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Performer

Maciej Sobieszczański, Łukasz Ronduda
Poland 2015 / 63’

Oskar Dawicki is one of Poland’s most interesting postconceptual artists. For many years, he has been searching, through his art, for an answer to the question of whether he actually exists. He has carried out a number of projects in which he has allowed others to describe him, e.g., hiring a private detective to follow him and then write a report about him. Performer is his latest attempt to answer this fundamental question, and it is also a film about the structure of an exhibition, except that Oscar’s performances are connected by a story or emotions, unlike an exhibition in a gallery, where the connections are found in the space used or in the curatorial discourse. This is a hybrid that adopts the form of a feature film in the style of a biopic of great artists. The directors play with clichés, such as the figure of the romantic artist (in this case Dawicki as himself), the collector (James Gierszał), a gallery owner (Agata Buzek), or a friendly rival (Andrew Chyra). Instead of painting them, however, they are described through performance art.

Ewa Szabłowska

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Berlin IFF 2015 - THINK:FILM Award

Maciej Sobieszczański

A screenwriter, playwright, and director. He is an expert at the Polish Film Institute and also lectures as part of the Development Lab feature program and the Script screenwriting program at the Wajda School, as well as in the Screenwriting Department at the Łódź Film School. He was a finalist in the Hartley-Merill competition (now called the Script Pro competition).

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2015 Performer

Łukasz Ronduda

Lukasz Ronduda is a writer, researcher, screenwriter, and director whose work focuses on the intersection between contemporary art and cinema. In addition to being the curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, he conducts research in his field of expertise, experimental film. He graduated from the Direction and Screenwriting programs at the Wajda School. He came up with the idea for awards from the Polish Film Institute and the MSN for the production of a feature film by a visual artist. Ronduda co-authored the novel W połowie puste (Half Empty), the protagonist of which is Oskar Dawicki. He has also authored other books, including Polska Nowa Fala, historia fenomenu, który nigdy nie istniał (The Polish New Wave: A History of a Phenomenon That Never Happened); Entuzjaści z amatorskich klubów filmowych (Enthusiasts From Amateur Film Clubs); and 1,2,3... film / Sztuka pomiędzy Eksperymentem a Archiwum (1, 2, 3 … film/Art Between Experiment and Archives).

Filmography

2015 Performer

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Cast & Crew

director Maciej Sobieszczański, Łukasz Ronduda
screenplay Maciej Sobieszczański, Łukasz Ronduda
cinematography Łukasz Gutt PSC, archival footage
editing Rafał Listopad PSM, Mateusz Romaszkan
music Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz
cast Oskar Dawicki, Agata Buzek, Andrzej Chyra, Zbigniew Warpechowski, Anda Rottenberg, Jakub Gierszał, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Katarzyna Zawadzka
producer Kuba Kosma, Wojciech Marczewski
production Wajda Studio, Artcore, Film Factory, Heliograf, Telewizja Polska S.A., Kosma Films, Art Stations Foundation
sales Wajda Studio
language Polish
colouration colour & b&w