Culture 2.0 | ENOUGH!

October 11 – November 11, 2013

IDEOLOGY

The future is here and it’s smothering us with petabytes of data: this year’s edition of the Culture 2.0 festival will explore the issues involved with our culture of overabundance.

With its ease of reproduction, digital culture has become a vast archive of content available to anyone – anyone, that is, who can blaze a path through a dense jungle of resources, run search engine queries with the “right” keywords, judge the quality of a given resource, and find time for all of this. These were once the jobs of editors and curators. Freedom of access and selection has its consequences, however, and these also apply to museums, archives, galleries, and libraries faced with the task of publishing their resources online in a manner that meets the expectation of contemporary culture consumers, or, to use term coined by Axel Bruns, “produsers”.

This year’s edition of Culture 2.0 poses questions about how we cope with overabundance. It presents or implements interesting examples of how to publish a variety of content, from music to instructions for hydroponic grows, while reflecting critically on the source of this overabundance. Are we really dealing with the cornucopia culture? How far is just a perspective dependent on the setup of particular elements on a screen? Software has become the main interface to the world, people, memory and our imagination. To avoid straining our cognitive capabilities and the information anxiety we must harness the surrounding devices and software, and not the other way around.


PROGRAM

CONFERENCE: Free admittance, prior registration required

October 11, 2013

Klub Basen, ul. Konopnickiej 6, Warszawa

CONCERT: Tickets 15 zł

October 12, 2013

Klub Basen, ul. Konopnickiej 6, Warszawa

EXHIBITION

October 22 to November 11, 2013

Galeria Kordegarda, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 15, Warszawa


CONFERENCE

October 11, 2013

Klub Basen, ul. Konopnickiej 6, Warsaw

9:30 – 10:00 | Opening

Opening event of the festival. Presentation of the new Council of NInA.

Participants:

Anna Duńczyk-Szulc – Deputy Director of the Department of State Patronage, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Michał Merczyński – NInA Director

Mathieu Gallet – INA Director

Jan Müller – Sound & Vision Director

10:00 – 10:10 | Presentation

Brief introduction to the theme of this year’s festival, “ENOUGH!”. The presentation will be preceded by a vox populi poll titled “Do you ever get sick of culture?”

Presenters: Katarzyna Tórz, Agnieszka Słodownik, NInA Program Department

10:10 – 10:30 | Opening talk

The talk will be a critical revision of the term “culture 2.0,” including processes such as the privatization and commodification of social content online, and a presentation of artistic interventions that target them.

Rui Guerra – artist, researcher, and online strategy consultant to cultural institutions

10:30 – 12:00 | Panel discussion

“Digitization, and then what?”, or a discussion of the ideological and historical aspects of building archives and databases. What world vision emerges from collected resources, their form, and the way we manage memories? Where do the limits of archiving lie? Does civilization re

quire petabytes of archived data?

Participants:

Iwona Kurz – cultural researcher, Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw

Mateusz Halawa – media researcher, doctoral candidate at the Anthropology Department of the New School for Social Research

Giulia Palladini – performing arts researcher, University of Erfurt

Rui Guerra – artist, researcher, and online strategy consultant to cultural institutions

Moderator: Adriana Prodeus

12:00 – 12:15 | Coffee break

12:15 – 13:15 | Showcase

The latest examples of projects that provide access to archival content, their goals, and achieved results. How do they define the user? A brief overview of selected sites.

Featured projects:

Inamediapro.com – a digital audiovisual library for producers, presented by Jean-Luc Verhnet, INA (France)

Openimages.eu & Sound of the Netherlands, presented by Tom de Smet, Sound & Vision (Netherlands)

Polona.pl – a project by the Polish National Library, presented by Mikołaj Baliszewski, Development Director Deputy, and Łukasz Kozak, National Library of Poland

NINATEKA.PL – an audio and video library, presented by Katarzyna Tórz, NInA Programme Department Manager, Editor in Chief of NINATEKA.PL, and Marta Lutostańska, NInA Internet Projects Department

Moderator: Adriana Prodeus

13:15 – 14:00 | Lunch break

14:00 – 14:30 | Talk

User experience design in the comprehensive context of creating a cultural service project with special attention to the role of a website.

Speaker: Agnieszka Szóstek – user experience design expert

14:30 – 16:00 | Workshops

Workshops designed for staff of cultural institutions and non-governmental organizations, as well as anyone interested in publishing cultural content. During these workshops, leaders and participants will review current trends in the design of websites hosting a broad variety of collections. They will point out best practices and take a critical look at bad ones. The workshops will be conducted in Polish.

Conducted by:

Jakub Górnik – strategy and technology consultant; co-creator and product manager of the cultural affairs magazine dwutygodnik.com, published by the National Audiovisual Institute

Iga Mościchowska – user experience designer and co-owner of the Wrocław UX and usability studio WitFlow

Weronika Rochacka – independent consultant on strategy building, design management, service design, and project education

CONCERT

October 12, 2013

Klub Basen, ul. Konopnickiej 6, Warsaw

20:00 – 23:30 | Concert

Performances will be recorded from the point of view of the audience, artists and instruments. Curated and produced by: Otwarta Scena, www.otwartascena.pl

Tickets are available from September 30 to October 11 at Plan B and Powiększenie, or at Basen after 7:00 pm on the day of the show.

Drekoty

Members: Ola Rzepka, Magda Turłaj, Natalia Pikuła

Drekoty were founded in 2011 by drummer and pianist Ola Rzepka, known for her work with such acts as Wovoka, Alte Zachen, Pogodno, Graal, and The Complainer. The band released their debut LP Persentyna in late 2012. Drekoty have performed dozens of concerts and have appeared at Poland’s leading festivals (OFF Festival, Open’er). They are the first (and likely the only) fully female act to perform on the summer concert tour Męskie Granie (Guy Music). Ola Rzepka, Magda Turłaj, and Natalia Pikuła are currently working on new material. The band’s basic instrumentarium includes drums, keyboards, and three intertwining voices.

L.Stadt

Members: Łukasz Lach, Adam Lewartowski, Andrzej Sieczkowski, Piotr Gwadera

This act started out with the album L.Stadt and ELP, produced by the highly-regarded American producer Mikael Count, who has collaborated with artists such as DJ Shadow and Radiohead. September 2012 marked the release of You Gotta Move, a vinyl EP of songs by American songwriters. The record is an homage to musicians of the American South, many of whom are now deceased. But above all else, it is a collection of beautiful American songs that have long inspired this Łódź-based quartet. The tracks on L.Stadt’s You Gotta Move were laid down in Texas. The recordings have a distinctly Southern tinge. The Łódź musicians’ take on the music of the South might be peculiar, but their interpretations have won the approval of Southerner audiences, and perhaps more importantly, Southern musicians.

UL/KR

Members: Błażej Król, Maurycy Kiebzak-Górski

UL/KR is a new project headed by Gorzów native Błażej Król that combines dark electronica, catchy guitar tunes, and magnetic lyrics. Maurycy Kiebzak-Górski, one of Gorzów’s most talented instrumentalists, makes up the other half of the band. The duo released their debut record in April 2012 to immediate critical acclaim. The album was hailed as the best Polish independent debut in recent years and was selected as Record of the Week on Polish Radio Three. The band has won invitations to the country’s leading music festivals for two years running.

The Gorzów-based band’s newest release, titled Ament, is being released on Thin Man Records. The album features ten tracks, each dreamlike and nebulous in mood, which, as the artists in UL/KR revealed in one interview, was not their initial intention: “We wanted to play ambient music, but we ended up making songs that sound like their were born in a bubbling bog,” they said.

EXHIBITION

October 22 – November 11, 2013

Kordegarda Gallery, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 15, Warsaw

The exhibition at Kordegarda Gallery, part of the Culture 2.0 festival, is intended to provide critical commentary on the issue of overabundance. It also aims to question whether claims of overabundance are substantiated, and if so, to find its causes and to propose alternatives or methods of harnessing it.

Infobubble is undoubtedly the most overblown artistic project of the year! Inflated ambitions of panGenerator and Niklas Roy have resulted in an interactive installation that almost bursts with elevated essence. The interpretative layer of the work is so spacious and flexible that every spectator, despite the apparent impenetrability, can find anything here, or even nothing at all. What's more, the Infobubble receives a new dose of information with each audience interaction, constantly changing its ephemeral form. And so, will it withstand the pressure of expectations? Will it become a safety valve for contemporary art audiences, whose wishes artists are so often unable to fulfill?

Windowfarming is a project initiated by Britta Riley in New York. It combines urban gardening with a DIY ethic. Riley and a group of friends designed a system that allows city dwellers to grow plants hydroponically using recycled materials, testing and perfecting her idea through social media. She describes her project as “distributed DIY.” People from all over the world share experiences and improvements through the website Windowfarming.org.

By appropriating two windows at Kordegarda Gallery for garden plots, we wish to continue the tradition of combining art with actions and artifacts not commonly associated with it, as we have invariably understood “culture 2.0” to be a culture of inclusivity. What is more, this gardening installation is actually an instance of slow photosynthesis – a boring, unnoticeable process that says an emphatic “ENOUGH!” to the “overwinding” that media researcher Douglas Rushkoff discusses in his latest book, Present Shock.

Life Needs Internet (Jeroen van Loon, Netherlands) is a project in which digital culture is documented through hand-written letters. Its components included an online platform and video installations.

The author began the project in 2012, traveling to places with disparate levels of access to the Internet. The video installations present eight letters hand-written by people from all over the world, from the jungles of West Papua to cities such as Singapore and Amsterdam. Each letter describes how the internet has affected the life of its author. Together, these eight letters form a unique portrait of the evolution of global digitization and its influence on various cultures, from an impact of zero to one hundred percent.

The installation Life Needs Internet is presented in collaboration with the festival
p a t c h : audio_visual_lab.

Accompanying events:

October 22, 18:00: Exhibition opening

October 23, 24, 25, 16:00 – 19:00 Programming workshops for children by Mikołaj Hnatiuk / register at kultura20.pl

October 26, 10:00 – 16:00 Window Farm – hydroponic gardening workshop conducted by Justyna Halikowska and Katarzyna Hajduczenia / register at kultura20.pl

October 26, 18:00 – 20:00 Thingo.pl – exchange objects and artistic services

The collective behind thingo.pl, the creative exchange site, will moderate the exchange of objects and artistic services. Artists, craftsmen, collectors, and art deal hunters are warmly invited to take part in this exchange, organized by thingo.pl at the Kordegard Gallery. Whether you’re Dwurnik or own a painting of his, whether you paint walls or carve polystyrene, or even if you collect artistic mishaps: come and swap your pieces with others! Let art pass from hand to hand! Join us also for a talk on the techniques and practices of creative exchange on thingo.pl.

October 27, 11:00 – 17:00: Window Farm – hydroponic gardening workshop conducted by Justyna Halikowska / register at kultura20.pl

October 29, 18:00 – 20:00: Spectral Score – a panel with guests Jan Topolski, Krzysztof Cybulski, and Michał Górczyński, hosted by Ewa Szczecińska. Spectral Score is a musical project at the intersection of spectralism (one of the leading trends on contemporary classical music) and improvised music, with a key – but transparent – role played by digital technology. This takes the form of software that creates an environment that offers improvising soloists a new form of interaction with a chamber ensemble.

Using a spectral analysis of the sound produced by the improvising instrument, Spectral Score generates a real-time interactive score on a screen, performed with minor delay by musician sight-reading the notes, thus producing a harmonically rich canon-like accompaniment to the improviser.

The resulting music combines the cohesiveness of composed music with the spontaneity of improvised music. Despite the central role played by software, the end sound is fully acoustic; only the sound structures are digitally generated.

Join us for a brief concert presentation of the improvised spectral music software, featuring musicians Krzysztof Cybulski, Michał Górczyński, Mikołaj Pałosz, and Lena Romul.

ACCOMPANYING EVENT

October 26, 2013

Iluzjon Cinema, ul. Narbutta 50a, Warsaw

Warsaw Home Movie Day is an event that gives amateur movies a second chance at life. Launched in 2002 by a group of film archivists, Home Movie Day has been held annually on a Saturday in October in a growing number of cities around the world – over 70 this year – as an international celebration of amateur homemade films. Home Movie Day gives the public an opportunity to talk to film archivists and preservationists, try their hand at repairing and playing old home movies, and learn how to properly transfer them to newer media. The event features screenings of home movies shot or used by artists and experimental filmmakers, as well as a rare demonstration of Poland’s first pre-World War II camera and projector, designed for amateur use by Kazimierz Prószyński. The event is open to anyone who would like to screen or digitize their 8 mm, Super 8, or 16 mm movies, as well to those who would like to see what their neighbors, friends, and total strangers shot on film.

Other associated events taking place during Home Movie Day include: a screening of the film Dom na głowie (A House Turned on its Head), a compilation of amateur footage from the archives of Wojciech Zamecznik, put together by Adam Palenta, and a series of movies by renowned American independent filmmakers Jonas Mekas and Alan Berliner, whose work is influenced by the style of home movies. Home Movie Day is a family event: there will be a children’s workshop on the prehistory of film, featuring 19th century optical toys.


This project is financed by funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.