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The Attempt

The pre-prepared “attempt” is an attempt to/at strike, protest or revolt against the present oppression of past conditions to resolve in a hopefully bet- tered future, a social improvement.

The Attempt alicja rogalska

The future seems to be the focal notion in Próba The At- tempt or The Essay – reminding the Museum employees and audiences that the Museum collects art from the past to preserve it for A future. The pre-prepared “attempt” is an attempt to/at strike, protest or revolt against the present oppression of past conditions to resolve in a hopefully bet- tered future, a social improvement. I wonder whether the subjects of future protest are indeed capable of assuming the perspective on their present condition that would allow them to go beyond the internalised indifference to possibil- ity, created by their fairly acceptable economic status and the local culture’s preference for opportunism, and envi- sion their future in currently taken actions leading to an actual change.

The doubt might be nothing more than my bleakish vision of our institutional realities and the profound internalisa- tion of neo-liberal values by contemporary Poles, resulting in the economic success of the country paired with growing social disintegration. All the more do I enjoy Alicja Rogal- ska intervention in the National Museum, the essence of which was numerous conversations with the ‘people of the Museum’. If all else fails and the ready-mades for a future strike will turn out to be nothing more than an essay in the dust, the conversations, I’m quite convinced, have already empowered the people, created a change and have been an action that will ripple and might bring the people together to take a common turn.