This retrospective looks not to the past but to the future, and asks how exhibitions can be carried out with a modest carbon footprint. The environment is typically a system of interpenetrating animate and inanimate elements. Zorka Wollny’s environment is acoustic, anthropogenic, artistic, degraded and animated. It comprises artworks, performances, and interactive installations, such as acoustic birds’ nests, sensory cushions made from buoys, and carpets of broken glass. The exhibition is mostly constructed from objects removed from their daily functions in Szczecin and surroundings, for example in a shipyard, paper mill, or cable factory. Some of these objects will be repaired and then restored to operation after the show closes.
For the past 15 years Wollny has been interested in the traffic between choreography, music, and visual culture, contributing to the performative revival in art. She has often composed scores performed with the participation of the audience, and problematizing everyday behaviour. Many of these works are presented here in the form of video documentation. Wollny’s Environment as created at TRAFO also sums up her different experiments with physicality, acoustics, and the rituals of everyday life, proposing caring exhibition practices and a reflection on how to practise art in the face of climate catastrophe, both within the four walls of the gallery and beyond.
Commissioned by TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin in collaboration with CTM Festival 2020 Berlin, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the steirischer herbst festival.