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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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Field recording – listening by recording. | Tomasz Misiak

Texts | 24-11-2016
(…) the   trees lofty, growing into   endlessness, the pastures hard,   the grass so hard that when the   wind blew, it created a loud   music, a music that seemed to   be assembled from all sorts of   different periods and styles.[1]    Thomas Bernhard                      A novel titled Frost by the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard contains an incredibly suggestive description of a dream. The hero finds himself in a landscape of bizarre colours, where people take on the shades of their surroundings. They become invisible. However, their voices can be heard. Voices and music uncannily able to convey their own story. As though all possible sounds were simultaneously available in an intense, instant act of listening. The dream has a tragic ending: ”Suddenly something horrible happened: my head swelled up, to such a degree that the landscape grew darker, and the people broke out in wailing, such terrible wailing as I have never heard. Wailing that was somehow commensurate with the landscape. I can’t say why. Since my head was suddenly so big and heavy, it started rolling down from the hill where I had been standing, down across the white p
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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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    Oron Catts

    He is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established with Ionat Zurr in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project.   In 2000 he founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Oron’s leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. Catts’ interest is life, more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it application.   Often working in collaboration with other artists (mainly Ionat Zurr) and scientists, Catts have developed a body of work that speak volumes about the need to for new cultural articulation of evolving concepts of life. Oron was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School and a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University.   He is currently the Director of SymbioticA, a Visiting Professor of Design Interaction, Royal College of Arts, London, and a Visiting Researcher/consultant at Aalto University’s Future Art Base, Helsinki. Catts’ ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; his work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.   www.tcaproject.org  
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    Heather Dewey-Hagborg

    (b. 1982, Philadelphia) – is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical inquiry. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Ars Electronica festival in Linz, the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the Mediations Biennale in Poland, the Article Biennial in Norway, the Science Gallery Dublin, Transmediale in Berlin, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany, and Museum Boijmans, Van Abbemuseum, and MU Art Space in the Netherlands. She has exhibited nationally at PS1 MoMA, the New Museum, Eyebeam, the New York Public Library, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, among many others. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  
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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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    Jens Hauser

    (b. 1969, Schwerte) – is a curator, writer and media theorist. He holds a dual research position at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, and is a distinguished affiliated faculty member of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. His curated exhibitions include L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxembourg, 2009), the Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga 2010), Fingerprints... (Berlin, 2011/Munich/ 2012) Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015), SO 3 (Belfort, 2015) and Wetware (Los Angeles, 2016). Hauser serves on international juries for art awards such as Ars Electronica, Transitio or Vida, as well as for several national science foundations. He is also a founding collaborator of the European culture channel ARTE and has produced numerous reportages and radio features.  
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    Katarzyna Jankowska

    Graduated in painting at the Fine Arts Department at the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń and finished the Museum Curator post graduate studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She is involved in nongovernmental organizations in Toruń – as Head of the Fabryka UTU Foundation and member of the Sztuka Cię Szuka (Art Seeks You) Association. Jankowska is the author of workshop concepts and scripts as well as of educational and artistic actions. She was the education curator at the Znaki Czasu Centre for Contemporary Art in Toruń from 2009 till 2011. www.dzwiekospacery.art.pl   
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    Prof. dr hab. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

    Professor at the University of Łódź and the Łódź Academy of Fine Arts, lecturer at the National Film School in Łódź. His field of interest includes first and foremost: video art, multimedia and avant-garde cinema, but he also explores the problems of cyber culture. In 1990-2001 he was the curator at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Kluszczyński was the curator at the Modern Art Biennale in Poznań in 2010. He is the artistic director of the Art+Science Meeting project.
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    Witold Libionka

    Consultant Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Pomerian Traumatology Center, Gdansk, Poland His interest in neurosurgery started in 1998, when he began research and later individual studies at the Department of Neurosurgery and Neurotraumatology of the Jagiellonian University School of Medicine in Cracow, being awarded a scholarship of the Minister of Health. After graduation in 2001 he continued education on PhD studies at the Jagiellonian University School of Medicine (2002-2006). During neurosurgical residency (2003-2010) he participated in multiple international courses and conferences including fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Rochester, USA (2005-2006). Combining clinical work and research, he performs several hundred surgical procedures a year being involved in several scientific projects. He is an author or co-author of around hundred scientific publications. His research on mechanisms of action of deep brain stimulation, published in Nature Medicine and Nature Neuroscience was awarded best oral presentation during ASSFN Meeting in Vancouver in 2008. He is certified by Polish Board of Neurological Surgery.    
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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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    Robert Mitchell

    (b. 1969, Atlanta) – is the Marcello Lotti Professor of English and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory at Duke University (US). He earned a PhD from the University of Washington in 2001. He is co-author of Tissue Economies (Duke University Press, 2006), Sympathy and the State in the Romantic Era (Routledge, 2007), Bioart and the Vitality of Media (University of Washington Press, 2010) and Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and Literature Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Robert Mitchell has guest lectured in the US and internationally, including Stanford University (Palo Alto) The New School (New York), University of Toronto (Toronto), Université de Montréal (Montreal), Oxford University (Oxford), London School of Economics (London), The Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham) and others. His current research focuses on the relationships among biopolitics, the logic of populations, and the arts.  
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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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    Zbigniew Oksiuta

    Zbigniew Oksiuta is an artist, architect and researcher born in Mulubice in the Bialystok region. In the years 1970-78 he studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology. In the years 1981-2010 he lived and worked in Cologne, Germany. From 2010 he lectures at the Faculty of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in the USA. The artist is working on a vision of the biological future. His projects are interdisciplinary interpenetration of elements of art, architecture and natural sciences. He took part in many international exhibitions, including: at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, at the International Design Fair in Cologne, at ArchiLab in Orléans in France. In 2004, he represented Poland at the group exhibition at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. He presented his projects at Ars Electronica in Linz in Austria, at the Biennale of Electronic Art in Perth, Australia, at the FACT Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology in Liverpool in Great Britain, at the Biennale for Electronic and Unstable Art in Stavanger, Norway, at the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok and the Broad Art Museum in Lansing in the USA. He was a guest lecturer at many international universities, in artistic and scientific institutions.
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    Prof. Michael Punt

    Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth where he is the convenor of Transtechnology Research and the Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews. He gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (Early Cinema and the Technological Imaginary) and has jointly produced two books on audio visual media and consciousness. He has published over 80 articles on cinema history and digital technology in key journals. From April 2010 he has been leading a large joint research project funded through HERA on the creative exchanges between experimental and commercial film makers. www.trans-techresearch.net  
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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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    Wolfgang Strauss

    German architect, media artist and researcher. He studied architecture and visual communication. Wolfgang Strauss works in Fraunhofer IAIS in Sankt Augustin and since 2009 he teaches as a visiting professor at the Experimental Interaction in the HCI Master at the University of Siegen.Since 1987, he and Monika Fleischmann are working with the media art installations that connect with the concept of interactivity. Together with Monika Fleischmann received the “Golden Nike”, and their works are archived in the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe.  www.fleischmann-strauss.de  
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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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    Tanja Visosevic

    An interdisciplinary artist, screen critic/theorist and educator.  Her art projects employ the technologies and strategies of the moving image, performance and bio-art to explore the cultural and philosophical terrains that consume her.  Much of her obsessions deal with the Life and Death Instincts, Identity Politics and the pioneering possibilities, as well as side effects, spawned from New Technologies.   The formation of a revolutionary audiovisual culture via digital technologies is embodied by much of Visosevic’s creative undertakings, present in her interactive mobile phone performances (such as Oh Bon! Commissioned by Fremantle Arts Centre in 2008 for the Bon Scott Project), through to Bio-Kino’s The Living Screen project (researched and developed at SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts).  These works possess an evolved poetics that situates her art practice within a swelling circuit of new genres and moving-image experiences.  Visosevic is a lecturer for the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University, where she combines her research in new media platforms with educating students in understanding the nature and experience of the moving image.  
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    Zorka Wollny

    A musician, audio-video programmer, violinist, singer, composer and the founder of “O” – the first Polish studio which specializes in the creation of interactive multimedia installations. He conducts workshops devoted to interactive multimedia programming, builds instruments, and creates music for theater, short films and animated movies. Wojnicki also performs as a solo artist under the name Mananasoko. www.o.bzzz.net  
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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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