RHYTMIC EXERCISES was the 2nd part of the project GALICIA. TOPOGRAPHIES OF MYTH*.
You may find the general description of the project in article PASSION OF AN ORNITHOLOGISTS. ON MYTH MAKING.
Mirosław Bałka, Michael Blum & Damir Nikšić, BOOT_AUDIOVISUAL, Vlasta Delimar, Harun Farocki, Lukáš Jasanský & Martin Polák, Šejla Kamerić, Szabolcs KissPál, Zdena Kolečková, Jiří Kovanda, Michal Moravčík, Slaven Tolj, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Nives Widauer
Curator Michal Koleček about the exhibition:
The Rhythmic Exercises exhibition symbolically continues history of the building where the SOKOL Malopolska Culture Centre resides. The building was constructed as the residence of Towarzystwo Gimnastyczne Sokol in 1892, and until the beginning of World War II, it was one of the most important centres of social life in Nowy Sacz.
The leitmotif of the Rhythmic Exercises exhibition is questions concerning the process of an individual's identification with a disturbed socio-cultural environment. The theme of the exhibition naturally corresponds with the past and especially the modern history of Galicia and Nowy Sacz as one of the important centres of this region. Galicia has undergone dramatic changes over the past 100 years, from an Austrian crown-land (until 1918) up to the current situation when the region is split between Poland and Ukraine, due to which it does not exist in the form of a territorial unit any more. The negative administrative changes were accompanied by tragic events that have irrevocably influenced the national and cultural character of Galicia. At first, the local Jewish community is destroyed due to the Holocaust, and then the German population is displaced. The last devastating impact then is the forced exchange of Ukrainian and Polish inhabitants of Galicia split between the Soviet Union and Poland in 1947. All these changes have caused a permanent damage in the structure of the local community, especially in terms of its socio-cultural identity. It has gradually established in an often conflict relation between needs and goals of the new social milieu and ever less comprehensible historical roots of the extinct society. Adopting local traditions, their interpretation, ritualization, and looking for new meanings to develop belonging between the emptied and again-filled space and its inhabitants often become a key moment in this process.
The Rhythmic Exercises exhibition focuses above all on the dynamics of identification, on its processual character. It accents movement in a historical sense, presenting authors' projects thematizing historical events connected with a specific place – i.e. Nowy Sacz. At the same time however, it targets on mental or directly physical conception of the phenomenon of movement in connection with processes of identification with or appropriating a specific geographical or social environment. The Rhythmic Exercises exhibition reflects the changeability of places and stories in the form of unquiet and unstable images. The metaphor of exercise and its rhythm then opens a space for concentration and stabilization of our position.
* Cykl GALICJA. TOPOGRAFIE MITU realizowany w ramach projektu pn. „Sztuka współczesna narodów dawnej monarchii austrowęgierskiej”. Projekt jest współfinansowany przez Unię Europejską w ramach Małopolskiego Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego na lata 2007-2013.