Moskowczenko’s intervention titled Instruction was a peculiar manifesto. A typewritten text in a wooden frame resembled old OHS warnings, which can still be found in spaces remembering the aesthetics of the People’s Republic of Poland. In his Instruction, the artist postulated thinking carefully so that the artistic adaptations would not hide the beauty and uniqueness of the Pharmacy building. By finishing his text saying that “just as well, we could leave the building as it is”, Moskowczenko suggested that the existing space in itself provided enough sensory sensations and meanings, and therefore was an autonomous object of contemplation. Treating the Pharmacy building as an amazing form that was sufficient as it was reversed the logic of the readymade, in which common everyday objects could be endowed with the status of an artwork. Moskowczenko seemed to have wanted to protect the object from art. and let it speak for itself.
> Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz
SURVIVAL 12 Wrocław 27 VI 2014
- A space that has no roof over its head is not hospitable enough to shelter art.
- A n abandoned Pharmacy building is a rare and beautiful phenomenon while art adaptations in ‘post-spaces’ are a common occurrence that is not always as beautiful as the space itself. We should tread lightly!
- We fill the aggregated meanings with mental power whose direction is contrary to the direction indicated by individual works.
- W e must remember about the actual absence of the OTHER, in whose favour we give up part of our personality.
- A n artwork is not meaning but its sensual representation. Its survival is not the proper centre of discourse.
- D iscursive action regulated by a reality of contrasts shall be separated from reflexive action that generates meaning, irrespective of the rules of survival.
- J ust as well, we could leave the building as it is.
photo: Peter Kreibich