Konrad Smoleński, ‘Niuniuni Plays on a Dog’, 2000-2011, West Den Haag
Konrad Smoleński, ‘Niuniuni Plays on a Dog’, 2000-2011, West Den Haag
Konrad Smoleński, ‘Niuniuni Plays on a Dog’, 2000-2011, West Den Haag
Konrad Smoleński, ‘Niuniuni Plays on a Dog’, 2000-2011, West Den Haag
Konrad Smoleński, ‘Niuniuni Plays on a Dog’, 2000-2011, West Den Haag

Niuniuni Plays on a Dog is a series of audio performances created with the use of a violin made of a dog skull, which are given solemn titles, such as longing for Painting or Polish Patriotic song Devoted to National Painting. Here the stark contrast between the noble instrument and wretched animal corpse has been further enhanced by amplification of the sound produced by the instrument.

About Konrad Smoleński

Konrad Smoleński describes his work as a mix of “spectacular pyrotechnic effects” and “minimal punk aesthetic.” Smoleński’s works frequently have an audio component, which might take the form of noise, music, or noise music. Speakers and microphones are also frequent motifs in his installations, appearing in overwhelming configurations and quantities, often alongside combustible materials and flames. The artist has an openly anarchic disposition, which manifests in the works as a sense of anxiety, disorientation, and awe. Smoleński works in multiple mediums including photography, videos, installation, sculpture, and performance. He is also an active experimental musician, and performs in guerrilla concerts with his group BNNT.

Polish, b. 1977, based in Warsaw and Bern, Switzerland