Agata Sznurkowska, Dominika Hoyle, Dzimitry Tsishkov, Iwetta Tomaszewska, Jana Denisiuk, Kaja Piątkowska, Maria Loboda, Natalia Sucharek, Oleksandr Holiuk, Olga TruszkowskaMade To Serve Magic curated by Maria Loboda
Introducing Made To Serve Magic — a new name in magical systems. We built this building for you: the professional viewer. The one who demands powerful, clean sorcery, exacting quality standards and Ultra High Tech Mega Transformations.
Get into the MTSM World: dynamic, ephemeral, effective, magical, perpetual. We at MTSM are thrilled to welcome you to our hq. It’s the place of our Great Work, our Meta Art.
You think you never heard of us, but you might be surprised, dear viewer: we have been waiting for your arrival since aeons.
As above, so below.
DZIMITRY TSISHKOV: THE HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM
On our top floor high above the material world MTSM is changing its state of matter, it turns transient, it becomes a Zephyr. The air flows are materialised as a sacred metal rod, a self-replicating cloud as its source. The formed system of currents moves not only within the office space but leaves it through the windows and beyond. It’s the perfect transformation of an ephemeral power into a technical construction, a mechanism with its own specific way of functioning. It is not exactly control over an element, but rather a synthesis in which a new form is bred. Air becomes a heavy physical object, an eternal contradiction questioning human senses. And this is exactly what we at MTSM stand for.
AGATA SZNURKOWSKA: THE REPLICANTS
The eighth floor introduces you to Highly Efficient Plain Paper Photocopier. It is a place where thoughts, spells, pages of scripts or classified documents get replicated within a few seconds. Automatically. On ordinary paper. As many copies as you want. Or even more–it is the office gal gone wild. The process becomes faster and easier than ever expected. But fear not and irritate not–it is uncontrollable only if you perceive it to be. There is hidden magic in the spew of Xerox paper, the corporate stream of consciousness.
NATALIA SUCHAREK: THE PORTAL
Are you surprised how you got here? You don’t know how and when it happened? We are here to help and guide you. Welcome to the seventh floor where we undermine the historical chronology, go beyond time and convention- al understanding of the past. It’s here that our researchers determine hypothetical paths of civilization develop- ment. Sand means impermanence and it is here that it reveals artefacts that have survived and are a hybrid of various cultures. It is here that we study the mechanisms of strategic games and manifest them in material elements.
The patron of this floor is the Money Frog, which is fulfilling wishes and supervises the entire space from a conve- nient place. The portal and the elevator become twin elements with the potential of Might and Magic.
OLEKSANDR HOLIUK: THE SERVE(RS)
Our Organs, our Networks of Communication, our Brain are conveniently situated on the sixth floor. Two rows of identical server-like monoliths–the successors of minimalists sculptures to come–tap into the aspects of physicality of information. It’s here that we answer the eternal questions: data storage, configuration of information, architec- tural relations of form and content.
Architectural spaces built to fit the logic of information structures. We encourage you to dive into our magical realism thinking process: follow the data, enter the labyrinth.
IWETTA TOMASZEWSKA: THE CORE
The fifth floor keeps the secret of the building. The model of our MTSM skyscraper stands in the middle of crystal- line space. The final composition designed for inevitable creates perfect conditions for waiting. The desire of keeping nature clean became a prophecy. Unintentionally, The Architect predicted the future by forgetting the past.
‘He sketched many designs for the zoo in his lifetime, including one, ironically, in the shape of a skyscraper, in which birds could freely choose the zones of the sky where they normally resided’ ~ J.G. Ballard High-Rise.
JANA DENISIUK: THE MIDDLE PILLAR
Our fourth floor has its own scale, where the augmented columns are the nexus. The source of light in the centre keeps the pillars gathered around as witnesses of an ongoing ritual ceremony. This floor is the pillar of balance and is also called the Pillar of Mildness. To experience its full poetical potential try our special forth floor activity: stand still, feet together, facing east, visualize a white sphere above the head and vibrate.
Visualize and feel a current of light rising from the feet, entering the body at the base of the spine and continuing upwards to flower out at the crown of the head to descend light a shower of light to re-enter at the feet. Continue to circulate the light at least four times.
DOMINIKA HOYLE: THE ORACLE
Our unique Oracle Developing Team is situated on the third floor. We are world leaders with our bespoke and sui generis Oracle Vending Machinestm production. We create Value out of Consumption, Future out of Enjoyment, Visions out of Refreshments. Fortune and misfortune were prepared for you to choose from our machines, drop a coin, pop a soda, choose the unpredictable. Simply open Pandora’s can.
We at MTSM suggest our custom build four stage process to activate the Oracle:
Step 1: Journey, Step 2: Preparation of the supplicant, Step 3: Visit to the Oracle, Step 4: Return.
OLGA TRUSZKOWSKA: THE BOILER ROOM
MTSM gets its energy from hard work, from transformative physical magic: from working out on our treadmills until they intertwine and melt together creating our very own energy supply. We are independent of conventional power plants, we are self-sufficient. We regenerate.
This steamy gym is the red hot engine room which powers the entire building, our dynamic pulse. Our gym is not for the faint of heart. Step up your career. Hold yourself to a higher standard. Stretch your productivity. Feel the burn. Give us all you have. We have the cleanest energy: Sweat.
KAJA PIĄTKOWSKA: THE DRAGON LAIR
Our foundation–the ultimate MTSM Dragon of the Paper Dynasty–is the creator and the protector of a new business mythology. As an eternal entity made out of many modules, it represents simultaneously the mathematical solution and the riddle to madness, chaos and order of numbers. This is the cohesive and balanced energy source that MTSM is riding on.It is guarding our mother lode, our algorithm, our cryptic magic. It also possesses the power to morph and is biodegradable.