International Non-Casual Encounters
The Eye Never Sleeps – Kuyavian-Pomeranian
OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL AT THE BWA CITY GALLERY IN BYDOGOSZCZ: VERNISSAGE OF THE ``RHIZOPOLIS`` INSTALLATION BY JOANNA RAJKOWSKA
OPENING OF EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN THE PALACE AND PARK COMPLEX IN OSTROMECKO
Emilia Orzechowska, Marta Filipiak, Grzegorz Pleszyński
Curators of activities in Ostromecko
Producer of the exhibition at the Muncipal Gallery bwa
Producer of the exhibition at the Palace and Park Complex in Ostromecko
Artistic Director of the Festival
The Fourth Nature
Twilight of the Anthropocene
UE stablishing a new relationship between humans and nature has become one of the most important challenges of our time. In humanistic thought, it has taken the form in recent years of the question of responsibility for the Anthropocene – the epoch of undeniable human domination over the planet and the destructive influence it entailed: the threat to biodiversity, the triggering of the climate crisis, the pillaging of natural resources. Man has allowed himself far-reaching transformations of nature; the environment in which he lives becomes, in a way, his own creation. But are we able to come to terms with the cost of this?
These questions permeate our daily life and culture: visions of an ecological apocalypse brought by man upon himself and the planet he has populated and “made subject” to himself multiply. The image of man as the authoritarian ruler of the earth, derived from a particular interpretation of the Bible, seems to require a fundamental redefinition – can he, being anointed as the crown of creation, claim the right to its unconditional subjugation and exploitation? In what direction should this position be reevaluated? Wouldn’t opening to equal relations with the subjects of nature also mean consenting to its cruelty and its encroachment on human relations?
Questions about balancing human rights and duties to nature are addressed by a number of humanists. James Lovelock in 1974 put forward the hypothesis of Gaia as a kind of spirit inhabiting the planetary body. This was accompanied by a call for humans to look at themselves as part of a larger, relatively autonomous whole, forming a mega-organism capable of self-regulation even at the expense of our existence (if the latter proves to be a threat to the Earth). Peter Singer raises questions about the ethical obligation to “liberate animals” in connection with the new kinds of suffering introduced into their world by, for example, industrial breeding.
Bruno Latour, in his sociological actor-network theory, calls for a departure from thinking about humans as the sole, distinguished subjects of our social lives.
A special role in this search can be played by artists, who create visions of new relations with space and non-human subjects. Among landscape architects there appear postulates of the “fourth nature” (defined by Ingo Kovarik), that is, consent to the return of nature to postindustrial areas, a kind of healing of the scars left by the anthropocene. Do such attitudes have to conflict with spirituality, including that derived from religious traditions? How to imagine a new formula of the relationship with nature – can man, instead of its torturer, become its “sensitive narrator” and thus save himself? – and thus save himself?
Text: Grzegorz Brzozowski
Originators and members of the Black Dwarf Foundation
Originator and Artistic Director
Producer, Festival Coordinator
Grzegorz Pleha Pleszyński
Curator of the Festival
Curator of the Festival
Edition of “Non-accidental Encounters,” where the name refers to Andre Breton’s surrealist Manifesto.
The basic problem (theme) of this year’s meetings is the concept of Love. Love is understood not only in the context of feelings, but in many other contexts, often unnoticed and not directly resulting from the conducted research or area of scientific interest.
FRENZY AND FURY
We transcend ourselves – not only by creating, but simply by living – in many ways. In many ways we try to make a “self-transcendence”, a self-transgression: to break free from the matrix of our ascribed condition and from our bodily shell – and to find ourselves “somewhere else”, in another state and place, to say to ourselves, like the revealing French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, that “IAM is Someone Else”.
Prof. Zbigniew Mikołejko
THE FACE AND THE MASK
„Dążenie do tego, aby za wszelką cenę zedrzeć z siebie maskę i ukazać swoją „prawdziwą twarz” od mniej więcej półwiecza stało się jednym z najważniejszych nakazów współczesnego świata, jednym niemal z dogmatów dzisiejszej kultury. Stało się węzłowym i obowiązującym problemem sztuki i literatury oraz rozmaitych gałęzi wiedzy.
prof. Zbigniew Mikołejko
THE GAME is one of the most universal and capacious concepts. Concepts endowed with so many meanings, that in fact it is impossible to enumerate them. They express the most important aspects of what is simply called the human condition. And they refer to various manifestations of our everyday existence, as well as to the fields of art and literature, philosophy and entertainment, economics and religion, politics and psychology, play and science, forensics and war, computer science and magic.
Two tales of feasting, in fact, mark the path of Western faith and thought. We speak, of course, of Plato’s Feast, which to a large extent begins and stimulates the fate of our thought, and of the Last Supper, which is one of the founding acts of Christianity (but also, after all, a momentous theme of art).
Prof. Zbigniew Mikołejko
In the case of a miracle it is impossible to speak of regularities – the very presence of a miracle is a fundamental paradox – being accessible to our senses, it escapes our understanding. Instead of proposing a program of miracles for the upcoming festival, let us look at it rather as a space open to paradoxes – where the possibility of a miracle will appear, although without its guarantee.