Konrad Smoleński

BORN 1977, Kalisz

Konrad Smoleński - born in Kalisz in 1977. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań in 2003, in the studio of professor Izabella Gustowska. Assistant at the atelier of Audiosfera led by Leszek Knaflewski at his Alma Mater until 2008. Smoleński is a member of the artistic group Penerstwo. Animator of the group PINKPUNK, from which all his musical works derive from. Co-creator of the following music groups: Kristen, KOT, Mama, Sixa, BNNT.

Music and sound are among the leading topics of his works, as well as the artist’s main tool.  Creator on the border of performance and alternative music, designer of instruments such as the guitar in the shape of a bomb, which he also plays. Author of video clips, which may also function as fully fledged video works (e.g. "Leję z ciebie" to Czykita’s song, 2003). Constructor of installations made of musical equipment, e.g. loudspeakers (“There’s no god”) and microphones (“The end of Radio”). Although the artist uses specific techniques in his works, they are very complex and ambiguous. He often relates to the dark side of human nature and the unpredictable consequence of experiments, mainly associated with threat.

Konrad Smoleński

Energy Hunters

2011 / video / 26'20" / no. 0127    Wróć

Energy Hunters is a video, which can also be presented as an audio-visual installation. It was created during Smoleński’s stay at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica in 2011. The artist invited members of the noise rock band Foot Village to participate in the film. Long sequences presenting a Californian landscape and musicians dressed in balaclavas are interspersed with a black screen. During these moments we hear a sound on the verge of singing and shouting, fragments of Foot Village’s music. In Energy Hunters the sound of the drums, the only classical instrument used by the musicians, is more a symbol than a tool. This visually sublime film with no clear plot keeps the viewer in a state of uncertainty and anxiety. The peculiarly majestic atmosphere seems to lead to a climax, unleashing energy through layers of untold events, electrifying the viewer to an even greater extent.

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