1.10.2019 - 31.10.2019 Events, Visual Arts

Jarosław Kozakiewicz at Residency Unlimited RU in New York

Language of architecture in the field of arts as tool for thoughtful caring, a lecture on Jarosław Kozakiewicz’s art practice– at Harvard University Graduate School Of Design, Thursday, October 24, 4:30PM

Meet Over Lunch: Jaroslaw Kozakiewicz, Critical architecture: design strategies and artistic practices—at Residency Unlimited, Monday, October 28, 1:00PM

Jarosław Kozakiewicz is a sculptor, author of conceptual architectural land-art projects, installations and set designs that demonstrate deep humanistic approach. Some of Kozakiewicz´s projects refer to the tradition of garden architecture, others to the strategy of conceptual art, land art. Kozakiewicz’s quest has led him or the utopian architecture of the 1960s and 1970s. The artist creates models of conceptual and critical architecture, that are not always intended to be realized but rather to address or solve specific problems. He refers to them as diagnostic instruments designed to assess the functioning of the human living environment and the failures that arise in urban planning and construction. The inspirations for his artistic-architectural and urbanistic projects include, among other things, contemporary ecology, genetics, physics, astronomy, and ancient cosmological concepts searching for relations between microcosm and macrocosm.

‘Two things bind Kozakiewicz’s work together more strongly than any other: humanism and respect for the existing world. Kozakiewicz is almost uniquely sensitive to human needs – every one of his projects, however utopian, is entirely focused on serving the individual, to provide him with what is perhaps too often forgotten in our soulless, technologicized world.

Kozakiewicz is a Professor at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts where he runs the Interdisciplinary Design Workshop at the Faculty of Design. Kozakiewicz received prices in major architectural competitions. He received an honourable mention, for instance, in a competition for the design of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toruń (2004) and in 2005, his entry won in international competition for the Park of Reconciliation near the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. One of the notable Kozakiewicz’s works is was completed in 2007 Mars Project, a massive redesign of the landscape of a former lignite-mining area near Lake Baerwalde in Germany, which takes the form of rolling landscape shaped like a giant human auricle.


Thursday, October 24, 4:30PM

Language of architecture in the field of arts as tool for thoughtful caring, a lecture on Kozakiewicz’s art practice at Harvard University 

Harvard University Graduate School Of Design

48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, Gund Hall 109

In the first part the artist will elaborate on the projects in which he uses architecture and its language to formulate or solve specific problems that the artist observes in the functioning of the human life environments, and where architecture becomes an artistic tool and artistic strategy. 

The second part of the lecture the artist will present his engagement in projects researching and analyzing relationships between human beings and their environments. 

The last part will concern the role of the body in architectural thinking which inform many of his works and designs.

Monday, October 28, 1:00PM

Meet Over Lunch: Jaroslaw Kozakiewicz, Critical architecture: design strategies and artistic practices

Residency Unlimited (RU)

360 Court Street (enter the Church through the main entrance)

Brooklyn, NY 11231

free and open to the public

During his talk, Kozakiewicz will present examples of designs and strategies that address degraded spaces, excessive industrialization, overly developed urbanization, and the effects of rampant consumption on the natural environment. He will also share thoughts on the topic of the increasing presence of excessive memory in the public space today.

The Meet Over Lunch series is an ongoing invitation extended to local and visiting art practitioners to present their practice and projects over lunch to the RU community.

Organized by Residency Unlimited with the support of Harvard University and the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

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