Drift

2017 

Drift

2017

“The concept of drift evoked by Bielawska in the title of the exhibition is borrowed from sailing. Drift is sailing beyond the sailor’s control; the course is determined by the forces of nature, with the winds propelling the ship and the sea currents carrying it. At the same time, in artistic terminology, the concept of drift was introduced by Guy Debord. In ‘Théorie de la dérive’ (Drift Theory, 1956), he established it as avant-garde and revolutionary strategy of experiencing space, especially urban space. Debordian dérive was the basis of situational psychogeography. Practitioners of this particular type of drift appeared as renovated and radicalized embodiments of 19th-century flâneurs (and also, in a sense of traceurs – avant la lettre). Debord described dérive as experimental behaviour, moving in space across conventional destinations, roads, orders, and paths; one had to be particularly sensitive to the emotional temperature of the environment and to its subjective reception. The common denominator of sailing drift and situational drift is the moment of loss of control. One who drifts does not aim to reach a predetermined destination, but rather is pushed towards the unknown by various forces. Bielawska’s ‘Drift’ can be described as a painting experience that takes place beyond the control of conventional forms of painting. It is a sequence of events that are interconnected, but develop in an unpredictable direction.”

text excerpt by Stach Szabłowski

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