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In Line (Im walking, Im running, Im jumping...)Author: Józef Robakowski 
Title: On the Line (Im walking, Im running, Im jumping)
Year: 1976
Duration: 5,37
Language: non
Origin: VHS
Signature: arton_2016_robakowski_po_linii
Key words: kwiek / wideo / video / line
Copyright: Józef Robakowski 
Józef Robakowski was working very intensively with the video in the 1980s. In the 1970s he also used the video more seldom but he managed to carry out a dozen or so video-performances using this technique. However, before that happened Robakowski, as it was mentioned earlier, explored the limitations of the film medium trying to overcome them and thus anticipated the work with the video medium. When he did not have portable devices he was overcoming the resistance of the film matter, namely the weight of the equipment, the nature of the classic film tape etc., and was using the film camera similar as the video camera to the degree to which it was technically possible. The oldest film from this group and, at the same time, one of the most known works by Robakowski “Idę” [I am Walking] (35 mm, 1973) records his climbing the stairs of a parachuting tower, with a camera on his shoulder recording the climbing to the top. The image is completed by the recorded sound of counting all the stairs one by one. The film is a record of a performer’s journey in real time without editing which, in the 1960s and the 1970s, was typical, first of all, for videos. As a result, the camera recorded the accumulation of the fatigue of the artist covering the stairs which allows us to see the relationship between the psychophysical conditions of the user and the camera itself – a mechanical device. Robakowski explored the same issue in his work “Po linii... [In Line...] (1976) which was the record of images by a camera held by Robakowski as the operator” who was moving in a variety of ways (walking, running, jumping).
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