The exhibition of Witek Orski's works - a visual artist and photographer - will open the MDF festival at the Philharmonic in Szczecin this Wednesday, September 23 at 19:00. It will also be the inauguration of the philharmonic activities of the Level 4 Gallery in a new version - in cooperation with TRAFO Trafostacja Sztuki in Szczecin and the Academy of Art in Szczecin. Free invitations can be collected at the Philharmonic Ticket Office from September 18.
Witek Orski's White Balance
The project as part of the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival at the Philharmonic in Szczecin will be a reflection on the landscape of an African village exhibited nearby at the National Museum. The presented photos will be a documentation of items from the historical Szczecin "African Collection", currently divided between the National Museum in Szczecin and the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.
Historically formulated universalistic, internationalist and humanistic postulates during the communist period will be confronted with contemporary postcolonial reflection. It forces us to read the collections of African artefacts scattered around Europe as symbols of the absolute cultural domination of the white man.
The title concept of white balance, used in digital photography, will be treated as a metaphor for the deconstruction of "balance" and "order" carried out for centuries by the colonizers of African cultures. At the same time, the way the photos are displayed and their specially prepared, coloured lighting will directly relate to the visual white balance. It will show the ambiguity and discretion of what we used to interpret as white and non-white. It is hard to find a better context for such a project than the white interior landscape of the Level 4 Gallery at the Philharmonic in Szczecin.
Witek Orski's exhibition will open the new edition of the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival and will be the first exhibition in the new formula of the Level 4 Gallery in the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin. The vernissage will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at 19.00 in the building of the Philharmonic in Szczecin. Free invitations will be available at the Philharmonic Ticket Office from Friday, September 18 during the opening hours of the Ticket Office.
Kamil Kuskowski curates the exhibition.
MDF Festival 2020
The third edition of the MDF Festival, which will take place on September 23-27, 2020, is all about soundscapes - soundscapes. We will approach the subject, widely considering today's acoustic, environmental and architectural context, both from the musical side and non-musical dimension. Three concerts, also broadcast online, will take the participants to the world of sounds inspired by nature. The music project of Hania Rani and Dobrawa Czocher will be pre-premiered with the participation of the Symphony Orchestra. The final concert of the Echo Collective will be the icing on the cake. Bodies and senses will be enlivened by a DJ set by Agnieszka Wypańska and Łukasz Dziedzic. During the workshops, young people and children will delve into the world of sounds. There will be an intriguing online installation and, of course, effective illumination of the building, which will again turn into a canvas intriguing with colourful visualization.