JAGODA

SZMYTKA

Artist

   Composer

       Entertainer

photo © GEMA / DMAP++++

HUMANISM   FIRST

Art and music

should be

a manifestation

of reality and life.

I live in the present

and my creation

is completely centered

at the here and now where life is happening


Creation

must be done

for people, with people and about people

Jagoda Szmytka is a Polish/German artist, composer and entertainer based in Frankfurt/Offenbach am Main, Germany. She works interdisciplinary in the fields of fine art, music and theatre creating large scale stage performances, often extended into urban landscapes. The main theme of her work is human life in its present condition. Szmytka is a founder and an artistic director of cultural platform “PLAY” and a singer-songwriter of art-pop ensemble “ENTER”, both formed in 2015. In 2018 she has been elected as chairman of the “VERY” association. In 2016 she was awarded the German Music Authors’ Prize.


Szmytka developed her interest in exploring syncretism of arts as a teenager in Wrocław, where she attended drawing  and painting courses, music school and assisted at the theatre productions. These experiences served to establish a strong drive for an “all-inclusive” art-form. Of the prominence of multisensory integration in her work she has explained: “The life now and therefore the art and music now is intense. It stimulates all the senses, often simultaneously. It is addressed to multichannel, divided perception”.


Since 2008 Szmytka has used mixed practice of music, fine art and theatre to explore the complexity of the human life today. Explaining: “Art and music should be a manifestation of reality and life. I live in the present and my creation is  completely centered at the here and now where life is happening.”

In 2016 she launched a seven days long real-life performance “Everybody can be preset”, thematizing the modern life and existential questions, connected to technologized and mediated society. A mixture of artistic creation and daily life where art, music, media and modern life belong to one reality.


Szmytka’s aim is to create “for people, with people, about people”. For that reason many of her projects have participative profile. In mentioned real-life performance “Everybody can be present” each visitor is invited to interact and contribute to the installation, for example to share own life-story, to draw own idea of “home”. In social media performance “LIMBO LANDER” audience may contribute to the piece via Facebook.


Stating: “Art is for everybody. Let’s brig art to the people, not people to the art”. Seeking for the full contact with the audience Szmytka not only integrates audience in performance, but extends her works out of traditional forms of presentation: vaudeville “DIY or DIE” consists of five parts performed in the theatre house on stage and corresponding five parts taking place in various locations, like rooftop of the highest building in the city or paintball hall.


Since ten years Szmytka’s work has been presented worldwide at major cultural venues and festivals such as the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), Dortmunder U, Lucerne Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Wien Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, Eclat Stuttgart, HCMF, Tonhalle Düsseldorf among others.


She was appointed as artist in residency at ZKM Karlsruhe (2011-2014), La Muse en Circuit in Paris (2012), Villa Serpentara German Academy of Arts (2017).

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Art is for everybody.

Let’s bring art

to the people, not people to the art



The life now

and therefore

the art and music now

is intense.

It stimulates all the senses.

It is addressed

to multichannel,

divided perception



The life now

and therefore the art

and music now

is instant,

accessible after one click.

Easy access

for everybody!

L’art pour life!

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