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Temporary Nation

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Piotr Wyrzykowski (PL) & Echo Ho (CN/DE)

Les’ Kurbas Theatre (Les’ Kurbas str., 3)

Worldwide mobile performance –Tune in! Dance on! Mix out!

Piotr Wyrzykowski (PL) and Echo Ho (DE/CN) turn smartphones into sound- and light-emitting instruments, and audience members become participants in their work, moving as a group and using their phones to create provocative, collective performances. Piotr Wyrzykowski’s and Echo Ho’s project provokes a post-digital dance ritual, which emphasizes selfless collective creation, encouraging people to forget mobile screens, and re-enact the idea of connectedness by activate bodily movements and collaboration. This situation fosters otherness, as the emerging community draws on originality, distinctness and diversity of the individuals comprising it. The resulting dance-and-musical event is prosocial and educational, while the technology it employs is utopian in character. Temporary Nation is a platform for organizing group and individual performative sessions. The work draws on active participation of its audience who become its co-creators through the use of an app designed for the purposes of this performance. Once the app has been installed, particpants’ smartphones turn into light- and sound-emitting audiovisual gadgets that can be operated by their users through particular gestures or choreographies. A joint performance of un unpredictable symphony turns a group of strangers into a temporary community.

Piotr Wyrzykowski (b. 1968) works with video, multimedia performance, photography, web projects, installation, and screenings in public space. Wyrzykowski has held over 40 performances to date. He made his debut in 1990 with an extensive action piece of the art duo Ziemia Mindel Würm (formed with Marek Rogulski). In 1995, exploring the medium of mass performance, Wyrzykowski co-founded the art collective C.U.K.T. (Central Office of Technical Culture). Its major achievement was the development of the Electoral Citizen Software in 1999, a computer program for collective decision-making and an element of a socio-political project promoting Wiktoria Cukt, a digital character, as a candidate for the post of the president of Poland. Wyrzykowski’s performances employed video art and TV broadcasts. He was particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on human life (Cyborg’s Sex Manual) as well as the new avenues for artistic practice they create. Using modern techniques, the artist looks at the process of digital transformation of the reality and the emergence of virtual worlds (There Is No Body). His video works also combine an exploration of the medium with its documentary character. After 2000, Wyrzykowski’s work addressed themes at the crossroads of life and politics, analyzing the influence of the mass media on these fields (collaboration with the Ukrainian artist Iliya Chichkan). He also explores the technique of video-poster (Communostalgie, Only Those Who Planned It Will Survive). Wyrzykowski’s video Beta Nassau (1993) is in the collection of MoMA, New York. The artist was awarded first prize at the International Media Art Festival WRO’95, and second prize at WRO’97. He was also nominated for the first edition of Views— Deutsche Bank Foundation Award, co-organized by Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland. Web: www.peterstyle.eu

Echo Ho (b.1973) is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, and performer born in Beijing who lives and works in Cologne. Her artistic practice includes audio-video installations, sound art interventions, intermedia performances. In Ho’s artwork, the modular construction creates an onomatopoeically distorted, poetically strange and “un-homely” world, consisting of subjective experiences and the search for a homeland, but also of globalized artifacts, often shows a complex migration context and conceptual links between culturally diverse materials and artistic disciplines. Ho re-invented the oldest traditional Chinese string instrument »Gu Qin«, turning it into a »Slow Qin,« and allowing it to become a wireless interface for controlling computer digital music software. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Center-A Vancouver, ISEA 2010 Germany, ZKM Karlsruhe, among others. She was a fellow of the interdisciplinary “Graduate School for Arts and Sciences” at the Berlin University of the Arts. From 2007 to 2013, she was an assistant professor at Media Academy of Media Arts Cologne and taught in the area of sound and electronic media. Since 2016, Ho has created her new musical alias ZO-ON SLOWS. Web: www.goechospace.com

Adam Mickiewicz Institute