Eugeniusz Rudnik & Polish Experimental Music
This project, organised jointly with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, celebrated the work of the Polish father of experimental and electronic music, Eugeniusz Rudnik. The trigger for the project was the release of the documentary film "15 Corners of the World" written and directed by Zuzanna Solakiewicz.
The film, which received the Critic’s Week Award at Locarno Film Festival in 2014, translates the world of Rudnik’s sounds into a visual interpretation of the sensual and emotional perception of music. The director says: ‘The film is an attempt to hear the music of Eugeniusz Rudnik with your eyes. I have made a film that gives priority to the sound more than to the picture – a film that gives interpretation to the music in order to capture it in pictures – to show sound.’
Eugeniusz Rudnik kindly made a personal selection of his own compositions, including his piece written for Arne Nordheim, to be played back on a vintage Lyrec reel-to-reel tape recorder gifted to the artist by Nordheim himself. This music was played after the screening.
The event was organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in partnership with The Wire and Requiem Records, with kind support from ZAIKS.
The concert and screening, which took place as part of 13th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival in 2015, has mesmerised the audience with its innovative combination of sight and sound experience, bringing the audience to approach listening to music in a unique way.
It also highlighted the work of an unusual artist, a precursor of electronic music, raising awareness of Polish achievements and creativity in this genre. For a big part of the international audience, the name of Eugeniusz Rudnik only emerged because of this initiative, which brought better understanding of the Polish musical traditions within the genre.
Building on the success of the event, we would be looking to bring more similar initiatives to British audiences, at the same time educating the new generation of music and visual arts enthusiasts both from Poland and the UK, to facilitate cultural and musical dialogue between Polish and British communities and encourage cross-national co-operation and cross-genre integration within the arts.
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