Wywołanie

Wywołanie.* Based on motifs of Krzysztof Wodiczko’s video projection.

We decided to shed more light on the central Lublin monument. Our goal was to visibly challenge the accepted commemoration practices and to promote sceptical approach towards the dominant trend of narration filled with ideology. The Night of Culture counterbalances the traditional celebrations and cults, openly or latently appropriated by politics. The mass character of the event provided the platform to enter collective conscience. The mapped object was the Equestrian Statue of Józef Piłsudski, a Polish Chief of State in the years 1918–22, situated on the Litewski Square in Lublin. The projection lasted from dusk until dawn.

* the original Polish title conveys two meanings: to develop and to provoke.

who Paweł Szarzyński, Robert Zając
technical aspect projection made with the use of mapping technology with 3-D illusion (the sides and the front of the statues were mapped)
when Night of Culture 2015
when Night of Culture 2015
production Workshops of Culture
coproduction The Rewiry Studio
special thanks to Zbigniew Sobczuk

The concept of the work refers directly to the projections and theory by Krzysztof Wodiczko.

The aim of a projection on a statue is not its ‘resurrection’ or ‘revival’, nor is it an expression of support for the cheerful, credulous, bureaucratic ‘socialisation’ of its location. It is rather to expose and draw the attention of the society to the lethal existence of a monument. The strategy of projecting on a statue lies in conducting a sudden attack by film slides or the participation in the official cultural programmes organised on its terrain and subjecting them to infiltration.

In case of the latter the projection on a statue becomes a double intervention: against the imaginary life of the statue itself and against understanding social life concentrated around the statue as leisure deprived of any afterthought. In such case, when the monumental character of the projection is created on demand of bureaucracy, the aim of the projection on a statue is to distort its desired monumental character.” – Krzysztof Wodiczko, Obalenie wojen, MOCAK 2013, p. 24

Chosen projects we referred to: The postulate to exchange war monuments between neighbouring countries (Fluxus). Numerous interventions of street art, which involved “colouring” of monuments, the Pink Tank Monument as one of the most recognisable (David Černý).

By the same artist the patron saint of the Czech State, Wenceslaus I seated on an upside-down horse. The recently unveiled in London Gift Horse by Hans Haacke and the Equestrian Statue of Gombrowicz in Lublin, “parked” next to the Piłsudski Statue for the duration of the commemoration of the writer’s year.

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