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  • Masaki Fujihata, Augmenting the World

    Latest news | 26-04-2017
    19.05.2017 - 02.07.2017 Opening 19.05.2017, at 6 pm. Laznia 1, str. Jaskolcza 1, Gdansk   Counted among the pioneers of interactive art, Masaki Fujihata is one of the most celebrated, innovative and prominent artists who work with media technologies. Early in his career in the 1970s, he made animations, initially using an 8mm film and the stop motion technique. Later, he shifted to video to further investigate visual perception. The morphological explorations of perception that he undertook then revealed his meta-artistic concerns, which have ever since continued to resurface in a variety of forms. At that early stage, Fujihata’s projects addressed visualisation systems and techniques, the status of the image, the relations between technology and expression and new concepts of art emerging at the intersection of artistic practice, technology and science. In the following decade, Fujihata turned to computer art. Engaged in computer graphics a
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    Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

    Latest news | 24-01-2017
    Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 6 p.m. LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdańsk ART, EXPERIMENT AND TECHNO-SCIENCE Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński   What do artists working with science and technology do? My recently published book Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015) explores how “researcher-creators” produce new performative assemblages that challenge how we experience the world and create, and simultaneously, destabilize new phenomena and our perception of such phenomena. How do the materials of art – the “stuff of the world” – behave and perform in ways beyond the creator's intent, becoming unknown and alien. How is it that researcher creators organize the conditions for new kinds of
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  • EXHIBITION: Die, and become! Art and Science as Conjectured Possible

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    LAZNIA 1 Jaskółcza 1 Str. Gdansk - DOLNE MIASTO   25.11.2016 – 29.01.2017   Opening: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 6 p.m. Opening performance: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 7 p.m. Panel discussion with artists and curator of the exhibition: 26.11.2016 (Saturday), 1.00 - 8.00  pm   Artists in exhibition: James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov, Louise-Philippe Demers, Where Dogs Run: Olga Inozemtseva, Natalia Grekhova and Alexey Korzukhin, Thomas Feuerstein, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Pedro Lopes, Verena Friedrich   Curator: Dmitry Bulatov Coordination: Jolanta Woszczenko   Verena Friedrich (DE). Vanitas Machine  
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    Presentation: Three Robots named Paul. Patrick Tresset

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    Presentation of the installation and Art & Science “Human Traits” book launch in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.   Presentation of installation: 1.09-4.09.2016 Discussion: 02.09.2016, 6 p.m. Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński Coordination: Michalina Domoń   Panelist are professor Ryszard Kluszczyński, Patrick Tresset and Jadwiga Charzyńska. The discussion will take place in Festival Café on the 1st floor. ŁAŹNIA Centre for Contemporary Art is organiser of the presentation.   Presentation of the installation devoted to Patrick Tresset, a French artist and scientist, which accompanies Art & Science book launch, evolves around the topic of human and computer creativity and our relations with the new generation machines. The artist’s works are robotic compositions which can draw portraits thanks to the implementation of specifically developed computer programmes
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  • EN Nowa publikacja z cyklu "Art and Science meeting"

    Latest news | 21-11-2016
    At the begining this year, is published next one, bilingual publication from the "Art+Science Meeting" series - "Bio-Robotic Art and its Cultural Contexts". This album is devoted to the art of Guy Ben-Ary, whose exhibition "Nervoplastica" was presented at the Laznia CCA last June. The editor of the publication is the curator of the project, Prof. Ryszard Kluszczyński, whose introduction you will find below. You may download a fragment of the publication here:     Semi-living Art in Search of an Autor   The biography of Guy Ben-Ary, an Israeli artist born in the United States and living for many years in Australia, corresponds well in its nomadic complexity with the character of the works he creates. Indeed, his art combines in its multi-layered references and associations numerous trends in contemporary art. It is in their dynamic, transdisciplinary coexi
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To Modernity | A. Leszczyński

Texts | 24-11-2016
Modernity and backwardness are obviously not only a matter of technology – not even mainly a matter of technology. They have never been. The material symbols of modernity – factories, tanks and schools in the 20th century, and motorways, fast trains, broadband Internet and high tech in the 21st century – show only one part and not even the most obvious one of the gigantic undertakings aimed at bringing backward countries to modernity. These attempts have been made many times in many countries on different continents and in different cultural and political contexts – including at least several attempts in Poland. At present, when the notion of modernisation is being used by Polish politicians from both the left and from the right side of the political scene it is important to know that we are not moving around on virgin territory.   *** How to catch up with the West?. This is the question which the elites of poor and peripheral countries have asked themselves for at least 300 years. It didn’t take too much time – in some countries it didn’t take longer than several decades, and only the most resistant required over a hundred years – for the economic and military advantages of the West, as well as its higher standard of living enjoyed by its citizens, to become a subject of admirat
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    blackhole-factory

    A group of intermedia artists based in Braunschweig, Germany. Members of the group are Elke Utermoehlen, Martin Slawig and Martin Kroll. blackhole-factory develops performances and installations utilizing the creative tension between information technology and the physical presence of bodies in space, exploring possible methods of augmented space and perception. Generally the projects are using found materials, field recordings, interviews, lo-tech electronics, custom software, sensors and custom interfaces. In their investigative and site specific arts projects the group is exploring aspects of everyday live and identity, focusing on urban space and ethnologic/ anthropologic questions. Some of the works have been created in open processes as participatory art projects. Since 2001 they are directing a group of performers with learning difficulties, creating live art with the use of low-tech electronics and digital media. blackhole-factory cooperates in an international network with artists, scientists and cultural organizations. 2010 they founded an integrative center for theatrical research, rehearsals and performances in Braunschweig called„Theaterhaus Kunstmühle“ www.blackhole-factory.com      
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    Wojciech Cwyk

    Sound operator, specialized in the production of documentary movies. He is the co-author of documentaries, TV spots, music scores. He graduated at the Gdańsk University of Technology. For many years he worked at Video Studio Gdańsk – the first independent television production studio in Poland. He was also member of journeys to the Middle East. He cooperates with polish and foreign production companies and television channels. He worked on such movies and documentaries as “Nauczanie początkowe”, “Przerwany lot”, “W sypialni” and many others.
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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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    Dmitry Galkin

    (b. 1975, Omsk) is a researcher, art theorist and curator. He earned his Ph.D. (‘candidate of science’ degree) from Tomsk State University (2002), and later ‘doctor of science’ degree in 2013. In his research he focuses on cultural dynamics in the context of technological development from digital culture to the culture of artificial life, and analyses the history/aesthetics of technology-based art practices. Dr. Galkin is the author of many articles on the history and theory of digital culture; he has also published a monograph entitled Digital Culture: Shift to Artificial Life (Tomsk University Press, 2013). Dr. Galkin has beena research fellow at the George Washington University (USA) and Lancaster University (UK). He has also lectured and presented at international conferences, including the NeoLife 2015 (Perth), EdCrunch 2015 (Moscow), TEDx Tomsk (2013). He is currently a Professor at the Institute of Art and Culture and the PAST Centre at National Research Tomsk State University (Tomsk, Russia).    
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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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    Christina Kubisch

    Studied painting, music (flute and composition) and electronics in Hamburg, Graz, Zürich and Milano. After having worked as a flutist for contemporary music, she started to perform her own pieces, often combined with video. Since the end of the 70’ she focused on sound installations, sound sculptures and works with light. Her compositions are mostly electroacoustic, but she has written for ensembles as well and produced several audio works for radio. She received numerous grants and awards, such as the composition grant of the city of Berlin (1995), the honorary award of the German Sound Art Award (2008), Ars Electronica honorary mention (2008), SR Media Art Award (2009), City Sound Art Bonn / Beethovenstiftung (2013). Since 1974 she had solo exhibitions in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and South America. She participated in several international festivals and group exhibitions such as: Pro Musica Nova, Bremen (1976 and 1980), Biennale of Venice (1980 and 1982), Ars Electronica, Linz (1987), Musik und Raum, Lucerne Festival (2004), European Capital of Culture project (2010). Her music has been released by various labels such as Cramps Records, Edition RZ, ampersand, semishigure, Die Schachtel, Olof Bright, AA Records, Important Records, Gruenrekorder and others. Christina Kubisch has been a visiting professor in Maastricht, Paris, Oxford and Berlin. From 1994 to 2013 she was professor for Audiovisual Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken, Germany. Since 1997 she is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin. 2013/2014 she is a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. www.christinakubisch.de  
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    Gerard Lebik

    Gerard Lebik creates sound and music by means of improvisation, musical notation, and manipulation of audio material using acoustic and electronic media. His tools and techniques include: saxophones, contra-alto clarinet, acoustic wave generators, electro-acoustic objects, video feedback, and software.   In 2007, he graduated from the Wrocław Academy of Music. Beginning with classical music and, later, jazz and free improvisation, he moved on to electronic music, experimental sound art and noise.   He has collaborated or performed with Eryck Abecassis, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Rob Mazurek, Keith Rowe, Hernani Faustino, Gabriel Ferrnandini, Noritaka Tanaka, Bettina Wenzel, hans in koch, and Joker Nies.   http://gerardlebik.com/ http://zopan.bandcamp.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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    Jasia Reichardt

    Writer on art, art critic and exhibition organizer. She was born in Poland but has lived in London most of her life. She was Assistant Director of the ICA in London (1963-71) and Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1974-76). She is principally interested in the relationships between art and science, art and technology and art and the history of ideas. Some of her best known exhibitions, such as “Between Poetry and Painting” (1965) and “Cybernetic Serendipity” (1968) were about the connections between one field and another. The principal idea of “Cybernetic Serendipity” exhibition was to examine the role of cybernetics in contemporary arts. She has written several books , including “The Computer in Art” (1971), “Robots – Fact, Fiction and Prediction” (1978) and edited “Cybernetics, Art and Ideas” (1971). She also worked on visualization of mathematics, a project called “Fantasia Mathematica”. She was one of the directors of ARTEC biennale in Japan (focused on art and technology) between 1989-98. In 1998 she staged an exhibition called “Electronically Yours” about electronic portraiture at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Since 1988 she has been looking after the Themerson Archive, the archive of a writer and an artist, whose avant-garde publishing company, Gaberbocchus Press, launched in 1957 a Common Room for artists interested in science and scientists interested in the arts. She continues to pursue her interests in the relationship of art and technology.
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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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