'What Next': Open Call for Artwork
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Open Call for Artwork, Stanisław Lem, 1975, photo: Aleksander Jałosiński / Forum, center, #000000, stanislaw_lem_portret_16.jpg
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute announces an open call for artists from Poland, Ukraine and the UK. The project will be an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Stanisław Lem next year. The winning submissions will be shown at exhibitions in selected European cities in 2021-2022.
What will the future of humans be like in this dynamically changing world – in our ever more technologically advanced daily lives, at a time of global challenges, and in a reality full of opportunities that are equally as fascinating as they are terrifying?
This question will be answered by artists from Poland, Ukraine and the UK. The winning submissions – photographs, installations, objects and sound projects – will be shown at exhibitions in selected European cities in 2021-2022. The project will be an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Stanisław Lem next year.
Imagining the Future: 9th Futurological Congress in Warsaw
The concept of the exhibition refers to The Futurological Congress by the Polish sci-fi master, Stanisław Lem. In 2021, it will be exactly 50 years since the work was published in Lem’s collection of short stories Insomnia. The questions posed by the story have not lost pertinence, and most of them remain unanswered.
As Barbara Schabowska, Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, explains:
13 Things Lem Predicted About The Future We Live In
The question ‘What Next?’ is one about how we imagine the future of the world as we know it today. How will it change under the influence of fast growing technologies? How will humans find themselves in it? Will they need to compete for their position in key spheres of life with the power of artificial intelligence? Is our own idea of the future compatible with how it was perceived by utopians and futurists decades ago? What emotions does this stir in artists? What is the place of art in this vision and what is its emergent role?
The call for submissions is addressed to artists from Poland, Ukraine and the UK. The choice of these countries will be key to picturing the topics explored from various perspectives and to building a comprehensive narrative. Whilst photography will be the principal medium of the exhibition, the show as a whole will have an interdisciplinary nature and will seek to arouse a sensory experience. Therefore other forms, such as installations, objects or sound works are welcome.
The Many Masks & Faces of Stanisław Lem
The exhibition will be curated by Max Houghton (UK), Kateryna Radchenko (UA) and Katarzyna Sagatowska (PL).
Organiser: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Project partners: Jednostka Gallery, Odesa Photo Days, Polish Institute in London, Jam Factory Art Center in Lviv, The British Council.
The submission form including a description of the work and the artist’s portfolio must be sent by 24th September 2020 to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.