Magdalena Ptasznik. Microclimates II
Performance (in Polish)
Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
21–24 August: guided tours of spaces real and summoned by the imagination (although not impossible)
Meetings with the public that take the form of one-time events in different formulas: from a short walk at dawn to an hours-long experience of travelling on foot. Detailed information about the events will be published after 14 August.
‘As part of my residency at Zachęta, I will be working on choreographic performances – guided tours of Zachęta and nearby public spaces. For three weeks, I will travel to these places and explore local ecosystems and material landscapes through choreographic practices. I will play with the possibilities of experiencing the environment – distorting the perspectives of perceiving it and expanding thinking about it by creating fictional elements.
The vehicle of this journey will be movement – slow, gradually gaining clarity (transforming or building up in repetition) or fast like an unexpectedly disruptive explosion (like the completed act of a falling meteorite or an earthquake leaving a crack in the mantle). I will observe what it changes in the body, matter and environment.
I invite you to observe my journey. I will take up my choreographic practice every day in the gallery and nearby public spaces. I invite you to join me in the activities during the workshops, during which, through movement and working with the imagination, we will test selected situations I have developed.
At the end of the residency, I invite you to a series of guided tours through various aspects of experiencing a space, stratifying what is seemingly one-dimensional and obvious. Carried out in different places and different embodiments, the performances will be events immersed in time exceeding their duration. They will play out on a plan of larger processes – human life or the extra-human dimension of the time of matter and nature.
Microclimates introduce an element of play and imagination into the public space, as well as a presence different than the everyday (non-utilitarian, non-economical, performative). They temporarily appropriate the space for frivolous purposes.’