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Witkacy. Logos and the Elements


Teresa Pękala

This book focuses on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, philosopher and controversial artist. It expresses the opinions of philosophers, museologists and artists, for whom Stanisław Ignacy Witkacy’s 130th birthday anniversary became an opportunity to view his works from the perspective of postmodernity. The authors concentrate on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz as eminent and prophetic philosopher concerned about Western culture with its waning metaphysical feelings, master of gesture and poses, anticipating the postmodern theatricalization of life.

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Interview with Andrzej Bienias An Actor of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane


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Interview with Andrzej Bienias, An Actor of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane

Teresa Pękala: The title of the book commemorating the 130th anniversary of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s birth distinguishes two basic concepts: logos and the elements. The word and everything beyond the word. Logos and the elements are also two poles in theater work. The Witkacy Theater which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of founding draws from both sources of its patron’s work.

Andrzej Bienias: The fact that instead of understanding Witkacy, people would rather explain him is their biggest error. It is a basic mistake. Imposing your own world on someone, your way of thinking. However, to understand means to know, i.e. to experience something, to lay your hands on it. Something that is beyond – and here metaphysics begins. We are living in such a stupid world that everything must be understood, we are scared of being amazed. It’s that simple – something fascinates me, gets to my guts, to my heart. Man is so afraid of such a feeling that he tries to explain it. He looks for an answer to the question why it works in this way. Impulses affect my cortex through nerve connections, I shiver, etc., everything can be explained and it doesn’t make sense.

T. P.: Let’s talk about what is beyond the word.

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