Homo Not-so-ludens – To Play Virus or To Play with Virus? Performative Aspects of Recent Art (Thought s on “Trans-species” Project s of Michał Brzeziński)
Art, both today and in the past, has two major functions. It ought to influence people as well as pleasure them (even if it is solemn or sad). In present times however, artists need to balance the social and ludic aspects of art more accurate, since they compete with the Internet. To win over audience — it became a primary goal of an artist. That is why I found Michał Brzeziński’s idea to hit with art as if with a virus particularly interesting. In the present article I discuss his concept of “Virus video” and the idea of playing a virus on the field of art it led to. In addition, I expound its meta-artistic context which is based on a play with the notion of virus. Although Brzeziński’s art is radically innovative, I identify its roots in avant-garde intellectual provocation.