic attacks impossible to cure. You won’t feel the thing captures the state of mind of the individual under the pressure of contemporary reality. Shaped by success and its weak foundations, post-therapeutic, globalised and medialised, this reality enforces a rational approach to life and privileges the so-called “social” and “professional” behaviour. This is the reality of fraudulent, stimulated, collective reactions, of false prophets and failed social projects, marked by crises of both rationality and spirituality. Personal feelings are channelled and manipulated by social, psychological and economic pressures. The systems of knowledge production let us have it to a certain degree under control.
In reaction to this situation, overwhelmed by panic, obsession or the desire for anaesthesia, individuals perform personal rituals that extend, suspend or freeze time to allow themselves to experience their private selves. Ignoring the all-pervasive social relations that generally frame and inform the self, this exhibition looks inward to focus on internal and personal reality. It tracks the uncertain sensations, perceptual gaps and slight cracks in reality. It approaches fear on the level on which it might pass unnoticed. It is heading toward the places where satisfaction, success and pleasurable addictions and consumption are no longer able to cure the unbearable disintegration of self.
Paweł Althamer, Kardynał

The emotions of the individual are informed and stimulated by spatial relations. The way we observe space and our own situation is necessarily emotionally coded. Interiors and exteriors impact our physical selves and mediate the expression and experience of our emotions. The small amount of space occupied by our bodies is a very special place – the nest, the womb, the shelter, the chapel, the prison. You won’t feel the thing will reveal our ability both to embody and emotionalise this space.
In the labyrinth of forking paths that is the Kunsthaus Dresden building itself, amplified by the spatial, astonishing and unpredictable works and objects, the spectator will discover numerous video works presenting an individual engaged in repetitive activities or private rituals. All the works will show the individual in heightened borderline states – in extreme situations of cold, pleasure, loneliness or pain. These works create a kind of subjective time that has nothing to do with linearity or story-telling. Looped or warped, the works suspend time, creating an individualised, unbalanced space in which extremes of emotion are anaesthetised through repetition. By tracking the ritual containment of emotional extremes in art today, this exhibition hopes to provoke a similar irrational, cathartic experience in the viewer and, thereby, both to reveal and to examine those strategies of containment that are available to us today.
Artists:Pawel Althamer, Bogna Burska, Ursula Doebereiner, Lili Dujourie, Angelika Fojtuch, Steffen Geisler, Lise Harlev, Ellen Harvey, Hiwa K., Agnieszka Kalinowska, Grzegorz Klaman, Piotr Kopik, Jill Mercedes, Sebastian Meschenmoser, Dominika Skutnik, Pawel Kruk, Dominik Lejman, Yvette Mattern, Ivan Moudov, Anne Olofsson, Dominik Pabis, Susanne Weirich, Monika Weiss, Artur Zmijewski

Curated by Aneta Szylak

2 June- 15 August 2007

Wyspa Institute of Art is open from tuesday to sunday from 12.00-18.00.