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Primary Swarm

Dir. Agnieszka Mastalerz, Michał Szaranowicz / Poland / 2018 / 17’




Directors: Agnieszka Mastalerz, Michał Szaranowicz
Screenplay: Agnieszka Mastalerz, Michał Szaranowicz
Cinematography: Filip Zubowski, Wawrzyniec Skoczylas, Michał Szaranowicz
Editing: Michał Szaranowicz
Sound: Stanisław Najmiec, Michał Szaranowicz
Producers: MOS Gorzow, Society of Authors ZAiKS
Production: Agnieszka Mastalerz
World sales: Agnieszka Mastalerz, Michał Szaranowicz
Language: no dialogue



From “Swarm in (Non-)Motion” by Anna Ptak:
Primary Swarm relies on an event developing in a given time.
A group of Explorers traverses a cocoon-like space. Its rounded shape defines the manner of movement. The space on the outside plays the role of the queen bee. The figures look as if they had to learn to walk anew: slow-paced movement, careful gesture, the absorbing hole of the turbine where the eponymous swarm thrusts into.


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Agnieszka Mastalerz
Graduate of the Studio of Spatial Activities of Mirosław Bałka at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2018), was a guest student of Candice Breitz and Eli Cortiñas at HBK in Brunswick (DAAD Scholarship, 2019/20) and of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin at HFBK in Hamburg (2017/18). Her main focus is on mechanisms of control and processes influencing and exploiting an individual. She uses a poetic visual language to analyse restrictive rules established within intimate relationships, communities, states, or companies, and towards the natural environment. She exhibited in the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato, MAXXI, Rome (2021), Wschód Gallery, Warsaw (2020), Starak Family Foundation, Warsaw (2019), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris (2018), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2017 - laureate of the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition). She participated in the Artists Development Programme by the European Investment Bank Institute in Luxembourg and was on a residency in Muzeum Susch (2021) as well as in Futura Gallery in Prague (Visegrad Scholarship, 2020).

Michał Szaranowicz
A graduate of the Studio of Spatial Activities of Mirosław Bałka at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2018), guest student of Michael Hofstetter at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich (2017/2018). Assistant to the set designer Tomek Kowalski on the production of Agnieszka Polska's film “Hurrah, We Are Still Alive!”. Selected group exhibitions: imMobilized (Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, 2018); Intangible Cultural Heritage (HFBK, Hamburg, 2018); Jak jest? (Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, 2017); Young Wolves 17' (Młode Wilki ‘17, Academy of Art in Szczecin, 2017); Vicious Cycle (Artbox, Warsaw, 2017). In his work, he often deals with the expression of the inner state in relation to the limitations of the medium of mechanical image reproduction.




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