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Biel/Bienne: Michał Knychaus, Urszula Lucińska
October 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019
MICHAŁ KNYCHAUS, URSZULA LUCIŃSKA
The Residency program is about the provision of stay of 3 artist-residents during the year. Their stay is planned to last from 3 to 6 months. Each artist-resident performs a separate program, previously agreed and prepared in cooperation with Terrain-Gurzelen.
It takes into account the activities organized by the stadium committee, too. The artist is in constant communication with the collective who is in charge of the Terrain-Gurzelen activities. The collective takes into account the diversity of the artist’s work and freedom in working on individual projects. The artist, as part of the residence, is active in several fields, such as intervention and physical impact on the existing stadium space, involvement in spatial adjustment in the stadium and organizing publicly available exhibitions.
Michal Knychaus and Urszula Lucinska work as a duo. The main attribute of their acti-ons is temporariness. Without “domesticated” contexts, on the “unknown” territories and between foreign languages they work with the whole variety of contemporary mediums.
The aesthetic side of their practice is based on the subversive incorporation of fashion and subcultural elements that form our hypernormal reality. They strongly believe in art as a platform for communication between people living in this hybrid, digitized world.
During their stay in Biel/Bienne, they will interact between the stadium, the district and the city to develop one or more exhibitions/interventions on site and in the appropriate areas corresponding to their observations. These interventions will establish a link with the identity of the district based on the re-appropriation of the former Gurzelen stadium.