HUMAN ASPECT / NON-HUMAN ASPECT. Education and Experiment

Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design
CSU, CI, room 410, ul. R. Traugutta 19/21

The HUMAN ASPECT / NON-HUMAN ASPECT / Education and Experiment conference, accompanying the 5. Best Media Arts Graduation Projects Competition, is, obviously, dependent on the leading idea of the 2019 WRO Biennale entitled CZYNNIK LUDZKI / HUMAN ASPECT. At the same time, indomitable as it is, it bursts out of this idea’s control, compressing it by half. This generates vast vistas to be traversed by the speakers – eminent theorists, curators, researchers, artists, and scholars-cum-artists collectives.

Developing the program and inviting the keynote speakers and the panelists, I envisage an exceptionally compelling traffic of knowledge, productive of ample educational and experimental outcomes. More specifically, the HUMAN ASPECT / NON-HUMAN ASPECT / Education and Experiment conference can be presented and construed in at least two ways: as the human aspect (provoker) vs. the non-human aspect (creator), OR as the non-human aspect (harmony) vs. the human aspect (mistake). Naturally, this is the curator’s view which “ought” to be questioned. My first and foremost hope is for us all to experience extraordinarily exciting clashes of opinions and positions on the topics under discussion.

The subtitle of the conference – “education and experiment” – brings in two additional aspects: on the one hand, of surprise and a chance to find oneself entirely mistaken and at a dead end; and, on the other, of an opportunity to make it to the orbit for a while and return emboldened and energized to spawn new, surprising, and provoking views and notions. Join us and have a wonderful, inspiring time.

Concept originator/curator for the conference: Dr Jarosław Czarnecki / Elvin Flamingo
Deputy Dean for Intermedia, Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk


The exercise of human agency on our planet has proven an invasive, aggressive, and self-destructive pursuit, leading us as a species alongside the ecosystem in which we are immersed to the brink of annihilation. As technology has become a new religion of humankind, we have found ourselves ensnared in it and bolstering the conservative regimes of biopolitical hierarchies.

Far from being a perpetually fixed quality, humanity is an incessant formative process, inevitably involving technology. The human agent is losing its unfounded hegemony for the sake of its co-beings and non-human agents, which enhances embodied difference. Creative and critical practices are becoming an obligation and a new challenge of techno-scientific-artistic interventions against the turbo-capitalist, liberal, and individualist appropriation of all the present and future life forms.

Prof. Grzegorz Klaman
Head of Intermedia, Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk



May 16

10:30 prof. Marek Grzyb
10:45 Piotr Krajewski
11:00 dr Jarosław Czarnecki / Elvin Flamingo

11:10-11:30 prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
11:35-11:55 dr Joanna Jeśman
12:00-12:20 dr Dorota Myślińska
12:25-12:45 dr hab. Jakub Jernajczyk


13:05-13:25 prof. Grzegorz Biliński & dr hab. Alicja Duzel-Bilińska
13:30-13:50 dr Grzegorz Cech
13:55-14:15 dr Anna Kalwajtys

14:25 PANEL
– prof. Monika Bakke
– dr Joanna Jeśman
– prof. Grzegorz Klaman


MAY 17

10:30 dr Jarosław Czarnecki / Elvin Flamingo

10:40-11:00 prof. Monika Bakke
11:05-11:25 Karolina Sulich
11:30-11:50 Paula Milczarczyk


12:10-12:30 Anna Dumitriu & Alex May
12:35-12:55 prof. Joanna Hoffmann
13:00-13:20 prof. Grzegorz Klaman

13:30 PANEL
– prof. Joanna Hoffmann
– prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
– Karolina Sulich

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk
Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław
WRO Art Center