"Mao is dead, Fidel is dead, do not let them make a fucking fool of yourself! "
Wyrzykowski works with video, multimedia performance, photography, web projects, installation, and screen- ings in public space. He studied interior design (1989–1991), and painting (1991–1995) at the State High School of Art in Gdańsk, where he also attended the Intermedia Studio of Professor Witosław Czerwonka.
In the 1990s, he was an active participant of the Gdańsk art scene. Wyrzykowski was a member of the Association for Social Activity which ran the C-14 gallery, a co-founder of the Open Atelier Foundation (former city bath house), and vice-president of the Wyspa Progress Foundation.
Wyrzykowski presented over 40 performances to date. He made his debut in 1990 with an extensive action piece of the art duo Ziemia Mindel Würm (formed with Marek Rogulski). In 1995, exploring the medium of mass performance, Wyrzykowski co-founded the art collective C.U.K.T. (Central Office of Technical Culture). Its major achievement was the development of the Electoral Citizen Software in 1999, a computer program for collective decision making and an element of a socio- political project promoting Wiktoria Cukt, a digital character, as a candidate for the post of the president of Poland. Wyrzykowski’s performances employed video art and TV broadcasts. He was particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on human life (Cyborg’s Sex Manual) as well as the new avenues they create for artistic practice. Using modern techniques, the artist looks at the process of digital transformation of the reality and the emergence of virtual worlds (There Is No Body). His video works also combine an exploration of the medium with its documentary character.
After 2000, Wyrzykowski’s work addressed themes at the junction of life and politics, analyzing the influence of the mass media on these fields (collaboration with the Ukrainian artist Iliya Chichkan). He also explores the technique of video- poster (Communostalgie, Only Those Who Planned It Will Survive).
Wyrzykowski’s video Beta Nassau (1993) is in the collection of MoMA, New York. The artist was awarded the first prize at the International Media Art Festival WRO’95, and the second prize at WRO’97. He was also nomi- nated for the first edition of Views— Deutsche Bank Foundation Award, co-organized by Zachęta.
Lives and works in Gdańsk, Kiev and Moscow.
|Who||Piotr Wyrzykowski||Born||Poland, 1968|
Elvis RromanoCinematic arts
Shoe copyists…Cinematic arts
Mao is DeadCinematic arts
Only Those Who Planned It Will SurviveNew media
- Selected individual exhibitions and performances:
- 2012 "Hey You Sky!" Awangarda Gallery, Olsztyn, Poland
- 2012 "Emotikon", National Gallery Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland (with R. Rumas)
- 2011 "Emotikon", Muzeum of Art, Lodz, Poland (with R. Rumas)
- 2010 “You may run but will never hide. R. Reagan”, PaTiPa Gallery, Gdańsk
- 2009 “Only Those Who Planned It Will Survive”, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland
- 2008 “Peter Style”, Wro Art Center, Wrocław, Poland
- 2007 “Concert for Günter Grass”, St John’s Church (with R. Rumas and M. Trzaska), Gdańsk, Poland
- 2006 “Manhunt”, CCA, Warsaw, Poland
- 2003 “Developed Body – Cyborg’s Manual – Hunting the Posthuman”, MoMA, NYC, USA
- 2001 “Defenders”, RA Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine (with Illia Chichkan)
Awards and Scholarships (selection)
- 1993 Prize of the Art Director (Ryszard Ziarkiewicz) of the Sopot State Gallery for the most promising art student, Sopot, Poland
- 1994 Deutscher Videokunstpreis, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
- 1995 First Prize at the International Media Festival “WRO 95”, Wrocław, Poland
- 1995 Prize at the Champ Libre Festival, Montreal, Canada
- 1996 Residency at Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Canada
- 1997 Second Prize at the International Media Festival “WRO 97”, Wrocław, Poland
- 2001 Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
- 2002 Visiting Artist at Stanford University, USA
- 2002 Prize at International Video Art and Short Film Festival, “Dreamcatcher”, Kiev, Ukraine (with Illia Chichkan)
- 2003 Nomination for the Deutsche Bank Award, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
- 2008 Prize of the President of Gdańsk, Poland