The Centre of The World

BY John Biweekly

‘I think the world is the extent of what we know. People tend to think the world is the planet, but they're two different things.’

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We’re based in Warsaw, Poland, yet this issue of Biweekly is put together from New York City – a testament to the beauty of the internet press. Manhattan pedestrians attached to their devices somehow manage to negotiate the streets with no damage to their bodies. Cup after cup of American coffee is refilled in restaurants, reminding me of the “I love you honey bunny” exchange in Pulp Fiction. Restaurants run by Italians to be exact. That’s why they are so American. MoMA offers head-spinning stimulants: Picasso, Kahlo, Cartier-Bresson. LCD Soundsystem playing four shows in a row. The list goes on and on.

While the Satisfaction: Consumption Art in Poland exhibition curated by Łukasz Ronduda from the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw has come to an end, the NYC-artropolis offers another Polish-related event. The NineteenEightyFour exhibition opens May 26th at the Austrian Cultural Forum, where several artists including Nicolas Grospierre & Kobas Laksa, examine the evolution of imagery and language in what has been described as our panoptic era.

Meanwhile, Biweekly#2 is already wide open. We talked to Jan Klata and Werner Herzog. We judged Bogusław Schaeffer, Andrzej Wajda and Gerhard Gnauck. Agata Nowotny analyzed photographic series as a method of organizing the surrounding chaos. Speaking of series. In COCKTAIL ARTY, Paweł Soszyński describes the most interesting parties in the history of the art world. First to come is Pablo Picasso’s banquet for Douanier Rousseau. James Hopkin shares his thoughts on Dampfbad Europa in his column, NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE. Ola Bilińska interprets a playful poem by Maria Cyranowicz. The list goes on and on.

I myself explored the streets of New York to finally find out where the centre of the world is. Or have I not?


Biweekly#2. Editor: Agnieszka Słodownik. Cover by OJTAM OJTAM group. Issued 24 May 2010 at 1:59.