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Akademia Ruchu, Autobus II Wetlina, 1975. Courtesy of Akademia Ruchu.
Performa, Martin E. Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, Times Square Arts and the Polish Cultural Institute New York present:

The Polish Pavilion Without Walls and Akademia Ruchu

Friday, November 1, 2013 - Sunday, November 24, 2013

Polish Pavilion Without Walls Schedule


Various locations, NYC

The Performa Biennial is the world's leading multidisciplinary biennial attracting artists and audiences with experimental and collaborative projects by commissioning, presenting and exploring original visual and performance art. From November 1-24, 2013 Performa and a consortium of innovative organizations will transform New York City into an international platform for celebrating live art. The central focus of Performa 13 is "citizenship," a vital topic with a deep history for many contemporary Polish artists. Performa events will take place at over 60 venues across the city.

The Performa 13 biennial will debut Pavilions Without Walls, including a Polish Pavilion featuring multiple collaborative projects between Performa, Polish artists, and cultural institutions from Poland. Pavilions Without Walls will present works that underline the major role artists play in stimulating social change and championing social justice.

Akademia Ruchu at Performa 13

The Polish Pavilion Without Walls will feature Akademia Ruchu (The Academy of Movement), an art collective established in 1973 and operating at the intersection of theater, performance, film, and fine art. For almost forty years Akademia Ruchu has engaged in insightful reflection on Communist and post-Communist Poland. Known as the "theater of behavior," the collective has presented hundreds of happenings, anonymous interventions in the public realm, theater performances, and political actions, all of which included spectators as part of the work. Founded and directed by Wojciech Krukowski, the group consists of artist members Janusz Baldyga, Jolanta Krukowska, Cezary Marczak, Jan Pieniazek, Zbigniew Olkiewicz, Jaroslaw Zwirblis, and Krzysztof Zwirblis.

On November 6 at the Martin E. Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, Akademia Ruchu will present Chinese Lesson, a work composed of a sequence of short, physically intensive, minimalistic performances involving five members of the group. The pieces are tied together by the unique visual theater language that the collective has built over the past forty years.

As a part of the Performa Institute on November 7, Akademia Ruchu will present a visual retrospective of unique video footage, captured on hidden camera, of their guerilla actions from the 1970s and 80s along with photographic documentation.

For Times Square Arts, Akademia Ruchu has created a series of four distinctive minimalistic single-element actions entitled The Market of Toys, reflecting on the ensemble's history. These austere interventions, carried out over the course of November 8 and 9, will contrast with the vibrant character of the most iconic square in New York City and its dense multitude of visitors. The performances will be complemented by a newspaper-as-exhibition publication, documenting deep Academia Ruchu's history of public performances beginning in the 70s. The paper will be distributed in all Performa locations.

Among other projects within the Polish Pavilion Without Walls, Pawel Althamer will stage a month-long culinary and art performance project at BiBA, a Brooklyn bar and restaurant on the East River overlooking Manhattan. Agnieszka Kurant will unveil Cutaways, a short film based on editorial outtakes from Hollywood films as part of her SculptureCenter solo exhibition. Katarzyna Krakowiak's The Great and Secret Show is a sound intervention installed in the historic James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan with the Storefront for Art and Architecture, giving the Post Office an opportunity to hum with life and a specially composed score based on an acoustic modeling of the main hall. Radek Szlaga and Konrad Smolenski's Tribute to Errors and Leftovers is a collaborative immersive live music installation with Dean Spunt, an LA-based noise musician of the band No Age at the Fridman Gallery in SoHo.

Akademia Ruchu's participation at the Performa 13 biennial is made possible by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Fundacja Sztuka i Wspolczesnosc, Martin E. Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, Times Square Arts, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

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