Saturday, 7 March 2015

mirage. in order of appearance

We would like to invite you to Cricoteka, the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor on Saturday, 15th of March for a premiere screening of Mirage. In Order Of Appearance.  The film is an adaptation of the book Mirage by Sebastian Cichocki and Łukasz Jastrubczak (2012). The material for the book originated in the winter 2011/2012. It was a a correspondence between authors, “duel” on text and image. Jastrubczak’s photographs created during the artist’s trip to the United States, and the response-text by Cichocki – “curatorial tips and notes” written in Poland, including inspirations from texts by Robert Barry, Robert Smithson, road maps and Google Street Views. In response to each sent picture, the text was created as a guide to the next picture. The authors had always twenty four hours a reciprocal response.
In the summer of 2014, after two years from the book release date, Cichocki and Jastrubczak decided to go on a journey in the footsteps of theirs heroes: the pioneer of “green conceptualism” John G. Lee, his partner Anna T. Zaloon or blind hitchhiker named Mia. Using the “map 1: 1″ – they traveled thousands of miles thru the United States, verifying their hunch, checking the evidence, hunting traces of myths and conceptual art of the twentieth century. The investigation led them to 35 years old mock town Wakarusa, humble gas station photographed over half a century ago by Ed Ruscha, hippie communes in Colorado, unfinished pyramid built in a quarry in Bedford or a museum in the desert Noah Purifoy – who was African-American political advocate of the junk art. The various parts of Mirage has been read before the camera (usually without understanding the meaning of the text), by accidentally met strangers.
For the following days we'll be uploading some photographs taken during the journey last summer (most of them were taken by Gosia Mazur).