Local | The exhibition In Defense of the Pixelated Image – An Exploration of Polish Video Archives

By on December 13, 2015

Welcome to In Defense of the Pixelated Image An Exploration of Polish Video Archives 15 to 19 Dec 2015 12:00 to 19:00. In Defense of the Pixelated Image An Exploration of Polish Video Archives opens on the 15th of December at the ID:I Galleri and shows a selection of the most important experimental video works created in Poland in analog format.

In Defense of the Pixelated Image presents video works by the pioneering Polish artists from the 1970s to the early 2000s. The participating artists are: Zbigniew Rybczyński, Ewa Partum, Piotr Wyrzykowski, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Janek Koza and Wspólnota Leeeżeć.

The pain comes from two digital archives: Filmoteka of Modern Art in Warsaw and from the WRO Art Center in Wrocław and zooms in on the media and its materiality in the digital age. Pro process to upgrade the video from obsolete formats to new, high-tech entity called migration. Thus signifies that a change in the artwork‘s existence and circulation.

The exhibition explores the medium change from analogue to digital, with inspiration taken from the artist and theorist Hito Steyerl text In Defense of the Poor Image, where she writes about the low-resolution image’s potential in relation to late capitalism and its aggressive modernization of visual technology. Artists’ video works can be seen as a prophecy that foretells the process Steyerl text describes, in that they are investigating the monitor acceleration and decay before the Internet’s global expansion. In this exhibition we follow the pixel journey through the Polish video art history and the way in which these artists self-reflective criticize medium specificity by different types of pixelation. What reveals the fragmented monitor about our perception of reality, and how does this relate to new ways to share and view artwork digitally? Through the artists’ video works, we enter into alternative worlds and explore the pixel meanings in different contexts: censorship, camouflage, malfunction, interference, comedy. The exhibition presents digital copies of works – it is not going to be any original.

Program:
17 December 17:00, presentation by Marika Kuźmicz (Arton Foundation, Warsaw). File. dr. Marika Kuźmicz graduated in art history at Warsaw University and doctorate at Polish Academy of art institution. She conducts research on the Polish art of the 1970s and manage Arton Foundation in Warsaw, a nonprofit organization that researches and exhibiting Polish art from that period.

19 December 19:00 finissage with performances by Jenny Simm (BA Photography, Academy Valand and MA Free Arts Art Academy, Umeå University). For spring 2016 scheduled two seminars which will explore the future of video art, digital archiving, and new media along with the master’s program with a focus on curator of film and video at Academy Valand, Gothenburg and at Konstfack, Stockholm. With support from the University of Stockholm, the Polish Institute in Stockholm and the ID:I Galleri. Artistic involvement and design by Kristoffer Larberg.

In Defense of the Pixelated Image is curated by Olivia Berkowicz, and is part of a degree project within Curating, international master program at Stockholm University, Department of Culture and Aesthetics

ID:I Galleri
Tjärhovsgatan 19
116 28 Stockholm

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