digital_ia is one of the few events in Poland, which tackles the issue of new media art. The festival provides a platform for presenting the latest developments on the borderline of science and art. Artists invited to come to digital_ia are the most provocative creators of contemporary cyber culture: visual and digital artists, scientists, media experts, engineers, visionaries of artificial intelligence.
Every year the event has its motto which becomes the main theme of a given edition of the festival. In recent years main themes included: techno_body (2014), bio_contact (2013), more_inter_active! (2012).
Photo documentation by Martyna Lemańska Fotografia
This year’s exhibition titles re_manufact
The exhibition refers to the past, present and future of technological solutions and their connections. It also describes the direct relations influencing contemporary art as well as – in a broader aspect – the cultural life of societies. The processing of established entities creates new values and predictions, different perspectives on mundane existence. It tells the story of the fall of the Old and the rise of the New.
The curators of this year festival is a duo from Berlin: Felix Hardmood Beck (www.felix-beck.de) and Regina Tetens (www.regina-tetens.de), both working in the field of arts and design for many years. They are both strongly connected with ART+COM Studios (www.artcom.de) a Berlin based studio that designs and develops new media installations and spaces.
The opening started as scheduled. The “kominkowa” hall was not big enough to fit all visitors, which is a success. After the opening, the organizers gave prizes to the digital_art_now competition winners: 1st place for Chiara Passa (Talking in Strings interactive installation), 2nd place Marek Sitko (kinetic sculpture Personal Zone), 3rd place Joanna Bonder (Rope installation), and a special award for Ola Zielinska ((in)visible values).
Brendan Dawes – Six Monkeys, Ben Lauber – Szczecin Concrète, Humatic – ManuFact, FELD – Glow, Matthias Fritsch – Technoviking, Betty Riekmann, Michael Helmbrecht – A Morphing Frank Stella, Onformative – Light Topography, Sebastian Bausdorf – UV Reactive Pens, Mark Formanek, Datenstrudel – Standard Time, Susanne Schuda – The Schudas, Universal Interaction – Digital Ghosts, Zlatan Filipovic – PointOfViewSharjahVantagePoint, Studio Spektral – 1984-2014 retrospective
Joanna Bonder – Rope, Chiara Passa – Talking in String, Marek Sitko – Personal Zone, Ola Zielińska – (in)visible values
PIKSEL Satellite Event
Gisle Frøysland, Maite Cajaraville – From DNA to NSA
The debate participants are divided into the following groups:
1. Culture, city, development – analysis of the strategies of urban culture institutions in terms of dynamic changes at the beginning of 21th century.
Dato Mahadzir Lokman | William Phuan | Manuel Alcala | Kazimierz Monkiewicz | Krzysztof Soska
2. Design (ing) art – alliance of visual arts and design as a chance to create tomorrow’s reality.
Felix Hardmood Beck | Regina Tetens | Gisle Frøysland | Pichaya Aime Suphavanij | Umesh Maddanahalli | Piotr Zawojski | Ked Olszewski