Paradox City

Murray Anderson, Mirela Bistran, Mustafa Boga, Przemysław Branas, Giles Bunch, Caren Hession, Tobiasz Jędrak, Monika Karczmarczyk, Edyta Kowalewska, Robert Kowalski, Zofia Cecylia Kuligowska, Ruth Lyons, Piotr Madej, Agnieszka Majewska, James McCann, Fernando García Méndez, Filippo Francesco Montalbano, Weronika Naskręcka, Lars Ellefsen Nordby, Anssi Pulkkinen, Iwo Rachwał, Tullia La Rosa, Martyna Rzepecka, Jana Shostak, Kolbrun Inga Gunnlaugsdottir Söring, Łukasz Stylec, Taro Takizawa, Dorota Tylka, Wojciech Ulman, Mary Vettise, Adam Walker, Kim Wilson, Elizabeth Wright. 

PARADOX City is a project, which took place in September this year in Poznań, Poland. It was organised by University of Arts in Poznań in cooperation with academic network of European art schools – PARADOX Fine Art European Forum; UAP Foundation and Culture Centre ZAMEK. The project was carried out as part of an international conference entitled: Alternative Zones: Uncovering the Official and the Unofficial in Fine Art Practice, Research and Education.

35 students and graduate students of European art schools participated in the project. They took part in 10-day-long workshop focusing on a topic: Reactivating Central Poznan. The students were given professional and artistic help by three distinguished Polish artists and professors: Janusz Bałdyga and Piotr Kurka (University of Arts in Poznań) and Łukasz Skąpski (Art Academy in Szczecin).

The artists, taking part in the project, were interested mainly in problems, which also bother Poznań city residents. Commercialisation of the city centre, urban and social degradation of its parts – they all create new, previously unknown problems. On closer observation and analysis of the unsettling phenomena, it is possible to perceive that the processes involved also concern other cities in the world. They posses a universal dimension, for that reason they open up a discussion in which individual experiences and subjective observations may be confronted with ideas and suggestions of local governments, experts, activists representing social organisations and people living in the cities. We felt that it would be valuable to share with a wide group of viewers perceptions and reflections of young artists provoked by their experience of visiting Poznań. We hope that fresh, and often unconventional outlook of young and sensitive artists, may also be interesting for residents of other cities. Especially that their observations, reflections and proposals turned out to be so varied and in many cases they took a very interesting art form.

The link between artists’ observations with their earlier experiences and individual language of expression, allowed them to create many intriguing projects. It all gave in turn an interesting exhibition, which we have a great pleasure to present to you.

Please join us at UP Gallery.

Prof. Andrzej Syska

Project Coordinator

Paradox Chair

Vice-chancellor of University of Arts in Poznań

Artist’s Bio :

MURRAY ANDERSON
Lives and works in London

His interest lies in the affective potential of objects, re-remembrance of minor cultural castoffs, ambiguity, and empathy.
www.murray-anderson.com

TARO TAKIZAWA
lives & works in Syracuse, NY, USA

My work contains my experiences of relocating and transplanting myself to different locations. The memories of being temporary existence becomes fragments of experiences in my life which forms my work.
http://cargocollective.com/tarotakizawa

email: ttakizawa@syr.edu

MIRELA BISTRAN
lives & works in England

I have an on-going interest in the concepts of belonging, memory and identity, which are explored through materials and marks.

mirelabistran@yahoo.co.uk

MUSTAFA BOGA
lives & works in England

Mustafa Boga’s works examine the fine lines that separate art and documentary, journalism and fiction, drama and scripted reality and how this has led to the trivialization of issues such as discrimination and prejudice and how contemporary multi-media manipulates our understanding of current affairs.

email: mubogga@hotmail.com

GILES BUNCH
lives & works London, UK

Giles’ work focuses on the ways in which people engage with their cultural landscape, often taking peculiar social occurrences and encounters as his starting points.
www.gilesbunch.com

CAREN HESSION
lives & works West of Ireland

My work revolves around historical human equine relationships and the contemporary use of the horse as a medium to transport thoughts and emotions associated with social and emotional conditioning.

www.spiritusstudios.com

email: caren.hession@lit.ie

RUTH LYONS
lives & works Cork, Ireland

My work is concerned with landscape and the manner in which land is shaped by industry particularly those of mining and energy production

www.ruth.ie

VENA NASKRĘCKA
Nomadic lifestyle, lives and works in many different places

She has focused her research on human perception and phenomenology. New technology used in medicine and prosthetics and new knowledge about perception provide reasons to redefine what the body and objects are. For her, an act of transformation is initiated by the challenge of new situations.

www.venaskrecka.wordpress.com
email: venanaskrecka@gmail.com

FILIPPO FRANCESCO MONTALBANO aka Il Dottore (The Doctor)

lives & works in Sicily, Italy

His projects focus on identities and social patterns.

email: ff.montalbano@gmail.com

LARS NORBY
lives & works Oslo, Norway and Vishovgrad, Bulgaria

His projects focus on identities and social patterns.

www.larsnordby.com

email: post@larsnordby.com

TULLIA LA ROSA
lives & works Palermo, Italy

The themes of my works are different but all concern the documentation of reality using different means and techniques of representation.

DOROTA TYLKA

https://vimeo.com/user22392021
email: tullia.larosa@gmail.com

Lives and works in Cracow.

I follow in my practice an old highlander’s saying: nothing makes me happier than other’s misery. I am interested in things/concepts which are commonly perceived as ‘sad’. Everybody knows that everything dies, rots, falls apart, angers us, begs, pains, does not fall into any logical sense, is crippled, shouts, seems to be ugly or soon becomes ugly, does not fit, shows hostility, attacks, cries – is generally speaking absurd, which I have a great pleasure to observe.

MARY VETTISE
lives & works London, UK

vimeo.com/maryvettise

email: mevettise@yahoo.co.uk

ADAM JB WALKER
lives & works London, UK

His work seeks to explore the relationship between labour and value, ephemerality, subjectivity and the (in)significance of an ‘event’. Tending to work situation- and context- specifically.

www.adamjbwalker.co.uk
email: adamjbwalker@gmail.com

KIM W. WILSON
lives & works Edinburgh, Scotland

Matter is substance and force; my practice asserts that reality is not mere social construction, but that matter matters in its mattering.

www.kimwilson.com

ELIZABETH WRIGHT
lives & works Lincoln, UK

Elizabeth Wright’s work explores how objects ‘mean’ or rather, how we invest into things and how they embody stuff and subsequently provoke emotional responses from us.

https://standstillrepetition.wordpress.com/
email: Elizabethspost@gmail.com

ZOFIA KULIGOWSKA
lives & works Warsaw, Poland

My work derives from interest in human spirituality in relation to body science, and therefore scientific answer to body perceived as electromagnetic frequency. I am inspired by the idea of contact, not only among human beings but also their memories and imaginations.

zofiakuligowska.com
email: zofia.cecylia.kuligowska@gmail.com

WOJCIECH ULMAN
lives & works Warsaw, Poland

Ulman, in his practice, often touches existential themes; he often juxtaposes them with cosmic absurd. https://vimeo.com/ulman

email: ulmanw@yahoo.com

ROBERT KOWALSKI
lives & works in Katowice, Poland

I have been working on Unreal Engine 4 for a year. It allows the viewer to create a virtual reality. Viewers gain new experiences thanks to using third dimension. My other works touched such subjects as prison, cosmos imaginations and translation of old masters into new media.

email: obkow50@gmail.com

PIOTR MICHAŁ MADEJ

lives & works in Cracow, Poland

Madej is a composer, sound producer, creative coder. He plays violin, guitar and electronic instruments. I like improvisation. I am interested in art in immersion, and ways of engaging viewers in art co-creation through interaction. I often work in co-operation with other artists.

http://piotrmadej.16mb.com/ email: madejus@gmail.com

MARTYNA RZEPECKA
Lives and works between two cities – Poznań and Toruń, Poland

Main themes include intimate, carnality, everyday life, femininity, sensuality, synesthesia. The artist creates art in printmaking, drawing and video projects. She’s an author of many art workshops, she cooperates with Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toruń and CK Zamek w Poznaniu.

email: mart.rzepecka@gmail.com

TOBIASZ JĘDRAK
Lives and works Poznań, Poland

architecture as a musical instrument, impossible and unattainable architecture, body in space and body as architecture, peripheries, boundaries, city as a place of permanent location, landscape as a self- portrait, invisible art, art outside art, at without an artist.

email: tobiaszjedrak@gmail.com

MONIKA KARCZMARCZYK

Lives and works Warsaw, Poland

email: tinakar44@gmail.com

FERNANDO GARCIA MENDEZ

Lives and works Granada, Spain

email: gmendezfernando@gmail.com

KOLBRUN INGA SÖRING
Lives and works Utrecht, The Netherlands.

I work from a field guide of a self made term The Sculptoric Poem. The Sculptoric Poem is the imperfect map, a territory of the mind, of the imagination. Where there is no truth but expression. An abstract formula that dances around the act of combining poetic writing with the notion of sculpture.’ ‘I am creating a sets of worlds each independent from the other, but they intertwine, like all that I have experienced, all that is now apart of my personal Atlas.’

http://cargocollective.com/kolbruninga
email: kolbruninga@gmail.com

AGNIESZKA MAJEWSKA
Lives and works Gdańsk, Poland

The themes encompass such issues as time and memory. I find my starting points for further investigations in family memorabilia confronted with my own memories. In my painting, colour is like time. I use black, greys and white to communicate the times that went past. The times that happened a long time ago. Colour appears with memories which are dearer and dearer for me. An effort I put into remembering memories is illustrated by embroidery, which obscures the view.

email: aga.m.majewska@gmail.com

EDYTA KOWALEWSKA
Lives and works Gdańsk, Poland

In my works I consider the sociological concept of the table our culture. I wonder what for me is this place. Perhaps it is my “non- places”

email: edyta.kowalewska50@gmail.com

JAMES MCCANN
Two things which have consistently underlined my practice are, a perversion of utility, and a non verbal communication through the disarticulation of the art object.

email: J.McCann1@student.gsa.ac.uk

IWO RACHWAŁ
Lives and works Warsaw, Poland

rachwaliwo@gmail.com

Photos from the opening of “Paradox City”

All photos by Jędrzej Franek

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