This year’s graphic design draws inspiration from the 1990s and the aesthetics of comics and pop art. It makes a reference to the concept of coming back, of imagined spaces and the multi-layered organic and symbolic world. Here, in the microbiomes of human and nonhuman organisms, people like to go back to the past, feel the ground under their feet and safely move around in time and on the surface. But what if returning to what used to be is impossible? And why are we so interested in science-fiction? Where does the human longing for another world come from? Isn’t going back to the future a permanent allusion to the past?
What connects people and earth, understood specifically as ground and matter? What relations are possible between people and earth? Joanna Pańczak and a group of artists will work on these questions under the Generator Malta programme focused on the theme of Ziemia nieswoja. The quote used in Malta’s visuals “Everything changes, nothing disappears” elaborates on Ola Korbańska’s text On Cleaning about the observation of everyday life, mainly on washing the floor. In its essence, a grain of sand moves into the plumbing with water and disappears. But it doesn’t really disappear. It only changes location and context. Together with Iwo Borkowicz, Ola will present Nothing Changes, It Just Changes Place, an installation built of earth dug from Wieniawski Park. Here, they will reflect on the transience and circulation of matter.
This year, the Malta Festival will stand firmly on the ground. In June, we would like to invite you to Wieniawski Park. The programme will feature open-air theatre, activities for children, socially engaged art, workshops, meetings and, hopefully, a lot of leisure and a shared live experience of art.