Anna Szwajgier/ Zorka Wollny, Piosenka przy pracyI, 2011, Photographer: Alina Żemojdzin
Anna Szwajgier/ Zorka Wollny
Piosenka przy pracy

Anna Szwajgier was born in Krakow in 1979. She studied the theory of music at the Academy of Music in Krakow. During this time her main interests covered two fields: musicological research focusing on musical and visual co-existence and multimedia composition. Zorka Wollny was born in 1980 in Krakow. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Her interests include choreography, concrete music and video, and in her practice she operates at the borderland of several domains of art.

This unique concert explores political aspects of noise and rediscovers the essence of the human voice for the workplace. The artists invited a group of shipyard workers to join in a special libretto that was played out in a shipyard setting using choreography, including heavy technical equipment and music written specifically for the workplace. The whole concert interweaves themes of work and leisure in different proportions. The music coming from the speakers “turns on” the choreography – the workers start to work and produce maximum noise. When the music breaks off there is a pause – it is only in this break that we can we listen to some interesting musical solutions: delicate studies for voice or glass. Piosenka przy pracy (Song at Work) was commissioned for Alternativa 2011, Gdànsk. Participants include: Anna Szwajgier, Zorka Wollny and shipyard workers.

Courtesy Wyspa Institute of Art and ALTERNATIVA 2010-2012 Gdànsk

video, colour, sound, 13:00 min

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dance/choreography, labour, voice

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