Iza Tarasewicz


solo shows

TURBA, TURBO Iza Tarasewicz, ZACHETA NATIONAL GALLERY in Warsaw, Poland 2015, photographer Maciej Landsberg

Award nomination for young artists, DEUTSCHE BANK and Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland
08.09 – 15.11
curators: Katarzyna Kołodziej, Magdalena Komornicka
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Inteview Zacheta Magazin- Iza Tarasewicz 2015
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TURBA, TURBO, is a development of the artist’s recent preoccupations with chaos theory, information and matter compression, and the visual effects of those processes. The starting point here was a modernist round circular flower stand that Tarasewicz has associated with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva – a machine that accelerates elementary particles to near the speed of light and collides them with each other. Tarasewicz’s work is an abstract equivalent of a collision of particles that produces chaos.


2015, installation
titanium white, iron yellow, iron red, iron brown, iron black, chrome green, iron cobalt, ash, metal, cement, hemp fibre, resin, asphalt- rubber mass, water glass, plant glue, metal rope
1000 cm H x 1000 cm L x 150 cm W
25 metal hoops connected to 75 shelves / frames, supported by stranded wire hung from the ceiling.
A reconfigurable modular system, the structure can be mounted in different ways depending on space and needs (from the ceiling, on metal rails on the floor or as individual components on the floor and ceiling)

2014, sculpture
hemp fibre, asphalt-rubber mass
rope in loop
500 cm L x 4 cm diameter

NOTES of Iza Taraasewicz

Through strange associations that cross my mind during research, upon seeing a flower stand from the 1930s, I immediately thought of the world’s greatest accelerator: the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva. On the one hand, both ‘architectures’ are characterised by potential usefulness, on the other, their impact on our daily life is minute. I thought it was a paradox — in terms of science, economy, and the limits of human imagination. The Large Hadron Collider is a total absurdity, an abstraction that I cannot grasp, which is why I grew interested in it. Several such machines operate around the world, but this one is the largest: protons, invisible to the human eye, are accelerated in a tunnel 27 kilometres long. We travel with those protons with speed of light in a vacuum, 299,792,458 metres per second — can you imagine that? Do I know of any other machine operating across a surface of comparable size? I can only think of mycelia in Oregon, USA, covering an area of
almost 1000 hectares, and then of an alleged huge anaconda mentioned in Exploration Fawcett, a speculated account of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett’s 1925 expedition to the Amazon in search of the mythical city of Z. All these share the themes of fascination with absurdity, incredulity, speculation, and most importantly, with the mystery at the heart of each of those things.

II The Birth of Physics
The project’s title has been borrowed from a book by Michael Serra. TURBA, TURBO deals with turbulences, chaos, and the paradox inherent therein. The figure of chaos is, firstly, a model of order, and secondly, of disorder emerging from organised rhythms. Physics at- tempts to explain how things and the world were naturally formed out of atomic chaos and how orders result from disorders. My interventions in solid matter simulate a passion for distributing elements from a nebula full of things. Turbulences and collisions are temporary encounters of qualities. Constant change is a positive value, not a cause for fear. A huge machine like the LHC makes it possible to understand small things. The collisions effected in it allow us to imagine the ‘beginning’ of the universe. Iron-based dyes leave visible traces of their transmutations on a metal frame. Formed com- positions drift towards dispersion, disintegration, because they are but temporary conjunctions. All everything returns to dust, void, where things don’t really work and where interaction doesn’t occur. It is only chaos that is a place for life.

TURBA, TURBO is a place for a temporary demonstration of macro-chaos amid the regular structure of the hoop.

A number of people have been involved in the production of TURBA, TURBO:
metal hoops and shelves — Stelmet Białystok; pigment elements — Małgorzata and Iga Tarasewicz-Wosik; consultant for architecture and construction — Magda Siemienowicz; high-altitude assembly — Gustaw Gliwiński



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