Gold&Coal transports us to the sites of former raw materials deposits and armed conflicts fought in areas where such resources were extracted. In place of open cast mines, lakes are created, and on their banks – modern housing is constructed. Slag heaps become places to escape and hang out, the miner’s ethos is replaced with the principle of developer’s attractiveness. Gold mined in areas occupied by the Indonesian military is the source of wealth and war. The conflict around the deposits is exacerbated alongside the armed conflict, which makes civil war a constant element of extractivist political strategies.
The performances from the landscapes and bodies series were created by the international art collective Kötter / Israel / Limberg in cooperation with Polish creators (Anna Ptak –dramaturgy, Marcin Lenarczyk – sound design), performers, researchers and local mine workers from Indonesia, DR Congo, Germany and Papua. Performances in Warsaw will be held at Studio Tęcza located on the premises of the Industrial Chemistry Institute where fuel samples of the Polish petroleum concern are developed.
The series of case studies devoted to the extracted resources was divided into two segments: Gold&Coal and Water&Coltan. During each performance, the audience walks through twelve rooms where they learn the history of mining from various latitudes. Each room is a separate history, and each performance takes the audience on a journey to a different landscape. The stories of performers are accompanied by audio and documentary footage filmed in 360° video technology, which enables the viewers to see mining areas scattered across the world.
landscapes and bodies is a documentary project which refers to the experiences of mine workers and inhabitants of the areas where raw materials are mined. Interviews used in the video footage and performances were created during the research conducted by the artistic team. The author of documentary films used in the performances is director Daniel Kötter whose work involves the dynamics of urbanization and landscape transformation. In parallel to performances organised by Biennale Warszawa, his film Rift Finfinnee will be screened at the 18th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival. It talks about the rapid modernization of the global South against the backdrop of local civil wars.
Gold and Coal
from the series landscapes & bodies
The performances will take place at Studio Tęcza, Rydygiera 8 (Please note! Entrance from Anny German 12).
The set consists of 12 connected rooms (wooden containers with dimensions: length 6.058 m, width 2.438 m, height 2.54 m). In some of them, 360° films are screened to be watched in VR glasses, others offer live performances or audio recordings. The audience enters the installation in groups of several people, ten minutes apart. Performance running time in each room is about 10 minutes. Total running time of the performance is 120 minutes. Tickets are sold for time slots spaced 30 minutes apart. Please, select desired time when buying the ticket.
When we perform:
9 September 2021 (Thursday), 19:00
10 September 2021 (Friday), 19:00
11 September 2021 (Saturday), 11:00
40 PLN (normal ticket), 30 PLN (concession ticket)
Tickets are available:
— on Biennale Warszawa website
— via the GoOut app
Concession tickets can be purchased by: school and university students, pensioners, senior citizens, soldiers, veterans, persons with disabilities and their carers, residents of nursing homes, care facilities, shelters and to the unemployed.
Every person who buys a ticket to one of the performances from the series landscapes & bodies (Gold and Coal, or Water and coltan) will receive a discount code which entitles them to a −20 PLN discount to buy tickets for the second performance. The code is featured on the PDF ticket. Then, the price of tickets to both performances is 60 PLN (normal tickets), 40 PLN (concession tickets), instead of 80 PLN (normal tickets) and 60 PLN (concession tickets).
The project will be carried out in keeping with the regulations and sanitary regime related to the COVID-19 pandemic in force on the day of the performance. You can learn more in the tab “Safe with Biennale”.
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