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- Author Rafani
- Date of production 2015
- Duration 25’37”
- Author's designation none
- ID no. BS/1092
- Availability temporary event
- Acquired date 2015
- Object copyright Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digital images copyright CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Attribution – NonCommercial – NoDerivatives 4.0
- Digitalisation Rafani (digital copy received from the artists)
The performance On Invisible by the Czech collective Rafani, was staged simultaneously in one of the exhibition halls of the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery and in the urban space. In the gallery spaces, it was witnessed by people who intentionally arrived at the event; these witnesses, however, met only the lecturer, a poet from Kraków, and the slammer, Jan Paweł Kowalewicz (a.k.a. Roman Boryczko), connected using the telephone conference method with five performers.more
The performance On Invisible by the Czech collective Rafani, was staged simultaneously in one of the exhibition halls of the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery and in the urban space. In the gallery spaces, it was witnessed by people who intentionally arrived at the event; these witnesses, however, met only the lecturer, a poet from Kraków, and the slammer, Jan Paweł Kowalewicz (a.k.a. Roman Boryczko), connected using the telephone conference method with five performers. He read poetic text-instruction for the artists. The performers, who were walking around different spots of the city in the vicinity of the gallery, were being watched only by random passers-by, and most of them did not realize that they were taking part in an artistic activity. According to the instructions they heard, the artists performed simple but absurd activities: they lay on the ground among the crowd or spun around their own axis. The most important performative element of the work was temporary and unique, while the contact with the artists themselves was of a random character, and it was unpredictable. The performance was related, in a perverse way, to conscious and unconscious participation in art. It blurred the boundaries between what is elitist, and occurs in institutional space among experts familiar with its operation, and what is egalitarian and takes place on the street among random passers-by. Furthermore, the later documentation of the work was designed to recreate only a fragment of the situation and the impression created thereby. This was so, because the audiovisual record of Rafani’s performance shows the part which was arranged in the space of the gallery, putting the audience in a position identical to the one experienced by the spectators present at Bunkier Sztuki. Thereby, it allows the viewers to familiarize themselves with the action only in a one-sided way. The manipulation of the documentation image implies that the execution of the action is unavailable, remaining at the level of conjecture.
Elaborated by Anna Lebensztejn, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art,
Ten utwór jest dostępny na licencji Creative Commons Uznanie autorstwa 3.0 Polska.
The artistic collective – Rafani – was formed in 2000 in Prague. Its current composition includes: Zuzana Blochová, Jiří Franta, David Kořinek, Marek Meduna and Luděk Rathouský. The artists are the authors of performative actions and artistic films, in which the interest in any manipulation of political content, behavioral patterns, and images is clearly visible. They usually appear uniformed in public, and their behaviour is similar to a political demonstration, participation in a rally, or an official speech. In 2006, they consistently stopped writing comments on their actions. They do not publish manifestos, texts, and scenarios of their actions. The group does not have an official e-mail address, and their website (rafani.blogspot.com) contains only photographs documenting their activities. Rafani’s works were presented at individual and collective exhibitions, including: Identikit (Skolska 28 Gallery, Prague, 2001), Father (Escort Gallery, Brno, 2001), Bohemian Forest (Mala Spalovka Gallery, Prague, 2002), O rovnosti (BWA Wrocław, 2013), Intermarium (Gallery of Contemporary Art BWA Sokół, Nowy Sącz, 2016).