Friday, 23 October 2015

mirage at the national museum in warsaw

Today at the National Museum in Warsaw, with Łukasz Jastrubczak, we will be presenting Mirage. In Order of Appearance. The film is an adaptation of the book, which the full, self-explanatory title is: MIRAGE. A book of travel and social observation consisting of 50 text chapters and 50 photographs describing the adventures of a group of artists whose works allude to such historical trends of the late sixties and early seventies as conceptualism, minimalism, and land art, as well as fictitious ones (green conceptualism or the Lafayette Hills School), who are in complicated professional and personal relations (such as the romantic, torrid relationship of J. L. and A. T. Z.) and spend their time cooking, meditating, and tracing the vestiges of the work of such predecessors as the mythical figure R. (a writer, sculptor, and artist of textual interventions in the landscape) whose texts comprise the foundations of an actual book, interspersed with the hard-to-verify story of the hitchhiker M. who is going blind, and a description of the fate of the L. family, accompanied by “intermissions” in the form of excerpts from folk and country songs and instructions for works of art that can be made by the reader to accentuate the visual modules of the book, based on meticulously selected evidential material collected during a journey around the United States during the winter of 2011, 27 years after the opening of the neon installation in the Chronos and Coatlicue Hotel.
The screening, 90-minute long will be accompanied by a presentation of selected objects from the CENTRUM collection - they are to hidden in the exhibition Hoplites. On the art of war of ancient Greece.