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Artist Magda Buczek has worked intensely in the Textile Lab at SVFK to create 3 big format textile flags with print and 13 sculpted objects.

Object Permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be perceived (seen, heard, touched, smelled or sensed in any way). This is a fundamental concept studied in the field of developmental psychology.

The artist claims the above and puts it in the context of sustainability of everyday objects. She relates to the fact that things outlive humans and their existence is not limited only to their temporary usability. The statement, OBJECTS CONTUNUE TO EXIST WHEN OUT OF OUR HANDS, is painted on three big format textile flags in characteristic typography of other SURPLUS texts.

The flags are composed of 40 pieces of waste fabrics collected by the artist from garbage dumps, second hand markets, shop windows, private homes and a hospice from Copenhagen and Warsaw. Sewn together the pieces create collage backdrops for SURPLUS statement and cumulate the frankensteinic energy of objects’ afterlife.

The process of the project is equally important as the outcome and is based on sustainability, less waste and collaborative practices. Therefore all waste fragments of the materials were reused to create a series of bust sculptures based on head casts collected from the window shop displays. The work was a creative collaboration between the artist and the two assistants, Marzena Staniecka and Ugne Balciunaite. Some textiles were also delivered by another artist, Pawel Ponury Zukowski who collects waste during performative trash walks.

So far the flags were displayed on the facade of the Danish Art Workshops building in Copenhagen and the buildings of Pförtenhaus and Altes Hallenbad in Feldkirch, Austria, in the dates of the Potentiale Design Festival. The exhibition at Potentiale is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and is part of its program promoting Polish design worldwide. View more