Based in Kraków, Poland, Joanna Zielinska is an art historian, curator and a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. In 2010, she started a collaboration with the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor – Cricoteka in Kraków. Zielinska is the former Chief Curator at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toruń, Poland, where she curated the inaugural exhibition and conceptualized the institution’s program from 2008-2010. She has collaborated with websites and art magazines, contributed to art catalogs and published over sixty articles. From 2003 to 2007, Zielinska worked with the curatorial collective Exgirls. Her interests ranges from syllogomania, collecting, various aspects of escapism and anthropology of food and eating to social design and John Bock.
While at ISCP, Zielinska is developing a new project titled The End Of Collecting, a collection of facts, stories, everyday practices, quotations and other texts. Beginning with an attempt to impose order on chaos, to compile and arrange collections, it will culminate in madness, obsession, compulsively crammed living spaces, self-destructive habits and, finally, escape. Zielinska pays attention to the nature of the phenomenon of collecting and the very thin borderline between the process of collecting and common hoarding.
Residents from Poland
Attila Tordai-S. lives and works in Cluj, Romania. He co-founded Studio Protokoll in 2000. His curatorial projects include exhibitions with Dan Perjovschi, Oliver Ressler, Daniel Knorr, Ion Grigorescu, Mircea Cantor, Ciprian Muresan, Nedko Solakov, Katya Sanders, and many others. In 2006 he curated the Periferic7 International Biennial for Contemporary Art in Iaşi, Romania . He was an editor of Balkon (Cluj) contemporary art magazine from 2001 through 2003, and an editor of IDEA arts + society magazine from 2003 through 2007. In 2010, he co-founded Protokoll Association with the core project of ŞPAC (The People’s School of Contemporary Art).
Tordai-S. is currently working on a publishing project under the title Handbook for Artistic Practice comprising exercises and pedagogical courses commissioned by international artists. Concerned with issues of the transmission of artistic knowledge through direct address, the purpose of the publication is to create a contemporary art curriculum proposed and designed by artists.
Residents from Romania
Munich-based conceptual and video artist Birthe Blauth’s video works examine human individuality in the tension between cultural, biographical and neurological parameters. Her image sequences playfully combine fiction with reality and their subtle variations prompt the observer to question his or her own perceptions.
Blauth graduated in Chinese studies, Ethnology and European Art History from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, specialising in iconography, mythology and religious ethnology. Herart has won her the HausderKunst award in Munich as well as the support of the Prinzregent Luitpold Stiftung, the Region of Upper Bavaria and the City of Munich. In January 2011, the BundesGEDOK will award her the Dr. Theobald Simon Preis in Bonn, Germany, where she will also mount a solo exhibition at the Artists’ Forum.