Corpus Delicti (sound object)

I like it here.
There is more air - and fewer flies.
I'd like to live here.
The best solution is not to alter well-proven things.
Will it really be better over' there?
What does it mean?!

A sound object inspired by Walerian Borowczyk's 'Goto – Island of Love' - part of 'Midnight Show' project during New Horizons International Film Festival.

Artists: Jakub Woynarowski, Jakub Mikurda
Curators: Katarzyna Roj, Stach Szabłowski
Voice: Ligia Branice

Corpus Delicti

The 'Corpus Delicti' is a catalogue of surreal objects, a presentation of material evidence of artistic transgression by Walerian Borowczyk. This is a visual essay, drawing on the output of psychoanalysis and theoretical writings by André Breton, as well as a book-object referring to the elaborate 19th-century prayer books and 18th-century illustrated libertine novels.
In his article 'Crisis of the Object' (1936), Breton argued the need to create surreal objects that could become the antidote for thoughtless, automatic perception of everyday objects. He claimed that the 'mutation of function' of objects, their use to create puzzles of perception and interpretation, enables them to regain the gravitas they deserve. The 'object revolution' Breton postulated is accomplished is Borowczyk’s films – in films by the creators of 'Goto – Island of Love', objects cast off their ordinary functions, emancipate the plot and take control of the onscreen world. The book was published in Polish, French and English.

Authors: Jakub Mikurda, Jakub Woynarowski
Collaboration: Jakub Majmurek
Publisher: New Horizons Association (in partnership with: Korporacja Ha!art)

Civitas Munita

'Civitas Munita' was a site-specific artistic project executed in Cracow’s district of Podgórze by the Quadratum Nigrum collective. It was carried out within the 'Sól' project which focuses on the prevention of gentrification processes which is visible in Cracow. 'Sól' – by supporting small shop owners – also refers to the traditional guild structure which was once one of the constituents of urban identity.
The Latin term civitas munita means a fortified town and alludes to the history Cracow’s district of Podgórze which, in fact, never had its own defensive walls. The project’s aim was to symbolically consolidate Podgórze through an attempt at reconstructing the walls which existed only in heraldic images known from Podgórze’s first coat of arms. The element that was supposed to bring the district’s independence back was not an architectural barrier, but a visual identification designed especially for this purpose, which refered to traditional emblems. 
Each quarter neighbouring with Rynek Podgórski was marked with colourful flags. Emblems on these flags reflect, on the one hand, abstract forms visible in decorative floors (which constitute firm ground for us and yet stay invisible) of historic houses, on the other hand, to symbols connected with guilds.
Copies of all flags was displayed in the Podgórze town hall in a form of patchwork in which individual fragments were combined into an emblematic chessboard and, at the same time, into a symbolic map of a hypothetical urban organism.

Artists: Mateusz Okoński, Jakub Skoczek, Jakub Woynarowski 
Coordination: Monika Grula
Flags made by: Poczwarka (Irena Kalicka, Marta Sala)


Interactive diagram 'Outopos' (a part of the Bunkier Sztuki collection) has been made as a hypertext structure that combines graphics, text and animation. In its structure it represents a concept grid into which the issue of utopia has been entered as a paradoxical ‘non-place’ (outopos). Virtual space seems to be the natural habitat of modern reflection on utopia, in a sense entering the framework of a multidimensional construct with characteristics of a new (better?) world. Constant transformation is one of the features of the diagram – through penetrating the multilayered tissue of the diagram and analysis of numerous references and conceptual relationships, the users themselves can affect the shape of the work, in more than merely its graphic dimension. This diagram, with infinite possibilities for interpreting it, easily draws the viewers in to create their own associations and (utopian) projects.

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Project Curator: Karolina Vyšata
Collection Curator: Anna Lebensztejn