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It happened

The representatives of ARIs from the 4 countries participating in the Project presented
the documentation of chosen projects realized by their Galleries:

Galerie Jama 10 (former Galerie Eingang), Ostrava, Czech

Malamut Festival, Ostrava, Czech

Kassák Centre of Intermedia Creativity (K2IC), Nové Zámky, Slovakia

Magyar Muhely, Budapest, Hungary

Monar Galéria, Monor, Hungary

Galeria Wschodnia, Lodz, Poland

Galeria Wymiany, Lodz, Poland

Art and Documentation Festival, Lodz, Poland

Interakcje, Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland

On Saturday March 17th, at 2 pm, the presentations of ARIs - Artist Run Initiatives began. This part was entitled "It happened" and it aimed at presenting the history of independent initiatives that have been not institutionalised in Visegrad countries.

Exchange Gallery publications Exchange Gallery publications Kassak Centre presentation
ARIs presentation Monor Gallery presentation Magyar Muhely presentation

The presentations were started by Adam Klimczak who presented the history of the Wschodnia Gallery that is situated in his studio. From the very beginning it has been run by Adam Klimczak and Jerzy Grzegorski and is sponsored by them. Its programme focuses on alternative and experimental projects, and also presenting art in unconventional places - shops, factories, public space. For 10 years it was also a place in which the artists were awarding other artists with the Katarzyna Kobro award, funded by brothers Dariusz and Krzysztof Bienkowski. The Gallery regularly presented works by artists from around the world.

Jozef Robakowski presented the activities of the Exchange Gallery that he established in 1978 with the co-operation of Malgorzata Potocka. It contains an enormous collection of video, films, photographs, leaflets, visual poetry and artists' documentation. The collection is based on the exchange of artworks between Polish and foreign artists. In the collection there are works by Henryk Stazewski, Dick Higgins, Richard Nonas, and the Lodz Kaliska Group. The Gallery also publishes art books and organises exhibitions and symposiums. Izabela Lejk currently co-operates with the Gallery. It is a rule that the Gallery does not apply for any public grants or institutional support. It is situated in a private apartment in one of the tall buildings in Lodz called the "Manhattan" estate and it is possible to view the collection by appointment.

Lukasz Guzek presented the activities of the Art and Documentation Association that has gathered together artists and art theoreticians since 2009. It has currently organised four Art and Documentation festivals (2009-2012) and published five issues of the journal Art and Documentation, that includes scholarly articles mainly devoted to ephemeral art, plus the history of contemporary art, artists' manifestoes and documentation of the non-commercial gallery movement in Poland from the 70s till present.

Piotr Gajda and Gordian Piec showed documentation from the festival Interakcje, which has been organised for 13 years in Piotrkow Trybunalski. The first festival took place in the Europa Restaurant, then an "exclusive place" in the center of the town and the participating artists were from Poland and France, thanks to the contacts of artist Ryszard Piegza who has lived in France for many years. The idea for the presentation of action art in Piotrkow Trybunalski, where the public was used to more traditional art forms was a bit unconventional, but successful. The Interakcje festival has a large and dedicated audience. The festival's patron is the performance artist and art theoretician Jan Swidzinski. For a few years now the artists have had a gallery space at their disposal, where the festival regularly takes place.

Balint Sombati showed the activities of the Magyar Muhely Foundation from Budapest, that is also the publisher of the Magyar Muhely magazine, publishing texts on art and literature and includes examples of visual poetry. The journal has a long tradition. It emerged in 1962 in Paris, as an initiative of Tibor Papp (a Hungarian poet, artist, writer and translator). The Magyar Muhely Foundation, apart from publishing the journal and other publications about contemporary art, also runs a gallery with regular exhibitions.

Jozsef Juhasz showed the artistic program of the Kassak Centre for Intermedia Creativity in Nove Zamky (Slovakia) which is very close to the Hungarian border. The name of the gallery comes from the name of Lajos Kassak - a Hungarian poet, writer, painter and architect. The basic aim of the Kassak Centre is coordinating the cooperation between the organisations and artists that focus on intermedia art acting outside of state structures (museums, state galleries etc.). The Kassak Centre organises the "Transart Communication public dialog" festival, that focuses specifically on the border region between Slovakia and Hungary and the co-existence of Slovaks and Hungarians in contemporary times.

Imre Denes prepared a presentation about the Monar Gallery that is located in a small town near Budapest called Monor. Its aim is to present contemporary art to a small town community. The Gallery has existed since 2009 and since then has organised quite a few exhibitions, performance art events and installation art shows.

The presentations were concluded by Jiri Suruvka who showed the activities of the Jama Michal Gallery in Ostrava and the Malamut Festival, devoted to performance art. The first festival was organised in Ostrava by Petr Lisacek and Jiri Suruvka. It was later continued in Prague then came back to Ostrava in 2007 under the former name Malamut. The name of the festival comes from the breed of dog that looks almost like a wolf, but has a very mild and friendly character. Unfortunately the city authorities in Ostrava are not too friendly towards the festival. The actions of artists in the city space are too unconventional for the authorities and the events are not sponsored by the town.

The organisers of "Ephemeral Fixed. Ephemeral art - history documented" hope that the event will be the beginning of co-operation between artists and art critics from Central Europe and that due to publication and translation of the texts into various languages it will be possible to popularise and deepen the knowledge of ephemeral art and the role of the non-commercial gallery movement among researchers. The project was supported by the Visegrad Fund and organised with the co-operation of partners: The Magyar Muhely Foundation from Hungary, The Kassak Centre of Intermedia Creativity from Slovakia and the Jama Michal Gallery from the Czech Republic.

a report prepared by Lodz-art

translation: Malgorzata Kazmierczak, Anne Seagrave

photos: Norbert Trzeciak, Jerzy Grzegorski, Adam Klimczak, Pawel Hartman, Malgorzata Kruszyniak, Anka Lesniak

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