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Beyond Mediations


Mediations Biennale 11.9. – 30.10, 2010 Poznan, Poland

The curators of “Beyond Mediations” are: Tsutomu Mizusawa – the director of Yokohama Triennale and Deputy Director of Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama and prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński – expert in media and culture studies.

Link to the Mediations Biennale website

“Beyond Mediations“ exhibition, situated in the already familiar mediative field of Poznań Biennale, introduces new structural and issue keynotes. Above all, it establishes a space of co-presence for both the traditional kinds of contemporary art (painting, sculpture, drawing etc.) and the digital art of new media, thus surmounting the ever-extant division of the two. The latter art is usually presented in projects limiting their scope to the new media, and organised by institutions which specialise in work of that nature (Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe or Intercommunication Center w Tokio), while the classical artistic forms are shown to art lovers in numerous, traditional institutions of art of the museum-gallery type. The division incessantly persists, in spite of the progressing digitalisation of the contemporary world, which embraces all its domains, art included. Even festivals or biennials of art, which have been spreading worldwide in recent years, despite being characterised by greater freedom in the design of their programmes, chiefly present works typical for the gallery system (although it is worth noticing that that the part taken up by video art continually increases). „Beyond Mediations“, on the other hand, combines within its space numerous forms and genres of art which feature on the landscape of contemporary work, also those which utilise new media technologies.
A direct product of this symbiosis of genres is the simultaneous presence of various kinds of experience that art provides. Apart from artworks which engender experience engaging one in a profound, contemplative penetration of autonomous worlds that these works call to life, there are also realisations offering experiences which possess the structure of a network connecting various aspects of reality, which invite to enter a social and political discourse (as well as actions), which encourage to perceive art as a tool with which to analyze the present. The works of artists invited to the exhibition reveal that contemporary art is ready to abandon the autonomy it had had until recently, that it enters into elemental relationships not only with media technology but also with the worlds of science, creating new, multidimensional languages of expression, which are adapted to the hybridity of the contemporary reality, to the complexity and multiformity of the world in which we live.
The works presented at the exhibition, and the experience they provoke, display transitive, multidimensional, often hybrid character. Thus they remind that the processes of crossing boundaries, also those which are instituted in order to develop the desired relationships with others, the processes that shape the spaces of mediations, situate us in transitional worlds, worlds “in between”. They remind us that the very notion of mediation entails a fundamental separation, a tension between separate states and forms, and an inner desired conflict. They remind also that this state of separation, the conflict, presents a challenge not only with regard to the actions which aim to overcome it, but also those that strive to legitimize it. That the mediation consists in analyzing, civilising and valorising differences. That it could be (should be) the task of discourses concerning hybridity and hybridization of the contemporary world to make them apparent and to tend to them – not to overcome and abolish.

The works presented at the „Beyond Mediations“ exhibition are situated in diverse dimensions of the issues discussed here. They engage in discourses found between artistic and scientific-research creation ą (Paul Gaetano Adi, Ken Feingold, Eduardo Kac, Wade Marynowsky, Zbigniew Oksiuta, Paul Vanouse). They penetrate the realms stretching bewteen the present and the past, between individual and social dimensions of memory (Inga Fonar Cocos, Masaki Fujihata, Sanja Iveković, Julien Maire), between the aesthetic and the ethical dimension of experience (Anna Orlikowska, Konrad Smoleński). They take up the reflection which concerns the multidimensional, often conflicting complexity of individual identity (Konrad Kuzyszyn, Magnus Wallin), which exposes the complicated structure of social relations, intercultural references and their representations (Adrian Paci, Michelle Teran, Ultra–Red, Paul Vanouse) or the emergent multidimensional, expanded realities (Dorota Chilińska/Andrzej Wasilewski, Luc Courchesne, Masaki Fujihata, Bart Koppe, Mateusz Pęk, Jeffrey Shaw)”.