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Józef Robakowski, Come to Me, 1989, video, color, sound, 5 minutes 19 seconds.

Józef Robakowski

Zak | Branicka

Józef Robakowski, Come to Me, 1989, video, color, sound, 5 minutes 19 seconds.

Der Linie nach” (Along the Line), a recent exhibition of work by leading Polish avant-garde filmmaker Józef Robakowski, took as its cohesive ingredient a simple formal element: the line. Not in itself a particularly compelling theme, it is nevertheless of great significance for Robakowski, who believes that by training his artistic faculty on such a basic form it is possible to address nonformal, procedural, and personal subject matter.

Robakowski’s roots are in action-based art production dating back to the 1960s, for example with the Toruń, Poland–based collective Zero-61. Since then, and continuing with his contribution, as cofounder of the Workshop of Film Form, to the tradition of film in Lodz (graduates of the film school there include Krzysztof Kieslowski and Roman Polanski), his art has been characterized by constant experimentation. His work in film relies less on specific

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