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My own performances… :)

Hercus Kuncius & Malgorzata Kazmierczak, performance “Seven dreams”, Castle of Imagination 1998.


[…] The performance also took an unexpected course. Kuncius dressed in the sailor hat of a holiday-maker with a caption: m/s Ustka, Kapitan, delivered a speech, mumbling in a very elegant manner, while Malgorzata Kazmierczak read dispassionately the translation of his mumble into English:

1. If I were the image of Julio Iglesias, I would call on Andy Warhol in New York. The old man would be happy to see me and would invite me to go with him to the unpredictable Central Park. We would walk, loaf around, be afraid, hide in the bushes, and then he would say to me: UNFATHOMABLE PEDRO, I LIKE YOU …
2. If I were a poor orphan, I would visit Gilbert & George, thriving in London, they wouldn’t invite me anywhere, but they would promise to adopt me. I would thank them and say: HEY, GUYS, I’M OLD ENOUGH TO BE YOUR FATHER
3. If I were as slippery as a snake and incorrigibly nosy, I would slip backstage at the Paris Opera Garnier, where supple and lithe Rudolf Nuriev awaits to go on stage. He would look at me intently and say: WAIT FOR ME IN THE TOILET OF THE NEAREST McDONALD’S
4. If I were a conservative pope, I would drop into a chapel in the prosperous Vatican City to see how the restless Michael Angelo is doing under my patronage. I would distract him from his work, force him to descend to earth and say to him: MY DEAR, ISN’T IT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE A BREAK AND RELAX…
5. If I were an experienced surrealist, I would talk to the young Salvador Dali in sunny Barcelona. When parting, he would say: ANDRE BRETON, ANDRE MASSON, LUI ARAGON, MAX ERNTS, ROGER VITRAC, ANTONIN ARTAUD, ETC. ARE DRAINED MARSHES WHEN I COMPARE THEM WITH MY INFINITE OCEAN…
6. If I were a courageous symbolist, I would knock at the door of “L’hotel d’Alsace”, Paris, in 1900. If nobody answered, I would break the door down. And later Oscar Wilde would say to me: YOU GAVE ME A BIT OF WARMTH BEFORE MY DEATH…
7. If I were an impenitent humanist, I would save Ernst Röm’s life. Then, wishing to thank me, he would say: I APPOINT YOU THE CURATOR OF “ENTARTETE KUNST…” – “IMMER BEREIT !!!” – I WOULD SWEAR, AND AFTER SOME TIME I WOULD PROSPER MONUMENTALLY

In the end, the artist stammered something briefly and added: Merci.

At his final performance at the Cabaret Voltaire on June 23, 1916, that is 82 years and 2 days before Hercus Kuncius, Hugo Ball had recited his legendary sound poems that happened to be typical for the Dada anti-art, anti-logic stance. It was the rejection of traditional European values exacerbated, by the brutality of the World War I. Ball’s rejection of intelligible content in his sound poems was not simply meant as an absurd slap in the face of convention, but was conceived as a transcendental declamation. The poems were part of the Dada search for new forms and meaning in art that could purify culture. The necessity of purifying culture is still a living issue.

Text: Władysław Kaźmierczak



The culture of swamp mountaineers in Ostrava – 30 000 – 3000 BC through the perspective of gender studies. Performance at the Malamut Performance Art Festival, Ostrava 2013



The name Ostrava is etymologically connected with the river Ostra (meaning Sharp), which today bears the name Ostravice. On the website for the city hall in Ostrava we can read that the name is connected with the sharp, brisk flow of the river. However,  in Slavic languages the name Ostrów means an island close to a river surrounded by a swamp (such as Ostrów Tumski, Ostrów Lubelski, Wielkopolski etc.). This interpretation of Ostrava as an “island” is more linguistically logical as it is associated with the terrain and the land occupied rather than the flow of the river which has a secondary meaning for the inhabitants of the town.


In Polish the noun “Ostrów” is predominantly masculine and only the name Ostrów Mazowiecka is feminine. This means that Ostrava is one of the rare linguistically feminine “islands” and this fact may prove to be very significant for our later deliberations. 

The next name of some importance here is Landeck, which is the name of a Hill in Ostrava and is also the name of both a town in south Tirol in Austria and in Poland. This name always appears in the context of a hill,  a river and swamp.


In 1953 the archeologist Bohuslav Klima found a figure of Venus, which we now know as the Venus of Landek. It is clearly a cubist figure, just as if it was taken out of a Picasso painting. So here a question arises – why is it cubist and why as the only Venus from the stone age, has it a slim figure? The two possible hypotheses are – the influence of African tribes and… the less popular theory among conservative archeologists – the trans-sexuality of the tribes living in the region of Ostrava.

Hunting, wars and the drastic changes of living conditions favoured the use of force and violence. This in turn developed a cult focusing upon the fertility of fat women, who then were supposed to provide descendants – sons, ready to conquest and expand.


Hence we have the Venus of Willendorf.

The Venus of Landek questions this interpretation of the living conditions of the past in the Ostrava region. Maybe the culture in pre-historical Ostrava was a more complex structure?


Historiography says much about the expansion of Rome, mentions Tatar and Turkish invasions, but we know very little about the expansion of pre-Egyptian African “R” tribes in Europe. In the fight for existence of pre-historic tribes, values such as love, community and creativity were important. The reality in Ostrava  therefore was supposedly a world without wars and aggression. The trans-sexuality of the inhabitants seems to be quite obvious in this context. Later, for example during the great march of the Celts through Europe, who possessed a higher level of civilization, people shared similar viewpoints and believed in similar values. But later Rome and the Vatican changed Europe forever. 

Going in that direction, one could suspect that trans-sexuality was a primary and natural form of mankind, which very slowly changed into the heterosexual forms of today. 


Egyptians for example believed in the Hare. They worshipped it, because they believed that every year the hare changes its sex. On the slide we can see a contemporary re-enactment by an Egyptian – man-woman worshipping a hare, (the hare by the way understands nothing about pictures). So based on the beliefs of the Egyptians, we may form a thesis that primary people were changing their sex every year or so, during another given period of time. In the light of these assumptions we cannot be sure if Venus of Petrkovice is a woman or in fact a slim male form.


Based on DNA examination, we know that the genetic or Mitochondrial Eve lived 200 thousand years ago in Africa and that…


… the genetic, or chromosomal Adam, the common ancestor of the portion of Y chromosome that passes from father to son, lived roughly 100 thousand years ago. So roughly 100 000 years after Eve…



If we take a look at a 2 meter measuring tape representing 200 000 years of humankind and imagine, that Eve appeared in centimeter number 1, Adam shows up somewhere in the middle of the tape. This of course completely shakes our knowledge of the world, and the issue is not about arguing with Judaism or Christianity but about the question – how did a human being reproduce for 100 000 years before Adam? How did subsequent women come into being from existing women and what happened in genetics that this reproduction became an anachronism and the chromosomal Adam emerged? These questions remain unanswered, but they force us to question the conservative mainstream of the discourse of historiography.

Now here one must also mention the very important center of upper Paleolithic civilization in Europe which was Dolni Vestonice in Moravia.


The site is well known for the figure of the Venus of Dolni Vestonice from around 29-25 000 BC. This figurine, together with a few others from nearby locations, is the oldest known ceramic object in the world. In 1981, Patricia Rice studied a multitude of female clay figurines found at Dolni Vestonice, believing them to represent fertility in this society. She challenged this assumption by analyzing all the figurines and found that, “it is womanhood, rather than motherhood that is symbolically recognized or honored”. This discovery challenged the widely held assumption that all prehistoric female figurines were created only to honor fertility, which is in accordance with our previous theory relating to the Venus of Petrkovice. 


When talking about the Dolni Vestonice – very few people know that the oldest proof of using herbal threads in Europe (from around 30 000 BC) comes from this area. Most likely the threads were made of nettles. The discovery, that weaved threads are stronger than straight will soon help to influence how to weave linen. From here also came the oldest textiles in Europe, from around 7000 BC. But Dolni Vestonice in Moravia is important for us mainly because it was also an ancient centre of swamp mountaineers indicated in the title of this lecture. 


We can see a link between Dolni Vestonice and Ostrava in another artifact found on the Landek Hill, which is also made of woven threads. It is an interesting object from the corded culture period (on the map we see how it expanded in Europe). 


The object was found by a group of German archeologists in 2003. It can be dated about 3000 BC. It has the shape of a mobius – infinity. On one end it has something that resembles a globe, one half presents oceans and the other – lands or landeks. The mobius sign may also mean the universe. 


On opposite poles of land we have two signs which today mean a group or community on Skype. It may mean that the tribes living in ancient Ostrava knew or believed that on earth there were 4 tribes and knew that the earth was round – 4500 years before Galileo and Copernicus! This mysterious discovery has provoked a worldwide  sensation, but is not yet documented well enough to create a trustworthy theory. 

So we can try to make an experiment. People very easily get rid of their primary characteristics, but not animals. Animals do not migrate apart from the exception of birds. 


Emil – the dog from Ostrava is a descendant of the ancient dogs that have lived together with human beings in this very region. So let’s give him this corded object (it is a replica of course, from Homebase in the UK) and we’ll see if Emil gets interested. If he ignores it, it means that it has no tie with Ostrava, but if not, it will mean that his primary instincts indicate that it is a well known object. 


It turns out that traces of the culture of swamp mountaineers have also been found today in the regions of Pomerania in Poland. It is highly probable, since around sand dunes there are bogs – as you can see on the map – in the south bank of Lake Łebsko and the east bank of Lake Gardno. They show up as a result of the pressure of millions of tons of sand from dunes on ground water which raises and creates swamps. 

I interpret it as a very interesting case illustrating the migration of R1a and R1b tribes from Europe back to Africa where the human being first appeared. That massive move of R1 tribes is even very obscure for contemporary historians today.

To end this lecture I will show the DVD of a film that was accidentally recorded by Prof. Jurgen von Sranz when he was in Poland, on the dunes in Łeba… 


… where gen. Erwin Rommel (who could be described as a representative of the R1b tribe) trained his expeditionary force the Afrika Korps. Prof. Sranz states, that he recorded swamp mountaineers who live around the dunes in Pomerania.

See the DVD:

Photo: Dariusz Fodczuk

Photo: Dariusz Fodczuk


Photo: Dariusz Fodczuk

Photo: Dariusz Fodczuk

Photo: Dariusz Fodczuk

Photo: Dariusz Fodczuk

Photo: Dariusz Fodczuk

Photo: Dariusz Fodczuk