How a Sausage Dog Works
The cameraless animation films of Julian Józef Antoniszczak and their political meaning
Curator Ewa Borysiewicz discusses the work of Polish avant-garde filmmaker Julian Józef Antoniszczak (1941-1987). Antoniszczak created animated films by scratching images directly onto the film, and his work is commonly associated with naïve, trashy fables and harmless humoresque. Borysiewicz screens Antoniszczak’s animations and unpacks a hidden and carefully considered political dimension in the filmmaker’s cameraless workshop. The aim of the workshop was to stimulate the creativity of viewers subjugated to oppressive social and political conditions imposed by the Polish communist state. This talk is presented in conjunction with Julien Maire’s lecture-performance, Open Core, taking place on September 20.
Antoniszczak’s experimental approach to technologies for producing visual images echoes the work of Julien Maire, who similarly disassembles image-making machines to create new methods for moving images. The talk will present Borysiewicz’s research into the archive of Julian Józef Antoniszczak, and was inspired by the work and ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin and his reflections on the subversive aspects of humour and the carnivalesque.
Ewa Borysiewicz studied art history at the University of Warsaw (her MA thesis was on Julian Józef Antoniszczak’s non-camera animation). She was a member of the curatorial team for Side by Side: Poland—Germany. A 1000 Years of Art and History (2011), and co-curated the exhibition A Few Practical Ways to Prolong One’s Life (Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2013) revolving around Antoniszczak’s ideas about the distribution of knowledge. Most recently, Borysiewicz authored Rausz kinetyczny (2013), a book exploring the political and emancipatory aspect of Antoniszczak’s artistic practice. She currently works at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw, Poland, as a curator of visual arts.