Polish Performance Archive

Description by Filmoteka Muzeum

Documentation of an action by Wspólnota Leeeżeć (The Lyyying Community) held in 2002 during the second edition of the exhibition Die Kunst ist Toth at the Centre for Art Propaganda in Łódź. The piece relies on various media and a broad repertoire of components that characterise the collective’s work. It features Christological symbols and Hindu signs. The action culminates with the destruction of a sculpture, a “victim” from which a blood-like substance gushes out. The piece also involves a video projection.

“The film scenes interlaced with the real sequence of events are akin to chorus leaders in a Greek tragedy. Their iconographic layer highlights the atmosphere of the consecutive stages of the action, they clarify the scale of potential meanings inherent in the performed activities” – comments Andrzej Miastkowski (Egon Fietke). According to the artists, since numerous viewers and basically “everything around” became unintentionally soiled with a juicy, blood-like liquid, the action is remembered in Łódź until today. Afterwards, Egon Fietke heard from an encountered employee of the Centre of Art Propaganda: “Oh it’s you, you should be banned from coming here; do you know how long it took us to clean those walls?”. Janina Ładnowska, the late iconic curator from the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, who witnessed the action (and also got soiled), interpreted the piece as an illustration of St. John’s Apocalypse.

Wspólnota Leeeżeć comprising: Andrzej Miastkowski vel Egon Fietke, Jacek Grygier, sound: Jerzy Korzeń, vj: Tomasz Wieczorek