Gerard Lebik

Musician and also artistic director of the festival will present his sonic interpretations of Wacław Szpakowski's geometric and mesmerising graphics.

Gerard Lebik photo by Karolina Domańska

Sound artist, improviser, and composer. Artistic director and curator of the Sanatorium of Sound Festival in Sokołowsko. As a saxophonist, he is active in the field of improvised music, concurrently exploring electronics and forms of experimental and intermedia music. His sound installations and interventions are based on white noise, sinusoidal waves, feedback, multichannel sound. He focuses on issues such as the perception and propagation of sound waves, disruptions of time, psychoacoustics, examines the relationships between sound and architecture. He is a graduate of the Wrocław Academy of Music. He has collaborated with artists such as Keith Rowe, Phil Minton, Ryoko Akama, Burkhard Beins, Paul Lovens, David Maranha, Peter Rehberg, Jérôme Noetinger, Zbigniew Karkowski, Kasper T. Toeplitz, Noid, Lucio Capece, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Aleksandra Słyż, Judith Hamann, and many others. He has performed at festivals and in venues such as: TPAM, Rewire, CTM, Fiber Festival, TodaysArt Festival, MONOM, Tokyo Jazz, Experimental Intermedia, Biennale Wro, Kunsthalle, Fylkingen, Konfrontationen, hcmf.

Gerard Lebik plays Wacław Szpakowski (1883–1973) - Rhythmic Lines Vol 2. | opening exhibtion
Mar 23, 2024 -- 10:00

The project aims to transpose Wacław Szpakowski's visual art into sound by sonifying the space, creating an ambisonic auditory experience. Inspired by the geometric art of the artist and architect, Gerard Lebik seeks to transform its essence into a multi-layered acoustic structure that transcends the boundaries of visual perception and delves into the realm of psychoacoustic auditory experience.

The original drawing by Wacław Szpakowski (from the "S Series", created in 1939-1943) was made in ink on tracing paper, and in 1952, as one of many "Line Ideas", it became the model for the Plafond in the cinema hall of the then Dom Kultury Pafawag (House of Culture Pafawag). Many years have passed, the DK Pafawag has changed its name, and the weekend of the Sanatorium of Sound festival, it is celebrating its reopening and renaming as the Centrum Kultury Nowy Pafawag (New Pafawag Cultural Center)! Szpakowski will also be named patron of the auditorium in the Center, and his Plafon awaits restoration.

Gerard Lebik's installation/composition presented in Sokołowsko was created as an interpretation of the drawing of the uncovered Plafon and is another installment of the project to make Szpakowski's graphics sound, curated by Łukasz Kujawski.

Sanatorium of Sound Ensemble plays "Treatise" by Cornelius Cardew (Judith Hamann, Giuseppe Ielasi, Gerard Lebik)
Mar 24, 2024 -- 13:00

Created between 1963 and 1967, Treatise is a graphic musical score consisting of 193 pages of lines, symbols and a variety of geometric shapes. This monumental work by Cornelius Cardew is an introspective journey into the nature of time and rhythm, inspired by Wittgenstein's concept of Tractatus logico-philosophicus.


Just as the philosopher explored the limits of language and its relationship to reality, Treatise becomes a kind of 'treatise of sound', provoking reflection on our perception of time and rhythm. In Treatise, time ceases to be merely a linear sequence of events, becoming a dense network of relations and experiences, just as in Wittgenstein's philosophy, where meanings are formed in context. This non-linear perception of time is reflected in abstract symbols and shapes that remind us of the relational nature of reality.

Treatise provokes interpretation and exploration of sound, just as Wittgenstein provoked reflection on language. Like language, which reflects our perception of the world, rhythm in Treatise manifests itself as a fundamental element of human existence, providing a starting point for introspection on existence and the meaning of life.

Aug 12, 2023 -- 11:00

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Aug 12, 2023 -- 18:30

6:30 pm – composition: Mariam Gviniashvili interlude 7 pm – composition: Aleksandra Słyż and Gerard Lebik

Aug 11, 2023 -- 19:30
Aug 11, 2023 -- 19:45

A special event will be the opening concert at Kino Zdrowie, during which we will hear performances of new compositions commissioned especially for The Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners –...

Aug 14, 2022 -- 12:00

Rhythmical lines in the space of sound. Wacław Szpakowski (1883-1973) / Gerard Lebik Concept: Łukasz Kujawski Animation: Łukasz Grynda Wandering along the geometric path of the pioneer of Polish abstract...

Aug 12, 2022 -- 19:00
Gerard Lebik photo by Karolina Domańska