Welcome to Polotubbieland
2016, Welcome to Polotubbieland – 2016, HD video, 7 Minuten, Ton; Arbeitenreihe (GPS Zeichnungen, Digitalcollage, Acrylfarbe auf Laserdruck, Performanceuniform)
"There are three methods, by which a man may rise to be chief minister. The first is, by knowing how, with prudence, to dispose of a wife, a daughter, or a sister; the second, by betraying or undermining his predecessor; and the third is, by a furious zeal, in public assemblies, against the corruption of the court. But a wise prince would rather choose to employ those who practise the last of these methods; because such zealots prove always the most obsequious and subservient to the will and passions of their master. That these ministers, having all employments at their disposal, preserve themselves in power, by bribing the majority of a senate or great council; and at last, by an expedient, called an act of indemnity (whereof I described the nature to him), they secure themselves from after-reckonings, and retire from the public laden with the spoils of the nation.
The palace of a chief minister is a seminary to breed up others in his own trade: the pages, lackeys, and porters, by imitating their master, become ministers of state in their several districts, and learn to excel in the three principal ingredients, of insolence, lying, and bribery. Accordingly, they have a subaltern court paid to them by persons of the best rank; and sometimes by the force of dexterity and impudence, arrive, through several gradations, to be successors to their lord.
He is usually governed by a decayed wench, or favorite footman, who are the tunnels through which all graces are conveyed, and may properly be called, in the last resort, the governors of the kingdom."
Gulliver’s Travels, Johnathan Swift, 1735
Welcome to Polotubbieland from Nina Adelajda Olczak on Vimeo.
Welcome to Polotubbieland is a series of works created in August 2016 in Opole, Poland. The cycle includes a series of GPS drawings, made over several weeks in the city of Opole, as well as a video work and a collage.