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  • REGISTERED ART+SCIENCE LECTURES AND MEETINGS

    Latest news | 30-03-2020
    We have collected for you the most interesting registered lectures, meetings and discussion panels that have taken place at CCA ŁAŹNIA as part of the Art + Science Meeting programme since the beginning of the project in 2011. The events have been grouped by category.     LECTURES   Witold Libionka - When are the robots going to be replaced by humanoids?     Both artists and scientists are exploring the brain, trying to create its images, sculptures and installations of it or – on the other hand – AI and neural networks. Specialization in the various fields of knowledge narrowed and scattered the scope of these researches, provoking discussion about the need to develop a platform that connects both artistic and scientific communities. More and more often we feel the need for consilience – united knowledge, whose various do
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    Latest news | 30-03-2020
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  • Beyond borders. Processed Body – Expanded Brain – Distributed Agency

    Latest news | 11-03-2020
    18.12.2019 - 16.02.2020 Opening:18.12.2019 Artists: Marek Chołoniewski, Gina Czarnecki, Marco Donnarumma, Ulrike Gabriel, Jill Scott, Karolina Żyniewicz Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński LAZNIA 1, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdańsk - Dolne Miasto LAZNIA 2, ul. Strajku Dokerów 5, Gdańsk - Nowy Port     Exhibition focused on contemporary artistic trends that are related to science, particularly neurology and neural engineering, research on artificial intelligence and robotics, synthetic biology and psychology. Works selected for the exhibition will invite viewers to ponder on contemporary post- and trans-humanistic discourses and their manifestations in the art field. By shedding light on the problems and practices usually represented in scientific circles, the exhibition offers an opportunity to look at the consequences of shifting them to the artistic domain, and thereby to the field of cultural reflection, transforming them into the subject o
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    BODY-MACHINE

    Latest news | 27-03-2020
    VENUE: 16 JANUARY AT 6.00 P.M. PLACE: LAZNIA CCA 1 DOLNE MIASTO ONLY FOR ADULT VIEWERS NOTE: SOME OF THE MOVIES CONTAIN FLICKERING IMAGES AND CHANGES IN LIGHT INTENSITY THAT MAY PROVOKE AN EPILEPTIC SEIZURE. AGE CATEGORY: +18 The considerable progress in artificial intelligence, data processing and robotics brings up to date old questions, philosophical as well as scientific: what is the singularity of the living? What distinguishes the human from the machine? These questions are taken up here by animated image artists, to offer their vision of a world where bodies are in the process of hybridization.   9 shorts (animations, experiments, videoarts) selected by Serge Dentin in a broad context addresing the subject of transhumnism, where the lines between human and non-human, virtual and real world are blurred. What determines our humanity? Will we wake up one day in scien
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  • BOOK BEYOND BORDERS - PROCESSED BODY – EXPANDED BRAIN – DISTRIBUTED AGENCY

    Latest news | 27-03-2020
    Publication accompanying group exhibition „Beyond borders. Processed Body – Expanded Brain – Distributed Agency” in LAZNIA CCA.  The texts collected in the book, written by both researchers and the artists presenting their works at the exhibition, are discussing the subject of interaction of artistic trends with science, particularly neurology and neural engineering, research on artificial intelligence and robotics, synthetic biology and psychology. By shedding light on the problems and practices usually represented in scientific circles, the exhibition and the book offer an opportunity to look at the consequences of shifting them to the artistic domain, and thereby to the field of cultural reflection, transforming them into the subject of a multifaceted (aesthetic, cognitive and ethical) analysis. Authors: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Karolina Żyniewicz, Jill Scott, Marile Hahn, Robert Atkins, Urszula Skiepko, Gina Czarnecki,
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    ZBIGNIEW OKSIUTA - STUDIOLO. COSMIC GARDENS

    Latest news | 18-07-2019
    9th August–4th October 2019 Openning: 9th August 2019, 6 pm ŁAŹNIA 2 Centre for Contemporary Art, Strajku Dokerów 5, Gdańsk - Nowy Port     Studiolo (from Italian) means a small studio, a study that serves for learning, experiments and research. It gained popularity in the era of the Renaissance, however, it derives from the Middle Ages, when it was termed to define the space for alchemical experiment. In this sense, the studiolo is the origin of a modern laboratory. During "Studiolo. Cosmic gardens" exhibition we will present contemporary studiolo, an experimental space for research and plant growth in an unusual conditions. The research will be grouped into three blocks: first one devoted to biological materials, the second to technologies that allows to form them and use as a growth medium, and the third shows the range of behaviors of plants cultivated in extreme conditions. Plants and plant tissues w
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Vibration Matters:Collective Blue Morph Effect | V. Vesna

Texts | 24-11-2016
“Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” (Edward Lorenz, 1972)   Once an artist takes on the challenge of making the invisible visible, or the inaudible audible, s/he is almost immediately thrown into the realm of energy at the edge of art and science. The established art world based on visual culture finds it difficult to place this kind of work. The scientific community, used to working in this realm in a reductionist way, finds it hard to comprehend. Yet the public seems to be drawn to artwork residing “in between”, and there seems to be a universal need for a connection to the spiritual realm beyond what established religions offer. As many speculative ideas in the West circulate around ideas of energetic approach to matter in general, particularly the body and mind, alternative medicine and other Eastern philosophies are thriving. This essay will show how, in collaboration with nano-scientist James Gimzewski, we have investigated these ideas from the sounds of cells to the concept and realization of the “Blue Morph” installation at the Integratron [1]. „Blue Morph” Victoria Vesna  i Jamesem Gimzeskim   CELL SOUNDS: art and science While in the midst of collaborating on a series of media arts|sci project
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    Jahannes Bergmark

    An improvising musician, experimental musical instrument maker and electroacoustic- and text-sound-composer. He has developed butoh, jester theatre and performance art into a kind of audiovisual object theatre, performed as a concert but with a setting as a surrealist puppet play of toys, tools, kitchen utensils, materials, weird and kitsch decorative things and junk found on streets and flea markets. Bergmark has been a touring freelance musician since he graduated as a piano builder in 1996, with 600+ collaborations from 33 countries in 400+ venues in 27 countries. http://bergmark.org/   
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    Radek Czajka

    Main programmer at the Modern Poland Foundation and at the free online library WolneLektury.pl. He is member of the free software and free culture movements. He is the author of Leśmianator – an automatic poet, which apparently regarding to a literary magazine lead to creating a new direction in the poetry genre development and the organizer of the automatic poetry contest “Turniej Elektrybałtów”. He created the StrataKazika.pl website. He is a blogger and an observer of the copyrights debate.  http://wolnelektury.pl/lesmianator/   
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    Adam Donovan

    He is an Australian artist working in the area of ​​science, art and technology. His work involves robotics, real time 3D environments, camera tracking and sound focusing technology.   Donovan's work has evolved from a fascination with the natural phenomena of light and sound. In pursuing an intense understanding of the physical characteristics of sound and how it moves through space, he has developed an ability to modulate and combine its patterns for us to hear. Essentially, Donovan uses lenses to manipulate, focus and sculpt sound. This fascination with first began using optical lenses to focus light. Understanding more about light as a physical phenomena turned his interests to sound, and how our auditory senses interpret our world.   adamdonovan.net
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    Anders Eiebakke

    (born 1970 in Oslo, Norway) is an artist working with drone technology since 2007. Among his works is the seagull based MUAV, commissioned by The Norwegian Data Protection Authority. He has exhibited drone based works at among other the Manifesta Biennale (2010), Les Rencontres Internationales (2012) andVestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2014). He designs his own aircrafts, exhibiting them together with politically charged aerial videos. Eiebakke also writes essays on drones, and is used as an analyst for Norwegian public radio and other news media. He is currently working on a group show in Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, discussing the relationship between art and war. Eiebakke is also a member of the Norwegian National Team in radio controlled precision aerobatics. http://www.anderseiebakke.no/    
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    Verena Friedrich

    (b. 1981, Hanau) – is an artist working in various disci-plines, such as installation, video, sound and biological practice. She holds degrees from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the University of Art and Design Offenbach. Besides creating installations in which organic and biological media come into play, she is interested in direct interaction with scientists and hands-on work in bioscientific laboratories. In recent years, she has had research stays at the Laboratory of Stem Cell Bioengineering at EPF Lausanne in Switzerland and at SymbioticA – Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Her projects have been presented internationally in the context of media art festivals, exhibitions and conferences and have been granted the International Media Award for Science and Art from ZKM Karlsruhe, a special mention in the VIDA 13.2 Awards and the Young Artist Award of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.    
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    John Grzinich

    mixed-media artist, who works since the early 90’ as a freelance artist and cultural coordinator, combining such divergent methods as field recording, kinetic sculpture, electroacoustic composition, performance, spatial perception and acoustics. In recent years Grzinich concentrated on giving workshops on various aspects of sound, that encourage collaboration through social communication, performance, mapping, recording and editing. He performed in North America, Europe and Japan and his compositions have been published by international labels such as: SIRR, Staalplaat, Erewhon, Intransitive, Cut, Elevator Bath, CMR, Orogenetics, Mystery Sea, Invisible Birds and others. He lives in Estonia and works as a program coordinator for MoKS, a non-profit artist-run center. At LAK – festival of Nordic Sound Art 2013 – Grzinich led the workshop “Sensing Sonospace”  
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    Kirsten Hudson

    Dr Hudson is a practicing artist, writer and academic based in Western Australia, where she is employed as a lecturer in the Schools of Design and Art and Media Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. Her research focuses on the philosophies and histories of the body, informed by gender studies, queer theory and French post-structuralism. This informs an art practice that critically resists and subverts normalising representations, constructions and perceptions of subjectivity, sociality and embodiment. Her current research projects visually and textually explore: 1. the ethical and aesthetic consequences of stem cell technologies on understandings of life, death and personhood; 2, the potential of the art object to articulate ideas, feelings and experiences of melancholy, nostalgia, memory and mourning in a way that actively challenges the limits and understandings of loss and desire is a practicing artist, writer and academic based in Western Australia, where she is employed as a lecturer in the Schools of Design and Art and Media Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. Her research focuses on the philosophies and histories of the body, informed by gender studies, queer theory and French post-structuralism. This informs an art practice that critically resists and subverts normalising representations, constructions and perceptions of subjectivity, sociality and embodiment. Her current research projects visually and textually explore: 1. the ethical and aesthetic consequences of stem cell technologies on understandings of life, death and personhood; 2, the potential of the art object to articulate ideas, feelings and experiences of melancholy, nostalgia, memory and mourning in a way that actively challenges the limits and understandings of loss and desire.    
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    Geir Jenssen

    performing also as Biosphere – is a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient techno” and “arctic ambient” styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.
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    Christian Kobi

    Studied music at the University of Music in Basel focusing on the classic saxophone. He also studied in Paris, Lucerne and Zurich. He had numerous appearances at home and abroad, solo and together with various improvised music ensembles. Since 2003 he is the founder and artistic director of “zoom in”, a festival for improvised music at Berne Minster, which he founded in 2004. He has also been a member of the saxophone quartet “Konus Quartett” since 2003. In 2006 he co-founded the new music label “CUBUS RECORDS”. http://www.christiankobi.ch/  
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    Kristjan Loðmfjörð

    In the late nineties Kristján Loðmfjörð founded the film association Lortur along with film director Hafsteinn G. Sigurðsson. In the turn of the century Lortur became a populous group of young artists in Reykjavik, Iceland, producing experimental films as well as hosting the visual art biennale Drum Solo. After graduating from visual art in the year 2006 Kristján has worked as a visual artist, film director and editor. With the film medium Kristján explores the border between visual art and cinema, which allows him to emphasize the narration of visual language. Awards: Best documentary prize at the Edda Awards, the annual film and TV awards in Iceland, in 2007 for the film “Sins of the Fathers” (for script and editing), Third prize at the short film festival 2001 Frames in 2002 for the film “The Jacket Everybody Wanted to Wear”. First prize at the Reykjavík Short Film festival in 2002 for the film “Morocco: Pale Arrogance”. Second prize at the short film festival 2001 Frames in 2001 for the film “Up on Kjölur”. First prize at the Reykjavík Short Film festival in 2000 for the film “Georg: a living tune”.  
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    Karolina Żyniewicz

    Karolina Żyniewicz is an artist and a researcher. She earned her MA degree at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Strzemiński Academy of Art in Lodz (Poland), and is currently working on her PhD project under the Nature-Culture Programme of the Artes Liberales Faculty, University of Warsaw (Poland). While developing her artistic projects at biological laboratories, she also conducts ethnographic and autoethnographic observations, which help her explore the role of non-human actors, such as liminal beings, biofacts and transgenic organisms, in the production of contemporary culture. She shows her projects both at exhibitions (e.g. Pokusa nieśmiertelności/The Temptation of Immortality at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw; Uporczywe upodobanie/Pernicious Predilection at the Labyrinth Gallery in Lublin) and at conferences and festivals (e.g. Taboo, Transgresion, Transcendance in Art&Science [Greece, Mexico], FEMeeting [Portugal], and Foro de Estudias Visuales [Mexico]). As an important part of her practices, she writes texts showcasing the performative process of art&science project development (e.g. “Art&science: Autoetnografia artystki realizującej projekty w laboratoriach biologicznych” in Kultura i społeczeństwo; “Ciało w świecie post-natury – byty liminalne. Projekt safe suicide” in Cięcie ciał-ruchome obrazy). In her work, she emphasises the epistemic and didactic dimensions of art. In 2016-2018, she collaborated with the education sections of  the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. She uses these experiences in workshops which she organises around her own projects. www.karolinazyniewicz.com  
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    Paweł Łaźniak

    Film editor. He graduated at the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw. After the graduation he started commercial work (Open Productions since 2006, lazniak.com since 2010). In the commercial film projects he also works on the creation of image and sound, but his main field of interest is creative montage. Till 2013 he had been working on projects for MTV, VIVA, 4fun.TV, Extreme Sports Channel, Polsat, Polsat Sport, ESPN, TVN, TVN Turbo, TVN24, TVP, Discovery Channel (USA) and many others. http://lazniak.com/  
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    Dmitry::vtol:: Morozov

    (b. 1986, Moscow) – implements his ideas in technological art: robotics, sound art and science art. He is the first batch producer of music and video synthesizers in the post-Soviet area. Besides making music and instruments, Morozov creates art installations and promotes circuit-bending and DIY electronics through lectures and workshops. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions at the NCCA, MoMA, Garage, Tretyakov State Gallery / Art Play, Electromuseum, Laboratoria (Moscow), ZKM | Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung), etc., in 4th MBCA (Moscow), SIGGRAPH 2016 (Anaheim) and in festivals such as Mirage (Lyon), Future Everything (Manchester) and CTM (Berlin). He is the award winner of the Sergei Kuryokhin Prize (Russia, 2013), Prix Cube (France, 2014) and also received honorary mentions at VIDA 16.0 (Spain, 2014) and Prix Ars Electronica (Austria, 2015).  
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    BJ Nielsen

    Sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sounds of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance productions and as a sound designer. His newest album for Touch titled “Eye Of The Microphone” is a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London. Currently he is working on “The Acoustic City A Book Publication with CD”, co-edited with Matthew Gandy. www.bjnilsen.com  
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    Maciej Ożóg

    Sound artist, culture and media theorist. Since the early nineties he’s been involved in experimental music scene of Poland. Founder of many bands (Spear, Ben Zen, Aural Treat, Sub Spa, Quantum Vacuum Oscillator, Nonstate i.a.). He works in the field of live multimedia performance, interactive installations and video art. In his solo performances he critically explores the limial territory between body physical activity and invisible electric infrastructure of hybrid space. He uses custom designed instruments and devices as well as digital and analogue electronics. Ożóg is an author of numerous articles concerning aesthetics of new media art, critical art, avant-garde film, video, and experimental music. His research focuses on surveillance studies, information and network society, tactical media, bio art and posthumanism. He teaches at the Department of Electronic Media, University of Łódź, Poland. In 1998-2002 he ran a record label Ignis Project dedicated to electronic and electroacoustic music. Ignis released records by: Francisco Lopez, Ultra Milkmaids, Vance Orchestra, Indra Karmuka, Crawl Unit, Origami Arktika, Chaos As Shelter, EA and Spear. He curated such events as four editions of the exhibition “Die Kunst Ist Toth”, concerts by Coil, Noise Makers Fifes, Column One, Troum, Xaviere Charles, Z’ev, Zbigniew Karkowski, Aube, Tetsuo Furudate, Asmus Tietchens, Marco Donnarumma and many others.  https://soundcloud.com/maciej-ozog  
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    Martyna Poznańska

    Sound artist and performer. She studied Art of Sound at the University of the Arts, London and took part in the Sound Laboratory by Olga Szwajgier. She participated in numerous workshops led for instance by Meredith Monk. Poznańska is involved in the experimental music movement “Muzykoterapia” [Musictherapy] in Cracow. In her work she concentrates on the possibility of exploring, better consciousness and reduction of the level of noise in urban space. In the year 2012 she published her debut album “Hoarse Whisper”. Martyna’s latest projects include field recording workshops “Łowcy Dźwięków” [Sound Hunters] in Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Cracow. She recently worked on the soundtrack for the choreography “A Hint of Wasabi” performed by the Adugna Dance Company in Plymouth (UK) in collaboration with composer Jamie Hamilton, made installations for AudioArt festival (Cracow, Poland 2012), Spor Festival (Aarhus, Denmark 2013) and the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow. Currently Martyna is studying Sound in Art University in Berlin. She lives in Cracow, Berlin and London. www.martynapoznanska.com  
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    Michal Rataj

    Czech sound artist, musician. He studied musicology at the Charles University in Prague and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2005. Since 2006 he is assistant professor and runs electroacoustic music theory and composition classes. Michal Rataj also works as radio art producer at the Czech Radio, where he curates the program slot Radioatelier and the website rAdioCUSTICA for contemporary radioart activities. www.michalrataj.com    
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    Stelarc

    Stelarc is an Australian performance and installation artist who has internationally exhibited, presented and done performances in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia. He has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body, filming 3m of the internal space of his lungs, stomach and colon. Between 1976-1988 he completed 25 body suspension performances with hooks in the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body.   He has performed with a Third Hand, a Virtual Arm, a Stomach Sculpture and Exoskeleton, a six-legged walking robot. His Prosthetic Head is an embodied conversational agent that speaks to the person who interrogates it. As part of the Thinking Head Systems he collaborated with the Marcs Auditory Labs at the University of Western Sydney to develop the Articulated Head, the Floating Head and the Swarming Heads projects. He is surgically constructing and stem cell growing an Ear on Arm that will be electronically augmented and internet enabled. The first surgical procedures occurred in 2006. He has recently been performing with his four avatar and automaton clones on his Second Life site, exploring actual-virtual interfaces and gesture actuation of his avatar with Kinect. Publications about his artwork include Stelarc: The Monograph, edited by Marquard Smith, MIT Press, 2005; Stelarc: Political Prosthesis & Knowledge of the Body by Marina Grzinic-Mauhler
Maska & MKC (Ljubljana & Maribor), 2002 and The Cyborg Experiments: The Extensions of the Body in the Media Age,edited by Joanna Zylinska, Continuum Press (London & New York), 2002.   In 1997 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA. From 2000-2003
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    Krzysztof Topolski

    Electroacoustic improviser, author of sound-art projects, drummer. His main field of interest are noise and soundscape. He is interested in exploring drums and live electronics, improvised and electroacoustic music, computer composing, creating sound and interactive installations. He organizes presentations, holds workshops and lectures about contemporary music and sound-art. www.arszyn.com  
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    Christoph Veigl

    Austrian computer scientist and multimedia artist. He studied Sociology at the Vienna University and Medical Informatics at the Technical University Vienna. In his master thesis he developed the open source biosignal analysis software “BrainBay” which can be used for Biofeedback and alternative Human-Computer Interaction for people with disabilities. His artistic career started in 1992, when he co-founded the Syntharturalistic Art Association SHIFZ together with Magnus Wurzer. He created various biosignal-based interactive installations and machine art pieces. He travelled around Europe and the United States with contraptions like the “BrainWashing Machine” or “Alan the Telepresence Robot” and explored biofeedback and robotics for artistic purposes. In 1999, SHIFZ organized the first Roboexotica–Festival for Cocktail Robots, with its Annual Cocktail Robot Awards, which is said to be the leading festival for electronic cocktail culture since that time. Christoph Veigl currently works and teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Department of Embedded Systems. http://www.shifz.org/  
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    Adam Witkowski

    Graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where in 2011 he received the Doctor of Fine Arts title. He works with soundart, drawing, radio projects and installations. He plays in the following music groups: Gówno, Samorządowcy, Nagrobki. http://adamwitkowski.com  
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    Marek Zygmunt

    Visual artist, director, producer of documentary films. Since 1995 he creates performances, video performances, multimedia installations, movies, photography and experimental music. He is the author of over 150 projects, exhibitions participant and creator of authorial activities. Professionally he focuses on film and television art, working as a director and journalist. He owns a company producing film materials. He has been working for over 20 year with artists as Dominik Lejman and institutions as the Baltic Opera, Laznia CCA, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk preparing video visualizations and project documentations. http://www.marekzygmunt.art.pl/   
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