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Art in Urban Space
March 29, 2012   
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A new exhibition at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art documents artistic events and projects carried out by the Akademia Ruchu (Motion Academy) group from 1975 to 2011.

Visitors to the exhibition, entitled Self-Presentation: Motion Academy. City, can see video footage and photographs documenting 70 of around 600 Akademia Ruchu projects in Poland and abroad. They include a street performance during which Akademia Ruchu members stumbled as they looked up at banners with communist slogans on them, expressing the group’s refusal to accept such propaganda.

Akademia Ruchu staged artistic projects in several Polish cities, including Warsaw, Poznań, ŁódĽ and ¦winouj¶cie. The first viewers and participants were passers-by, passengers on public transport and local residents. Many of the events spanned several days. Akademia Ruchu projects show how artistic initiatives can strengthen bonds within communities and encourage inventive forms of expression. Group members documented their projects with hidden cameras and had pictures taken by unobtrusive photographers.

Akademia Ruchu was also involved in visual theater, including plays and other performances staged at alternative theaters, art museums and galleries across Europe, North and South America and Japan.

Urban projects which Akademia Ruchu carried out in the 1970s and 1980s were filmed with a 16mm hidden camera. These have been transferred to video specially for the exhibition. The videos are on display along with over 200 photographs.

Until April 29
Ujazdowski Castle Center
for Contemporary Art
2 Jazdów St., tel. +48 22 628-12-71 to 73
Gallery open Tue.-Sun. noon-7 p.m.
(Fri. noon-9 p.m.),
free admission on Thursdays
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