Seeing Stones and Spaces Beyond the Valley

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Identyfikacja wizualna: Jakub de Barbaro i Alina Lysachkova
Identyfikacja wizualna: Jakub de Barbaro i Alina Lysachkova

The second edition of Biennale Warszawa entitled Seeing Stones and Spaces Beyond the Valley will be held at Wars Sawa Junior Department Stores in Warsaw, 104/122 Marszałkowska St. It will last from 3 June to 17 July, 2022.

The space opposite the Palace of Culture and the new Museum of Modern Art building under construction is the very center of the city, a place at the crossroads of communication routes connected with the new economy, trade and politics. This location of the exhibition provides an appropriate context for a conversation about the major challenges associated with the entanglement of technology, nature, politics, authoritarianism, and the new economy. It is to these themes that we dedicate Biennale Warszawa 2022.

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Digital infrastructure and material objects of the Web, invisible and often overlooked in the conversation about technology; algorithms and artificial intelligence, considered by many to be neutral and objective, but in fact affecting all spheres of our lives; reactionary ideology and conservative politics hidden in the modern garb of technological development – these are, among others, the themes around which the works of nearly thirty artists from around the world, which will be shown at the main exhibition, are centered. It is accompanied by a public program that will include performative lectures, debates, workshops, presentations and seminars.

In the wake of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, works and speeches in which artists analyze authoritarian political practices made possible by new technologies assume special significance. These practices are based on mass surveillance of citizens. They use artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics for political, military and economic violence purposes and for cyberterrorism. The situation in Ukraine has led us to work with the artists, researchers, and scholars participating in the Biennale Warszawa 2022 to create new exhibition and public program elements that will allow us to adequately address these themes.

We believe that technology is the lens through which all relevant geopolitical, political, social, economic, ecological, and cultural processes are seen, resulting in an increase in authoritarian tendencies in the world. By proposing a discussion on the role of technology, we actually open a debate on contemporary forms of authoritarianism and alternatives to them, declare Anna Galas-Kosil, Bartosz Frąckowiak and Paweł Wodziński, curators of Biennale Warszawa 2022.

In the previous practice of Biennale Warszawa, critical reflection has always been complemented by actions aimed at designing or creating alternative solutions, ideas, or prototypes. The same is the case here. The exhibition will also feature works focused on designing more democratic, equal and just technologies. Their goal is to powerfully shape the future as we really want it. Today, more than ever, we need that freedom of imagination, lest we succumb to dystopian, fearful and paralyzing visions of catastrophe. Some of these works have been created by artists and activists fighting various forms of political and technological oppression in different parts of the world.

Information for visitors

The exhibition Seeing Stones and Spaces Beyond the Valley

Where: Wars Sawa Junior Department Stores in Warsaw, 104/122 Marszałkowska St.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 12:00-20:00

Tickets:

TICKET PRE-SALE until 20 May 2022
Open ticket the price of a single entry PLN 10

Tickets are available:

Ticket prices after 20 May 2022:

  • PLN 20 – multiple entries ticket (entitles to unlimited entries throughout the duration of the exhibition)
  • PLN 10 – single entry regular ticket
  • PLN 5 – single entry concession ticket 

Concession tickets (after presenting a relevant document in the Information Point) are available for:

  • employees of state-run art galleries; theatres, cultural institutions
  • journalists
  • holders of Big Family Card (KDR)
  • persons with disabilities and their carers
  • school groups and other organised groups of minors and their guardians
  • senior citizens
  • students.

Press accreditation is personalised and entitles to multiple entries to the exhibition. It is free of charge for people who apply to Przemek.rydzewski@biennalewarszawa.pl. Applications are accepted until 20 May 2022. 

Admission to accompanying events is free, although certain events require prior registration.
Guided tour of the exhibition is included in the price of the ticket.

Biennale Warszawa 2022 Info Point:
Domy Towarowe Wars i Sawa Junior, ul. Marszałkowska 104/122, 00-017 Warszawa
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday, from 12:00 to 20:00
komunikacja@biennalewarszawa.pl
tel.: +48 789 859 220

 

Public Program

Admission to public program events is free.

4.06.2022

11.00–14.00
Imagining possible futures, building Networks of Trust
Workshop by Kyriaki Goni
[EN, registration] 

17.00–18.30
Metric Mysticism
Performance lecture: Zach Blas
[EN, admission free] 

19.00–20.00
Seeing Stones and the New Planetary Order
Performance lecture: Anna Galas-Kosil, Bartek Frąckowiak, Paweł Wodziński
[EN, admission free] 

5.06.2022

11.00–14.00
Imagining possible futures, building Networks of Trust
Workshop by Kyriaki Goni
[EN, by invitation only] 

17.00–18.30
Citizen White Hat Troll: Live Desktop Cinema Femme Confessional
Performance lecture: Clara Balaguer
[EN, registration] 

19.00– 20.30
Understanding SNET [The human infrastructures behind Cuba’s alternative computer networks]
Talk: Steffen Köhn and Nestor Siré
[EN, admission free] 

9.06.2022

18.00–20.00
New Alphabet School
#Feralizing
Lectures: Jack Halberstam, Nikita Kadan, Joanna Rajkowska
[EN/PL, admission free] 

12.06.2022 

17.00–19.00
AI on Tractors?
Debate with Andrea Beste, Karolina Jarmołowska, Paweł Kobielus, Kuba Kulesza, Jan Skoczylas
Moderator: Weronika Koralewska 

24.06.2022

17:00–18:00
Who Owns the Internet?
Talk: Joanna Murzyn
[EN, admission free] 

18.15–19.15
Islands in the Cloud: An Incomplete Guide to the Physical Internet in Poland
Talk: Vanessa Graf
[EN, admission free] 

19:30–20.30
What if we could store data in plants?
Talk: Grow Your Own Cloud (Cyrus Clarke & Monika Seyfried)
[EN, admission free] 

25.06.2022

11.00–12.30
An introduction to autonomous ecological agents
Talk: terra0

Grow Your Own DAO
Talk: Cyrus Clarke
Moderation: Bartek Frąckowiak
[EN, admission free] 

13.00–14.00
New Extractivism
Lecture: Vladan Joler
[EN, admission free] 

16.00– 17.00
Labour & the High-Tech Industry – when health becomes confidential business
Talk: Felix Lenz, Angela Neubauer, Ester Zwickl
[EN, admission free] 

17.15– 18.15
Data Colonialism and Digital Border Walls
Lecture: Ulises Ali Mejias
[EN, admission free] 

18:30–19.30
Climate Peace
Talk: Territorial Agency (John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog)
[EN, admission free] 

19.45–21.00
Borderless Digital Utopias: Embracing the Interconnections between People, Beings, Past, Present, and our Dreams
Lecture: Ramesh Srinivasan
[EN, admission free] 

26.06.2022

11.00– 14.00
Rethinking Computer Science and Political Economy with Bernard Stiegler
Workshop by Anne Alombert, Michał Krzykawski and Daniel Ross
[EN, registration]

16.00– 18.00
How to Reorganise Silicon Technologies in the Age of Digital Disruption?
Panel discussion with Anne Alombert, Michał Krzykawski and Daniel Ross
[EN, admission free]

18.00– 20.00
War and Machine
Lecture: Yuk Hui
[EN, admission free]

20.00– 23.00
The Ister
directed by David Barison and Daniel Ross
film screening
[EN/PL, admission free]

1617.07.2022 

Room to Bloom
Warsaw edition of the program carried out jointly by Studio Rizoma and European Alternatives
[EN, admission free] 

Armed Democracy
Project carried out in cooperation with Kyiv Biennial and partners from East European Biennial Alliance
[EN, online]

17.07.2022

20.00
Closing of the Biennale Warszawa 2022

General Information

Organizer: Biennale Warszawa, Instytucja Kultury m.st. Warszawa
Curatorial team: Anna Galas-Kosil, Bartosz Frąckowiak, Paweł Wodziński
Graphic design: Jakub de Barbaro; współpraca projektowa i produkcyjna: Marta Kowalska i Alina Lysachkova
Exhibition design: CENTRALA (Simone De Iacobis, Małgorzata Kuciewicz)
Production: Ewa Kozik, Marta Michalak, Ela Petruk,
Public programme coordinator: Joanna Saran
Communication and PR: Magdalena Jankowska, Przemek Rydzewski, Agnieszka Tiutiunik
Promotion and advertising: Justyna Gill-Maćkiewicz
Publications: Aleksandra Kardaczyńska

Data Czas Tytuł Miejsce Wstęp
July 9 2022
, 14:00-16:00
Saturday
14:00-16:00

Guided Tour

Grupa robocza
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Buy tickets 
June 26 2022
, 20:00-23:00
Sunday
20:00-23:00

The Ister

Film screening
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 26 2022
, 16:00-17:30
Sunday
16:00-17:30

How to Reorganise Silicon Technologies in the Age of Digital Disruption?

Panel discussion in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 26 2022
, 11:00–14:00
Sunday
11:00–14:00

Rethinking Computer Science and Political Economy with Bernard Stiegler

Workshop in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Registration required 
June 25 2022
, 18:30-19:30
Saturday
18:30-19:30

Climate Peace

Talk in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 25 2022
, 17:15-18:15
Saturday
17:15-18:15

Data Colonialism and Digital Border Walls

Talk in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 25 2022
, 16:00-17:00
Saturday
16:00-17:00

Labour & the High-Tech Industry – when health becomes confidential business

Lecture in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 25 2022
, 13:00-14:00
Saturday
13:00-14:00

New Extractivism

Lecture in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 25 2022
, 11:00-12:00
Saturday
11:00-12:00

An Introduction to Autonomous Ecological Agents

Talk in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 24 2022
, 19:30-20:30
Friday
19:30-20:30

What if We Could Store Data in Plants?

Talk in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 24 2022
, 18:15-19:15
Friday
18:15-19:15

Islands in the Cloud: An Incomplete Guide to the Physical Internet in Poland

Talk in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 24 2022
, 17:00-18:00
Friday
17:00-18:00

Who Owns the Internet?

Talk in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 12 2022
, 17:00-19:00
Sunday
17:00-19:00

AI on Tractors?

Panel discussion in Polish
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 11 2022
, 14:00-16:00
Saturday
14:00-16:00

Guided Tour

Grupa robocza
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Buy tickets 
June 5 2022
, 19:00-20:30
Sunday
19:00-20:30

Understanding SNET: The human infrastructures behind Cuba’s alternative computer networks

Talk in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 5 2022
, 17:00-18:30
Sunday
17:00-18:30

Citizen White Hat Troll: Live Desktop Cinema Femme Confessional

Performance lecture in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free tickets
June 5 2022
, 14:00-16:00
Sunday
14:00-16:00

Curators' Guided Tour

Guided Tour in Polish
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Tickets available soon
June 5 2022
, 10:00-13:00
Sunday
10:00-13:00

Imagining possible futures, building Networks of Trust

workshop in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Closed event
June 4 2022
, 17:00-18:30
Saturday
17:00-18:30

Metric mysticism

Performance lecture in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry
June 4 2022
, 14:00-16:00
Saturday
14:00-16:00

Curators' Guided Tour

Guided Tour in Polish
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Tickets available soon
June 4 2022
, 12:00-20:00
Saturday
July 17 2022
Sunday
12:00-20:00

Seeing Stones and Spaces Beyond the Valley

second edition of Biennale Warszawa
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Buy tickets 
June 4 2022
, 11:00-14:00
Saturday
11:00-14:00

Imagining possible futures, building Networks of Trust

workshop in English
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Registration required 
June 3 2022
, 19:00
Friday
19:00

Seeing Stones and Spaces Beyond the Valley

opening of the second edition of Biennale Warszawa
Dom Towarowy Wars Sawa Junior Free entry

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