Dariusz Skubel – amateur director, during the times of the Polish People’s Republic a member of the “AWA” amateur film club in Poznań. His film was shown as part of a project by Marysia Lewandowska and Neil Cummings entitled “Enthusiasts” at the Centre for Modern Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.


To Touch Sound, 1981
digitalised 16 mm film, 6’28”
courtesy of Zamek Cultural Centre in Poznań

This amateur film by Zinczuk and Skubel tells the story of the festival in Jarocin as an ecstatic, delirious even, manifestation of a state of release, a specific life in stasis which occurred in Poland in 1981 (after the August Accords were signed in 1980, and before the declaration of martial law). A rigorous formal structure builds the incredible climate of the film – the increasing ecstasy of the participants in this group ritual is matched by increasingly loud trance music, which at the culminating moment of the film, not able to keep up with the image, suddenly goes silent. The best escape from paranoid reality turns out to be contact with nature.