Anthropology of Geometry , Center of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland

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Antropologia Geometrii

“How is the anthropological approach expressed in art? The matter is discussed by Hal Foster in his book “The Return of the Real”, a fundamental text when it comes to reflection on art. He exposes the danger of entering the dividing structure of researcher vs stranger, a structure which encourages paternalism and cultural colonization, as well as yielding to the fantasy of the Other, possessing some kind of a deep mythical sensitivity, aesthetic or sexual naturalness. (…) This phenomenon is termed by Foster as self-othering or self – ethnography. In other words, typical of anthropology, mapping should be applied to the figure of the researcher. Foster ponders on the place of art in the contemporary world and claims that it has found itself in an extended field of culture, the one explored by anthropology. As a consequence, its position has been shifted  from the surface of the medium and the framing of institutions into the space of discourse; it is no longer physical space, but states such as disease, homelessness or unemployment that may be a proper place for art. This extremely uncertain nomadic state of negotiations between various points of reference is expressed by works displayed at the “Anthropology of Geometry” exhibition. Staged in the square situated in front of the Town Hall in Jerusalem, Karolina Kubik and Zofia nierodzinska´s ´sitting´, “Womanize the Architecture”, is located in the very middle of the symbolic centre of power. As foreigners and women, the artists are doubly strange. The act of camping out in the city square constitutes their attempt to feel at home in a cold space symbolizing power. They try to change what appears hardly changeable through small gestures and activities, as well as by their stubborn presence. The patriarchal structure of power rooted in the tradition of the Old Testament is reinforced by the modernist language of dominant shapes and cold spatial relations. Into this order, Karolina Kubik and Zofia nierodzinska introduce chaos, dispersion and ostensible pointlessness to affect the language of power (…) The next work “From the Inside of the Wale” is a radio play that is an effect of the night wanders through the museum, the discovery of the hidden life of this place, when nobody watches. The sounds from the objects/ about the objects make a comment on the museum as an institution, build a virtual archive (…)”

Marek Wasilewski

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“Womanize the Architecture”, video performance, Jerusalem, K.Kubik + Z.nierodzinska

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“From Inside of the Wale”, installation, sound archive,       K.Kubik + Z.nierodzinska

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