Text: Magdalena Tuka
Workshop: Orońsko 2011
Exhibition: Galeria 2.0, Warsaw 2012

Crave


A well-mannered meeting should start with a conversation about the weather. A safe introduction to any subject. Well, the weather in Orońsko was dreadful. December, rain, or sleet, a clouded sky, a piercing wind, everything sad and grey. The circumstances did not encourage long walks nor any outdoor activity. You felt you would rather hide somewhere with a book, or take your computer and drift away into your world disregarding what is happening around you. To sleep over, to winter.

That's right, but what for? We often wondered about the point of teaching workshops. The educational value of these short – 5 to 7 days – sessions is doubtful but they still demand a lot of effort, time and money. What could be the point? The teaching process at a workshop has to be accelerated and in consequence – very intense and demanding. For many reasons not everyone wants to take this kind of crash course. And the consent for an uncompromising contact is the necessary condition for the workshop to make sense. And they only make sense when a real encounter takes place. When a group of people meets outside the context of their quotidian lives, to work with an idea brought by the teacher.

Together with the students of the Graphic Arts Faculty at Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts we decided to open to the idea of this extraordinary encounter. Thanks to this attitude, the students created works that are honest, important and go beyond individual limitations, opening the possibilities for a new experience. Performance art is a message. The message that the artist needs to communicate at a given moment. We interpret performance art on multiple levels: we analyze the means of expression, the aesthetics, the ideas, the execution, etc. But the essence of performance art is the artist's personal address to others, who are rather witnesses to the event than merely silent spectators. The gloomy landscape of Orońsko in December changed into a world where imagination and the determination to search for the way to express one's ideas reigned supreme. Where Orpheus descended into the underworld to search for his Eurudice, and his doubts about her existence, the doubts of an ordinary mortal, only gave us more inspiration.

Łaknąc [Crave] is a desire never satisfied, an unquenchable desire – the main subject of the works and the meaning of the workshop.