The Choreographed Accident PDF Catalogue

The Choreographed Accident: Objects, Images, & Artifacts from the Pawel Avorsky Museum, Warsaw is a work of fiction, but whenever it is shown, viewers are left to experience the narrative project to decide for themselves if the work is true or not. There is no evidence on view that the work is not true. For the project I created a fictional character, Paul Avery (alias Pawel Avorsky), as well as a fictional curator, Elena Gierczek at a fiction museum dedicated to that character. The work questions the way narratives get told through a barrage of odd contradictory sources, and exercise and undermine the notion that the more detail we're gives creates a false sense of realism. Ironically, the more I researched the material to write the fictional stories, I found out that my initial suspicions about the "smuggled" origins of Polish Jazz were true. The forged newspaper clippings, the fabricated and found images, and the found super 8mm film I created are impossible to experience all at once. The centerpiece of the exhibition is an architectural model of Paul Avery’s Apartment building in Warsaw, which performs as a replica of one that Avery built. It also performs as a cinema house as Avery’s Found Film is shown on a digital frame inside the model, and is the literal location of the story. The model deconstructs the one-size-fits-all design of contemporary cinema, to create a narrative-specific space where the film screen, and narrative dictate the design, and scale of the architectural form. Inspired by the spectacle/spectator relationship in Dan Graham's Cinema, the conceptual structure of Avery's cinema is too small to enter, instead a complete sense of the narrative as a film can only play within the imagination of the viewer. This requires going back and forth between the objects, the film, the images, and the newspaper clippings. The piece is on view now at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, for the Wisconsin Triennial 2010, where the model is shown with seven framed prints and one framed artifact, Avery's own used copy of the LP Free Jazz, by Ornette Coleman. I particularly enjoy the die-cut frame on the album cover, revealing the Jackson Pollack painting beneath. Painting today is a concept, an idea, and the suspension of disbelief that was at the heart of painting for centuries is alive and well, in sculpture, film, installation, and architecture. The choreographed accident of painting no longer needs to be expressed through the material of paint to express within its expanded field of discourse. The piece premiered at Jeune Creation 2009 in Paris, France in November 2009.