CURATED – WOJTEK ZIEMILSKI – CIA

> > > NOVEMBER 8 – 22, 2013

> > > CURATOR: ASH BULAYEV

> > > ARTIST: WOJTEK ZIEMILSKI

> > > EMPAC: http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2013/fall/central-intelligence-agency

Central Intelligence Agency is a performance, installation, and interactive environment. It is about what we see—and how our judgment becomes hostage to what we see. Polish performance artist Wojtek Ziemilski and German interaction designer Sebastian Neitsch will present a work-in-progress developed in part during an EMPAC residency.

As the story goes, in the 1950s, the CIA participated in promoting American art in some unexpected ways. Huge funds were invested to turn a group of American artists into international art stars and their artistic explorations were the next step toward aesthetic evolution. Jackson Pollock, along with other American abstract expressionists, is one of their most successful projects.

Intelligence needs agents. And agents play a different role from the one they may think they are playing. More and more, we become the agents. This performance is a landscape of people, their stories, and how their stories attempt to be objective, but cannot. 

Wojtek Ziemilski is a theater director and visual artist. He teaches contemporary approaches to theater making with a particular focus on devising techniques, the new dance’s (so-called “non-danse”) input into theatricality, and its use on stage. His work, Small Narration, had its Polish premiere in 2010. It has since been performed in several cities in Poland and abroad, and was selected as part of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s showcase of the best Polish performances of 2010, and to the Polska Arts program in Edinburgh, 2012.

Sebastian Neitsch + Jan Bernstein have worked together since 2010, combining their skills in mechanics and coding and found a company to finally make a living of immersive spaces and machines. Their works have been exhibited among others at the Museum of Technology in Berlin, Electrovisiones Mexico City, Santral Istanbul, Art and About Sydney and Pier 57 in New York City. Jan Bernstein was born in Berlin in 1982 and studied Industrial Design in Halle (Germany) and Valencia (Spain). His primary interest is in mechanical and kinetic works based between art and design. Sebastian Neitsch was born in Hamburg in 1982 and studied Multimedia / Interface Design in Halle and Linz. For the last 5 years he is focusing on concepts for men-machine interactions.

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