Between Art, Society, Representation, and Subjectivity: Wojtek Ziemilski’s Prolog

  • Anna R. Burzyńska
Part of the Avant-Gardes in Performance book series (AGP)


Wojtek Ziemilski is one of the most important contemporary Polish artists, whose main interest is the relationship network between the theatre, media, and society. In Prolog [Prologue] (2011), Ziemilski uses the mechanisms of Real Time Composition and devising theatre to explore the possibilities of social choreography in the age of omnipresent, interactive media and political crisis. The chapter describes how Ziemilski’s unusual performance contributed to the development of modern political theatre in Poland—theatre that can transform the awareness of spectators, activate, provoke, and emancipate them. Ziemilski’s performance is similar to a video game in which the people practice useful decision-making, analogous to real political life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna R. Burzyńska
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  1. 1.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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