The exhibition Ten Percent White is an event that lays at the crossing of science and art. Its implementation was due to the cooperation between four artists, a CCA curator, as well as scientists from the Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsaw
The exhibition Ten Percent White is an event that lays at the crossing of science and art. Its implementation was due to the cooperation between four artists, a CCA curator, as well as scientists from the Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsawlead by prof. Andrzej Nowak.
The foundation for the ongoing ten week project was an attempt to create an interdisciplinary and experimental film team, in which artists representing various fields of art (architecture, music, visual art) would work together on an idea for a joint project.
The idea was to enable open work for a multi-threaded design, using the potential and interest of visual artists in a film format, while simultaneously modifying and transforming tools appropriate for it. The final, finished film production was initially a possibility, but not the main objective of the team’s collaboration.
The creative exchange process between the artists was documented and concurrently analyzed by scientists, using tools from the field of science, such as analysis of social networks, qualitative and quantitative analysis of the group process; they were trying to grasp, how the work of the team self-organizes itself around works of art and how its ultimate effect emerges. The exhibition at the CCA potrays the processing moment of the team’s cooperation as well as their ideas that arose during this time, leading to a more and more specific idea of the film, entitled Ten Percent White.
The experimental nature of the project is a change in the perspective of looking at art and science. Science, through its growing sophistication and complexity, can be seen in itself as a form of art, whereas the creative process, prying with the tools of science, to some extent, can be translated into a record in the form of a chart, graph, time series.
The project was realized using funds from the EU project Qlectives (7. General Programme) devoted to the study of how decentralized communities self-organize themselves to create high-quality products. This project examines the way in which people create quality in distributed systems, how they are able to independently organize and implement joint actions.
The film ‘Ten Percent White’ loosely refers to the science fiction adventure The Gray Cloth with Ten Percent White: A Ladies Novel by Paul Scheerbart from 1914, which fascinated the German Expressionists. The nearly perfect visualization of the architectural vision from the novel was, amongst others, the famous glass pavilion of Bruno Taut at the Werkbund exhibition in Cologne. A key theme of the novel is the marriage contract concluded between the architect Edgar Krug and his wife, Klara, who decides to undergo a specific aesthetic regime; matching her outfits to the color of the glass architecture, which is designed by Krug. She agrees to wear only grey clothes, with only one variation in the form of the title, ten percent white, making it the perfect and simultaneously ultraradical complement to the architect’s vision.
Their mutual life, consisting of continuous intercontinental travel and projects realized around the world in the most exotic locations, is to some extent a prophecy of the global hegemony of modernism and a slightly ironic tale of extreme, unrealistic combinations of art and life forms. In the film’s vision, the chosen motifs of the novel become extended, also regarding fantasies about the ffate of postmodern architecture and post humanistic descendants as well as the utopia of the glass architecture.
Artists: Anna Okrasko, Karol Radziszewski, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, Anna Zaradny
Scientists: Prof. Andrzej Nowak, Wiesław Bartkowski, Mikołaj Biesaga, Magdalena Jagielska, Karolina Lisiecka, Klara Łucznik, Dr Michał Ziembowicz (OBUZ ISS UW) and Dr Matus Medo (Université de Fribourg), Qlectives Members.
Curator: Kaja Pawełek