Following last year’s success at the celebrated SXSW festival, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute returns to Austin to present top-tier Polish talents in music, gaming, art and artificial intelligence. The showcase is in partnership with the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC.
Shining a spotlight on the best of the Polish interactive, gaming and music industries, the Polish showcase at SXSW is in partnership with the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC.
The representation is a unique opportunity to showcase Polish creative industries abroad, presenting them to an unparallelled and vast audience, but also to establish valuable connections for future projects.
Among the artists selected for the 2019 edition is panGenerator, who will present two of their installations. Apparatum, commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, was inspired by the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, one of the first recording studios in the world producing electroacoustic music. The second, Hash2ash, was created for the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw as a part of the TEEN AGE exhibition, and touches upon the themes of selfie-culture and the fear of losing digital data.
In the category of music, Poland will be represented by the increasingly-revered band Trupa Trupa, whose critically-acclaimed albums have been released by the British music labels Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records, the French label Ici d’ailleurs, and the Japanese label Moorworks. Their performance last year was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the best SXSW 2018 acts, and received rave reviews from NPR and the Chicago Tribune. Their new album will be released by Sub Pop Records.
For the past few years, the achievements of the Polish gaming industry have won significant market size, which is reflected in the diverse representation of Polish indie games studios: Jutsu Games’ Rustler and Atomic Wolf’s Liberated have been selected for the Gaming Pitch Competition, while Vixa Games and Robot Gentleman will compete for the Gamer’s Voice Award in two categories: mobile game for Tap! Tap! Kingdom, and video game for 60 Parsecs! Together with Maciej Łączny, a producer at Techland, and Jakub Marszałkowski, co-founder of Indie Games Poland and the Head of Game Industry Conference, the representatives of the studios will take part in a panel discussion called Polish Powerhouse: The Success Behind the Hottest European Gamedev Industry moderated by Olena Kolikhova, Head of Startups in Microsoft Poland.
Aleksandra Przegalińska, a doctor in philosophy of artificial intelligence, Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, and currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, will be hosting mentor sessions for attendees interested in machine learning and AI. She will also give a talk on affective/emotional data in Artificial Intelligence and present her current research projects related to human-bot interaction. As part of an EU@SXSW live-audience podcast, she will discuss whether there are any differences between the US and Europe in attitudes towards the adoption of AI. Her presence at SXSW and EU@SXSW is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC.
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Compiled by ML & AZ, March 2019