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Kantor observed some analogy between photography and shooting, between a group posing for a photograph and a group of recruits lined up in a row. This field of association was used in one of the images from Wielopole, Wielopole, a performance that continued the themes/motifs from Umarła klasa [The Dead Class].

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Kantor observed some analogy between photography and shooting, between a group posing for a photograph and a group of recruits lined up in a row.
This field of association was used in one of the images from Wielopole, Wielopole, a performance that continued the themes/motifs from Umarła klasa [The Dead Class]. For Kantor the source of inspiration was a photograph of recruits before going to the front lines (photograph marked with the stain of death).
The camera that is aimed at the troops becomes an instrument of torture in the performance.
Instead of the flash lamp the “photographed” hear a salvo. They are standing still. Is this happening only so as not to blur the image caught by the photographer’s eye?

“The camera is aimed at the Troops.
The photographer is checking.
He starts to laugh.
He is turning a side crank handle. A thick barrel appears. He presses
something and another one jumps out of the first, aimed
straight at the Army’s platoon.
Now the photographer is laughing heartily; he is simply roaring with laughter.
Since everything is taking place at the Fair Booth,
the photographer has a special instrument for the Troops: a photo camera
that turns into a machine gun.”[1]

See alsoDrawing for the performance Wielopole, Wielopole by Tadeusz Kantor

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[1] T. Kantor, Pisma, Vol. II: Teatr śmierci. Teksty z lat 1975–1984, Kraków–Warsow 2005, p. 219.

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“Camera/Mr Daguerre’s invention” (“Wielopole, Wielopole”, 1980)

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07/10/13 19:39
Super
Tomasz Sadłecki
05/11/13 11:54
też tak myślę
Przemyslaw Pawłowski
07/11/13 11:10
najfajniejszy aparat jaki widziałem:)

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