6 - 20 december 2010

KOT Archives

The KOT group, founded in 2004, is active in the fields of poetry, performance and music. Besides, the group’s activity has led to the making of numerous videos, drawings, cover designs, and illustrated music scores. The group, hovering in the background of Wojciech Bąkowski’s art projects, is fundamental for this oeuvre and maps out the artist’s prime interests. Becoming acquainted with the achievements of the group would be a perfect introduction to Bąkowski’s oeuvre, yet he discloses his archive only now, when he has made a name for himself e.g. as an author of innovative animated movies. Bąkowski himself treats the establishment of KOT as a turning point in his thinking about art. Ever since the group was set up, we have been able to identify hallmarks of his activity, irrespective of the medium used. These are: existentialism, neurosis, the fundamental role of the word, love for dissonance, and a poetic message.

KOT, however, is primarily a music project. We can identify three lines of influence here: rap, New Wave and minimal music. What counts here is the rap rhythm and the manner of reciting the text, but the character of this music, its chill and melancholy, draw on the fascination with the early 1980s and the aesthetics of New Wave. The minimalism of this music is evident in the repetitions of the background, its austerity and in the instrumental technology, namely the use of cassette-recorder tapes. All of this is subject to mathematical precision, an overt manifestation of a rejection of improvisation; all is perfectly well planned and simultaneously subversively dirty, noisy and broken.

Over the years the group included artists such as Konrad Smoleński, Leszek Knaflewski and Tomasz Mróz. For the past few years KOT have given concerts in Poland and abroad in the most prestigious institutions of contemporary art (e.g. Zamek Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Kunst Werke, Berlin; Brugge Centraal, Belgium).
The exhibition “Archiwum Grupy KOT” together with a concert in the hall of Teatr Ósmego Dnia is in a sense a return of KOT to Poznań, the city where the group was born and where its current performers reside (Wojciech Bąkowski, Piotr Bosacki, Przemysław Sanecki). The last time KOT performed in Poznań, however, was two years ago.

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