For the first time, the idea of the festival appeared in 1998. In the Europa restaurant – then functioning as a gastronomic and social place – during dinner after unveiling the commemorative plaque, the symbolic transfer of the center of the World to Piotrków Ryszard Piegza said: Why not here!
A few months later, we visited Ryszard in Paris. Heading for the subway, we walked the avenue Montaigne and somewhere around the house once inhabited by Marlene Dietrich Richard said: So let’s do it. He distributed functions and suggested the first names. Then, still unaware of the power of the interconnected machine, for the first time we felt exactly what we want. The Piotrkowski festival of performance art was conceived.
In May 1999, the first International Festival of Action Art INTERACTIONS was released. Previously, International Art Meetings TRANSLATIONS were held in Piotrków. Thus, artists from around the world have been coming to the city for over a dozen years to present their achievements in order to discuss modern art, to interact with the inhabitants and the place – to create art!
Preparing the next editions of the festival, we constantly set new challenges for its future, forms of evolution, which should be subject to not only to preserve our own image, but also the timeliness of the presentation. Interactions systematically consolidate their position on the map of contemporary art events. At the same time, they maintain their freshness and spontaneity, attracting a growing number of supporters and opponents.
The festival INTERACTIONS is also an attempt to consolidate the collision in a symbolic place – the World Center – powerful energies of several dozen artists and a special city.
Energy exploding like a volcano, as impossible to fix as performance art.