Adrian ionita

In 1970, American artist Robert Smithson created on the Great Salt Lake in Utah a land art work entitled Spiral Jetty. The piece became canonized by the art critique as an icon of land art.


Vlado and Rajka Poljak Franjević, two Lichtenstein artists arrived at Gernik in a car decaled in a foil that wrote SPIRAL-CHANNELS.


In 2004, Vlado started the SPIRAL-CHANNELS project in Estonia and since then he strolled all over the world promoting an intercultural dialogue where the spiral plays the role of binder or chain link between the participants.


SPIRAL-CHANNELS is an invitation to self-knowledge through collective interaction. Robert Smithson’s spiral is a symbol of life and death, of birth and rebirth from the primordial waters, while Vlado's ritual, by aligning the participants around a spiral marked with colored stakes, holding samples of earth gathered from his pilgrimages or presentation copies of art sent by his collaborators, is a process that explores the way in which collective thinking is generated. From his artistic philosophy of the spiral as we have seen also in Julie Glassberg’s snapshot with the imaginary interlocutor on an empty chair, emerges the idea of communication, transcendental dialogue and participatory thinking.


Vlado Franjević, does it like a shaman or mediator who seems to enact a chapter from On Dialog, David Bohm's wonderful book about communication.

Adrian Ionita, October, 2018


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