Camouflage

17th WRO Media Art Biennale 2017: Draft Systems

If you missed the exhibition and events at this year’s WRO Biennale, Poland’s largest biannual international review of contemporary art, never fear! You still have the chance to see over a dozen of the installations shown at the Biennale, at the CAMOUFLAGE exhibition in Koszyki Hall in Warsaw, from 5 to 26 July.

According to the Merriam-Webster English dictionary, “camouflage” is defined as “concealment by means of disguise”.
So what exactly is it that’s being concealed /revealed in the works shown at Camouflage? Reality hidden in what doesn’t exist, says curator, Piotr Krajewski. Seriousness concealed in trivialities; fear veiled in the aesthetics of fun; the future camouflaged in the present, captured in ponderous imaginations; reality as a game; ignorance downplayed by technology; a system anaesthetised by error.

In the context of the exhibition, the words of Daniel Defoe, as quoted by Albert Camus, also come to mind: It is as reasonable to represent one kind of imprisonment by another, as it is to represent anything that really exists by that which exists not.

This is the latest exhibition to be run at Koszyki Hall by the WRO Art Center and Griffin Art Space Foundation. Last year’s exhibition, Moths, Crabs, Fluids, which was part of the Griffin Art Space Invites series accompanying the opening of the Hall, had over 25,000 visitors. This year’s exhibition will also include a special family event on 9 July, accompanied by a special WRO Guide for Children – a free publication containing accessible descriptions of some of the works, interesting facts and things to do.

Thanks to the partnership of Griffin Art Space Foundation and the WRO Art Center, the public has another chance to view works from the Biennale, says Anna Klimczak, CEO of Griffin Art Space Foundation. Due to our joint and consistent work over the years, we are now able to bring media art to more and more people, which is highly valuable when it comes to promoting visual arts in Poland.

Griffin Art Space and the WRO Foundations have been cooperating since 2013 to bring innovative ventures into the public eye, using unusual spaces such as well-known shopping centres to showcase the latest works of artists from all over the world. As a result, contemporary art is becoming widely accessible and mainstream. This is also down to the hard work of the curatorial team, who make no compromises as to the exhibition itself or the content. This year, the public was able to enjoy one of the main exhibitions from the WRO Media Art Biennale 2017: Draft Systems, OS Systemic Objects, which was shown in a former supermarket with over 2100m2 of floor space at the Renoma Commercial Centre in Wrocław.

ARTISTS AND WORKS:

ISABELLE ARVERS (FR), HEROIC MAKERS VS HEROIC LAND
video, 2016, 10:56

SHUAI CHENG PU (TW), THE FRIEND ON THE ROCKING CHAIR-VISUAL OBLATION
object/installation/application , 2016-2017

KRYSTIAN GRZYWACZ (PL), PUSTOSTANY / VACANT SPACES
animation, 2016, 5:20

CHRISTIAN NICOLAY (CA), THE DAY JOB
video, 2013-ongoing, 6:56

NIKA OBLAK & PRIMOŽ NOVAK (SI), BORDER MOVER
kinetic video installation, 2015

DIEGO RAMIREZ (MX/AU), POSTCARD EXOTICA
video installation, 2016

JANA SHOSTAK (BY/PL), I LOVE YOU!
video, 2015, 2:26

KATHARINA SWOBODA (AT), PENGUIN POOL
video, 2015, 3:20

ALEKSANDER KOMAROV (BY) + MAXIM TYMINKO (BY), THE AFTERGLOW AND THE SPEED OF TIME SHARE
generative video installation with real-time data processing, 2016

SHOTA YAMAUCHI (JP), ACHILLES AND TORTOISE
video, 2016, 14:05

JACEK ZACHODNY (PL), GO BACK TO EUROPE
video, 2015, 7:20

The CAMOUFLAGE exhibition is part of the 17th WRO Media Art Biennale 2017: Draft Systems programme.

Koszyki Hall, Koszykowa 63, Warsaw
Opening: 05.07.2017, 19:00
Closing: 26.07.2017

admission free