One Gesture is a show about sign languages. It is a show about communicating with the world – with the world of the hearing and with the world of the other Deaf. How does communication work? How are knowledge, emotion and culture transmitted, produced and processed? If language is the only reality we have access to („The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” – as Wittgenstein said), what can we learn about the world from the languages of the Deaf? What is universal about their experience of communicating, and what is unique? And how come none of my friends have any Deaf friends?
Let me cite a number of truisms from the collection of Truisms by Jenny Holzer, an American neoconceptual artist. These phrases seem the simplest thing there is. Until you look at them from the standpoint of sign language:
Listen when your body talks.
People who don’t work with their hands are parasites.
Words tend to be inadequate.
Description is more important than metaphor.
Abstraction is a type of decadence.
You are responsible for constituting the meaning of things.
It is a piece that asks how do we deal with each other and the «otherness» in general. It feels like an important piece of work right now, in these times, because it talks about language, communication, exclusion and integration without a specific geographical, racial or religious context. Statement of the Jury, 38. Zürcher Theater Spektakel
Wojtek Ziemilski is a theatre director, visual artist. His works span different fields, drawing on the diversity of performative arts. His productions Mała narracja, Prolog, W samo południe, Kosmologia rozdrażewska, and Pygmalion explore the possibilities of documentary theatre. He often works with non-professional actors. Founder of XS Art. Centre, co-founder of Golgota Picnic Polska, associated with Galeria BWA in Warsaw. He lectures on new currents in experimental theatre at the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw and at the University of Warsaw.
Wojtek Pustoła is a visual artist. His area of interest is film making, sculpture, performance and scenography. Graduate of Sculpture Department in Warsaw and Multimedia Department in Poznan. Showed his works in various exhibitions such as ‘Coming Soon’ in Temporary Gallery Cologne; Vordemberge-Gildewart Fund Award in Museum of Contemporary Art Cracow; Wro Biennale. Affiliated with ‘Centre in movement’, a contemporary dance platform for choreographers and performers. In recent years works with a theatre director Wojtek Ziemilski, as an author of video installations and scenography notable for its minimalistic and functional approach.
Lives and works in Warsaw and Carrara.
- Docs in Progress Award 2017, White Cube, Visions du Reel Festival, Nyon, SUI
- Best European Project, White Cube, Bio to B, Bolonia, ITA
NOWY TEATR is the place for broadening of the artistic battlefield. Created by Krzysztof Warlikowski and a group of his regular collaborators, Nowy Teatr wants to exploit the spaces of dialogue with the audience, not limiting themselves solely to theatrical pursuits. It is a space that represents a new artistic situation, a free field of action for the invited artists and curators, somewhere that is being developed by people with ideas. We are among the most active institutions in representing Polish culture in the international arena.