Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ping pong

The project draws on the empty and shallow juggling with historical facts in Polish-German relationships. Watching how offhandedly and unrestrainedly various threads are exploited for short-term and short-sighted purposes. Building one’s political capital often ruthlessly uses people’s feelings, memories, the sense of guilt and injustice. The ping-pong installation is built in such a way that the viewer, entering between two video projections placed opposite one another becomes a participant in the game. However, their participation is passive: they have no actual influence on the course of events, unable, like village idiots, to catch the ball and thus become a player.
The two screens display projection with historical material (painting, photography, film) showing similar events from two different perspectives. The projections “play” ping-pong, jiggling to the rhythm of the ball, fight for a good score, for a victory of its point of view, in other words its own subjective truth. Victory is not possible, so the projections are looped and never come to an end. Unless somebody switches the power off.

2011 - Gute Nachbarschaft? Deutsche Motive in der polnischen Gegenwartskunst / Polnische Motive in der deutschen Gegenwartskunst, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin (Niemcy)
2010 - PINK PONG, Lenz's Villa, Szczecin (PL)

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