Residency: Aspirus 06
26 September – 7 November 2013
Agnieszka Lasota (Poland) researches social relations in a rapid changing word, in context of new media, social media and Internet. She transfers these contexts into visual conditions, and searches for diagnoses. She also looks for nonverbal ways of communications. The artistic nature of the development helps to extract the sociological problem out of the track chosen by an academic analysis. Additionally, her projects may cause fresh reflections or re-energised social debate, in which the themes for discussion will be community experiences and their role in the emergence of new social forms. The results of Lasota’s research into the above are shown as multimedia installations.
During her residency at ArtFunkl Lasota has been working on a project entitled The Common Dream (www.commondream.eu), which she uses as a vehicle for creating a monument of a accidental community. It has been devised using images loaded on a publicly accessible website by outside contributors. In the theoretical sense The Common Dream is a sculpture. It is created in the four-dimensional time-space of the virtual world, and the creation of this sculpture is, for the authors, both a mental and physical experience. A full physical view of the sculpture is only partly possible. The viewer can only see an after-image, or one of the part-views of the sculpture; the scale and the medium in which The Common Dream sculpture comes into being on the website do not allow a complete view. Every subsequent image interacts as a see-through image, partly covering the previous images, creating thus one unified, constantly modifying event.
Anyone can access the site from devices as small as basic mobile phones, so the work is infinitely portable and responsive to contemporary technology. Via the Site the process of visualizing, determine places of origin of the individual images, their number and their frequency can be determined. One can track the number of Internet visitors and the amount of actual spectators in a exhibition area, but one cannot penetrate down to the basis: what are the forces that are leading to a creation of the work? What forces have led to its abandonment? What is the source of its energy, what feeds it, what makes it vanish? What emotion does each individual image carry and into what emotion is it converted? Is it created by accident or is it a part of some life plan?