This book is a postscript.
The last work designed and composed by Twożywo - Mariusz Libel and Krzysztof Sidorek - a few years after the group was dissolved.
PLUNDERING REALITY’S RUINS is also the first monographic publication documenting the group's activity in the context of Polish art at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries and the social and cultural changes affecting it.
The book ia planned for release in October 2020.
The volume consists of a selection of graphic works, documentation of site-specific projects, excerpts from their private archive, and texts commissioned from authors who observe their journey closely and from a distance, with affection and criticism.
Thus, it is neither a complete compendium nor an objective analysis carried out by art historians and critics, although they are also present in this publication. The intention of the artists was to establish a temporary gathering - a melange of people, words and images - in the hope that it would open up a space encouraging people to plunder the ruins of the reality surrounding them on their own.
The book was created on the initiative of Osman Djadjadisastra - a medical doctor and art collector, whose collection holds the works of many Polish artists of the 20th century, such as: Jerzy Nowosielski, Jerzy Bereś, Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Ewa Partum, Teresa Murak, Edward Dwurnik, Marek Kijewski and groups: Koło Klipsa, Gruppa, LUXUS, Łódź Kaliska, Twożywo.
Twożywo was established in 1995, operating initially under the name Pinokio. Since 1998 Mariusz Libel and Krzysztof Sidorek were the duo operating as Twożywo. The area of the group's activity was the city, mainly Warsaw. Libel and Sidorek practiced urban art and engaged design - combining philosophical reflection and critical reflection on the social reality of contemporary Poland at the turn of the century.
Their message was addressed to passers-by, internet users - random people who move materially or virtually through communication and information systems. Twożywo's messages used the strategies of applied graphics, advertising, and drew on the tradition of constructivism and conceptual poetry. They created murals, stickers, posters, billboards, net art projects, graphic columns and op-eds, site-specific social campaigns.
In 2006, Twożywo was awarded the POLITYKA Passport in the visual arts category for "art combining word with image in an innovative way, for boldly entering where art has not yet reached". The group ceased activities in 2011.
Kasia Tórz. Born in Poznań (1982), currently based in Antwerp. Graduate from Philosophy at the University of Warsaw (2005). Curator, writer & editor, researcher.
Between 2008-2019 I have programmed a thematic section of the Malta Festival Poznań (PL) called Idioms. In 2019 I joined to Needcompany, where I’m in charge of artistic and programme development. Currently I conduct an artistic research within a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies) in Brussels exploring the notion of dissolving boundaries (smarginatura) both in terms of aesthetics and critical theory.
My texts have been published, i.e. in Didaskalia, Dwutygodnik.com. Between 2007-2011 I collaborated with Twożywo at projects like: Zaciemnienie / Twilight and several wall paintings.
Dr.Osman Djajadisastra - born in 1963, physician and art collector. Graduated from Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in 1989. Lives with his family and works near Aachen, Germany.
27 October 2020 at 6 pm
We invite you cordially to the virtual discussion that will be streamed from Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz.
Distribution: Bęc Zmiana
The book is available at: sklep.beczmiana.pl