Piotr Szyhalski

Professor, Media Arts, Minneapolis College Of Art And Design

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Polish-born, U.S.-based multimedia artist Piotr Szyhalski has in the past decade established the Labor Camp—an ongoing art project that includes interactive components (digital and physical), original music, performances, videos, printed ephemera, texts, a blog, and an archive of online resources. Moving between fine arts (painting, photography, drawing, installation), sound, media art, and design, Szyhalski’s multilayered works often explore communication/exchange, extreme historical phenomena, and relationships between the individual and society/ history/time. His work has been exhibited worldwide at such venues as the International Center of Photography, the New York Expo Film Festival, Siggraph, ISEA Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the San Jose Museum of Art, and Experimenta Design in Lisbon, Portugal, and featured in a variety of catalogues and publications. Pieces are in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and others. In addition to his own performance-based projects, he was commissioned to develop large-scale interactive, live projections for Wim Mertens quartet in Brussels (1998), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2001), and VocalEssence (2004). He recently released two CDs as Labor Camp Orchestra for the multimedia installations Theater of Operations (2007, 2009). Szyhalski is currently a professor of media arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the recipient of the 2009–2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists.

We Are Working All The Time!

5x3ft each, 5x12ft set
Acrylic prints on synthetic medical grade fabric

A set of 4 large scale prints forming a cohesive, continuous composition. During the live performance at the Northern Lights Festival, prints were made utilizing participating audience body weight as a collective, ad-hoc press.