Invocation Trilogy 3: CONNECTION OF THE STICKS

Single channel video with stereo sound, Pan-Slavic ficto-language with English subtitles, 82'16", 2021.

The final and longest episode of Dorabialski's Invocation Trilogy, Connection of the Sticks (2021) maps out numerous locations throughout Eastern Europe, linking them together to culminate in one giant and preposterous act to bring on the dawn of a mystical and revolutionary future.


Performed in Dorabialski’s own fictional Slavic language — designed to be partly intelligible to most Slavic language speakers — Connection of the Sticks investigates what it means to explore memories, real and distorted, as a migrant who now lives in Australia.

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Conceived through the lens of his biographical ties to Eastern Europe, Kuba Dorabialski’s Invocation Trilogy is a series of videos that reflect on language, politics, and cultural memory.

 

Beginning in 2017 with the award-winning Floor Dance of Lenin’s Resurrection, Dorabialski set the tone with a narrative that blends history with fiction and the absurd.

 

Leaning heavily on cinematic tradition, the trilogy pulls focus on the turbulent history and fraught boundaries of Eastern Europe from the perspective of a deeply invested onlooker, while embracing and challenging its clichés and stereotypes.

Invocation Trilogy was installed at Carriageworks but never opened to the public due to Sydney's Covid-19 lockdowns of 2021. The exhibition migrated online.

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Carriageworks exhibition curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham (August - October 2021)

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Artbank collection, purchased 2022.

COVER
Poland
Russia
Russia
Russia
Ukraine
Poland
Russia
Russia
The Apartment
The Apartment

ESSAYS, INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS:

Curatorial Essay - Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Invocation Trilogy - Online Screening & Artist Essay
Carriageworks Journal Essay - Fiona Kelly McGregor
SBS Polish Interview - Joanna Borkowska
ArtMargins Interview - Miška Mandić

 

WRITER, DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHY, POST-PRODUCTION, MUSIC

Kuba Dorabialski

 

CAST:

THE HISTORIAN WHO DANCES LENIN OUT OF THE GRAVE

Kuba Dorabialski

GRANDFATHER AS A YOUNG MAN

Bruno Dorabialski

SHURA KOLLONTAI

Roland Dorabialski

VOICE OF GOD-LENIN

Rob Vorch

WOMAN WITH DOGS

Izabella Sawik

RESURRECTED LENIN

Edward Dorabialski

 

PRODUCTION:

1st AD, SCRIPT SUPPORT, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Katy B Plummer

 

CAMERA OPERATOR FOR UNDERWATER SEQUENCE, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Szymon Dorabialski

SET ASSISTANT

Edward Dorabialski

DOG HANDLER

Małgorzata Jędrzejczak

 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Monica Rani Rudhar

 

CARRIAGEWORKS CURATOR, PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
 

 

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Glenn Thompson

Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley

Todd Hawken

Electra Foley

Ben Allison

Carriageworks, Sydney

 

THANK YOU

Uroš Čvoro

Astrid Lorange

Tobias Gilbert

Olga Svyatova

Damien March

Jacqui Mills

Ant Banister

Michaela Gleave

Tesha Malott

John Gillies

Lauren Carroll Harris

Andrew Brooks

Paul Power and Jacqui Driver

Michael Blake

Tony Vacher

Samantha Gordon at PropCo

Sarah Burke

Oliver Watts and Artbank

Mark Feary

Denis Cooper

Gayar Bulatov

Serj Teslenko

Consuelo Cavaniglia

Kath Fries

Vivienne Fries

Tristan Chant

Gina Mobayed

Clothilde Bullen

Nicole Barakat

Iakovos Amperidis and Kelly Azizi

David Varga

Rat Bedlington

Matthew Varnay

Nina Dorabialski

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Iwona Dorabialski

 

PARTLY FILMED ON THE LAND OF

Gadigal people of the Eora nation

Guringai people of the Eora nation

Burra Burra people of the Gundungurra nation

Maloongoola people of the Ngunawal nation

The Wiradjuri, Wolgalu, Ngunawal and Monaro Ngarigo people who travelled through and lived in the NSW Alpine region

 

Always was and always will be Aboriginal land