Interfusion / facing the wall


WHERE: Plock, Poland + online
ORGANIZER: Pracownia Alternatywnego Obrazowania led by prof. Wlodzimierz Szymanski from the Faculty of New Media Arts at the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw.
TIME: 2008-2018
METHOD: Performance captured by digital photographer, Justyna Jaworska – 140 x 200 cm large format print and a plaster cast of hands in a gesture of meditation (1:1 scale).

“When the mind resembles wood or stone,
without explaining anything with our tongue,
with a mind that wanders to nowhere,
the base of the mind becomes like [empty] space,
in which the sun of wisdom naturally appears,
as if suddenly clouds scattered and the sun came out”

Notes of Pai-Chang – Zen master (8th and 9th century AD).

I created a performance, during which I practiced meditation in a public place located near the city centre of Warsaw. I sat with my legs crossed and hands folded on my lap in a Hokkai-join gesture. My goal was to create a footprint of transition from chaos to order, from noise into silence, from brightness into darkness, and the other way around. People passing by suddenly stopped and became puzzled, which allowed them to be equally present in a given moment as I was. The project was documented using a digital camera depicting my practice and a plaster cast of hands in a gesture of meditation (1:1 scale). The final work was displayed at the exhibition in the Mazovian Museum in Plock.

2017 | Plock | POWROTY recurrence | editorship: Wlodzimierz Szymanski, Nadia Issa | wyd. National Museum in Plock | ISBN: 978-83-64676-17-8 | project Facing the wall | p. 28-29
2017 | PL Plock | Mazovian Museum | Powroty | group exhibition