The 9th edition of the Patchlab Festival CONNECTED held from 23rd to 25th October will present the artworks of over 35 contemporary audiovisual artists from around the world. Today we are connected mainly via the Internet, but we also find ourselves all sharing a new situation with restrictions caused by a pandemic, compelling us to think about the future of common public spaces, cultural events and everyday life facing an accelerated digital revolution.
An online panel discussion with experts from Centrum Cyfrowe on innovations and the digital tools to which we are doomed in times of a pandemic will inaugurate the festival. As befits a digital edition, the special project will be held live on the Internet. Robin Klengel and Leonhard Müllner, straight from Vienna, will present a live performance entitled Operation Jane Walk, that takes place in a dystopian video game space where, in front of the audience, they will walk through a digital battleground through post-apocalyptic Manhattan discussing the issues of the history of architecture and exploring the possibilities (and impossibilities) of new media technologies.
During the three festival days, the exhibition will be available online at patchlab.pl. In five virtual rooms there will be presented digital audiovisual artworks in augmented reality by creators such as Ryoichi Kurokawa (JP), MONOCOLOR (AT) or Ari Dykier (PL), interactive internet installation by Thomas Wagensommerer (AT), artworks in VR and 360° format and multi-sensory light installations in the immersive space designed by the arc/sec Lab at the University of Auckland. In two studios, multimedia artworks by students from the Multimedia Studio of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw and the Intermedia Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow will be on show for public view.
During the festival, a unique project SOL.AR.IS will be launched. This art project in the form of a free mobile application enables users to interact in real time with ephemeral sculptures in augmented reality, that has been designed by artists inspired by the sci-fi novel “Solaris” by Stanisław Lem.
In the virtual cinema, there will be screenings of experimental film forms created by artists during the pandemic. Kids will have their own hour-long shorts program prepared in collaboration with the Athens Digital Art Festival. A selection of animations awarded by the Prix Ars Electronica Festival can be enjoyed on the big screen at the festival centre in Hevre+1, where some of the events will be exclusively broadcasted, available for a limited number of visitors.
On Saturday’s AVnight expect to see German duo INSTANT performing improvised analog techno driven by bass, live from Berlin and also Krakow-based producer, Chino. The festival will also include workshops on ergonomic design of 3D printing along with a show of audiovisual projects that were created for the Artist in Residence at the Gallery 360° #homeedition.