26 August (Wednesday)
7:00 PM / Hall 90B, the former Gdańsk Shipyard area
Come and bring along your own radio!
Alternativa would like to invite you to an event with Anton Kats, the participant of this year’s main exhibition Alternativa. The event will take the form of a live radio show during which the audience will be able to listen to his performance on their own radio that they bring along. The artist’s main interest is artistic research as a pedagogical form. The artist engages the radio as an artistic form and the means for sharing knowledge and the daily life of the community. The research is focused on a particular location and its problems and in that sense, the radio is not used to broadcast but to narrowcast. The radio show alone is not the aim but a means of meeting the community and spending time together in both space and time. As part of his presentation Kats will show performative projects, executed in city communes in Kingston, Jamaica and London-based care houses for patients with dementia. The main tools used in these projects are listening and walking as pragmatic elements of the everyday.
Anton Kats — an artist, musician and dancer born in Ukraine and based in London. He has been practicing across disciplines as an artist and educator in Ukraine, Russia, Berlin, London and Jamaica, among others. His practice addresses institution as depository of knowledge. Through his projects he tries to reveal the pragmatics of learning through everyday doings. For this reason Kats engages with non-normative approach into forms of self-organization and self-education, often with marginalized people. In 2014 he received MA and currently is a PhD candidate at the Goldsmiths College, conducting a practice-based project, which derives from and investigates the methodologies within the field of Artistic Research as Pedagogy. Among diverse tools, he uses video to document his investigations. He is an editor of Sound Space Downtown. Workbook and User Manual documenting his artistic residency at the Studio 174 in Kingston, Jamaica.