Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge
On Invisible, Unknown and Ghostly Knowledge
With 100 Experts from Warsaw.
An Installation by Hannah
The Blackmarket offers
Invisible, Unknown and Ghostly Knowledge in the following languages:
Dutch, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
(Photos by Basia Welbel)
This installation by Hannah Hurtzig deals with the representation
and communication of knowledge and information and was successfully
shown with different topics in various theatres and museums before.
The Installation imitates wellknown places of knowledge transfer
such as the archive and the reading room and combines them with
situations of communication known from the stockmarket and counseling
talks. The installation was brought to life by 100 experts from
Jerzy Siwiec and Grzegorz Jarzyna (Photo by
client and Joanna Tokarska - Bakir (Photo by
Topic of the Warsaw Blackmarket is the invisible, unknown and ghostly
knowledge. On this evening a hundred storytellers will initiate
a ghost library, carried live, a living lexicon of the ghostly.
Ghosts are essences or ideas, not living, not dead, not yet born
or incapable of dying, neither present nor absent--they have the
ability to put reality into the balance and to rob it, at least
for the moment of their appearance, of its matter and provability.
Ghosts do actually disappear in the light, but only to return in
another place. In this way, the Enlightenment did indeed replace
belief systems with systems of knowledge, but only by creating its
Robert Kusmirowski (Photo by Basia Welbel)
Rehearsal, Oskar Dawicki and Agnieszka Sural
(Photo by Marta Orlik)
All of the invisible ones - spirits, the undead, phantoms, vampires
and ghosts - can only be understood in the social context that produced
them, usually one of exclusion, suppression, expulsion. So "the
phantom of the market economy has replaced the ghost of communism"
(Heiner Müller), and the most modern form of the ghostly today
would be the refugee, the illegal migrant, who is indeed present,
but is deprived of civil rights, who falls outside of public perception
and its models of representation.
Bruno Jasienski and client (Photo by Marta Orlik)
Invisible knowledge refers to economic, political, and social structures
that cannot be recognized because we are blind to them; it means
ideas and things that cannot be spoken, whether due to censorship
or banning, or because they have not yet become linguistically comprehensible;
it is the suppressed, forgotten contents of the past or the fantastic
and also possible visions of the future.
Clientes and Dorota Maslowska (Photo by Marta
In the Blackmarket you may book an individual meeting with one
or more experts and talk with them for half an hour. You can choose
among 100 mainly Polish experts from various fields like: natural
and political sciences, anthropology, literature & poetry, philosophy,
psycho-an-alysis, folklore, journalism, theatre, economy, film,
visual arts, activism, ethnology, cosmetics/beauty, polit-ics, spirituality,
health care, therapy and music. From A=Pawel Althamer till Z=Andrzej
-Zimniak they offer a wide spectrum of invisible, unknown &
ghostly knowledge in their professions from A=Absence to Z=Zombie.
You will sit and talk with your expert at one of 100 tables for
half an hour and you will be offered individual consultations and
narrations on the subject. If you are not interested in checking
in as a client for a private dialogue with an expert, you may also
come as a visitor and listen to the conversations via headphones.
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Carolin Hochleichter, Hannah Hurtzig
client, Jan Jacub Michalek (Photo by Marta Orlik)