XVII International Art Festival INTERACTIONS

May 19-22, 2015 Piotrków Trybunalski

This year's festival will attempt to find references to the open form and teaching practices of Oskar Hansen in the activities of ephemeral artists. The concept assumes the realization of an art festival in a new formula. On the one hand, the art presentation strategies developed in the many years of experience of the "Interactions" Festival are based, sick the other, prostate about optimal strategies, hospital sometimes risky opening, resulting from the experiences of live art. We propose to create a festival of "art in process" assuming that the festival is primarily an area that generates new projects resulting from meetings in one place and time of artists representing different schools, cultures, and methods of work. Thus, we shift to the background the functions of the festival understood as a place to present the current works of the invited artists. During this edition of the Festival, the dominant position will not be the usually important ready-made shows, prepared as works "for the festival", even if they are visually attractive, provocative in terms of form or content, leading directly to the traditional viewer view of the work. The festival is a space open to action, experience and experiment in the newest art.

We assume that this year's Festival will create an opportunity to recognize a new situation, the basic segments of which create spaces for creation and confrontation, theoretical reflection and historical reflection. The distinguishing value of this edition will be the extension of the boundaries of the "Interactions" Festival to the areas of workshops and educational experiences treated as autonomous spaces of contemporary art.

The program of each edition of the Festival is developed in cooperation with selected artists - participants of the festival, thus acting as artistic curators of the event. Then the festival is more than just a set of names. Such an approach allows us to see in the multitude of forms of contemporary art something more than just individual artistic decisions, but also trends and tendencies, regional dependencies, the influence of different cultures, civilization contexts, and historical experiences.

British artist Sandra Johnston is the artistic curator and author of the substantive concept of the 17th edition of the Festival. He comes from Northern Ireland, creates performances, audiovisual installations, process drawings. In 2002? 2005 was a member of the Arts Humanities Research Council? Research Fellowship (AHRC) at the University of Ulster. At that time, she was researching the problems of trauma and commemoration. She has lectured at Time-Based Art at Ulster University in Belfast and was visiting professor at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. In fall 2012, he will be a Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts at Northumbria University. Sandra Johnston participated in the Venice Biennale in 2005 and the Liverpool Biennial in 2004. Her actions, experimental in nature, arise as a reaction to a given place. Each of her works is a dialogue between emotions and memories, existing in tension with the vitality and persistence of the passing moment and the peculiarity of the place.

The festival will be held on May 20-22, 2015. in Piotrków Trybunalski. The festival venues are: the exhibition halls of the Piotrków art gallery (ODA, ul. Dąbrowskiego 5 and ul. Sieradzka 8) and places in public space such as Shopping center or market square in the old town.

The program of this edition of the festival, created by Sandra Johnston, is a continuation and development of the concept proposed during last year's festival, when the curator was Janusz Bałdyga. The following were invited to participate: Sandra Johnston (Great Britain), Kurt Johannessen (Norway), Terese Longva (Norway), Marita Bullmann (Germany), Volodymir Kaufman (Ukraine), Tomasz Szrama (Finland / Poland), Jozsef R. Juhasz (Slovakia) ), Wenming Tong (China), Janusz Bałdyga (Poland), Przemysław Kwiek (Poland), Zygmunt Piotrowski (Poland), Michał Bałdyga (Poland), Paweł Kwaśniewski (Poland), Denys Blacker (Great Britain), Beate Linne (Germany) , Deborah Guinnane (Great Britain), Paulina Pankiewicz (Poland), Julia Popławska (Poland), Adam Łuczak (Poland), Danylo Kovach (Ukraine), Vitalii Shupliak (Ukraine), Petro Riaska (Ukraine).

The festival consists of 3 complementary parts:

  1. ? Manifestations? - individual, current works of performance artists and borderland artists active in the sphere of action, film, visual poetry.
  2. ? Open process? - works created during the festival, which are the result of joint works and mutual influence at the artist's level? artist, master-apprentice, implemented in the form of complementary activities, simultaneous activities, eliminating hierarchical relations, engaging the viewer in the creation of the work.
  3. ? Space? - activities in public space, primarily in the Focus Mall Shopping Center, assuming that the form will be subordinated to the artists' surroundings.


Sandra Johnston, February 2015


At the Interactions 2015 Festival, I propose to present artists whose works, I believe, create feelings of empathy and bonds between the audience, beyond the immediate and obvious meanings of physical gestures. What I would like to explore through actions and interaction is the importance of being "moved" by actions, and how they trigger reactions from the viewer's nervous system. Often the subtlety or severity of performance makes us unable to react verbally to changes that occur in moments that are brutal, serious, embarrassing or liberating.

I suggest testing the "anatomy of chance" because "cases" elude planned appearance, they tend not to happen by invention and control, but by pressure of the moment or giving in to the compulsion of the moment. I am interested in how we as artists adapt to the realities of performance art, which is mostly created as a planned situation. We often work in quasi-neutral environments, but we want to work on them, to recreate ideas, to move to and from them simultaneously, aiming at making the case more probable.

In my opinion, the selected artists represent various aspects of the entire spectrum of empathic communication, which is a particularly noticeable feature of performance art. In the works of some of them there is a refined delicacy and opposition to dramatization and acting - delicacy opens up feelings of innocence and over-rational awareness. In other works, the uncompromising clarity of the message, stoic beauty, or the ability to create inalienable void and silence. In still others, the dignity of protest, anger, and the inability to turn one's back on the question of conscience.

Each of us belongs to the silent network of connections in which we live, endure, and support ourselves, the memory and generosity of a scattered community of artists. In previous years, my contacts with Bbeyond, PAErsche, Mobius, Black Market International, Corpologia, The Performance Collective, PAB, Unit 1, TRACE, OUI, and others, enriched not only my understanding of this form of art that we are changing together, but also mine. understanding emotional intelligence in all its manifestations, considering the potential of our ability to feel multifaceted reactions as someone else, and carrying those impressions further as meetings to remember. In this respect, I feel it is important that we create a sense of collaboration during the time we spend together, so that part of the program offers space for all kinds of collaborative research.

Therefore, How you move me? it is about the susceptibility to giving to one what comes from the inner experience of others for our further development.

The program will be based on developing 3 variations of open co-op sessions during the day, in different places if possible. Artists can choose to act during these sessions, and changes made during the sessions will reflect the group's suggestions and thoughts. In the evening - a program of individual work with various artists presenting each evening.

3 days of experimental open sessions, followed by an individual program each evening.

Day 1:
Shift work (changing awareness) - a long session in which all participating artists are invited to engage in an open situation evolving for 4 hours. Each artist will have his or her assigned? Change? when he enters an active space and interacts with another artist for a few minutes, indicating gradually through his closeness and presence the desire to take control over the ongoing action of the first artist. During the session, only three artists will work in the gallery, except for the transitions when there will be six. Once the three departing artists have left the space of action, the artists entering will take control, developing the action in any direction they choose. The purpose of these activities is to introduce a sense of co-reaction to the actions of others. while allowing for the reinterpretation and returning to the departing the essence of their gestures and images.

Evening individual works

Day 2:
Open session at the Focus Mall Shopping Center, an idea to be developed by all invited artists.

Evening individual works

Day 3:
Short activities (maximum 10 minutes) created - and possibly performed - jointly by the invited artists and their assisting volunteers. Volunteers would be able to help develop the idea with each artist - their ideas of what performance art could be - by suggesting or providing materials, activities, content relevant to the development of co-created improvised work. Both the artist and the volunteer would decide among themselves whether they should present their work together or just one on behalf of the other.

Evening individual works