AAIxBikeNY is a series of rides based throughout New York City and beyond (upstate, Suffolk County and Long Island), designed and led by contemporary artists, during which small groups of riders follow pre-designed itineraries that have a distinct relationship to each artist’s ongoing practice. Collectively, the projects urge participants to physically experience the urban and natural landscapes of NY through an in-depth and unexpected visual and conceptual relationship to the surrounding environment. Each artist is asked to use the bicycle as a tool to adapt their regular practice to refine participant’s understanding and perception of the city itself.
For the last few years, Weronika Trojanska has been collecting other people’s handwriting, moving or speaking in order to examine how her body and mind can become a biography of someone else – by embodying different aspects of other artists’ life in herself and work. When the “I” can be a “storage” for elements of other people lives, the Self becomes a Polyphonic Autobiography. It requires constant changes and implies time, involvement and obsession. It’s a method that positions the artist within the other person’s biography, trying to catch the essence of someone else’s features and inhabit it by transcribing the gesture (reproducing, adapting and learning) by which means it becomes a part of her. It might be seen as a way of borrowing and going further – appropriation. Could this be a way to avoid destruction and oblivion (thinking about artworks that are kept forgotten in museum storage or the biography as a way of preservation)? If the Self could be perceived as a collection – is the body a museum? Is it possible to make a retrospective exhibition then?
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