ACT IN_OUT – An international project of the Art Factory in Łódź

Getting to know each other, looking for creative inspiration and what is customary despite cultural differences. The Art Factory in Łódź, together with partners from Norway and Iceland, invites you to more than a dozen events in the fields of theatre, music and audiovisual art.

ACT IN_OUT is the first such major international project of Fabryka Sztuki in Łódź. Its partners are prestigious institutions – the Sláturhúsið Art Center (MMF) in Egilsstaðir, Iceland, the Carte Blanche National Dance Theater in Bergen and the Visjoner Theater in Oslo. All the curators of the project created a multidisciplinary, rich program of events – concerts of independent bands, performances and literary and musical performances, seminars for music and theater managers and producers, as well as educational activities. The first events took place in Iceland. The band performed at Mengi club in Reykjavik Visual Distortion with their project RENDER, and presented themselves in Seyðisfjörður in the Eastern Fjords Jacek Doroszenko and Rafał Kolackicthat is Mammoth Ulthana† He also embarked on an Icelandic artistic journey Stefan Kornackic† The multidisciplinary artist has created an archive of emotions of the inhabitants of Egilsstaðir. The video installation “Stock for Future: Emotions” can be viewed at

mat. pr.Adrian Bartczak, director of the theater premiere of “Ragnarok” Photo by Øystein Haara

A portion of art for the summer

Icelandic artists are coming to Łódź this summer. In August, the Polish public will have the opportunity to participate in a project that stems from the residency of the Icelandic duo not archivedAtli Bollason and Gusmundur Úlfarsson they experiment and improvise together by performing performances, audiovisual and static interpretations of works. At Fabryka Sztuki, their intention is to further refine the creative processes to create an audiovisual composition that can be performed live. Thematically, their work focuses on information overload and the breakdown of the meaning process. Signs and symbols are torn apart by manipulating the signal chain to hide traditional meanings or reveal hidden connotations. The end result of the residency will be an audiovisual installation that refers to the post-industrial architecture of the Art Factory.

The first event in the theater section is the premiere of the play “Ragnarok” directed by Adrian Bartczak, affiliated with the Norwegian Carte Blanche Dance Company, is a story about the perfect imperfection of a man in an ideal world. The dynamics of the contemporary world, interconnectedness, interpenetration of values ​​and progressive globalization processes provoke the creators of the show to question themselves about identity, conceived as a diverse individual and collective project. In their work, standing on the border of the end and the new beginning, they look for those who go further, draw new maps and show new directions. The performance is the inauguration of the RETROPERSPEKTYWY International Theater Festival – August 19, 2022, Art_Inkubator stage, Art Factory in Łódź.

Icelandic artist K.ólamat. pr.Icelandic artist K.óla

This summer, thanks to ACT IN_OUT joining forces with LDZ Alternatywa, you can listen to top Icelandic artists come and play on the outdoor stage of Tymienieckiego 3 in Łódź. The first is mentioned earlier Atli Bolltarsonwho will give a concert on August 3. He also comes to the festival Kola that is Katrin Helga lafsdottir† The 24-year-old artist from Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, is a member of the post-dreifing artistic group. She has released two albums with her dream pop band Milkhouse Baratís í Paradís and two original albums. In 2016, she created the soundtrack for a play based on George Orwell’s dystopian book “1984” and the album “Glasmanía”. Costumes, graphics and playing with sounds – all this is to make the meeting with the artist not only a part of great musical impressions, but also a great entertainment. Her concert at Fabryka Sztuki in Łódź is scheduled for July. In the first half of August, ACT IN_OUT will also appear in the music scene Countess Malaise† Thanks to an established presence in the Icelandic underground rap scene, she is invited to alternative or queer venues across Europe and performs at events such as Sónar Reykjavík. In her work Malaise places a strong emphasis on audiovisual coherence, but also on lyrical, performative and visual elements. Still, her performances are far from superficial aesthetics and often touch upon topics that are widely considered taboo, such as ruthless criticism of rape culture.

In September, another Polish band will perform in Iceland. An electro-acoustic duo performs in Reykjavik T’ien Laic created by ukasz Jędrzejczak and Kuba Ziocekwho have performed at the Art Factory many times, incl. with the bands Innercity Ensamble and Alameda 5. One of the most interesting improvising drummers of the middle generation will play with the band in September, Jakub Janickic, daily associated with Wojtek Mazolewski’s band. The residencies are also starting in Iceland: ArshinKrzysztof Topolskic) – drummer, electro-acoustic improviser and author of sound art projects and Joanna Skowrońskawho will lead a workshop open voice singing.

Icelandic rapper Countess Malaisemat. pr.Icelandic rapper Countess Malaise


Actors from the CHOREA Theater in Lodz will travel to Norway in 2023, where they will perform the award-winning performance – “HoleDirected by Tomasz Rodowicz. Fabryka Sztuki in Łódź, in the third theater module in 2023, will host a new international production by a partner from Bergen – an intimate dance theater performance. On the other hand, Visioner Teater from Oslo, also during the RETROPERSPEKTYWY festival, will be in Łódź present the fruit of a two-year collaboration between outstanding jazz musicians from Norway, traditional musicians from those cultural circles and Polish jazz musicians and singers from the CHOREA theater.Original music composed by Tomasz Krzyżanowski it will build a space for the meeting of the poetry of two of the most distinguished poets of Poland and Norway: our Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska and Olaf Hauge† The whole will be professionally recorded in a studio in Łódź and performed again in the autumn of 2023 in the form of a concert in Oslo.

But it doesn’t stop there. The result of the entire ACT IN_OUT project will be the publication of a joint catalog by Fabryka Sztuki and Sláturhúsið, referring to the post-industrial past of both places that have been given a new culture-forming function. Also next and next year there will be educational activities for children and teenagers and seminars for managers and producers of music and theater.

Detailed information about the events and activities can be found on the project website –

The play mat. pr.The play “The Slit” by the CHOREA Theater in Łódź, directed by Tomasz Rodowicz, will be presented in Norway in 2023. Photo: HaWa

The ACT IN_OUT project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Co-financed by the ódź City Office.

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