In early March 2020 the group of students would have gone on a supposedly standard plein-air . The theme of the getaway was ‘the end of the world’: In the face of the changes happening on Earth the group of artists creates a collection definition that what is humane. A few days prior to the getaway the open-air is cancelled due to first appearance of Coronavirus in Poland. The group decided to continue their work despite increasing restriction against the spread of the virus.

The disoriented plein-air participants are starting the collection with an installation in the Debinsk Park in Poznan, Poland. The construction is to be a metaphorical machine taking us into a safe place, which due to the pandemic restrictions never reaches its destiny. The work on ‘No Room Collection’ gets fully moved into the online sphere – the only safe ‘place’.
The contemporary French philosopher in <<If You Only Had One Hour to Live>> (2014) writes: <<The world will end for me, infinite tenderness, children's laughter, tea ceremony, alchemy of wines, hatred of hatred>>. We can see here that the world is not an objective collection of material entities and their relations and the right world is always my world – the history and the evolution of my imagination, that which I’ve done with definitions, symbols, meanings and depictions inherited from history to create myself. <<In the face of the end - reject what is unnecessary and immediately aim at what is most important>>. Pol-Droit states that the only way to make oneself mortal and possible to be endured by others is to through creation. In this case by creation of literary opus, which will bring aid, comfort and enlightenment to others – Those that will come after us.

The anticipation of the end of the world take us thusly into the face of our interior. The interior the richer, the safer and the more comfortable, the fuller it is of the best of what was prepared for us my masters of creation throughout the centuries. That what is the highest allows to arrive the closest to what is Effable, Impossible and Mysterious. We however can survive (somehow) through the deposit of our world in the works of art. The works of art which someday – even if feebly and flimsily - will fill the inner selves of those those that will come after us. No more and no less. -Fragment of Samuel Maruszewski’s lecture titled What is the end of the world for a philosopher.

No Room collection consists of over a dozen of multimedia works created on a basis of online conversations about what defines us as people in extreme survival conditions. The formal side of the collection shows the need create a haven, into which the artists are welcoming the visitors. The individual pieces of collection could be found on www.noroomcollection.com, Instagram @noroomcollection and in print on the window of the building on 9 Wolnica Street in Poznan, Poland as a part of Poznań Art Week 2020.

List of artworks:

Aga Gabara, That’s How I Look But It’s Not an Autoportrait, Eyelids Closing Attempt, Temporary Lack of Yesterday In the Morning, three digital drawings captured in 3D space, 3D renders & animations: Andrzej Szwabe, 2020.


Paweł Franciszek Jaskuła, HIATUS, 3D model of acrylic on wood painting, 3D renders & animations: Andrzej Szwabe, 2020

Paweł Masin, Time Is Up, video, 2020.

Magda Pacek, Love In the Time of…, 2020.

Jakub Rudzik, There is No Sight, video based on a series of photograms, 2020.

Jadwiga Subczyńska, Isolation Self- Shell, 3D video based on a body cast and Patriotic Quarantine Gymnastics, 3D video based on performance, 3D renders & animations: Andrzej Szwabe, music: Cezar Bezmienow, 2020.

Kinga Świętek, P-diary, seven voice recordings, 2020.

Klara Woźniak, BURN, 3d video based on an object, 3D renders & animations: Klara Woźniak & Andrzej Szwabe, 2020.

Magdalena Zoledz, Untitled (Back Then) part I, II, III, videos documenting the creation of No Room Collection, sound: Tomasz Litra, 2020.


Coordinator: Magdalena Zoledz / Visual concept of the gallery, logo, 3D renders & animations of selected artworks: Andrzej Szwabe / www: Aga Gabara / @noroomcollection: Klara Woźniak / curatorial text: Paweł Franciszek Jaskuła & Magdalena Zoledz


Artists:

Aga Gabara (agagabara.pl), born in 1996 in Poland. In her artistic practice, she focuses on human itself - it's psyche and emotions, in a context to the inside of a body - biochemistry of a human being. She explores the field of installations, object art, and video. Currently an MA student at the Faculty of Photography at the University of Arts in Poznan in Poland. She graduated (BA) in Photography (UAP) under the prof. Kuzyszyn’s studio and Wolynski’s studio.

Paweł Franciszek Jaskuła (www.pfjaskula.pl) born in 1993 in Poznan, Poland. In 2017 he graduated from the University of Arts in Poznan (Poland) with a project titled ‘ETHER’. The theoretical part (supervised by prof. Marta Smolinska) was nominated for the best theoretical thesis at the UAP in 2017. Between 2015-2017 he was an assistant in prof. Jozef Walczak’s studio. In his artistic practice he merges philosophy, sociology, astronomy and physics. Since 2019 he is a part of a science & art group Eclipse de Sol focusing on studying sun eclipses. Currently a student of photography at the University of Arts in Poznan (Poland).

Paweł Masin (@p_masin_p) is a polish artist born in 1998. He is a second year BA student at the Photography Department at University of Arts in Poznan (Poland). He works with photography, objects and installations based on images. He focuses on the subject of destruction and loneliness.

Magda Pacek (@pacek_magda) - born in 1994 in Wroclaw (Poland). Currently a fifth year BA Photography student at the University of Arts in Poznan. She perceives photography as a multidimensional medium, making photographic objects, videos and books. She often refers to nature and in this context she reflects on the condition of modern man. In her practice, she likes to surrender to chance and intuition, which are the essence of her creative process and works. Otherwise she focuses on the medium of photography in itself, exploring its meaning and delving into the concept of image.

Jakub Rudzik (@tzw.rudzik), born in 1999, based in Poznan (Poland). Currently a BA Photography student at the University of Arts in Poznan (Poland). His works are mainly objects and videos, often deriving from the reinterpretation of classic photographic techniques.

Mateusz Sadowski (www.mateuszsadowski.com) b. 1984. Lives and works in Poznan, Poland. B.A. Photography (2007) and Intermedia M.A. (2010) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. PhD at the University of the Arts Poznan. Winner of the scholarship 'YOUNG POLAND' of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Prize winner of 7th edition of Samsung Art Master Award 2010. Winner of the Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film at 54. Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2016. Currently he lectures at the Photography Department at the University of Arts in Poznan. Cooperates with Galeria Stereo.

Jadwiga Subczynska (@subczynska_jadwiga) - born in 1995 Polish new media and interdisciplinary artist, based in Poznan in Poland. She is a graduate of the Photography Department at the University of Arts in Poznan and a member of the Scientific Society of Photography. She works with a wide range of medium, including plant gelatin casts, 3D holographic installations, art books, and AR video. The topics she researches revolve around the Anthropocene era and its new materiality, extraterrestrial vision of the world, and the idea of coming back to the roots. In her work, she integrates the mystical perception of reality with scientific fantasy and technology. Between 2016 - 2017 she took part in the Erasmus exchange in Istanbul, Turkey.

Andrzej Szwabe (www.aszwabe.artstation.com) is a visual artist, currently studying Photography at the University of Arts in Poznan, Poland. Through site-specific installations, objects and -most recently - motion graphics he explores photography as a medium, which always is the foundation of his creations.

Kinga Świętek (@kingaswietek) born in 1989, lives and works in Cracow, Poland. BA Photography (2013) graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and currently during the MA Photography studies at the Lodz Film School. Her practice focuses on process and simplicity. Some of the group exhibitions she took part at: ‘No problem’ (Potencja Gallery, Kraków, Poland 2017), ‘VI Salon Wiosenny’ (BWA Tarnow, Poland 2019), ‘Krakowski Salon Sztuki’ (Pałac Sztuki, Cracow, Poland, 2020).

Klara Woźniak (@klara.wozniak) is a visual artist based in Poznan, Poland. Currently a student of Photography at University of Arts in Poznan (Poland). She works with objects, video and photography.

Magdalena Zoledz (www.magdalenazoledz.pl) focuses her practice mainly on the concept of post-photography. She works with text, photography, experimental video and object. In her research, she deals with the evolution of digital images often referring to posthumanism. In 2017 started a PhD programme in photography at University of Arts in Poznan (Poland) and between 2018-2019 was a visiting PhD research student at Slade School of Fine Art in London. She is a member of 280a Artist Association and co-founder of ONE Project.

Guests: Samuel Maruszewski, Konrad Kuzyszyn



Project is a result of Magdalena Zoledz’s PhD teacher training at prof. Kuzyszyn & dr Sadowski’s studio.


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