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PLATFORM NR ONE, VIDEOART

VIDEOART, 13 MIN. FLASH 6, SOUND http://mulak.art.pl/video.php?vid=2&page=b Janusz Mulak
January 9 2007

WARSZAWA CENTRALNA – PLATFORM NUMBER ONE

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;http://mulak.art.pl/video.php?vid=2&page=b;The video by Janusz Mulak is a unique work of Polish contemporary art. It is not a shallow provocation, a composition aimed at calling out a strong, but short and superficial shake; this fragment of reality really wanders throughout the fields of our memory long after the presentation and gives the creeps, when you think of it more intensively. 'Warszawa Centralna - Platform Number One' evokes Samuel Beckett's 'Endgame': A man dies on our bare eyes. A young man, a beautiful man, a sensitive man, a talented poet and an illustrator. He lies rapped up in rags on a railway station; not unveiled on the platform, but on the recesses of waiting rooms, where the homeless, nameless, people with no future and no past "hit their sacks"; junkies, outcasts, renegades, all unable and unwilling to challenge life. Chris - a well-educated man, took uppers at university. Then he met a girl, fell in love, got married, ran a family business, quit narcotics. Then she died in a car crash leaving him with the children. Chris saw light in drinking. Not long after that, did drugs and hit the streets again. Got the nickname 'Jesus'. Those photos are not arranged - he was real. And now he's dead. Nobody offers help on the stations. Nobody hopes to get it. Nobody interferest .... . How long was he there ? How long was he waiting for death ? Nobody knows. It was too late, when Janusz Mulak found him. The montage is based on a series of static, slowly changing photographs, which, as a form of an artistic expression, imperceptibly enforce the viewer to interact with what he sees. We are touching someone's tragic destiny and asking together with the artist whether it has to have happened so. The whole projection places the viewer face to face with two major questions: Is it the man choosing his fate or the fate executing a sentence ? Is a man's free will just an illusion ?

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red. ART Joanna Skoczylas

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 PLATFORM NR ONE, VIDEOART   VIDEOART, 13 MIN. FLASH 6, SOUND http://mulak.art.pl/video.php?vid=2&page=b




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