Migrations of Art, EXODUS [Fala] February 2016
Between the 24th and 28th of February, the Exodus action was made public on the walls of ART MAIN STATION by mia as a painting, composed of 13 elements, titled Wave [Fala], which presented integration in disintegration – a whole divided into parts.
The three-day project consisted of subsequent stages of the work in motion: mounting the exposition and maps with addresses, disassembly of the first part and the first packaging of shipments, as well as the final disassembly – a summary of activities. Thirteen components of the work, which the artist allows to be touched, changed, rearranged in any way, were sent out into the world with
a description of the action and an invitation to participate.
With this, the first showing of Wave, Urszula Śliz set out onto the Central European – and even intercontinental – path, along which she invites viewers to
a dialogue about migration and movement in the meaning of many dimensions. The author has been preparing the project for a year – the project’s duration is long-term by design.
The artist is also interested in the course of the event itself, the forms of communication and dialogue, including between the galleries and institutions invited to participate./ Art Main Station by Mia Art Gallery/
Apparent analogies with mail art may be found in the movement of the work itself, but it is not a form of exchange between the recipient and sender – an exchange
of concepts and ideas –or a kind of mapping . What matters in the action is not the graphical record of the road, of the work’s movement; the resulting graph does not build the image and is indifferent to the
project. If references are to be sought, they can be found in the layer of giving meaning to the image in Stażewski’s theory – the principle of image variation and relative kineticism: the privileging of what is permanent in the image at the cost of variation – the incomplete dimension of the work.
The image becomes partly open, and at the same time has a limited number of combinations, ways to arrange the individual fragments – vide W. Gołkowska’s Open Systems. I set up new aspects, the process of travel itself extends the active duration of the work (non-object art) for a period longer than one presentation, enabling various combinations of systems that take place outside the artist’s influence, but still within artist-prescribed limits. An analogy may be made to the idea of time
introduced into the framework of the visual arts by W. Gołkowska. The disintegration of the work and its reassembly introduces the aspect of time.
My action extends the aspects taken by their predecessors and gives new meaning to the nowadys contemporary and the duration of the unfinished period of time. News is in my conception of the dismemberment picture. Appropriate, character in my imagery./ U. Sliz /