Radical Languages

Radical Languages

Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Der Schlamm von Branst, 2008. Video still.
November 9, 2012

7–9 December, 2012

Krakow, Poland


The Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka presents two days of performances, lectures, an exhibition and a publication. It is the first in a series leading up to the forthcoming opening of Cricoteka’s new home.

Radical Languages marks a new phase in the life of the Centre, with its extensive Kantor archive, by connecting the institution to contemporary art practice.

The Radical Languages project shares and proposes possible interpretations of Kantor’s work within contemporary art discourse, dealing with the artist’s creative output in that context. The programme includes performative acts, theatrical performances, lectures, workshops, film projections and installations by artists and writers such as Nicole Beutler, Michael Portnoy, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Yann Chateigné Tytelmann, Voin de Voin, and Sebastian Cichocki. Its unique character will highlight the mission of the institution and provide an overview of the many varied strands of contemporary art. We have taken on board a group of artists who create outspoken works at a time when the white cube has been replaced with a black box; when artists switch disciplines, using freely an eclectic mix of theatre, literature, dance or cinema history; when they seek out gaps in history, and re-use afresh the art form and idiom familiar from the past. Our programme provides a bridge between the contemporary, personalised language of art and the autonomous position of the work of Tadeusz Kantor.

His ideas about the director’s on-stage presence, the position and role of the actor, Kantor’s Living Archive as well as his manifestos and durational performances will again come alive in the practices of the invited artists.

Nicole Beutler (performance), Sebastian Cichocki (stage lecture), Yann Chateigné Tytelmann (lecture), Elmgreen & Dragset (screening), Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys (screening), Zhana Ivanova (performance), Tadeusz Kantor (objects), Nathaniel Mellors (performance, sculpture), Yoko Ono (performance instructions), Michael Portnoy (performance), Egill Saebjörnsson (installation), Ian Saville (performance), Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson (performance), Voin de Voin & Ancelle Beauchamp (performance).

Curated by Maaike Gouwenberg and Joanna Zielinska.

Before you join us in December, you are welcome to take part in the seminar “Museum as artistic practice” on 16 November. Organised by Cricoteka and the National Museum in Krakow.

Radical Languages is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Flemish Representation at the Belgian Embassy, and the Mondriaan Fonds.  

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