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We Destroy Art/Performance of Fabryka Destrukcja / Improvisation of Destruction Factory

Added by Factory Destruction on August 6, 2012 at 1:56pm

Destruction Factory – we destroy art.
Performance: Piotr Filonowicz, Paweł Olejnik
Video/Audio: Paweł Głogowski
Destructive improvisation.
I/III

Who:
Fabryka Destrukcja (Destruction Factory) is two performers — Piotr Filonowicz and Paweł Olejnik. Their common experience is mainly a few years of intense work on movement and vocal improvisation with the Linia Nocna group (Night Route).

What:
The objective of Fabryka Destrukcja is improvised destruction of art installations. The group not only creates their own installations, but also collaborates with artists who build the space for improvisation or offer their work of art up for destruction.

How:
Destroying a work of art is a performative act, based on the assumptions of total improvisation developed by Linia Nocna.
Total improvisation is related to a strong sensation of being here and now. The performer should reach a state of openness, permeability, multidimensional perception. They receive an unlimited number of stimuli (through their eyes, ears, touch, sense of time, space, associations). Their task is to select the stimuli intuitively and respond to them in a fully psychophysical manner. Performative actions add up into a story, a commentary on the work of art being destroyed.

Why:
The modus operandi was conceived out of a belief that each act of destruction is simultaneous with an act of creation. It is to show that destroying something can be just as beautiful as creating. It is to show that destroying a work of art can itself be a work of art.
In everyday life we are separated from devastation, decay and death. But the world is subject to continuous changes, meaning continuous creation and destruction. The beauty of destruction allows us to become accustomed to the passing of things.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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