A special evening to mark the reprint of the Works and Words catalogue, which accompanied the historic 1979 art show of the same name.
The evening looks back on the celebrated art show involving artists from Central Europe, which also included a comprehensive film programme presented by De Appel and Holland Experimental Film.
Works and Words was a ten-day art event that took place in Amsterdam in 1979 to focus on contemporary artists from socialist Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Poland: Natalia LL, Andrzej Lachowicz, Janusz Haka, Cezary Jaworski, Jacek Jóźwiak, Tomasz Konart, Zofia Kulik, Paweł Kwiek, Romuald Kutera, Przemysław Kwiek, Antoni Mikołajczyk, Teresa Murak, Andrzej Paruzel, Józef Robakowski, Tomasz Sikorski, Teresa Tyszkiewicz, Zdzisław Sosnowski, Janusz Szczerek, Zbigniew Warpechowski and Ryszard Waśko. The programme included lectures, performances, installations, photo exhibitions and film and video screenings. The show was an initiative of De Appel and was realised in association with prominent art centres in the city.
The evening highlights the history and significance of this interdisciplinary international art event in 1979 from a modern perspective.
The programme includes a selection of experimental films from the original programme by pioneering artists such as Józef Robakowski, Przemysław Kwiek i Zofia Kulik (Poland), Vladimír Havrilla, Milan Knížák and Dobroslav Zbornik (Czechoslovakia), Mladen Stilinović and Ivan Ladislav Galeta (Yugoslavia), Dóra Maurer, Endre Tót and Tibor Hajas (Hungary). The screening is additionally framed by a conversation on the fascinating context of Works and Words as a cultural event organised during the politically tense Cold War era.
Contemporary Polish media artist Wojciech Bąkowski will give a concert performance. Bąkowski’s work explores some of the themes that also engaged the experimental filmmakers of the late 1970s, such as the reframing of the stuff of everyday life through film and video.
The programme is organised on the occasion of the reprint of the original Works and Words exhibition catalogue by De Appel and Roma Publications.
Project curators: Jagna Lewandowska, Sonja Simoniy, Kaspar Reinis
Co-organisers: De Appel & EYE Filmmuseum
Partner of the project: The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Source: press materials, compiled by ZŁO & AZ, Oct 2018