Critical Writing Index

Perception as Transcendence: Interview with Pawel Wojtasik

by Scott MacDonald

Film Quarterly, Winter 2011, v. 65, no. 2, pp. 52-58

An interview with an avant-garde filmmaker and video artist who combines a Buddhist sensibility (emphasizing detached contemplation of the world) with sometimes shocking or disgusting subject matter (a sewage plant, autopsy). Pawel Wojtasik is a cine-alchemist whose quest is to turn the disgusting, the horrifying, the taboo into gold, using perception as a means to transcendence.

ITEM 2011.071 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Dark Sun Squeeze (2003)Pawel Wojtasik

Pigs (2006-10)Pawel Wojtasik

Nine Gates (2011)Pawel Wojtasik

Geography of the Body (1943)Willard Maas

Fly (1970)Yoko Ono

The Aquarium (2006)Pawel Wojtasik

Below Sea Level (2009)Pawel Wojtasik

At the Still Point (2010)Pawel Wojtasik

Crush (2010)Pawel Wojtasik

Naked (2005-07)Pawel Wojtasik

Forest of Bliss (1986)Pawel Wojtasik

Michael Roemer

Nothing but a Man (1964)Robert Young