Piotr Urbaniec: Meteorological Exercises
In the Netherlands, when the mischievous storm Ciara arrived from the other side of the Ocean, I went to the beach to (as a poetic scientist) experience this phenomenon and document the wind with a camera mounted on my head. I discovered that dogs were much less afraid of wind than people and coped much better with nature. They were running around, looking happy. Weather was no problem to them. Meanwhile, people walked alone and upside down. They looked as if someone played a video backward. Had they walked headfirst, their eyes would fill with tears and their foreheads would become terribly cold. You have to wear a hat, or the wind will drive you crazy by entering through your ears. Riding the bicycle is horribly uncomfortable in the wind, sometimes you’re cycling but you’re not moving forward. But the worst of all is carrying a big, empty cardboard box, or moving to another apartment during a hurricane. What objects should never be taken into the wind? Will the spectacle depend on the weather and atmospheric conditions? Will we be able to create a meteorological experience in a domestic setup (domestic weather)? Can still life become more alive, and ephemeral materials preserved longer? I will try to answer these questions, and much more, in my para-scientific spectacle “Exercises in Meteorology”. I hope to see you there! Piotr.
Piotr Urbaniec (born in December 1992, Cracow, PL). Visual artist who creates art out of practically nothing, experiments with various ephemeral materials and media. He believes himself to be a lost relative of Richard Long. Currently, he lives and works in Amsterdam, as a resident in the De Ateliers Programme. He graduated from Mirosław Bałka’s Studio of Spatial Activities in Warsaw (PL), in 2018. Participant of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (USA). Resident at Residency Unlimited in New York (2016) and Akrai Residency in Sicily (2018). Winner of the competition Artystyczna Podróż Hestii / Hestia Artistic Journey (2016), Grand Prix of the competition Młode Wilki/Young Wolves (2014) and the first prize at the In Out Video Festival (2016). In 2016, he carried out his first solo exhibition in the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Group exhibitions in Poland include, among others: MSN Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia, BWA Katowice, BWA Tarnów, Dawid Radziszewski Gallery. His works formed part of the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2018), Krakow Art Salon, Yixian International Photography Festival (2017, China), as well as Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin. Recently, he has adapted the wind and debuted in the Frascati theatre (Amsterdam) during the Come Together Festival.
The project is co-financed by the Warsaw City Hall as part of the Hub Kultury Komuny Warszawa program