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"Jadwiga B. Podowska: Three New Video Installations Dealing with Language, Movement and Interference"
2003-02-13 until 2003-03-09
RAM galleri
Oslo, , NO Norway

Jadwiga B. Podowska belongs to that generation of artists who effortlessly work in different media, and with just as much ease employ different techniques in order to express themselves. At RAM she will show video installations deliberating on intercommunicative modus operandi, treated and visualized as physical forms.

The video works display various interferences in and on water. The installations are built upon three large cylindres created with over a thousand pages of handwritten English exercises. These thoroughly recorded exercises of English colloquial speech and conversation is executed by a person who at the age of 72 started to learn this worldembracing language.

Points of no displacement refers to a phenomenon delineated in physics' interference definition. When two waves with opposite motion hit one another, there will in the collision arise some areas without fluctuations, spots of stagnant motion, because the opposite forces neutralize one another.

Points of no displacement calls attention to essential questions on language and understanding. Is it possible to use system-based constructions to express opinions, thoughts and emotions within limited structures? The power of language. Language is a constructed orderly system only operative and including to those within the system. Like other constructed systems it will correspondingly seem excluding for the majority left on the outside. Language as transplantation. How will other cultures with other language systems understand and transplant meaning to our language system? Translation to another language always departes with that which is not translateable, like a filter removing noise. Will a worldwide language also filtrate experiences, exploits and cultural distinctiveness? Language as an implant. What if your mother tongue always interfers with a recently acquired language? Will the new language, the implant you need in your every day life, confine your activity and range?

If conversations consist of waves of words, will the impact of their interference also become apparent in the language? And when reality interfers with the description of reality? Maybe we all have experiences with points of no exchange; Points of no displacement. 

Jadwiga B. Podowska has held many solo exhibitions, and been participating in several video festivals. She has received various grants and been an aspirant at Atelier Nord. An essential characteristic in her works is her renewed examinations of systems, classifications and structuring of materials.

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