Pivô presents, inside Pivô Research Program, the project Mycorial Theater, curated by Polish artist Paulina Olowska and curator Milovan Farronato. The project is a partnership with Fiorucci Art Trust (England) and Culture.pl (Poland).
The first edition of Mycorial Theater was held in 2014 in a country house in the Polish city of Rabka- Zdroj. Selected by Paulina Olowska and Milovan Farronato, a group of artists were involved in a a series of activities taking Mycology (the study of fungi) as a starting point. These experiences included expeditions in the woods, camping on the mountains, mushroom-hunting, and a series of rituals and talks. The house and its surroundings were presented as a work in progress, shaped according to the coexistence and interventions of the artists. Mycorial Theater´s format is inspired by the Black Mountain College, an education center founded in the 30´s in USA – its core was an art school and the headquarters were located outside the city, isolated in the countryside .
In its third edition, Mycorial Theater migrates from Poland to Brazil, from a small town in the forest towards a megalopolis like São Paulo. All the editions share in common the intense relationship between a group of artists and Olowska and Farronato´s research on Mycology, which will guide the guest artists, from Brazil and abroad, in their collective activities. Some of the confirmed artists in the Brazilian edition are: Anna Bella Geiger, avaf, Augustas Serapinas, Daniele Milvio, Delia Gonzales, Georgina Starr, Giulio Delve, Honorata Martin, Lucia Koch and Paloma Bosquê. During a week, they will live near Pivô in central São Paulo and use the intitution´s exhibition space as a laboratory to unfold their artistic processes. On September 7th, Pivô opens its space to the public, sharing the group’s research, a hybrid between exhibition, performance, event, artistic residency and symposium.
Some of Mycorial Theater´s guiding concepts are the Polish culture, Jerzy Grotowski´s theater and Mycology: the activity of seeking selecting and collecting mushrooms is somehow a metaphor for the artistic process. Mushrooms adapt, spread and yet retain the specificity of their original place. Regarding Mycorial Theater´s migration from Poland to São Paulo, Paulina Olowska considers the metropolis as another form of nature, bringing the city characteristics closer to those of the fungus.
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
W: Mycorial Theater: A Project curated by Paulina Olowska and Milovan Farronato
Pivô, Edifício Copan, Avenida Ipiranga, 200, Republica