Michał Mioduszewski fot. Wojciech Skrzypczyński
Mateusz Kowalczyk, fot. Wojciech Skrzypczyński

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2 | Mateusz Kowalczyk, Michał Mioduszewski “Viaduct – Connector” (2019)

 

performance and site-specific installation

Olga Leszko: costume design

In the course of their collaborative work, the artists were looking for a place in Siedlce that would symbolize crossing a spiritual, historical and administrative border. A place of division, the passage from light to darkness and the other way round.

The area underneath the viaduct – a seemingly pointless structure – quickly became the axis of cooperation with local set and costume designer Olga Leszko. Over five September days, the artists conducted healing activities here and met with local residents. The viaduct’s immediate neighbourhood turned into a sphere of exchanging experience related to this place. Kowalczyk and Mioduszewski’s regular presence and joint work deepened the artists’ relationship with the space. Their artistic exploration led them to reveal the presence of light as the border between two districts: Siedlce and Chełm. In the mystical sense, the passage was expressed in the form of a site-specific performance.

 

Mateusz Kowalczyk is a visual artist, performer and activist studying at the Faculty of Media Art of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. His artistic practice is rooted in creating interactive experiences on the basis of public installations and objects, performances and music. Since 2015, he has actively contributed to creating the Sculpture Park in Warsaw’s Bródno district. Since 2018, he has run the Szaman Polski (Polish shaman) project. Kowalczyk is currently interested in virtual reality (VR) and working with 3D technology.

 

Michał Mioduszewski is an artist, social psychologist and author of spatial projects. He graduated from the Faculty of Media Art of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and in Social Psychology from the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Since 2009, the artistic events he initiates have been focused on meeting, exchange, and collaboration in creating the final effect. Mioduszewski creates situations and tools for observing and experiencing the public space. He co-runs cultural institutions, such as the Wola District Cultural Centre in Warsaw or the Teahouse in the Bródno Sculpture Park.

 

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Siedlce – a settlement or various settlements?

Siedlce got its name from a settlement that used to be located in the central point of the present district. Over the centuries, however, there were more than one settlement within the borders of today’s Siedlce. The eastern part of the neighbourhood – the former suburbs of Gdańsk – were referred to as the external Nowe Ogrody. Slopes near Zakopiańska and Winnicka St. were the location of Winniki. The vicinity of Starodworska St. was the so-called Schlapke.

Siedlce was incorporated into Gdańsk in 1814. In 1874, the city was enlarged to include the so-called Schelling’s Field (near Skrajna St.). Emaus, a large settlement bordering with Siedlce from the west, was incorporated into Gdańsk in 1933. Emaus and its part called Krzyżowniki were already of suburban character at the time. Out of all the above, only the two latter names are still used by the residents of Gdańsk – memory of the others has faded.

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2 | Mateusz Kowalczyk, Michał Mioduszewski “Viaduct – Connector” (2019)

area under the viaduct on Armii Krajowej Avenue (entrance near 144 Malczewskiego St.)

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