Gosia Wojas

performativity, proximity, mimesis, materiality, entanglement, embodiment, corporeality, capital





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04.23 - 05.07’22
Complex systems
UAG gallery
University of California, Irvine


01’22
Touching-Touched
Essay published in journal for 
theoretical and critical texts on emerging media in the arts
@FlatJournal
Issue 2


07’21
Material-i-ty / Material-and-you
Small volume book with essay contributions by Cara Benedetto, Farrah Karapetian and Anthony Leslie 


01.24 & 01.31’21
Long Beach, CA
GLAMFA CSULB
New dates for manifeso writing workshops: CARE AS DISCIPLINE; co-organized with A.Baginski and Silvi Naçi


10.11 & 10.25’20
Los Angeles, CA
UCLA New Wight Biennial
HOPE AS DISCIPLINE -manifesto writing workshop; organized in collaboration with A.Baginski and Silvi Naçi


04.14’19
Valencia, Ca California Institute of the Arts
The Absent Museum

Madin Lopez, ProjectQ
(curatorial)


07’18
Gdańsk, PL
Łaźnia Contemporary Art Center
Symptomatic Eruptions of the Avant Garde: Martine Syms, Stanya Kahn, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Kim Schoen (curatorial)


05’16
Los Angeles, CA
Feminist Center for Creative Work

Against the Grain: experimental films by Polish women artists; discussion by Aniko Imre and Eve Oishi (curatorial)




 

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Complex systems, 2022  

Single channel video with audio, CRTV, vinyl, studio stands, sublimation prints on aluminum, marble, custom silicone type font, steel

The exhibition gathers two years of research into an algorithm operating a female sex doll object. The resulting works bridge together themes of emancipatory politics with interventions into machine learning algorithm and systems of classification with psychoanalysis to open up a space for a reciprocal intimacy and agency. 

University Art Gallery  UC Irvine.
Thesis Committee: Liz Glynn, Simon Leung (chair), Monica Majoli, Catherine Malabou, Daniel Joseph Martinez

Images: Yubo Dong/ofstudio





Material-i-ty / Material-and-you, 2021

Publication. Essays by Cara Benedetto, Farrah Karapetian and Anthony Leslie. Design by Silvi Naçi. English. ed.100, 25usd.

A deconstruction of the English word materiality offers a conjunctive syntax in Polish language: material- i - ty. Materiał- i - ty  translates quite literally into material - and - you. Material and you, becomes a point of departure for a unique consideration of material within its relation to a "you" which is also an "I". Thus, in its deconstructed form the phrase offers a possibility to re-think materiality as that which embodies a space of reflection on the nebulous relationship between a material and a subject. A 2013 collection of essays the book is an archive of thoughts, conversations, philosophical meditations and research that contextualizes the wide notion of materiality in relation to contemporary society and the human subject, from artists Cara Benedetto and Farah Karapetian and writer Anthony Leslie.

Collection of the California Institute of the Arts Library and University of California, Irvine Library of Sciences.







You and I are supporting “along the walls”  in the play, 2021

Single channel projection with audio, curtain, two chairs, two speakers, 25min. Overall size variable.

The work focuses on a human simulation model in an attempt to examine the mimetic subject-object relationship, asking if in our computational age of self-gazing, endless curation and exhibition, is human entanglement with objects reconstituting the experience of intimacy and understanding of reality, and what does this love affair with technology mean for a subject.

Room Gallery, UC Irvine.

Images: Paul Salveson


Siennik / Palliasse, 2019

Single channel video with audio, drywall, wood, concrete, chalkboard paint, framed print, canvas, hay

The exhibition hinges on a neglected everyday object, a straw mattress (in Polish, ‘siennik’), as a site for an investigation into the emergence of a political subject. The conditions of this emergence point back towards systems of oppression — class, poverty, unpaid labor — and issues resulting from economic inequality and migration.
Palliasse represents a kind of horizontality of labor expressed in a multitude of functions that play out as acts of resistance against power, desire against domination, relationships against rule, and body against authority.

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Committee: Leslie Dick, Harry Dodge, Tom Lawson. 

Images: Rafael Hernandez



Futile Experiments in Mimesis, 2018

Single channel video with audio, 18min. drywall, wood, concrete, raw canvas, paper, c-prints

The performative action in the work addresses classical (mimetic) system of representation. It engages ritualized and mundane gestures (clasped arms, rocking motion) as repetition that is at once a reenactment and re-experiencing of a set of meanings already socially established. The action is an attempt to challenge the patriarchal representation, rooted in the writings of Aristotle and throughout Western philosophy, of a Mother and a Woman figure as a performative subject.

The exhibition posits a claim for a political and representational visibility in contemporary culture through examination of text, embodiment and a notion of feminist mimesis to dislodge women from their prison-house of historical pain and to release the transgressive corporeality of the female performer.

Presented at Stevenson Blanche, California Institute of the Arts.

Sound design: Alan S. Tofighi,
Installation images: Daniel Alcazar