Central Intelligence Agency

Wojtek Ziemilski

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Central Intelligence Agency is a performance, installation, and interactive environment. It is about what we see—and how our judgment becomes hostage to what we see. Polish performance artist Wojtek Ziemilski and German interaction designer Sebastian Neitsch will present a work-in-progress developed in part during an EMPAC residency.

As the story goes, in the 1950s, the CIA participated in promoting American art in some unexpected ways. Huge funds were invested to turn a group of American artists into international art stars and their artistic explorations were the next step toward aesthetic evolution. Jackson Pollock, along with other American abstract expressionists, is one of their most successful projects.

Intelligence needs agents. And agents play a different role from the one they may think they are playing. More and more, we become the agents. This performance is a landscape of people, their stories, and how their stories attempt to be objective, but cannot.

Reservations are recommended and can be made in person at the box office or over the phone at 518.276.3921.

Tickets will be available for pick-up starting at 5PM the evening of the performance; they must be claimed by 6:45PM or they will be released.

Ash Bulayev

Wojtek Ziemilski is a theater director and visual artist. He graduated from the theater directing course at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. After returning to Poland in 2008, his first projects earned him media attention as “the hot new name of Warsaw theater” (Gazeta Wyborcza), and “the rising star of Polish culture” (Duży Format). He teaches contemporary approaches to theater making with a particular focus on devising techniques, the new dance’s (so-called “non-danse”) input into theatricality, and its use on stage. Ziemilski is one of the first artists in Poland to investigate rule-based devising. He is the author of a popular contemporary art blog: http://new-art.blogspot.com.

Small Narration (Mała Narracja) had its Polish premiere at Teatr Studio, Warsaw, in March 2010. It has since been performed in over a dozen cities in Poland and abroad, including Paris, Moscow, Madrid, Munich, and Vilnius. It was selected as part of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s showcase of the best Polish performances of 2010, and to the Polska Arts program in Edinburgh, 2012. It was also translated into French and staged independently at La Bellone, Brussels.

Since 2008, Sebastian Neitsch has worked on projects based between design and technology to find new concepts for man-machine interactions. He often collaborates with directors or engineers to combine different skills for higher quality outcomes. The resulting projects have been exhibited at the Ars Electronica Center and Festival, the Museum of Technology in Berlin, SantralIstanbul, and Art & About Sydney, among others. His work has received honors from the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, and the City of Friedrichshafen.

Neitsch has been a lecturer at the university of art Linz and the Bilgy University in Istanbul, and currently teaches at the Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule.

Central Intelligence Agency
November 23, 2013, 7PM

Project partner Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw; www.culture.pl.


EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA