REVERSO REDUX

program of performative events

REVERSO REDUX is a program of performative events being one of the axes of the 19th Media Art Biennale WRO 2021 REVERSO, realized in cooperation with Polish and international partners of WRO, not only presenting the most interesting trends in new media art, but also being an experiment on new forms of presentation of actions co-created and broadcasted live.

REVERSO REDUX is a new ecology of conversation with the audience in a world of limited contact and reception weary of digitization. The international voice of artists and its perception becomes the material of events adapting to the new, non-obvious, complex conditions of contemporary art presentation.

The formula of events within REVERSO REDUX assumes a series of symmetrical and synchronized shows in two locations. One is always Wroclaw, the other is, among others, the Watermans Art Centre in London, Kyushu University in Fukuoka or Mains d’Oeuvre in Paris. Starting with the opening events of the WRO Biennale in May (12-15 May), REVERSO REDUX will take place in the form of physical events for audiences gathered simultaneously in selected venues in Wrocław and dedicated spaces of REVERSO partners.

All of the concerts and performances will take place in a real physical space in a live setting of the events, transmitted directly to the presentation systems surrounding the audience, enabling the spectators and artists performing in a given venue and in a second symmetrical location in Poland or abroad to participate and be present in the event.

The concept of REVERSO REDUX has been developed in relation to the motto of this year’s edition of the WRO Biennale – REVERSO – understood as the search for a qualitative way and redefinition of development in art in the face of the phenomenon of the disappearance of the idea of building meaning through constant growth, in the conditions of limited community experience of direct contact with works of art and artistic mobility, based on the competencies developed by WRO of comprehensive access to contemporary art and its popularization on various platforms that combine the real and the digital.

REVERSO REDUX is an experimental approach to the presentation and promotion of the work of artists working in the field of media art in an international context, a way of addressing current emerging issues in art, communication and culture. Exploring the possibilities of remote collaboration, searching for ways of more climate-conscious dissemination of media art, experimenting, learning and drawing conclusions in the perspective of the necessary change within REVERSO – the slogan – manifesto of this year’s edition of WRO Biennale, we use reversal and substitution as a method. We attempt to create a new context for the meeting of co-creators and co-participants of performance events, limiting at the same time the carbon footprint and the need for artists to travel while preserving the phenomenon of participation.

Through REVERSO REDUX we hope to transcend the current limitations on the availability of art, to enable artists to reach their audiences, to ensure proper communication, and to restore artistic activity to culture in a context of social constraints and the disappearance of complex, multidimensional works from the shared cultural space. We wish to transcend the limitations of the digitization of culture, extracting from it what is most valuable, without turning the viewer into a consumer of networked content. We hope to keep the attention of the viewer, devoid of community experience and saturated with network stimuli.

REVERSO REDUX is the form of presentation of media art in international context alternative to online formats, AR or VR. REDUX is, on the one hand, a return to or restoration (from Latin redux, reducere) of a former state, and on the other, an attempt to broaden or transcend the traditional mode of reception. With this program, we want to involve and encourage viewers to experience directly, test and jointly develop alternative ways of creating, presenting and perceiving art.

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REVERSO REDUX #1

Grotowski Institute, Laboratory Theatre Space and HEVRE (Kraków) / May 13, 8:30 PM

REVERSO REDUX #2

WRO Art Center and Werkleitz Festival 2021 / June 18, 8:00 PM

REVERSO REDUX #3

WRO Art Center and Watermans Arts Centre / September 16, 8:00 PM (7:00 PM London time)