Created to accompany the exhibition Too Close for Comfort (2013) at Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Akumulatory
(Polish for battery) is a collection of snapshots of underground gyms
in Poland, found in various blogs on DIY gyms. Densely photocopied in
black on to cream paper, the images show training facilities set up by
young people squatting in empty council estate building basements. In admiration of DIY culture and the survivalist skill of organising
yourself on a limited budget, or no budget at all, the book pays homage
to Dudek’s own anti-readymade agenda and childhood autobiography.
Akumulatory was produced in this same anti-readymade spirit,
without a budget: the pages were photocopied at the local copy shop,
each cover hand-printed from a woodcut, the text block stitched together
with steel wire and hand trimmed with a Stanley utility knife.
Edition of 50 handmade artist’s books
Black-and-white images photocopied on to cream paper, orange-coated cardboard, glossy paint and steel wire
14.5 × 20 cm, 128 pages