2012 | 18 | 207-216
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Dwa teatry Witkacego

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Two Witkacy's Theatres
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Witkacy disapproved talking about “guts”, that means about trivial feelings, banal experiences, and boring trivial matters of everyday life. The artist had a tragicomic fight with trivial corporeality to preserve some rudiments of spirituality. He understood this fight as opposing to the age that begins to speak only in the materialistic register. Philosophy, art, and everyday life rules generally served the artist as protecting means from the inter–war chaos of reality. Therefore Witkacy defended his own idealized theatre of strangeness of existence before the theatre of banality of existence. Basing on the letters to his wife, we can claim that despite the fight against triviality, more and more place in Witkacy actions is taken by the theatre of banality. Before his wife and selected spectators Witkacy stages a scatological, and an exhibitionist theatre of the artist attacked by everydayness. He confronts his “performances” with life theatre of other people, writing his letters on the back of cards received from others and remaking foreign correspondence. Rewriting letters, ritualizing daily activities, an obsessive control of bodily sensations, a system of symbols describing the effect of stimulants, a controlled hypochondria, or even medical prescriptions were used by the artist to creative processing of boring everydayness. Witkacy was ashamed of the disorganised body and he did not rest in his efforts to organise it. His exposures require a sensitive spectator, who will see the body art in revealed intimacy.
  • Uniwersytet Łódzki
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