Konrad Smoleński représentera la Pologne à la 55e Biennale de Venise
du 7 février au 24 novembre 2013
Konrad Smoleński to Rock the Venice Biennale
An elaborate sound installation will fill the Polish Pavilion this summer in Venice, building a vision of a futuristic world of whirring machines and temporal fantasies
The jury selecting Poland's representative for the 55th International Art Biennale in Venice chose Smoleński's project Everything Was Forever, Until IT Was No More, curated by Daniel Muzyczuk and Agnieszka Pindera. According to the jury's statement, the large-scale installation fills the entire pavilion, engineering a sound machine that will reverberate directly with its visitors. The project evokes an emotional reaction, a sense of disquiet and tension, while dealing with issues of accumulation and classification of knowledge and information in a society overloaded with data. It is an attempt to start fresh, slowing down the breakneck pace of history.
The jury was brought together by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, with Galit Eilat, Donata Jaworska, Joanna Kiliszek¸ Grzegorz Kowalski, Anna Markowska, Luiza Nader, Anda Rottenberg, Piotr Rypson, Jarosław Suchan, Aneta Szyłak, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Hanna Wróblewska among its members.
Konrad Smoleński (1977) is an installation and performance artist whose works are characterised by a forceful impact, usually created through audiovisual experiments. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and a member of the Penerstwo group, he also plays in bands as an active member of the PINKPUNK scene. His focus is on the experience of sound and image, exploring its possibilities and various ways of engaging and experiencing various media. An active member in the young garde of experimental musicians, Smoleński blends genres in creating video works and audio installations that push the boundaries of art, music, performance, engagement and spectatorship. He is known as a radical artist grounded in an edgy, post-punk aesthetic, experimenting with relationships between sound and image, sound and object, performer and audience. Sound is often the driving force of his works, with imagery serving as the framework for sonic elements that are often unexpected, even jarring. He took to the streets of the French capital in 2012 to present his BNNT Sound Bombing at the Paris Triennale. The electro-mechanical sounds Smoleński produced from a truck with four other performers were deliberately harsh and abrasive, aiming to incite a negative response in the audience of pedestrians and motorists. The extreme performances of "noise music" was meant to challenge the relative calm of the everyday through its unexpected, chaotic means of expression.
The project that played the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2012 also made use of sound properties to make an artistic impact on the audience. Katarzyna Krakowiak's Making the walls quake as if they were dilating with the secret knowledge of great powers transformed the pavilion space into a vibrating structure of sound picking up on noise generated in neighbouring pavilions (Egypt, Serbia, Venice, Romania) via microphones installed in those floors and ventilation, heating and sewage systems. Visitors could "eavesdrop" on different sounds emitted from these other pavilions as evidence of the typical workings of the building and human activity, heightened by the effects of speaker systems, mixers and amplifiers. The intimacy of personal space was broken down by making all types of sounds available to a larger public, no matter how unpleasant, uncomfortable or plain embarrassing.
The 55th International Art Exhibition, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, will take place in Venice from the 1st of June - 24th November 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale (preview: May 29th, 30th and 31st 2013), and in various venues the city. For more information, see: labiennale.org
Editor: Agnieszka Le Nart