Works and lives in : Warsaw, Poland
Education : PHD, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Arts in Poznań
Master in Media Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Bachelor in Photography, University of Arts in Poznań
What really seems interesting and contemporary to Mateusz is the dispersion of narrative and the possibility of moving freely. He thinks of the postulations of the Situationist International and Guy Debord’s insistence on the necessity of inventing new games.
The Situationists saw space as a spectacle, as scenography that invited the dérive, in other words getting lost and creating. Those games could be conceived as setting cognitive traps for the viewer, the participant of the spectacle. Instead of negating the established conditions one by one, perhaps it is better to introduce ambiguous ferment into the urban fabric – the ferment that would allow the viewers to succumb to the dérive, rather than impose anything on them. As a result, forms and situations become dispersed, diverse and free from any imposed narrative.
“Art is meaningful when it makes language helpless and presents works that speak to you, you can understand and experience them, but still you find yourself all alone. That’s when art works, and that’s when it stops being a mere conceptual commentary in the form of an artistic statement, but enters a territory that I’m unable to name. ”
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.