In search for an artistic stir within our theatre, and as part of an attempt to address the needs of professional, independent stage artists, we decided to launch a curator residency programme. We want to open the Modelatornia, its audience and creators cooperating with the TJK Theatre to new aesthetics, methods of works and unobvious interdisciplinary mixes. To this end, we invite those artists who stay outside the official institutional framework, both from Poland and foreign countries, to take part in our residency programme.
We offer space for unrestricted work, accommodation, technical support, conceptual support, and support in promotion. Each residency ends with a performance open for the audience, which is an opportunity for experimenting residing artists to confront their endeavours with the local audience.
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Text, direction, visuals: Wera Makowskx
Music: Adrian Kolarczyk
Dramaturgy: Piotr Froń
Choreography: Magdalena Kawecka
Work in progress show:
26.11.2023 | 4 pm | Small Stage
How does the sphere of the sacred currently intersect with that of artificial intelligence? In the near future, could AI, using a database of holy books and philosophical texts, create an entirely new belief system that meets the needs of late-modern man?
What impact would the emergence of such a religion have on notions of human identity, spirituality, transcendence? Would we still be unique creatures, or just another step on the evolutionary ladder? Would we be creators or creatures? Would the belief system created from the information we leave behind on the Internet be a reflection of our own souls?
The starting point for the project is a conversation conducted with ChatGPT, which answers questions such as: do you think humans evolved to create artificial intelligence? Can artificial intelligence become a new religion? With the help of AI, are we able to create the first God that meets all human needs? What would be the differences between AI belief system and traditional religion?
(GO) DIG A HOLE AND SHOUT INTO IT
Direction: Bartlomiej Kalinowski
Dramaturgy: Mariusz Golosz
Music: Maciek Michaluk
Work in progress show:
29.11.2023 | 6 pm | Modelatornia
The pretext for starting the project is being lost in one’s own language, which, under the influence of socio-political changes, is becoming a foreign language. Instead of serving communication, it becomes a tool of manipulation, control and oppression. The capitalist system demolishes understanding by erecting a tower of Babel, in which this time it is not the languages that mix, but the meanings of the one. It becomes difficult to trust not only the words of others but even one’s own. With the changes taking place comes the need to describe new phenomena, to name things as if for the first time.
The work-in-progress show will take the form of a “language lesson”. The process of accelerated language learning often consists of tasks that engage the body and mind through play, music, movement. Through elementary exercises, we reacquaint ourselves with our initial language (do we still want to call it native?)-exploring the sounds, reflexes and emotions behind selected words and slogans.
HUMAN 2.0. TV QUIZ SHOW
Direction: Jan Hussakowski
Dramaturgy: Andrzej Blazevich
Work in progress screening:
30.11.2023 | 6 pm | Small Stage
One of the cornerstones of the technological development that created civilization was the selection and crossing of living organisms. The 21st century has brought us a breakthrough technology in genetic engineering – CRISPR-Cas9. This is a method that allows “copy/copy/paste” actions in any organism. We are living on the set of a science-fiction movie. In China, HIV-resistant twins were born thanks to this method. We have become a program that can tamper with its own source code. This brings frightening visions of the future, but also great hopes. We can cure hereditary diseases, but we can also endow ourselves with faster growing muscles, better immunity or traits of other species. We can interfere with ourselves and future generations. We can create a Human 2.0.
An interactive work-in-progress show in an attractive format modeled on popular teleseminars will invite the audience to discuss the possibilities of the CRISPR-Cas9 method.
What qualities would we like to get rid of? What traits would we like to gain? Or should we try to prohibit tampering with Homo Sapiens’ DNA?
Text: Andri Luup
Translation: Marius Peterson
Direction: Monika Czajkowska
Felicitas – Joanna Osyda
Jana – Karolina Kuklińska
Kaja – Monika Stanek
Sirli – Magdalena Maścianica
“Felicitas” by Andri Luup is the story of a married couple which, wanting to get back closer to each other̨, takes a bot – the titular Felicitas – under their roof. This unusual domestic helper is supposed to make them spend more time together. Meanwhile, the beautiful and deceptively similar to an ordinary woman artificial intelligence becomes a source of conflict, which leads to a murder.
Internal screening: 3.06.2022
A residency realised as part of the collaboration between TJK and the IwanWyrypajew Theatre School in Warsaw.
Andri Luup’s drama is a glimpse into the future and at the same time an in-depth vivisection of the condition of the modern world we live in. The author asks how to cope with new social roles, family relationships and loneliness;in a world where technology – which for many is a hope for the better – seems to only exacerbate.
WHAT'S DONE CANNOT BE UNDONE
JOANNA and THE HEROES
Idea: Joanna Leśnierowska
Creation and performance: Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Joanna Leśnierowska, Magdalena Przybysz, Katarzyna Sitarz
Music: Anna Szwajgier
Production : Joanna Leśnierowska / co-producer: Natalia Gorzelańczyk
With the residency support of: GRODNO Centre for International Cooperation / EFRWP, JK Theatre in Opole and ZAMEK Cultural Centre in Poznań,
Screenings for the public: 10.04.2022
Kraków Choreographic Centre
The disintegration of the world as we know it and the alignment with this disintegration dictates the rhythm and shape of our work. What exists appears only as a fragment – a splinter of past reality, an echo of past events, the tip of a drifting iceberg whose monstrous mass inexorably melts and disappears beneath the surface; or – like a stranded marine mammal – it petrifies and sinks into the sand, revealing less and less of itself. Though, it seems still ready to move again immediately. What manifests its form today, will in a moment irreversibly lose it, exposed to the inexorable impact of forces and time.
And its final shape still remains a mystery, the solution to which will turn out to be as fragmentary and blurred as the process leading up to it.
In fascination, we observe the incessant carnivalesque flow of images, sounds, ideas and events, aware that we have already passed the point at which it is possible to turn back from the road.
At the same time, unable to rid ourselves of the impression that we are going in circles. Or we continue to stand still.
NOT HAPPENDED YET
Monika Popiel – director
Paweł Świerczek – playwright
Maria Leśnodorska – producer
Julita Goździk – stage designer
Aneta Jankowska – performer
Ania Kamińska – performer
Jan Lorys – performer
The performance produced by the NOWE EPIFANIA 2021 Festival.
This story has not happened yet. It is long and still in the making. What happens when I meet you – reading these words? And you – a bird that has just sit on your windowsill? And you – your neighbour who smiled at you yesterday? And when you meet me – a person who is writing these words, and me – a dog who has just licked my nose? And me – a man because of whom I was sad yesterday…
“The Apocalypse” is a disclosure of what was hidden earlier. We are interested in the apocalypse in its most intimate dimension – where it is understood as exposing oneself to another human being, which is a foundation for any relationship, and as exposing oneself to yourself, and as exposing oneself in any act of expression.
We test the possibilities of practising radical proximity. In the times of pandemic and growing divisions within the society, proximity is a concept that needs to be reconstructed. We are convinced that in order to regain social proximity, each of us must experience a personal apocalypse – expose what is the most intimate, vulnerable, and delicate, and learn how to embrace personal apocalypse of other people.
This story has not happened yet. You may become a part of it.