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The formation of matter – supplement | Waldemar Węgrzyn


The material world is known unevenly. Observation of processes such as growth, respiration or reaction to stimuli helps us to situate some phenomena in the kingdoms of fungi, plants or animals – however, we encounter individuals and specimens whose unambiguous classification is difficult.

The situation is even worse when we look at inanimate matter. Linnaeus probably already had doubts about its nature, establishing, in addition to the above-mentioned, also the kingdom of minerals. Although the ability of dead matter to self-reproduce has been negated by science for three hundred or more years, it still happens that we are surprised by spontaneous ordering, unexpected growth, or a random juxtaposition of elements that turn out to match.

So how are things made? What is the phenomenon of crystal growth? Where do the fruiting bodies of the Hindu mushroom come from? How it’s done? You will not find answers to these and many other questions while visiting the exhibition.

The presented collection includes objects created, found or registered as part of temporary artistic residencies, including in Biały Dwór near Bargłówka, Leroy Merlin Gliwice, FHU MAX Gliwice, JKK Rubber Products Gliwice, and also in Krautuvėlė MiniMarket in Palanga (Lithuania) and in Vidovići (Croatia).