Wojciech Puś / Endless (Party) / STUDIO TEATRGALERIA, Warsaw, 23-25.09.2016

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Endless (Party) is mix of performance, installation and video performance set in the midst of a party. The 50-hour long project by Wojciech Puś and his guests takes place from the 23rd to 25th September 2016. Over the three days of the artist’s Endless (Party), Kisielowski Hall will host a series of performative events based in the gestures, situations and concepts drawn directly from Alain Resnais’ film Last Year at Marienbad (1961), as well as mediated through stories relating to the film’s script, taking place over half a century later.

The idea behind the Endless (Party) is of a substantially emancipatory character, with a strong meaning of consolidation – tools prevalent in queer theory. In the context of the history of queer societies, the specific location of a party can create characteristic points of reference, as in the context of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 or the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando this past June.

The very setting of a party has the ability to transform the atmosphere of a place and the people within it. For a few hours, participants can switch roles, appearances and behaviour. This meaning is often marginalized or devalued – attending parties is often considered an act of procrastination, promiscuity, overindulgence in mind-altering substances, and a way of escaping reality. The meaningful aspects of parties are usually overlooked: its ritual, almost mystic nature, independent of any ties to a particular religion or faith. A public space is created, within which politics, ethnic or religious background, appearance or sexuality are insignificant. It thereby becomes a place of emancipation and shared experience.

There will be a camera recording the event as a peformative tool. The recording will be used in Wojciech Puś’s feature-length film Endless, which, in turn, extracts and appropriates the cinematic themes in Resnais’ picture. It is a story of sex reassignment that hovers on the boundary between reality and hallucination, documenting the convulsive beauty and uncanny qualities of the constant metamorphosis of memories.