Zofia Król, Editor-in-Chief, Literature
born 1980, literature critic and historian, owns PhD in philosophy. Author of the book Return to the World. The History of Attention in Philosophy and Literature of the 20th Century (2013). Before biweekly.pl she cooperated with Zeszyty Literackie and Tygodnik Powszechny.
Paweł Soszyński, Deputy Editor, Theatre
born 1979, theatre anthropologist, culture researcher. His last novel from 2010 is Osoby (Persons). He has published, among other, in Dialog, Machina, Konteksty magazines.
Agnieszka Słodownik, Side Effects
born 1979, author of ęą (2005) poetry book typographically designed by Wojtek Pakier. She co-created Strefa podtekstu programme in the Polish Jazz Radio when it still existed, and was an editor of the art zine Meble. Co-author of the paragraph game popiół◀︎▷diament (2014).
Jakub Socha, Film
born 1983, film theory graduate at Adam Mickiewicz University. Film critic. Krzysztof Mętrak competition winner in 2007. Co-founder of the past Gazeta Filmowa. He contributes to Film, Kino, Stopklatka magazines. Co-author of books: Polskie kino niezależne (Polish independent cinema) and Nie chcę spać sam. Kino Tsai Ming-Lianga (I don’t want to sleep alone. The films of Tsai Ming-Liang).
Paulina Wrocławska, Art
born 1981, cultural studies graduate and art historian.
Piotr Kowalczyk, Music
born 1983, music journalist. Author of popjukebox.blogspot.com. He contributes to many magazines and portals (Przekrój, Lampa, Pulp, Exklusiv, Machina, Zine, Notes na 6 Tygodni, Polish Radio portal, Interia.pl). He is interested in relations between pop music and public space, its historical and social contexts and connections to various aesthetic trends.
Tomasz Cyz, cooperation (Editor-in-Chief 2009-2013)
born 1977, essayist, music critic. He’s trying for an honorary [honoris causa] master’s degree. Collaborator and member of the Zeszyty Literackie editorial staff. Author of books on opera: Arioso, Powroty Dionizosa (Dionysus returns). Recently he published Pasja 20, 21. Powroty Chrystusa (Passion 20, 21. Jesus returns). As “T.” he has written the libretto for Dobromiła Jaskot’s Fedra. Playwright for Mariusz Treliński and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera (2005-2006), cooperates with the MALTA Festival. He has lived in Tarnów, Kraków, Poznań, and is currently based in Warsaw. From time to time he directs operas (Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici , Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka , Sergei Prokofiev’s Maddalena , Passion – Excerpt based on Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion ).
Jakub Górnik, Strategy and Technology Consultant
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Software engineer, entrepreneur and consultant. He graduated from Polish Japanese Institute of Information Technology with a degree in Software Engineering and studied as a visiting scholar in Japan and Italy. Curious about the business impact of technology.
Katarzyna Tórz, Side Effects – cooperation
born 1982 in Poznań. Warsaw University Philosophy graduate (2006). She is interested in certain theatrical manifestations, visual anthropology in practise and complicated crossword puzzles. Co-creator of the para-artistic group niczero. Editor-in-Chief of nina.gov.pl portal of the National Audiovisual Institute. She lives, thinks, and works in Warsaw.
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Editorial cooperation: Bogusław Deptuła, Juliusz Kurkiewicz, Paulina Kwiatkowska, Joanna Wichowska.
The columnists’ portraits (only in Polish version): Maciej Sieńczyk, Twożywo group
Translators: Arthur Barys, Michał Czarniecki, Jan Szelągiewicz, Marcin Wawrzyńczak
Photo Editor: Katarzyna Iwańska, Marta Lutostańska, Jan Szepietowski
Proofreading: Arthur Barys
Why all this?
A year after the release of the first issue of Dwutygodnik.com, the Polish National Audiovisual Institute launched the magazine’s English-language successor, Biweekly.pl. It was 2010, and since then more than 30 issues have been published. Biweekly.pl is Poland’s first literary and critical periodical published in English, showcasing the country’s most interesting culture phenomena.
Biweekly features reviews of the latest releases in Polish theatre, film, literature, opera, music, and the visual arts, as well as interviews and articles on philosophy, sociology, and digital culture. Each issue also includes multimedia content such as audio-poems.
Until now among Biweekly.pl’s collaborators there are authors such as: Chris Niedenthal, James Hopkin, Irena Grudzińska-Gross, Anda Rottenberg, Alek Tarkowski & Mirek Filiciak, Jarosław Lipszyc, Maria Poprzęcka and Joanna Tokarska-Bakir.
Dwutygodnik.com is a Polish online cultural magazine launched in April 2009 in Warsaw. The core of the English version comprises content translated from Polish by best translators in Poland, augmented by original articles, audio, and films published exclusively on Biweekly.
As Editorial Manifesto goes:
Kot Jeleński stated: “culture is not an obligation, one can do very well without it”. And we do not dare to state otherwise. Yet, there are those, who, for some reason, do not want to live without it. Maybe they do remember Witold Gombrowicz and, just like him, they desire culture without all this juvenility and senile atrophy, butterflies and rainbows, dust and exaltation, patriotic and pseudo-intellectual demands. We once read in his Diaries the following words: “literature is threatened with becoming a soft-boiled egg, while being, which is its calling, a hard-boiled egg.”
I egg your pardon? It’s not just literature that's endangered. We try not to limit ourselves. We try to be sharp. We are ironic (but not sarcastic), we take it easy (but not painlessly) and, above all, we say: there is no obligation “to be cultured”. And that’s where our slogan comes into play: link with culture. Polish culture, because that’s us, but also with all its unpredictable forms that connect through cultural supranational diversity.
So why all this?
Culture is essential, because one can live without it.
BIWEEKLY.PL – link with culture.