298 111

Exhibition in the streets of the city of Katowice

curated by Sebastian Cichocki
coordinated by Urszula Mikoś

Katowice, Poland


The exhibition 298 111 is the pilot project of the OFF Museum program, which will be conducted by the Muzeum Śląskie in collaboration with the OFF Festival between 2018 and 2020 in Katowice.

The frames of 298 111 are blurred, but we can assume that they are synonymous with the administrative borders of the city. It comprises announcements in B2 format distributed throughout the urban landscape. These posters may be a tool for mobilisation or persuasion, though it’s not entirely impossible that we will use them as carriers of abstract, standalone images. But can an image which is viewed in the public sphere remain abstract? Not everyone sees the same things, and a painting need not be a murder mystery.

In our stormy times, we are not in a hurry to find an answer, trying to understand the possibilities offered by our ignorance.

Will we recognise art when we see it, will we want to make use of it? We begin by leaving the museum behind and by stifling two essential elements which allow us to isolate art from the surrounding “non-artistic” background noise: a clearly assigned authorship, and the work’s uniqueness.

We focus on the ABCs of museums. From A to B. From B to C. And from C to A, the long way round, via Z.

The exhibition will last as long as possible. Until the material runs out and fades away.

Artists: Hila Amram, Kathrin Böhm, Karolina Brzuzan, Bureau d’Études, Yane Calovski, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Banu Cennetoğlu feat. Krytyka Polityczna, Center for Tactical Magic, Desire Machine Collective, Shannon Ebner, Annika Eriksson, Paweł Freisler, Futurefarmers, Deniz Gül, Michal Heiman, Institute for New Feeling, Hristina Ivanoska, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Elka Krajewska, Omer Krieger, Susanne Kriemann, Wojciech Kucharczyk, Marget Long, Susan MacWilliam, Martyna Miller, Mikołaj Moskal, Agnieszka Polska, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Bianka Rolando, RSS B0YS, Rafał Milach, Jonas Staal, Ayesha Sultana, Temporary Services / Half Letter Press & Kione Kochi, Andrzej Tobis, Mario García Torres, Unite Against Dividers