Magdalena Mądra

Neither this nor that

An installation presented in the form of a mock-up

a cube with dimensions of 3 x 3 x 3 m in a space of 30.5 x 19.2 x 18.7 m, black on the outside, lined with glass panels inside and illuminated by a row of fluorescent lamps; landline telephone on a high pedestal; audio recording to be listened to in the telephone receiver (conversation with Terrence McKenna about the apocalypse); postphotography

‘The Apocalypse is DIssapointing’ [Jacques Derrida]

In the language of occupational health and safety regulations, the feeling of unpleasantness and discomfort as well as the reduction of the ability to recognize objects due to improper distribution or the range of luminance is called glare. The loss of sight as a result of photometry, accompanying Saul, leaving Plato’s cave and traveling to Damascus, oxymoronically allowed him to see what really exists. From the revelation, it is only a step to the apocalypse, which is not only the unveiling, but the end of the known.  

Raised in a religion literally tied to biblical history, I grew up in the shadow of the end of the world. The visions of the prophets came to life during violent storms, readings entitled as vividly as Żeromski’s “Ravens and crows will peck us” and all popular apos, post-apocalyptic at the end of the 20th century.

The specter of the end of the world returns in catastrophic visions of the Anthropocene, in which righteousness ceases to be a ticket to survival. Not because the end will come, he will most likely disappoint us.  

When an illusory color of white light is thrown at you: close your eyes.