Martyna Poznańska

Friday, 17 August 17:00 Martyna Poznańska – Requiem For A Fly | Multimedia

Martyna Poznańska is a cross-disciplinary artist who works with different media across disciplines, building connections between the intangible medium of sound and solid  matter. This includes the practice of listening and field recording in tangent to working with various visual tools such as drawing, video, mixed media, found objects, and writing. She has exhibited and performed internationally in shows at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (DE), Deutsche Oper, Berlin (DE), Aperto Raum Berlin, among others. In addition, she has worked with renowned artists such as Hans Peter Kuhn (Übergang, Martin- Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin, 2017), and Peter Cusack. In 2013 she was a recipient of a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture. Martyna completed a master’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, 2010. She studied Sound Art at the University of the Arts, London (LCC/UAL). In 2016 she obtained an MA in Sound Studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK). Martyna lives and works in Berlin.

Requiem For A Fly

Requiem For A Fly is a ritual performed using prepared corpses of flies, a poem and field recordings. It emerges from the feeling of helplessness towards the current political state of the world. It is at the same time a poetic reflection on the importance and significance of life versus its unimportance and insignificance. It exposes the role and need for mourning and understanding loss.

In the core of existence we consider life important. Starting from the tiniest creature and ending with human being or the other way round. We’re all part of the same system. However, nowadays the significance of life drastically diminished partially due to the scale of the happenings we’re no longer able to respond to with empathy holding back in helplessness. Take alone the awareness of people drowning every day in the Mediterranean, who are dying in wars or by hunger or other disasters mainly due to misconducted politics

The corpses of flies become an example of a species, which are very common and omnipresent. A fly which usually gets killed in our kitchens, is used by fisherman as a bait for fish or is connected to transmitting diseases, nevertheless of its role and connotations, also belongs to the system. And it has an important place in it system by transferring matter from one state into another.

The flies serve as a metaphor bringing together the idea of an anonymous number of dead corpses but at the same time it’s revealing the meaning of each of the individuals in the performance by attributing the names of actions or emotions in the poem read during the performance.