Wilfried Lentz,     Huis a/d Werf     2010

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'Zaklady na Zycie' ('Plant-Life') is a performance and installation environment exploring Poland’s industrial past. In English, ‘ P l a n t - L i f e ’ is a play on words, as a plant can be as much a photosynthetic organism as a factory, power-station, or other large industrial complex. It is in this sense the piece attempts to achieve as much as state of David Attenborough as it does anthropological glance into the life of factories across Poland.

Performers: Zbigniew Maciak, Maja Magdalena Jawor, Dorothea Nikiporczyk
photo: Merijn van der Vliet

 

  james beckett
 

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Using relics gathered from both functioning factories and industrial ruins around Poland, the stage environment is a series of re-creations, inspired by actual workplaces and even museums, reviewing the past-times of both company and state. The experience allows one to zoom-in, from the larger level of infrastructure, down to the single product of the factory itself, such as a toothbrush. The tangible nature of this experience attempts to connect to histories through these found objects, in much the way a museum does with its artifacts of purported significance.

Performers: Zbigniew Maciak, Maja Magdalena Jawor, Dorothea Nikiporczyk
photo: Merijn van der Vliet

 

james beckett
   

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With performers lulling secular mantras in Polish, a visitor is able to follow English subtitles, as the fringe economy of the East reveals itself as a true giant, - manifest in the factories of chocolate, speedometers, cement and canned meat.

Performers: Zbigniew Maciak, Maja Magdalena Jawor, Dorothea Nikiporczyk
photo: Merijn van der Vliet

   
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Performers: Zbigniew Maciak, Maja Magdalena Jawor, Dorothea Nikiporczyk
photo: Merijn van der Vliet
 
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