<![CDATA[Biweekly - issue]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/rss/issue/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:04:09 +0200 Zend Framework Zend_Feed en-GB http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Issue 2017/44]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2017/44

Film

Jill Godmilow: Close, Closer (Joanna Krakowska)

Imagine a documentary film made up not so much of documentary footage as of fantasy, commentary, re-enactments, fiction, melodrama – Jill Godmilow’s ‘Far From Poland’

Literature

I Had to Learn Spanish to Study the Aztecs (Inez Okulska)

In my department here at Harvard, it used to be assumed years ago that if you taught a work in French, you’d bring it in the original. Nowadays, you can’t assume that every comparatist even knows French. We may have someone from China who is doing four other languages. You just can’t assume a single set of common languages anymore.

Media

Smart BOREDOM (Marek Krajewski)

The term ‘smart boredom’ rose to popularity in 2012 primarily – and tellingly – in the context of marketing. What was idle becomes occupied, and what was annoying becomes absorbing

Newborn (Agnieszka Słodownik)

With the team of Polski Theater in the underground we streamed 360-degree video from the container where actors performed Lady Macbeth. The audience could see the play live through a window, but some of them were standing there with their phones anyway

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Film

Jill Godmilow: Close, Closer (Joanna Krakowska)

Imagine a documentary film made up not so much of documentary footage as of fantasy, commentary, re-enactments, fiction, melodrama – Jill Godmilow’s ‘Far From Poland’

Literature

I Had to Learn Spanish to Study the Aztecs (Inez Okulska)

In my department here at Harvard, it used to be assumed years ago that if you taught a work in French, you’d bring it in the original. Nowadays, you can’t assume that every comparatist even knows French. We may have someone from China who is doing four other languages. You just can’t assume a single set of common languages anymore.

Media

Smart BOREDOM (Marek Krajewski)

The term ‘smart boredom’ rose to popularity in 2012 primarily – and tellingly – in the context of marketing. What was idle becomes occupied, and what was annoying becomes absorbing

Newborn (Agnieszka Słodownik)

With the team of Polski Theater in the underground we streamed 360-degree video from the container where actors performed Lady Macbeth. The audience could see the play live through a window, but some of them were standing there with their phones anyway

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2015/43]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2015/43

Music

The Intuitionists (Rafał Księżyk)

The Grupa w Składzie and Andrzej Bieżan anthologies released in early 2014 along with the upcoming Tie Break box set offer a good view of avant-garde jazz in Poland

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Music

The Intuitionists (Rafał Księżyk)

The Grupa w Składzie and Andrzej Bieżan anthologies released in early 2014 along with the upcoming Tie Break box set offer a good view of avant-garde jazz in Poland

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2013/42]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2013/42

Art

Its own kind of truth (Jörg Heiser)

Turowski and Baumgart provoke a reconsideration of actual history precisely by doctoring it. Maybe the term ‘metamodernism’ might apply for this

Go Fuck Yourself (Zofia Maria Cielątkowska)

Making love with my partner was a profound inspiration for ‘Fuses’. We focused on sexual erotic energy of love making. I wanted to be able to visualize what I felt within fucking – ‘Life Book’ exhibition in WRO Art Center until February 16

Film

BOREDOM in Critical Condition (Bartosz Żurawiecki)

Boredom desacralizes. It reveals the void, monotony, and banality behind the surface of the decorations and under the illusion of attraction. But where does this revelation happen? Does it happen in what we’re watching? Or does it happen inside of us?

Media

Robot, the stupid (Aleksandra Przegalińska)

Despite the enthusiasm of its creators, Aiko, Kenji and Cog get lost in the human world. The AI revolution is still to come

BOREDOM: Time Out of Order (Zofia Król)

‘Boredom is one of many techniques intended to change time, space, reception, quantity.’ A talk on boredom in art and boredom in creation

Music

Three composers (John Biweekly)

Music collection containing almost all the works by Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki is now online

Theatre

Divine Kraków, Un-Divine Comedy (Paweł Soszyński)

You cannot use somebody who was trying to transgress social norms with his theatrical work to determine norms that must not be transgressed – Oliver Frljić

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Art

Its own kind of truth (Jörg Heiser)

Turowski and Baumgart provoke a reconsideration of actual history precisely by doctoring it. Maybe the term ‘metamodernism’ might apply for this

Go Fuck Yourself (Zofia Maria Cielątkowska)

Making love with my partner was a profound inspiration for ‘Fuses’. We focused on sexual erotic energy of love making. I wanted to be able to visualize what I felt within fucking – ‘Life Book’ exhibition in WRO Art Center until February 16

Film

BOREDOM in Critical Condition (Bartosz Żurawiecki)

Boredom desacralizes. It reveals the void, monotony, and banality behind the surface of the decorations and under the illusion of attraction. But where does this revelation happen? Does it happen in what we’re watching? Or does it happen inside of us?

Media

Robot, the stupid (Aleksandra Przegalińska)

Despite the enthusiasm of its creators, Aiko, Kenji and Cog get lost in the human world. The AI revolution is still to come

BOREDOM: Time Out of Order (Zofia Król)

‘Boredom is one of many techniques intended to change time, space, reception, quantity.’ A talk on boredom in art and boredom in creation

Music

Three composers (John Biweekly)

Music collection containing almost all the works by Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki is now online

Theatre

Divine Kraków, Un-Divine Comedy (Paweł Soszyński)

You cannot use somebody who was trying to transgress social norms with his theatrical work to determine norms that must not be transgressed – Oliver Frljić

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Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2013/41]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2013/41

Art

Photographing a Peacock (Jacopo Fiorancio)

Before you get going to Fotofestiwal in Łódź (6 – 16 June 2013) or Kraków Photomonth Festival (16 May – 16 June 2013), listen to the way stories are told by photographers Rafał Milach and Tomasz Wiech

Literature

Kronos. Personal accounting (Alan Lockwood)

There’s a basic difference between the ‘Diary’ and ‘Kronos’. The ‘Diary’ is something that is created by the author. ‘Kronos’ is something that writes itself

Ryszard Kapuściński. A Life (Victoria Brittain)

Biography of one of the most significant journalists of the twentieth century is now available in English. ‘Where does journalism end and literature begin?’ Artur Domosławski at the Frontline Club

Music

Penderecki and Greenwood on Nonesuch (Ewa Szczecińska)

The 40-year-old Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood reveals a new face: that of an artist who can proudly stand in the ranks of such post-minimalist music composers as John Adams and David Lang

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Art

Photographing a Peacock (Jacopo Fiorancio)

Before you get going to Fotofestiwal in Łódź (6 – 16 June 2013) or Kraków Photomonth Festival (16 May – 16 June 2013), listen to the way stories are told by photographers Rafał Milach and Tomasz Wiech

Literature

Kronos. Personal accounting (Alan Lockwood)

There’s a basic difference between the ‘Diary’ and ‘Kronos’. The ‘Diary’ is something that is created by the author. ‘Kronos’ is something that writes itself

Ryszard Kapuściński. A Life (Victoria Brittain)

Biography of one of the most significant journalists of the twentieth century is now available in English. ‘Where does journalism end and literature begin?’ Artur Domosławski at the Frontline Club

Music

Penderecki and Greenwood on Nonesuch (Ewa Szczecińska)

The 40-year-old Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood reveals a new face: that of an artist who can proudly stand in the ranks of such post-minimalist music composers as John Adams and David Lang

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Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2012/40]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2012/40

Art

CRAFTSMEN OF CULTURE:No More Overproduction (Paulina Wrocławska)

I wasn’t really planning on getting involved with artists. I was a craftsman, but I felt like a partner in crime. – interview with a technical specialist

Caucasian Bazaar (Iwo Zmyślony)

Our work is transnational. We act like mediators or even post-national-mediators. We don’t belong to a single nation – we are intellectually and affectionately as Russian, as we are Polish, Iranian or American

Szapocznikow in America (Alan Lockwood)

You don’t often find a body of work that’s twenty years long that can sustain the range of really sophisticated interpretation that was brought to bear on it – says MoMa curator Cornelia Butler of their Szapocznikow retrospective open till 28 January 2013

Film

Noise (Przemysław Adamski)

We present the short film ‘Noise’ produced within the Munk Studio’s Young Animation programme

Magik Drops Out of Sight (Piotr Czerkawski)

I was anxious to tell a story which could be followed by someone completely alien to that local context. We still have to see if I succeeded – says the director of ‘You Are God’

Literature

Uptown Boy (Łukasz Saturczak)

An icon? He’s the same guy he always was: deserter, star of the literary world, philosopher. Even the cuss he supposedly muttered upon hearing the verdict of the Nike Award jury might be treated as a part of some convention: Andrzej Stasiuk

Media

Warsaw is a Rascal (Paweł Soszyński)

Warszawa Powiśle, a bar in the eponymous Powiśle district, has a very distinct, dark charm about it: a combination of urine, chaos, mess and noise

Theatre

Post-Grotowskian Monasteries (Dara Weinberg)

Report From Wrocław’s Grotowski Institute (the second annual Summer Seminars) and Teatr Pieśń Kozła (the Polish premiere of ‘Songs of Lear’)

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Art

CRAFTSMEN OF CULTURE:No More Overproduction (Paulina Wrocławska)

I wasn’t really planning on getting involved with artists. I was a craftsman, but I felt like a partner in crime. – interview with a technical specialist

Caucasian Bazaar (Iwo Zmyślony)

Our work is transnational. We act like mediators or even post-national-mediators. We don’t belong to a single nation – we are intellectually and affectionately as Russian, as we are Polish, Iranian or American

Szapocznikow in America (Alan Lockwood)

You don’t often find a body of work that’s twenty years long that can sustain the range of really sophisticated interpretation that was brought to bear on it – says MoMa curator Cornelia Butler of their Szapocznikow retrospective open till 28 January 2013

Film

Noise (Przemysław Adamski)

We present the short film ‘Noise’ produced within the Munk Studio’s Young Animation programme

Magik Drops Out of Sight (Piotr Czerkawski)

I was anxious to tell a story which could be followed by someone completely alien to that local context. We still have to see if I succeeded – says the director of ‘You Are God’

Literature

Uptown Boy (Łukasz Saturczak)

An icon? He’s the same guy he always was: deserter, star of the literary world, philosopher. Even the cuss he supposedly muttered upon hearing the verdict of the Nike Award jury might be treated as a part of some convention: Andrzej Stasiuk

Media

Warsaw is a Rascal (Paweł Soszyński)

Warszawa Powiśle, a bar in the eponymous Powiśle district, has a very distinct, dark charm about it: a combination of urine, chaos, mess and noise

Theatre

Post-Grotowskian Monasteries (Dara Weinberg)

Report From Wrocław’s Grotowski Institute (the second annual Summer Seminars) and Teatr Pieśń Kozła (the Polish premiere of ‘Songs of Lear’)

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Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2012/39]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2012/39

Art

Lovely, Human, True, Heartfelt (excerpt) (Alina Szapocznikow)

The previously unpublished correspondence between one of the great women artists of the twentieth century, Alina Szapocznikow, and an eminent critic and museum director, her fiancé, then husband and friend, Ryszard Stanisławski

Literature

Diary Revisited (Alan Lockwood)

Gombrowicz uses his own idiosyncratic terms like ‘maturity’, ‘immaturity’, ‘superiority’, ‘inferiority’, ‘form’. The index almost killed me. I would say it’s like annotating Nietzsche, with the level of it

Media

For Rent (Natalia Fiedorczuk)

What does the quality of rented spaces, their arrangement, furnishing reveal about ourselves? ‘For Rent’ is an exhibition and publication of photographs of flats for rent collected by Natalia Fiedorczuk

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Art

Lovely, Human, True, Heartfelt (excerpt) (Alina Szapocznikow)

The previously unpublished correspondence between one of the great women artists of the twentieth century, Alina Szapocznikow, and an eminent critic and museum director, her fiancé, then husband and friend, Ryszard Stanisławski

Literature

Diary Revisited (Alan Lockwood)

Gombrowicz uses his own idiosyncratic terms like ‘maturity’, ‘immaturity’, ‘superiority’, ‘inferiority’, ‘form’. The index almost killed me. I would say it’s like annotating Nietzsche, with the level of it

Media

For Rent (Natalia Fiedorczuk)

What does the quality of rented spaces, their arrangement, furnishing reveal about ourselves? ‘For Rent’ is an exhibition and publication of photographs of flats for rent collected by Natalia Fiedorczuk

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Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2012/38]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2012/38

Art

I Don’t Do Street Art (Zofia Zaleska)

The authorities decided that styrofoam beams can’t just lie there without anyone around because they constitute a threat to public security – stories of art in public space by Krystian Truth Czaplicki

Hey, You With the Camera! (Iwo Zmyślony)

We go through the archive of the Exchange Gallery, established by Robakowski in 1978. My attention is drawn to a picture from Robakowski’s ‘An Exercise for Two Hands’ – the artist triumphantly picks the cameras up, like a gunslinger after a well-placed shot

Warsaw Modern (Czesław Olszewski)

The photography album by Czesław Olszewski is a unique cultural testament to the decade just prior to the outbreak of World War II. See the selection of photos from ‘Warsaw Modern’

Film

The Festival in Wrocław: Ends and Conclusions (Jakub Socha)

Can you really summerise a festival consisting of over 400 films and plenty of accompanying events? It’s like the internet, everyone’s got their own

Media

Warsaw Autumn’s Musical Discovery (Daniel Gutowski)

Warsaw Autumn Festival takes place in all sorts of venues across Warsaw. Including milk bars

Music

WHO’S WHO: Sławomir Kupczak (Filip Lech)

‘My audience isn’t always aware that I don’t treat all the musical gestures I write down in my scores seriously’ – says the composer about the risks of using humour

Theatre

The 16th Shakespeare Festival (Agnieszka Kochanowska)

This year, the plays staged at the festival spoke about distrust of authority and suspicion of the rules that the world abides by. It’s no accident that, in comparison to previous editions of the festival, Gdańsk saw a disproportionate number of ‘Hamlet’ productions

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Art

I Don’t Do Street Art (Zofia Zaleska)

The authorities decided that styrofoam beams can’t just lie there without anyone around because they constitute a threat to public security – stories of art in public space by Krystian Truth Czaplicki

Hey, You With the Camera! (Iwo Zmyślony)

We go through the archive of the Exchange Gallery, established by Robakowski in 1978. My attention is drawn to a picture from Robakowski’s ‘An Exercise for Two Hands’ – the artist triumphantly picks the cameras up, like a gunslinger after a well-placed shot

Warsaw Modern (Czesław Olszewski)

The photography album by Czesław Olszewski is a unique cultural testament to the decade just prior to the outbreak of World War II. See the selection of photos from ‘Warsaw Modern’

Film

The Festival in Wrocław: Ends and Conclusions (Jakub Socha)

Can you really summerise a festival consisting of over 400 films and plenty of accompanying events? It’s like the internet, everyone’s got their own

Media

Warsaw Autumn’s Musical Discovery (Daniel Gutowski)

Warsaw Autumn Festival takes place in all sorts of venues across Warsaw. Including milk bars

Music

WHO’S WHO: Sławomir Kupczak (Filip Lech)

‘My audience isn’t always aware that I don’t treat all the musical gestures I write down in my scores seriously’ – says the composer about the risks of using humour

Theatre

The 16th Shakespeare Festival (Agnieszka Kochanowska)

This year, the plays staged at the festival spoke about distrust of authority and suspicion of the rules that the world abides by. It’s no accident that, in comparison to previous editions of the festival, Gdańsk saw a disproportionate number of ‘Hamlet’ productions

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Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2012/37]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2012/37

Art

Design Centrum Kielce Opening (Klara Czerniewska)

We will have to wait some time for tangible effects of DCK’s efforts, but the place itself merits a visit even today. It’s just a comfortable two-hour drive along E77 – exhibitions open till 4 August 2012

Literature

CRAFTSMEN OF CULTURE:A Literary Kapo (Jan Gondowicz)

The explosive mixture of hurt ambitions, feelings of superiority and complexes changes the editing process into a farce worthy of Gombrowicz himself. You need to have nerves of steel – on the job of an editor

The Night Wanderers. Uganda’s Children and the Lord’s Resistance Army (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Jagielski’s book is a tale of the frustration of being a lone reporter in Africa

Music

CRAFTSMEN OF CULTURE:The Show Must go On (Agnieszka Drotkiewicz)

Half an hour before a premiere I paint my nails. Some elegant colour, no greens or dots. This particular activity requires me to be absolutely calm – interview with a stage manager at the National Opera in Warsaw

The Only Thing Shocking Left in Theatre (Alan Lockwood)

Karol Szymanowski’s ‘King Roger’ directed by Stephen Wadsworth premiered 21 July 2012 in the Santa Fe Opera

And We Break Down Ourselves (Joanna Roszak)

Coetzee’s libretto doesn’t span the entirety of the book; together with composer Nicolas Lens, the author shifts his focus to three characters, whom director Maja Kleczewska describes as ‘suspended in lasting’ – Joanna Roszak on Coetzee and Lens’ ‘Slow Man’

Theatre

CRAFTSMEN OF CULTURE:African Tales in Pictures (Krzysiek Krzysztofiak)

Photos from the backstage of ‘African Tales by Shakespeare’ directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski

There is No Single Mainstream (Arek Gruszczyński)

Look around – nowadays even ads for shoes are often bolder than the so-called alternative. The desire for something new and vivid is neither alternative, strange nor unattainable. – Wojtek Ziemilski talks about his Lisbon expierience, going back to Poland and phantom phone vibrations

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Art

Design Centrum Kielce Opening (Klara Czerniewska)

We will have to wait some time for tangible effects of DCK’s efforts, but the place itself merits a visit even today. It’s just a comfortable two-hour drive along E77 – exhibitions open till 4 August 2012

Literature

CRAFTSMEN OF CULTURE:A Literary Kapo (Jan Gondowicz)

The explosive mixture of hurt ambitions, feelings of superiority and complexes changes the editing process into a farce worthy of Gombrowicz himself. You need to have nerves of steel – on the job of an editor

The Night Wanderers. Uganda’s Children and the Lord’s Resistance Army (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Jagielski’s book is a tale of the frustration of being a lone reporter in Africa

Music

CRAFTSMEN OF CULTURE:The Show Must go On (Agnieszka Drotkiewicz)

Half an hour before a premiere I paint my nails. Some elegant colour, no greens or dots. This particular activity requires me to be absolutely calm – interview with a stage manager at the National Opera in Warsaw

The Only Thing Shocking Left in Theatre (Alan Lockwood)

Karol Szymanowski’s ‘King Roger’ directed by Stephen Wadsworth premiered 21 July 2012 in the Santa Fe Opera

And We Break Down Ourselves (Joanna Roszak)

Coetzee’s libretto doesn’t span the entirety of the book; together with composer Nicolas Lens, the author shifts his focus to three characters, whom director Maja Kleczewska describes as ‘suspended in lasting’ – Joanna Roszak on Coetzee and Lens’ ‘Slow Man’

Theatre

CRAFTSMEN OF CULTURE:African Tales in Pictures (Krzysiek Krzysztofiak)

Photos from the backstage of ‘African Tales by Shakespeare’ directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski

There is No Single Mainstream (Arek Gruszczyński)

Look around – nowadays even ads for shoes are often bolder than the so-called alternative. The desire for something new and vivid is neither alternative, strange nor unattainable. – Wojtek Ziemilski talks about his Lisbon expierience, going back to Poland and phantom phone vibrations

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Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2012/36]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2012/36

Art

Artur Żmijewski’s Reality Show (Nicola Trezzi)

Nothing seems real at the 7th Berlin Biennale; even the term ‘biennale’ is fake, as this is not a biennial or a group exhibition. This is massive artwork by Artur Żmijewski. If we don’t realise that, we just believe in the fiction and becomes victims of it

Industrial Ruinsand Other Objects (Karol Sienkiewicz)

Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdańsk Shipyard keeps on redefining itself. This year’s Alternativa investigates two areas: materiality and its own archive. The outcome of the first one is much more convincing

Literature

POETRY: The Passive (Marcin Sas)

She really sleeps, she doesn’t pretend to be dead anymore – poem by Marcin Sas, translated and produced by Ola Bilińska

Media

Golden Hour (Patryk Mogilnicki)

Waiting for the sun? See one of the comics submitted for the Silence contest during this year’s Ligatura festival

NOT IN ENGLISH YET: Neither Turtlenecks nor Pocket Protectors (Olga Drenda)

Frąckiewicz’s book is the first such detailed record of Polish comic culture

Music

Everything in Opera Leaves a Mark (Tomasz Cyz)

Premiering a drama production leaves me wondering what it is that I want to talk about in my next piece. Unlike the opera, which opens up a world of opportunities

Fear of Man (Tomasz Cyz)

The sound of Poppea is subtle and airy; the piece is like a fine cobweb – ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’ directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski in Madrid

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Art

Artur Żmijewski’s Reality Show (Nicola Trezzi)

Nothing seems real at the 7th Berlin Biennale; even the term ‘biennale’ is fake, as this is not a biennial or a group exhibition. This is massive artwork by Artur Żmijewski. If we don’t realise that, we just believe in the fiction and becomes victims of it

Industrial Ruinsand Other Objects (Karol Sienkiewicz)

Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdańsk Shipyard keeps on redefining itself. This year’s Alternativa investigates two areas: materiality and its own archive. The outcome of the first one is much more convincing

Literature

POETRY: The Passive (Marcin Sas)

She really sleeps, she doesn’t pretend to be dead anymore – poem by Marcin Sas, translated and produced by Ola Bilińska

Media

Golden Hour (Patryk Mogilnicki)

Waiting for the sun? See one of the comics submitted for the Silence contest during this year’s Ligatura festival

NOT IN ENGLISH YET: Neither Turtlenecks nor Pocket Protectors (Olga Drenda)

Frąckiewicz’s book is the first such detailed record of Polish comic culture

Music

Everything in Opera Leaves a Mark (Tomasz Cyz)

Premiering a drama production leaves me wondering what it is that I want to talk about in my next piece. Unlike the opera, which opens up a world of opportunities

Fear of Man (Tomasz Cyz)

The sound of Poppea is subtle and airy; the piece is like a fine cobweb – ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’ directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski in Madrid

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Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2012/35]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2012/35

Art

Never Surrender. The 7th Berlin Biennale (Karol Sienkiewicz)

This is a biennale at a human scale. Despite its revolutionary slogans and personal tragedies served up on a silver platter, the overall sense is that of security

Althamer in Minsk (Jan Szlaga)

The night of 17 and 18 May was quite different in a country where public gatherings are illegal. 150 people dressed in golden suits marched the main street of Minsk to greet the sun

Film

Gdynia Film Festival (Jakub Socha)

Political correctness was in place this year. Polish filmmakers have obviously been reading the papers, paying particular attention to the national news sections

Dumała (excerpt) (Paweł Sitkiewicz)

My former Polish teacher told me: ‘You write through film.’ And that’s the way it was then. Now I’m sure I don’t want to write through film. I’m running away from literariness

Literature

POETRY: Under a Sugar Rock, Echoes (Magdalena Bielska)

Under a sugar rock various affairs: a rounded island, a liquid planet that came into view in the sky one day. Never to vanish again

The Reading Lab: Shorthand ()

One upon a time John Wray lead a Twitter workshop in Wrocław. It was a part of The Reading Lab at the European Culture Congress. See the video

Fewer Quickies (Agnieszka Sowińska)

Who says you can’t sit down on the couch, open up a bottle of wine and sip it along to some music while reading a book?

Media

Culture Circulatory System (Agnieszka Słodownik)

The greatest risk involved in the whole debate is absolute polarisation and utter simplification, while forgetting that freedom entails responsibility

Closing Night (Daniel Gutowski)

Who would have thought such dedication to art was still possible? – a comic strip report from the closing night

Music

Classical, Almost Popular (Piotr Tkacz)

Designing sound in complex physical forms allows us to achieve sensuality, the end result of which is parasexual in nature, and I don’t mean the artist’s idiotic erotic posturing on stage

Theatre

Polish Theatre and the 32nd Warsaw Theatre Meetings, as Seen by US Visitors (Dara Weinberg)

Months after the WST, the longer-term efficacy of the protest letter is not clear

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Art

Never Surrender. The 7th Berlin Biennale (Karol Sienkiewicz)

This is a biennale at a human scale. Despite its revolutionary slogans and personal tragedies served up on a silver platter, the overall sense is that of security

Althamer in Minsk (Jan Szlaga)

The night of 17 and 18 May was quite different in a country where public gatherings are illegal. 150 people dressed in golden suits marched the main street of Minsk to greet the sun

Film

Gdynia Film Festival (Jakub Socha)

Political correctness was in place this year. Polish filmmakers have obviously been reading the papers, paying particular attention to the national news sections

Dumała (excerpt) (Paweł Sitkiewicz)

My former Polish teacher told me: ‘You write through film.’ And that’s the way it was then. Now I’m sure I don’t want to write through film. I’m running away from literariness

Literature

POETRY: Under a Sugar Rock, Echoes (Magdalena Bielska)

Under a sugar rock various affairs: a rounded island, a liquid planet that came into view in the sky one day. Never to vanish again

The Reading Lab: Shorthand ()

One upon a time John Wray lead a Twitter workshop in Wrocław. It was a part of The Reading Lab at the European Culture Congress. See the video

Fewer Quickies (Agnieszka Sowińska)

Who says you can’t sit down on the couch, open up a bottle of wine and sip it along to some music while reading a book?

Media

Culture Circulatory System (Agnieszka Słodownik)

The greatest risk involved in the whole debate is absolute polarisation and utter simplification, while forgetting that freedom entails responsibility

Closing Night (Daniel Gutowski)

Who would have thought such dedication to art was still possible? – a comic strip report from the closing night

Music

Classical, Almost Popular (Piotr Tkacz)

Designing sound in complex physical forms allows us to achieve sensuality, the end result of which is parasexual in nature, and I don’t mean the artist’s idiotic erotic posturing on stage

Theatre

Polish Theatre and the 32nd Warsaw Theatre Meetings, as Seen by US Visitors (Dara Weinberg)

Months after the WST, the longer-term efficacy of the protest letter is not clear

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Fri, 25 May 2012 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2012/34]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2012/34

Art

National Museum Reopening (Krzysiek Krzysztofiak)

The National Museum in Warsaw has been closed for more than a year. It reopens 17 May 2012. See the photos of the last arrangements

SASNAL: In Theatres Now (Karol Sienkiewicz)

Sasnal, an artist thus far associated with the gallery, has crossed over to the other side. The side where films are measured not in minutes, but in feet of celluloid

Occupation: Photojournalist (Iwo Zmyślony)

I couldn’t fathom that plant directors would just let artists wander around their factory floors. That could never happen in a socialist country – Bogdan Łopieński about the 1st Biennale of Spacial Forms in Elbląg in 1965

Film

Culture in Action! (Max Cegielski)

See the film reportage from 184 days of Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency 2011

Literature

books + consumerism = mésalliance (Agnieszka Sowińska)

Dorota Masłowska about piles of books and the pornographically unproductive act of reading

POETRY: Julia Superstar (Michał Szymaniak)

Poem by Michał Szymaniak. English translation and audio version by Ola Bilińska

Media

We, the Web Kids (Piotr Czerski)

Participating in cultural life is not something out of the ordinary to us: global culture is the fundamental building block of our identity, more important for defining ourselves than traditions, historical narratives, social status, ancestry, or even the language that we use

Lost in Culture (Antónia Mészáros)

The following debate on interdisciplinarity of culture took place during the European Culture Congress in September 2011 in Wrocław

Music

The Three Colors of Jazz (Tomasz Handzlik)

Sculptors and painters could teach musicians silence, because today’s music is dominated by chaos, and the loudness or decibel level is only getting higher, sadly – Piotr Damasiewicz

Theatre

The Fight Against Monuments (Joanna Wichowska)

The Maria we see in the performance is therefore an obviously made-up character, or rather a series of characters: a sequence of sketches, none of which aspire to be the single, true image

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Art

National Museum Reopening (Krzysiek Krzysztofiak)

The National Museum in Warsaw has been closed for more than a year. It reopens 17 May 2012. See the photos of the last arrangements

SASNAL: In Theatres Now (Karol Sienkiewicz)

Sasnal, an artist thus far associated with the gallery, has crossed over to the other side. The side where films are measured not in minutes, but in feet of celluloid

Occupation: Photojournalist (Iwo Zmyślony)

I couldn’t fathom that plant directors would just let artists wander around their factory floors. That could never happen in a socialist country – Bogdan Łopieński about the 1st Biennale of Spacial Forms in Elbląg in 1965

Film

Culture in Action! (Max Cegielski)

See the film reportage from 184 days of Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency 2011

Literature

books + consumerism = mésalliance (Agnieszka Sowińska)

Dorota Masłowska about piles of books and the pornographically unproductive act of reading

POETRY: Julia Superstar (Michał Szymaniak)

Poem by Michał Szymaniak. English translation and audio version by Ola Bilińska

Media

We, the Web Kids (Piotr Czerski)

Participating in cultural life is not something out of the ordinary to us: global culture is the fundamental building block of our identity, more important for defining ourselves than traditions, historical narratives, social status, ancestry, or even the language that we use

Lost in Culture (Antónia Mészáros)

The following debate on interdisciplinarity of culture took place during the European Culture Congress in September 2011 in Wrocław

Music

The Three Colors of Jazz (Tomasz Handzlik)

Sculptors and painters could teach musicians silence, because today’s music is dominated by chaos, and the loudness or decibel level is only getting higher, sadly – Piotr Damasiewicz

Theatre

The Fight Against Monuments (Joanna Wichowska)

The Maria we see in the performance is therefore an obviously made-up character, or rather a series of characters: a sequence of sketches, none of which aspire to be the single, true image

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Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2012/33]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2012/33

Art

The Final Showdown in Zachęta (Karol Sienkiewicz)

The exhibition revolves around a few unpleasant stories with art taking centre stage in all of them. Macuga mixed the documents from the Gallery’s archive with her own works and interventions

Art is Useless (Adam Mazur)

I allow outside influences to reach me – Tillmans’ works are exhibited in Zachęta in Warsaw until the end of January

Film

Polish Documentary Film Looking Up (Jo Harper)

Tip of the iceberg of past, present and future of Polish documentary

Literature

NOT IN ENGLISH YET:The Story of a Short Story (Patrycja Pustkowiak)

Let’s master the art of writing short stories – a genre where style, high culture of language, and the ability to take mental shortcuts are absolutely crucial

POETRY:Dandyism Counterattacks (Andrzej Kotański)

Poem by Andrzej Kotański and its audio interpretation by Ola Bilińska

Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012) (John Biweekly)

Wisława Szmborska died on 1 February

My Mortality Should Touch You (Adam Wiedemann)

There’s no ‘using’ Szymborska. Every one of her best poems is a self-contained monad governed by its own set of secret laws, which usually end up as crude imitations when attempted by anyone else

Media

Wikianarchy (Ruben Maes)

The following debate on freedom in culture took place during the European Culture Congress in September 2011 in Wrocław

Let’s meet in the public domain (Alek Tarkowski)

Public Domain Day is a celebration of great authors’ works becoming genuine public goods. How does that sound in the context of recent ACTA turmoil?

Music

Penderecki & Greenwoodby Nonesuch Records (Tomasz Handzlik)

Nonesuch Records releases an album of works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood, recorded in Alvernia Studios, on 13 March 2012

Talks

Art’s inner lie (Adam Mazur)

The imagination of artists and curators traces the limits of art – Artur Żmijewski about his role as the curator of 7. Berlin Biennale

Honing the Skill (Iwona Radziszewska)

Each of us has beats in his heart that bring him closer to what is sacred

Theatre

The White Mass (Piotr Gruszczyński)

Artur Żmijewski did something seemingly simple, something which should’ve been done a long time ago. He transplanted mass onto the theatre stage, directly, with no changes made

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Art

The Final Showdown in Zachęta (Karol Sienkiewicz)

The exhibition revolves around a few unpleasant stories with art taking centre stage in all of them. Macuga mixed the documents from the Gallery’s archive with her own works and interventions

Art is Useless (Adam Mazur)

I allow outside influences to reach me – Tillmans’ works are exhibited in Zachęta in Warsaw until the end of January

Film

Polish Documentary Film Looking Up (Jo Harper)

Tip of the iceberg of past, present and future of Polish documentary

Literature

NOT IN ENGLISH YET:The Story of a Short Story (Patrycja Pustkowiak)

Let’s master the art of writing short stories – a genre where style, high culture of language, and the ability to take mental shortcuts are absolutely crucial

POETRY:Dandyism Counterattacks (Andrzej Kotański)

Poem by Andrzej Kotański and its audio interpretation by Ola Bilińska

Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012) (John Biweekly)

Wisława Szmborska died on 1 February

My Mortality Should Touch You (Adam Wiedemann)

There’s no ‘using’ Szymborska. Every one of her best poems is a self-contained monad governed by its own set of secret laws, which usually end up as crude imitations when attempted by anyone else

Media

Wikianarchy (Ruben Maes)

The following debate on freedom in culture took place during the European Culture Congress in September 2011 in Wrocław

Let’s meet in the public domain (Alek Tarkowski)

Public Domain Day is a celebration of great authors’ works becoming genuine public goods. How does that sound in the context of recent ACTA turmoil?

Music

Penderecki & Greenwoodby Nonesuch Records (Tomasz Handzlik)

Nonesuch Records releases an album of works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood, recorded in Alvernia Studios, on 13 March 2012

Talks

Art’s inner lie (Adam Mazur)

The imagination of artists and curators traces the limits of art – Artur Żmijewski about his role as the curator of 7. Berlin Biennale

Honing the Skill (Iwona Radziszewska)

Each of us has beats in his heart that bring him closer to what is sacred

Theatre

The White Mass (Piotr Gruszczyński)

Artur Żmijewski did something seemingly simple, something which should’ve been done a long time ago. He transplanted mass onto the theatre stage, directly, with no changes made

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Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/32]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/32

Art

Photography Reclaimed (Iwona Kurz)

The albums ‘Polesie’ and ‘Kronikarki’ are a successful attempt at reclaiming photography. Chomętowska and Chrząszczowa’s images make the past seem contemporary, or at least stripped of the nostalgic patina of age

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH:Fraudulent Liaisons (Chris Niedenthal)

The rules of our profession say that press photographs cannot be digitally manipulated in any way, other than what could have been achieved in a darkroom in the old days of analogue photography.

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Nicolas Grosspierre (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘I like games, based on what one can see in my works, and that I invite the viewers to participate in.’

Intro

What Next? (John Biweekly)

I’d expect even more creativity, as lack of funds works to its benefit. How about time? Isn’t that a great side effect to unemployment?

Media

HALF A PAGE:A Persian Letter on Cultural Patterns (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Time is of the utmost importance; Americans accomplish more by making productive use of their time

Poems

leśmian song / xxx / abacus (Katarzyna Zdanowicz-Cyganiak)

Talks

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Ousourcing to Amateurs (Jakub Szczęsny)

‘What is missing is coalitions of activist organisations. The persons who want to protect heritage have to form a group, so they can fight. We’ve had experiences where those fights were translated into genuine action’

Stale Rituals and Emotions (Stanisław Liguziński)

‘The intersection between these two plot lines was very meticulously thought-out. I just hope audiences will pick up on that, instead of just moaning about how the movie attacks the church…’

Theatre

Greek Chorus Variations: Oratorium Dance Project (Dara Weinberg)

The production included over a hundred community participants, along with Chorea and the musicians of the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. Read excerpts from a rehearsal diary from the week before opening

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Art

Photography Reclaimed (Iwona Kurz)

The albums ‘Polesie’ and ‘Kronikarki’ are a successful attempt at reclaiming photography. Chomętowska and Chrząszczowa’s images make the past seem contemporary, or at least stripped of the nostalgic patina of age

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH:Fraudulent Liaisons (Chris Niedenthal)

The rules of our profession say that press photographs cannot be digitally manipulated in any way, other than what could have been achieved in a darkroom in the old days of analogue photography.

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Nicolas Grosspierre (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘I like games, based on what one can see in my works, and that I invite the viewers to participate in.’

Intro

What Next? (John Biweekly)

I’d expect even more creativity, as lack of funds works to its benefit. How about time? Isn’t that a great side effect to unemployment?

Media

HALF A PAGE:A Persian Letter on Cultural Patterns (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Time is of the utmost importance; Americans accomplish more by making productive use of their time

Poems

leśmian song / xxx / abacus (Katarzyna Zdanowicz-Cyganiak)

Talks

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Ousourcing to Amateurs (Jakub Szczęsny)

‘What is missing is coalitions of activist organisations. The persons who want to protect heritage have to form a group, so they can fight. We’ve had experiences where those fights were translated into genuine action’

Stale Rituals and Emotions (Stanisław Liguziński)

‘The intersection between these two plot lines was very meticulously thought-out. I just hope audiences will pick up on that, instead of just moaning about how the movie attacks the church…’

Theatre

Greek Chorus Variations: Oratorium Dance Project (Dara Weinberg)

The production included over a hundred community participants, along with Chorea and the musicians of the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. Read excerpts from a rehearsal diary from the week before opening

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Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/31]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/31

Art

The Castle is not Mine (Karol Sienkiewicz)

For the last few months the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw was on everyone’s lips mainly because of the dismissal of curator Milada Ślizińska. But with Fabio Cavallucci as the new director of the CCA for over a year now, it’s a good opportunity to discuss the future of the institution

Designing Objects, Designing Cities (Klara Czerniewska)

Two parallel design events, the 5th Łódź Design Festival and Warsaw Under Construction 3 complemented each other perfectly this year

WHO’S WHO AND WHY: Goshka Macuga (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Goshka Macuga collects stories of censorship and revives an interest in the matter, leading the art world to question how much has changed in the past two decades

Intro

Go Ahead, Save it for Later (John Biweekly)

Winter is coming. Curl up on the couch with some hot tea and issue #31 of Biweekly

Media

Thanksgiving at OWS (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

I did not know how to refer to the people who stay there. Then I heard a speech by Michael Moore, and I learned what to call them: occupiers. The movement, he said, changed a lot of things, one of them being the meaning of the word ‘to occupy’

Sign the Petition! (John Biweekly)

A call for more culture in EU’s cohesion policy!

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:Y, Z as in CTRL+Y, CTRL+Z (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Authors have predicted the demise of everything from books, television, the press, middlemen, and professional artists to politics, government, nation states, and even entire regions. But unexpected returns happen all the time

HALF A PAGE:Setting Aside the Independence Day March;I See You (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Philadelphia has its own set of rules. You arrive at the crosswalk, make eye contact, and rest assured that the driver won’t slow down. Experts recommend not looking at the driver

Music

The Turbulent Lifeof Madame Curie (Klaudia Baranowska)

‘I didn’t want Marie Curie to be that figure we all know from our school textbooks. I wanted to depict her as a real, live person and a woman at that.’ – composer Elżbieta Sikora and director Marek Weiss talk about ‘Madame Curie’

I’m not into Classification (Monika Rokicka)

‘Stańko has been spending a lot of time in New York. It’s something that he’s always wanted to do and he is interested in a lot of younger musicians in the New York scene,’ says pianist Craig Taborn, who recently performed alongside Stańko at the Jazz Autumn Festival in Bielsko Biała

Poems

Pass This On (Karol Graczyk)

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Art

The Castle is not Mine (Karol Sienkiewicz)

For the last few months the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw was on everyone’s lips mainly because of the dismissal of curator Milada Ślizińska. But with Fabio Cavallucci as the new director of the CCA for over a year now, it’s a good opportunity to discuss the future of the institution

Designing Objects, Designing Cities (Klara Czerniewska)

Two parallel design events, the 5th Łódź Design Festival and Warsaw Under Construction 3 complemented each other perfectly this year

WHO’S WHO AND WHY: Goshka Macuga (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Goshka Macuga collects stories of censorship and revives an interest in the matter, leading the art world to question how much has changed in the past two decades

Intro

Go Ahead, Save it for Later (John Biweekly)

Winter is coming. Curl up on the couch with some hot tea and issue #31 of Biweekly

Media

Thanksgiving at OWS (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

I did not know how to refer to the people who stay there. Then I heard a speech by Michael Moore, and I learned what to call them: occupiers. The movement, he said, changed a lot of things, one of them being the meaning of the word ‘to occupy’

Sign the Petition! (John Biweekly)

A call for more culture in EU’s cohesion policy!

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:Y, Z as in CTRL+Y, CTRL+Z (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Authors have predicted the demise of everything from books, television, the press, middlemen, and professional artists to politics, government, nation states, and even entire regions. But unexpected returns happen all the time

HALF A PAGE:Setting Aside the Independence Day March;I See You (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Philadelphia has its own set of rules. You arrive at the crosswalk, make eye contact, and rest assured that the driver won’t slow down. Experts recommend not looking at the driver

Music

The Turbulent Lifeof Madame Curie (Klaudia Baranowska)

‘I didn’t want Marie Curie to be that figure we all know from our school textbooks. I wanted to depict her as a real, live person and a woman at that.’ – composer Elżbieta Sikora and director Marek Weiss talk about ‘Madame Curie’

I’m not into Classification (Monika Rokicka)

‘Stańko has been spending a lot of time in New York. It’s something that he’s always wanted to do and he is interested in a lot of younger musicians in the New York scene,’ says pianist Craig Taborn, who recently performed alongside Stańko at the Jazz Autumn Festival in Bielsko Biała

Poems

Pass This On (Karol Graczyk)

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Fri, 25 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/30]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/30

Art

Everything is a Black Girl (Katarzyna Bojarska)

‘When the current president was running for office, all this racist shit just came right out from wherever it was sitting dormant and it was circulated in new, post-modern ways,’ says American artist Kara Walker

Finding anInternational Language (Adam Mazur)

‘My contribution isn’t new research. I’ve proposed a new way of presenting the work of Alina Szapocznikow within the context of contemporary art history,’ says Joanna Mytkowska, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Film

Directing is a Job (Jakub Socha)

A director isn’t someone who just stands at the bridge and shouts out orders. A film is something that happens between people, something that’s alive. I really like that community

Intro

Let’s Move it Around (John Biweekly)

Next November, how about we celebrate, rather than demonstrate?

Literature

Africa as an Invention and a Duty (Eliza Szybowicz)

In her newest book, ‘Dom żółwia. Zanzibar’, Szejnert shows that she is aware of the roles and conventions that limit anyone attempting to read or write about Africa

NOTES FROM UNDER THETABLE: A Literature ofIntimate Space (James Hopkin)

The idea of the festival should be about a dialogue between languages, and how good literature with good translators can make nonsense of national borders and take us all to an intimate space not infiltrated by media-speak or nationalism

Media

EVERYDAY RESISTANCE:Saved by Coffee (Katarzyna Tórz)

Good coffee doesn’t appear to matter as much in Poland. Like substantive discussions with neighbours, enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee at the nearest corner is a rare activity, one regarded as extravagance or even luxury

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:X as in XXX (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Internet porn is a delicate subject, but let’s try to examine it from an ‘outside the box’ perspective

European Culture Congres:Fascination is notMy Way of Being (Zofia Maria Cielątkowska)

We caught up with renowned intellectual and cultural critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak at the European Culture Congress in Wrocław (8–11 September 2011) to talk about art, language, ethics, and philosophy

Music

WHO’S WHO AND WHY: Ballady i Romanse (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘Today sung poetry doesn’t have a very positive association. Perhaps that’s because it’s not the same kind of poetry that was once sung. We try to sift out the ceremonial character and pathos’ — Basia Wrońska

Poems

A Toast to the Ancestors (Wojciech Górecki)

Theatre

Preaching from the Chorus (Dara Weinberg)

‘I want to create a new kind of chorus theatre,’ says Marta Górnicka. If ‘Tu mówi chór…’ was the birth of that new kind of theatre, then ‘Magnificat’ is its adolescent rebellion

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Art

Everything is a Black Girl (Katarzyna Bojarska)

‘When the current president was running for office, all this racist shit just came right out from wherever it was sitting dormant and it was circulated in new, post-modern ways,’ says American artist Kara Walker

Finding anInternational Language (Adam Mazur)

‘My contribution isn’t new research. I’ve proposed a new way of presenting the work of Alina Szapocznikow within the context of contemporary art history,’ says Joanna Mytkowska, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Film

Directing is a Job (Jakub Socha)

A director isn’t someone who just stands at the bridge and shouts out orders. A film is something that happens between people, something that’s alive. I really like that community

Intro

Let’s Move it Around (John Biweekly)

Next November, how about we celebrate, rather than demonstrate?

Literature

Africa as an Invention and a Duty (Eliza Szybowicz)

In her newest book, ‘Dom żółwia. Zanzibar’, Szejnert shows that she is aware of the roles and conventions that limit anyone attempting to read or write about Africa

NOTES FROM UNDER THETABLE: A Literature ofIntimate Space (James Hopkin)

The idea of the festival should be about a dialogue between languages, and how good literature with good translators can make nonsense of national borders and take us all to an intimate space not infiltrated by media-speak or nationalism

Media

EVERYDAY RESISTANCE:Saved by Coffee (Katarzyna Tórz)

Good coffee doesn’t appear to matter as much in Poland. Like substantive discussions with neighbours, enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee at the nearest corner is a rare activity, one regarded as extravagance or even luxury

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:X as in XXX (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Internet porn is a delicate subject, but let’s try to examine it from an ‘outside the box’ perspective

European Culture Congres:Fascination is notMy Way of Being (Zofia Maria Cielątkowska)

We caught up with renowned intellectual and cultural critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak at the European Culture Congress in Wrocław (8–11 September 2011) to talk about art, language, ethics, and philosophy

Music

WHO’S WHO AND WHY: Ballady i Romanse (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘Today sung poetry doesn’t have a very positive association. Perhaps that’s because it’s not the same kind of poetry that was once sung. We try to sift out the ceremonial character and pathos’ — Basia Wrońska

Poems

A Toast to the Ancestors (Wojciech Górecki)

Theatre

Preaching from the Chorus (Dara Weinberg)

‘I want to create a new kind of chorus theatre,’ says Marta Górnicka. If ‘Tu mówi chór…’ was the birth of that new kind of theatre, then ‘Magnificat’ is its adolescent rebellion

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Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/29]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/29

Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH:Unidentified Family Photos (Chris Niedenthal)

Very rarely, if ever, do we find any life-saving words on the back of a family photograph

The Stage Opened Me (Karolina Sulej)

Recently I was performing in a club with solid security and it didn’t prevent people from throwing bottles in my face. Fortunately I move a lot so I’m not an easy target

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Paulina Ołowska (Agnieszka Le Nart)

As a child of socialist Poland, she thrives on the nostalgia of alternative private realities under socialism. Her work has been said to combine a post-Warholian pop art with Warsaw Pact socialism

A Lonesome Museum (Karol Sienkiewicz)

On the 80th anniversary of its foundation, the Museum of Art in Łódź has decided to set aside historical reckoning and revisit its founding mothers and fathers, posing questions on our modern need for utopian ideas

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:W as in Westernisation (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The members of the Toruń underground obviously didn’t identify with hacker culture, but one would be hard pressed to find a better example of the creative use of technology in anti-systemic activity

Music

Sound Postcards (Mat Schulz)

One of the reasons Pocztówki Dźwiękowe draws us towards them is because they are, as technological objects, even more quaint and outdated than records and CDs

Poems

XVI. (Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki)

Talks

Counteracting Digital Exclusion (Agnieszka Słodownik)

When technological advancements begin to dominate us, reducing us to mere consumers, our only defense is to engage in cultural activities that respond to our imagination, intelligence, and spiritual needs

Theatre

But Why are They Indispensable? (Marta Bryś)

In his latest premiere Jan Klata abandons all the strategies that secured him his current position in Polish theatre. Sadly, it seems there is little left once the flashy façade has been removed

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Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH:Unidentified Family Photos (Chris Niedenthal)

Very rarely, if ever, do we find any life-saving words on the back of a family photograph

The Stage Opened Me (Karolina Sulej)

Recently I was performing in a club with solid security and it didn’t prevent people from throwing bottles in my face. Fortunately I move a lot so I’m not an easy target

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Paulina Ołowska (Agnieszka Le Nart)

As a child of socialist Poland, she thrives on the nostalgia of alternative private realities under socialism. Her work has been said to combine a post-Warholian pop art with Warsaw Pact socialism

A Lonesome Museum (Karol Sienkiewicz)

On the 80th anniversary of its foundation, the Museum of Art in Łódź has decided to set aside historical reckoning and revisit its founding mothers and fathers, posing questions on our modern need for utopian ideas

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:W as in Westernisation (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The members of the Toruń underground obviously didn’t identify with hacker culture, but one would be hard pressed to find a better example of the creative use of technology in anti-systemic activity

Music

Sound Postcards (Mat Schulz)

One of the reasons Pocztówki Dźwiękowe draws us towards them is because they are, as technological objects, even more quaint and outdated than records and CDs

Poems

XVI. (Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki)

Talks

Counteracting Digital Exclusion (Agnieszka Słodownik)

When technological advancements begin to dominate us, reducing us to mere consumers, our only defense is to engage in cultural activities that respond to our imagination, intelligence, and spiritual needs

Theatre

But Why are They Indispensable? (Marta Bryś)

In his latest premiere Jan Klata abandons all the strategies that secured him his current position in Polish theatre. Sadly, it seems there is little left once the flashy façade has been removed

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Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/28]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/28

Art

A Nature Lesson on Wspólna Street (Karol Sienkiewicz)

The greatest attraction of Warsaw’s first Gallery Weekend was the opening of the Raster Gallery location, inaugurated with an exhibition by young Czech artist Eva Koťátková

CULTURE 2.0 – Level 2.0 (John Biweekly)

Accompanying to the Culture 2.0 Conference is the Enter Level 2.0 exhibition. What’s coming this year? There’s a selection for you

Film

Freedom Fighters in the Ghetto (Joanna Ostrowska)

Panek’s film is an excellent example of the shift in our understanding of historical films, once associated with ‘heavy’ period pieces

Intro

UNSOUND Sounds Good (John Biweekly)

St Catherine’s church was full. The audience sat with their backs facing the altar. Blasphemy?

Literature

The Urge to Tell a Story (Zofia Zaleska)

If an alien came to Earth and saw Lars von Trier’s movies it would want to destroy the human race. I don't think that would be the case, if it read my stories

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki (Agnieszka Le Nart)

His nostalgic descriptions of days gone by and people he’s known give these writings a seductive air. His writings have been referred to as a ‘dark passion’

Media

AT A GLANCE:Cocktails in the Shadowof the Redeemer (Maria Poprzęcka)

A struggle of ambitions has been going on over whether the Christ of Świebodzin is taller than his Brazilian counterpart. The Polish statue, even the added height of its golden crown, doesn’t stand a chance

CULTURE 2.0 – Media-Aware (John Biweekly)

Today, one can hardly imagine an educational process ignoring the possibilities that arise from new media

SOMETHING OR OTHER:Little Rebellions (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

Touching is what is needed. Memory doesn’t hold the map

EVERYDAY RESISTANCE:Mommy! Mammon! (Katarzyna Tórz)

Amidst a record lotto jackpot, news of growing poverty rates in Europe, and endless speculation about the peak price of the Swiss franc, a modest yet extraordinarily telling exhibition has sprung up in several cities across the country

Poems

You’re Very Welcome (Anda Rottenberg)

Theatre

Polish Tanztheater? (Anna Królica)

It is an interesting coincidence that 1973 saw the creation of both Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal and the Polish Dance Theatre – Poznań Ballet

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Art

A Nature Lesson on Wspólna Street (Karol Sienkiewicz)

The greatest attraction of Warsaw’s first Gallery Weekend was the opening of the Raster Gallery location, inaugurated with an exhibition by young Czech artist Eva Koťátková

CULTURE 2.0 – Level 2.0 (John Biweekly)

Accompanying to the Culture 2.0 Conference is the Enter Level 2.0 exhibition. What’s coming this year? There’s a selection for you

Film

Freedom Fighters in the Ghetto (Joanna Ostrowska)

Panek’s film is an excellent example of the shift in our understanding of historical films, once associated with ‘heavy’ period pieces

Intro

UNSOUND Sounds Good (John Biweekly)

St Catherine’s church was full. The audience sat with their backs facing the altar. Blasphemy?

Literature

The Urge to Tell a Story (Zofia Zaleska)

If an alien came to Earth and saw Lars von Trier’s movies it would want to destroy the human race. I don't think that would be the case, if it read my stories

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki (Agnieszka Le Nart)

His nostalgic descriptions of days gone by and people he’s known give these writings a seductive air. His writings have been referred to as a ‘dark passion’

Media

AT A GLANCE:Cocktails in the Shadowof the Redeemer (Maria Poprzęcka)

A struggle of ambitions has been going on over whether the Christ of Świebodzin is taller than his Brazilian counterpart. The Polish statue, even the added height of its golden crown, doesn’t stand a chance

CULTURE 2.0 – Media-Aware (John Biweekly)

Today, one can hardly imagine an educational process ignoring the possibilities that arise from new media

SOMETHING OR OTHER:Little Rebellions (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

Touching is what is needed. Memory doesn’t hold the map

EVERYDAY RESISTANCE:Mommy! Mammon! (Katarzyna Tórz)

Amidst a record lotto jackpot, news of growing poverty rates in Europe, and endless speculation about the peak price of the Swiss franc, a modest yet extraordinarily telling exhibition has sprung up in several cities across the country

Poems

You’re Very Welcome (Anda Rottenberg)

Theatre

Polish Tanztheater? (Anna Królica)

It is an interesting coincidence that 1973 saw the creation of both Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal and the Polish Dance Theatre – Poznań Ballet

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Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/27]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/27

Intro

Short Stop in Lithuania (John Biweekly)

Will Poland take example of its neighbour and one day reach this beautiful state of no-billboards-on-top-of-other-billboards?

Literature

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE: Flash-mob Miłosz vs. The Long and Lonesome Stand of Tadeusz Różewicz (James Hopkin)

The centenary of Miłosz’s birth has been quite well covered in the UK. There was always something magisterial about him, both as a poet and as a man

Media

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Alien Europe (John Biweekly)

Debate with the participation of Azra Akšamija, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Paul Scheffer, Tigran Mansurian

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: Wikianarchy (John Biweekly)

Debate with the participation of Joost Smiers, Rickard ‘Rick’ Falkvinge, Raquel Xalabarder, Ryszard Markiewicz, Oliver Herrgesell

HALF A PAGE:Legia Apologises for Jedwabne (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Unconventional graffitti quickly goes down

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:V as in Version (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

New culture, to an even greater extent than before, is a culture of versions. And it’s not just thanks to the term ‘culture 2.0’, although the label itself is not without meaning

Music

Fighting the Violin (Jolanta Brózda-Wiśniewska)

A competition is about establishing human contact. Otherwise it can become a very ugly event

International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (John Biweekly)

Listen to recordings from Stage 1 Auditions

Poems

lantana disconnection wave (Joanna Roszak)

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Intro

Short Stop in Lithuania (John Biweekly)

Will Poland take example of its neighbour and one day reach this beautiful state of no-billboards-on-top-of-other-billboards?

Literature

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE: Flash-mob Miłosz vs. The Long and Lonesome Stand of Tadeusz Różewicz (James Hopkin)

The centenary of Miłosz’s birth has been quite well covered in the UK. There was always something magisterial about him, both as a poet and as a man

Media

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Alien Europe (John Biweekly)

Debate with the participation of Azra Akšamija, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Paul Scheffer, Tigran Mansurian

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: Wikianarchy (John Biweekly)

Debate with the participation of Joost Smiers, Rickard ‘Rick’ Falkvinge, Raquel Xalabarder, Ryszard Markiewicz, Oliver Herrgesell

HALF A PAGE:Legia Apologises for Jedwabne (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Unconventional graffitti quickly goes down

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:V as in Version (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

New culture, to an even greater extent than before, is a culture of versions. And it’s not just thanks to the term ‘culture 2.0’, although the label itself is not without meaning

Music

Fighting the Violin (Jolanta Brózda-Wiśniewska)

A competition is about establishing human contact. Otherwise it can become a very ugly event

International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (John Biweekly)

Listen to recordings from Stage 1 Auditions

Poems

lantana disconnection wave (Joanna Roszak)

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Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/26]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/26

Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH: The Good Bad Old Days (Chris Niedenthal)

All right then, so what are the advantages of shooting on film?

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Honza Zamojski (Agnieszka Le Nart)

I feel lucky that I have a ‘profession’, that I don’t need to be an artist

A Shaman of His Neighbourhood Tribe (Karol Sienkiewicz)

The art-book publishing house Phaidon recently devoted an entire title to Althamer, thus inducting him into the club of modern classics

Intro

Exchange (John Biweekly)

Public money as a tool to empower creative skills of the populace without showing the way the skills should be employed? Is it ‘against’ art?

Literature

COCTAIL ARTY:Feasts with Devils (Paweł Soszyński)

The 17th century ‘Town Chronicles of Kalisz’ recount a very interesting testimony of a certain witch named Dorota. Her account is a fascinating tale of a magical nighttime journey through the wilderness to a feast with devils

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:U as in Ubiquitous Computing (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Trips to remote places outside the range of communications networks and ubiquitous computing are now treated as tempting adventures

AT A GLANCE:Postcards from (West) Belarus (Maria Poprzęcka)

Operation Harvest has been a success. Stubble fields stretch out towards the horizon. Endless rows of corn wait to be gathered. The old, romantic notion of villages with wooden houses is dying out

Poems

watching (Grzegorz Kwiatkowski)

Theatre

The End of the Line (Paweł Soszyński)

What Lupa staged in Wrocław was simply a bad play. ‘Waiting Room.0’ is an intentional formal and intellectual wasteland

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Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH: The Good Bad Old Days (Chris Niedenthal)

All right then, so what are the advantages of shooting on film?

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Honza Zamojski (Agnieszka Le Nart)

I feel lucky that I have a ‘profession’, that I don’t need to be an artist

A Shaman of His Neighbourhood Tribe (Karol Sienkiewicz)

The art-book publishing house Phaidon recently devoted an entire title to Althamer, thus inducting him into the club of modern classics

Intro

Exchange (John Biweekly)

Public money as a tool to empower creative skills of the populace without showing the way the skills should be employed? Is it ‘against’ art?

Literature

COCTAIL ARTY:Feasts with Devils (Paweł Soszyński)

The 17th century ‘Town Chronicles of Kalisz’ recount a very interesting testimony of a certain witch named Dorota. Her account is a fascinating tale of a magical nighttime journey through the wilderness to a feast with devils

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:U as in Ubiquitous Computing (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Trips to remote places outside the range of communications networks and ubiquitous computing are now treated as tempting adventures

AT A GLANCE:Postcards from (West) Belarus (Maria Poprzęcka)

Operation Harvest has been a success. Stubble fields stretch out towards the horizon. Endless rows of corn wait to be gathered. The old, romantic notion of villages with wooden houses is dying out

Poems

watching (Grzegorz Kwiatkowski)

Theatre

The End of the Line (Paweł Soszyński)

What Lupa staged in Wrocław was simply a bad play. ‘Waiting Room.0’ is an intentional formal and intellectual wasteland

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Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/25]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/25

Art

ROMAN OPAŁKA. A Time of Life or Time of Painting? (Ludovico Pratesi)

Reflections on the works of Roman Opałka (1931-2011). Conceptual artist in need to represent irreversible time

Film

Big Top Cinema: The Two Riversides Festival of Art and Film (Jakub Socha)

Movies often take second stage to meetings with the people behind the films. Audiences eagerly participate in the dialogue; there’s no ironic smirking

Intro

It’s All About the Congress (John Biweekly)

This week we are focused mainly on the European Culture Congress. Exceptional event, the climax of the Cultural National Programme of the Polish Presidency in the European Union Council

Literature

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: Reading Lab (Agnieszka Słodownik)

The Reading Lab at the European Culture Congress (8-11 September 2011) is intended to pose a variety of questions concerning modern book shelves, storytelling and reading within the noise

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:T as in Tag (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Folksonomy is simply another word for social tagging

HALF A PAGE: On the Death of Andrzej Lepper (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Death is death is death. A cross was put up after his death, and under the cross candles were lit

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS Live (John Biweekly)

For all those who are unable to take part in the Europan Culture Congress debates in Wrocław there are online broadcasts on culturecongress.eu

Medialab Lublin (Agnieszka Słodownik)

Medialab Lublin was an organic kind of experience, and it proved that there are new fields of expression that ‘everything’s already done’ phrase just doesn’t apply to

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Crevice (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

Where did they come from – all these young and not so young adults who remind us of what we were not so long ago? And why is this crevice so scary

Music

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: Penderecki in Liquid Modernity (Adam Suprynowicz)

Concerts at ECC will feature three pieces composed in the early 1960s, when Penderecki’s name was synonymous with strong, avant-garde sonorism

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Igor Pudło a.k.a Igor Boxx (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Igor Boxx is performing works off of the Breaslau album at the European Culture Congress. The DJ series at the Festival Club – Four Domes Pavilion hosts Boxx on Friday, 9 September, 2011 at 22:30

One Must Discuss Tastes (Joanna Halszka-Sokołowska)

People didn’t used to take themselves as seriously as they do now

Poems

oi! boy (Kira Pietrek)

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Art

ROMAN OPAŁKA. A Time of Life or Time of Painting? (Ludovico Pratesi)

Reflections on the works of Roman Opałka (1931-2011). Conceptual artist in need to represent irreversible time

Film

Big Top Cinema: The Two Riversides Festival of Art and Film (Jakub Socha)

Movies often take second stage to meetings with the people behind the films. Audiences eagerly participate in the dialogue; there’s no ironic smirking

Intro

It’s All About the Congress (John Biweekly)

This week we are focused mainly on the European Culture Congress. Exceptional event, the climax of the Cultural National Programme of the Polish Presidency in the European Union Council

Literature

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: Reading Lab (Agnieszka Słodownik)

The Reading Lab at the European Culture Congress (8-11 September 2011) is intended to pose a variety of questions concerning modern book shelves, storytelling and reading within the noise

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:T as in Tag (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Folksonomy is simply another word for social tagging

HALF A PAGE: On the Death of Andrzej Lepper (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Death is death is death. A cross was put up after his death, and under the cross candles were lit

EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS Live (John Biweekly)

For all those who are unable to take part in the Europan Culture Congress debates in Wrocław there are online broadcasts on culturecongress.eu

Medialab Lublin (Agnieszka Słodownik)

Medialab Lublin was an organic kind of experience, and it proved that there are new fields of expression that ‘everything’s already done’ phrase just doesn’t apply to

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Crevice (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

Where did they come from – all these young and not so young adults who remind us of what we were not so long ago? And why is this crevice so scary

Music

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: Penderecki in Liquid Modernity (Adam Suprynowicz)

Concerts at ECC will feature three pieces composed in the early 1960s, when Penderecki’s name was synonymous with strong, avant-garde sonorism

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Igor Pudło a.k.a Igor Boxx (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Igor Boxx is performing works off of the Breaslau album at the European Culture Congress. The DJ series at the Festival Club – Four Domes Pavilion hosts Boxx on Friday, 9 September, 2011 at 22:30

One Must Discuss Tastes (Joanna Halszka-Sokołowska)

People didn’t used to take themselves as seriously as they do now

Poems

oi! boy (Kira Pietrek)

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Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/24]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/24

Art

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Agata Bogacka (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Agata Bogacka’s latest show is on at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw between 13 August and 9 October. Diaries are not as compelling as her earlier works as they don’t share a universality that inspired a greater degree of identification on the part of the viewer

Film

New Horizons. International Competition (Ludwika Mastalerz)

The film I was rooting for the most was Daniel Cockburn’s ‘You Are Here’. This eclectic picture is an amusing crash-course in analytical philosophy

Intro

Almost Gone (John Biweekly)

Maybe the summer is almost gone, but the true cultural blossom is still to come. Captain Europe, the superhero, is here to give you the foretaste

Literature

SOMETHING OR OTHER:Poetic Emergency – wedding song (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

A very close friend of mine needed a poem to include in her blessing at the wedding of her daughter.  The bride grew up bilingual so my friend wanted a poem written in Polish, but with an English language version

Every Man for Himself (Joanna Ostrowska)

For the first time in years, the topic of the Rwandan Genocide became an important issue of public debate

Media

AT A GLANCE:Field for Rent vs.Poland is not yet lost (Maria Poprzęcka)

Poland, a country that has been sold for advertising space

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:R as in Remediation (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

We have a strong need to experience culture together, even if we consume it separately

Music

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Listening is an Art (Michał Mendyk)

Have you ever tried closing your eyes during a screening just to check how much of the story you can glean from sound alone in a visual medium?

Poems

people / hares (Grzegorz Kwiatkowski)

Talks

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Literary Microblogging? (Adam Kruk)

You’ll be connected to a social network, but you won’t necessarily need the website to consume the content

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Art

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Agata Bogacka (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Agata Bogacka’s latest show is on at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw between 13 August and 9 October. Diaries are not as compelling as her earlier works as they don’t share a universality that inspired a greater degree of identification on the part of the viewer

Film

New Horizons. International Competition (Ludwika Mastalerz)

The film I was rooting for the most was Daniel Cockburn’s ‘You Are Here’. This eclectic picture is an amusing crash-course in analytical philosophy

Intro

Almost Gone (John Biweekly)

Maybe the summer is almost gone, but the true cultural blossom is still to come. Captain Europe, the superhero, is here to give you the foretaste

Literature

SOMETHING OR OTHER:Poetic Emergency – wedding song (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

A very close friend of mine needed a poem to include in her blessing at the wedding of her daughter.  The bride grew up bilingual so my friend wanted a poem written in Polish, but with an English language version

Every Man for Himself (Joanna Ostrowska)

For the first time in years, the topic of the Rwandan Genocide became an important issue of public debate

Media

AT A GLANCE:Field for Rent vs.Poland is not yet lost (Maria Poprzęcka)

Poland, a country that has been sold for advertising space

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:R as in Remediation (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

We have a strong need to experience culture together, even if we consume it separately

Music

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Listening is an Art (Michał Mendyk)

Have you ever tried closing your eyes during a screening just to check how much of the story you can glean from sound alone in a visual medium?

Poems

people / hares (Grzegorz Kwiatkowski)

Talks

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Literary Microblogging? (Adam Kruk)

You’ll be connected to a social network, but you won’t necessarily need the website to consume the content

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Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/23]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/23

Art

Ryfka Comethand Ryfka Goeth Away (Karol Sienkiewicz)

At this year’s Venice Biennale Poland is represented by Israeli artist Yael Bartana. Her project is based on the idea of a Jewish renaissance movement forming in Poland. Unfortunately, the movement’s leader is assassinated...

Intro

Summer Break (John Biweekly)

With this issue of Biweekly we’re taking a summer break, and will meet again on 19 August

Literature

Some Things Just Can’t Be Put Into Words (Agnieszka Słodownik)

The Reading Lab: Liberate a book – liberature workshops will take place during the European Culture Congress in September in Wrocław. The workshops will be carried out by Zenon Fajfer and Katarzyna Bazarnik

Media

HALF A PAGE:To Yael Bartana;To Our Own, For Our Own (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

The goals set by Yael Bartana’s association are noble, but there is no such thing as an idea that cannot be improved upon

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE: Double P as in Private Sphere, Public Sphere (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

It’s obvious that the boundaries between what’s public and private are increasingly blurry

Music

ATTENTION: CULTURE!:Symphony No 3 by Mykietyn (Tomasz Cyz)

For a long time I had no idea how to name it. The entire piece is very bitter, just like the words written by Mateusz Kościukiewicz. But I cannot kid around with names like Jadwiga Rappé and titles like Symphony No 3. Paweł Mykietyn talks about his newest composition

The Civil Society, Innovationand Music (Richard Berkeley)

What is needed is a National Performing Arts Educational Centre for Schools

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Wojtek Mazolewski (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Music is the best way for me to make contact with the world. I strive to pursue ideals, but in life it often doesn’t work. In music it can work, this beautiful world of feelings and emotions transferred through pure energy. In this way I share the best with others. – Wojtek Mazolewski

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE: A Long Time Ago in the Future: Björk’s Biophilia (James Hopkin)

Can technology really take us closer to nature, and if so, how? Because during the performance, nothing took me closer to nature or to the cosmos than the human voice, whether Björk’s or those of the magnificent choir

Audible Taste of Synesthetic Composition (Monika Pasiecznik)

Jagoda Szmytka employs a variety of media and material without discerning between sound and image, philosophical idea and touch

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Art

Ryfka Comethand Ryfka Goeth Away (Karol Sienkiewicz)

At this year’s Venice Biennale Poland is represented by Israeli artist Yael Bartana. Her project is based on the idea of a Jewish renaissance movement forming in Poland. Unfortunately, the movement’s leader is assassinated...

Intro

Summer Break (John Biweekly)

With this issue of Biweekly we’re taking a summer break, and will meet again on 19 August

Literature

Some Things Just Can’t Be Put Into Words (Agnieszka Słodownik)

The Reading Lab: Liberate a book – liberature workshops will take place during the European Culture Congress in September in Wrocław. The workshops will be carried out by Zenon Fajfer and Katarzyna Bazarnik

Media

HALF A PAGE:To Yael Bartana;To Our Own, For Our Own (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

The goals set by Yael Bartana’s association are noble, but there is no such thing as an idea that cannot be improved upon

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE: Double P as in Private Sphere, Public Sphere (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

It’s obvious that the boundaries between what’s public and private are increasingly blurry

Music

ATTENTION: CULTURE!:Symphony No 3 by Mykietyn (Tomasz Cyz)

For a long time I had no idea how to name it. The entire piece is very bitter, just like the words written by Mateusz Kościukiewicz. But I cannot kid around with names like Jadwiga Rappé and titles like Symphony No 3. Paweł Mykietyn talks about his newest composition

The Civil Society, Innovationand Music (Richard Berkeley)

What is needed is a National Performing Arts Educational Centre for Schools

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Wojtek Mazolewski (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Music is the best way for me to make contact with the world. I strive to pursue ideals, but in life it often doesn’t work. In music it can work, this beautiful world of feelings and emotions transferred through pure energy. In this way I share the best with others. – Wojtek Mazolewski

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE: A Long Time Ago in the Future: Björk’s Biophilia (James Hopkin)

Can technology really take us closer to nature, and if so, how? Because during the performance, nothing took me closer to nature or to the cosmos than the human voice, whether Björk’s or those of the magnificent choir

Audible Taste of Synesthetic Composition (Monika Pasiecznik)

Jagoda Szmytka employs a variety of media and material without discerning between sound and image, philosophical idea and touch

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Fri, 08 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/22]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/22

Art

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Joanna Rajkowska (Agnieszka Le Nart)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, and new phenomena. Time for Joanna Rajkowska

AT A GLANCE: The Finger (Maria Poprzęcka)

It is our quotidian experience — rather than the musings of researchers — which shows us that sight is effectively being superseded by an inferior, suspect sense: touch

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH: Nuts to Art Photography (Chris Niedenthal)

I haven’t yet met a Pole who’s willing to pay me even $1,000,000 dollars for one of my pix

Film

90s: Time of the Suckers (Bartosz Żurawiecki)

The 90s were a decade of suckers. A time that was largely lost. Do I feel like going back in search of lost time? I don’t think so

Intro

And Then There Were None (John Biweekly)

Biweekly invites you to Teatr Dramatyczny to see Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ directed by Aleksandra Konieczna

Literature

Opening of the Czesław Miłosz International Dialogue Centre – Online Broadcast on 30 June (John Biweekly)

On the eve of the Polish EU Presidency Krasnogruda will host the grand opening of the Czesław Miłosz International Dialogue Centre. On this occasion enthusiasts of the Nobel Prize Winner’s art will arrive from all over the world. One of the guests will be Zygmunt Bauman who will participate in the Agora of Philosophers

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:P as in Piracy (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The disruption of the existing system of gatekeepers, and along with it the ‘raison d’être’ of many people and companies, has made the debate on piracy more controversial today than ever before

Socially Engaging Intellectuals (Jo Harper)

Will Krytyka Polityczna remain the domain of intellectuals, ‘socially engaged’ ones or not?

Music

90s: The Local and the Banal (Bartek Chaciński)

What we experienced in music was two independent decades occurring in parallel: one ‘local’ and the other ‘international’, just as the musical repertoire was often categorized as local and international

Premiere Performance of Symphony No 3 Online! (John Biweekly)

A premiere performance of Symphony No 3 by Paweł Mykietyn, composed for the Inauguration of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council took place on 1 July in Warsaw Philharmonic at 20.00. It was broadcasted online on Biweekly.pl

Big Inauguration – Main Stage (John Biweekly)

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the main stage

Big Inauguration – Experimental Stage (John Biweekly)

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the experimental stage

Big Inauguration – World Music Stage (John Biweekly)

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the world music stage

Big Inauguration – Children’s Stage (John Biweekly)

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the children’s stage

Poems

Trained Dogs (Filip Zawada)

Theatre

If You Were to do The Card Index… (Paweł Płoski)

The National Audiovisual Institute released a new DVD publishing with The Card Index directed by Konrad Swinarski and The Card Index Scattered directed by Tadeusz Różewicz, author of both of these plays

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Art

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Joanna Rajkowska (Agnieszka Le Nart)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, and new phenomena. Time for Joanna Rajkowska

AT A GLANCE: The Finger (Maria Poprzęcka)

It is our quotidian experience — rather than the musings of researchers — which shows us that sight is effectively being superseded by an inferior, suspect sense: touch

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH: Nuts to Art Photography (Chris Niedenthal)

I haven’t yet met a Pole who’s willing to pay me even $1,000,000 dollars for one of my pix

Film

90s: Time of the Suckers (Bartosz Żurawiecki)

The 90s were a decade of suckers. A time that was largely lost. Do I feel like going back in search of lost time? I don’t think so

Intro

And Then There Were None (John Biweekly)

Biweekly invites you to Teatr Dramatyczny to see Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ directed by Aleksandra Konieczna

Literature

Opening of the Czesław Miłosz International Dialogue Centre – Online Broadcast on 30 June (John Biweekly)

On the eve of the Polish EU Presidency Krasnogruda will host the grand opening of the Czesław Miłosz International Dialogue Centre. On this occasion enthusiasts of the Nobel Prize Winner’s art will arrive from all over the world. One of the guests will be Zygmunt Bauman who will participate in the Agora of Philosophers

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:P as in Piracy (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The disruption of the existing system of gatekeepers, and along with it the ‘raison d’être’ of many people and companies, has made the debate on piracy more controversial today than ever before

Socially Engaging Intellectuals (Jo Harper)

Will Krytyka Polityczna remain the domain of intellectuals, ‘socially engaged’ ones or not?

Music

90s: The Local and the Banal (Bartek Chaciński)

What we experienced in music was two independent decades occurring in parallel: one ‘local’ and the other ‘international’, just as the musical repertoire was often categorized as local and international

Premiere Performance of Symphony No 3 Online! (John Biweekly)

A premiere performance of Symphony No 3 by Paweł Mykietyn, composed for the Inauguration of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council took place on 1 July in Warsaw Philharmonic at 20.00. It was broadcasted online on Biweekly.pl

Big Inauguration – Main Stage (John Biweekly)

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the main stage

Big Inauguration – Experimental Stage (John Biweekly)

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the experimental stage

Big Inauguration – World Music Stage (John Biweekly)

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the world music stage

Big Inauguration – Children’s Stage (John Biweekly)

The Inauguration of Polish Presidency in the EU was an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011. See the artists of the children’s stage

Poems

Trained Dogs (Filip Zawada)

Theatre

If You Were to do The Card Index… (Paweł Płoski)

The National Audiovisual Institute released a new DVD publishing with The Card Index directed by Konrad Swinarski and The Card Index Scattered directed by Tadeusz Różewicz, author of both of these plays

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Fri, 24 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/21]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/21

Art

AT A GLANCE: Too Beautiful (Maria Poprzęcka)

Jodie Bieber’s picture of brutally destroyed beauty evokes associations with a photograph that few remember: that of Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ in the Vatican, damaged by a disturbed assailant in 1972

Film

Filmmaker and Archaeologist (Piotr Czerkawski)

Communist Poland’s Security Service analysed millions of our most intimate letters every year

Intro

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: The Wall (John Biweekly)

You can recycle the internet too. Just give it a thought

Literature

Soft Spot for Nutjobs (Agnieszka Wójcińska)

I wrote this book out of frustration – ‘Hygienists. From the History of Eugenics’

Political Gambit (Michał Oleszczyk)

Political Critique and their debate on film unwittingly revealed just how much anti-intellectualism still exists among the Polish artistic elite

Media

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: Culture War (Edwin Bendyk)

‘Music is the weapon of the future,’ Fela Kuti used to say. Today it could be broadened into: ‘Culture is the weapon of the 21st century’

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:O as in Zero (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

While existing institutions of culture or the media that transmit it may disappear, culture itself is here to stay

THE INFOHOLIC: Digitisation:Quantity Does Not Have a Quality All of Its Own (Jarosław Lipszyc)

Good luck finding a way to read text files saved on a computer twenty years ago. Simply locating a working 5.25” floppy disk drive would be a miracle in itself

Music

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Gaba Kulka (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Perhaps simply writing and singing songs comes out better than anything else I’ve done thus far – Gaba Kulka

Poems

It’s in the details (Jacek Dehnel)

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Art

AT A GLANCE: Too Beautiful (Maria Poprzęcka)

Jodie Bieber’s picture of brutally destroyed beauty evokes associations with a photograph that few remember: that of Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ in the Vatican, damaged by a disturbed assailant in 1972

Film

Filmmaker and Archaeologist (Piotr Czerkawski)

Communist Poland’s Security Service analysed millions of our most intimate letters every year

Intro

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: The Wall (John Biweekly)

You can recycle the internet too. Just give it a thought

Literature

Soft Spot for Nutjobs (Agnieszka Wójcińska)

I wrote this book out of frustration – ‘Hygienists. From the History of Eugenics’

Political Gambit (Michał Oleszczyk)

Political Critique and their debate on film unwittingly revealed just how much anti-intellectualism still exists among the Polish artistic elite

Media

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS: Culture War (Edwin Bendyk)

‘Music is the weapon of the future,’ Fela Kuti used to say. Today it could be broadened into: ‘Culture is the weapon of the 21st century’

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:O as in Zero (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

While existing institutions of culture or the media that transmit it may disappear, culture itself is here to stay

THE INFOHOLIC: Digitisation:Quantity Does Not Have a Quality All of Its Own (Jarosław Lipszyc)

Good luck finding a way to read text files saved on a computer twenty years ago. Simply locating a working 5.25” floppy disk drive would be a miracle in itself

Music

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Gaba Kulka (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Perhaps simply writing and singing songs comes out better than anything else I’ve done thus far – Gaba Kulka

Poems

It’s in the details (Jacek Dehnel)

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Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/20]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/20

Film

In Defense of Mothers (Bartosz Żurawiecki)

If films display a lenient and understanding attitude towards fathers, it is because the directors are usually men themselves

Intro

Big Inauguration (John Biweekly)

The Cultural Programme of Polish Presidency in the EU Inauguration is planned as an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011

Literature

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Culture in a Uniting Europe (Zygmunt Bauman)

Europe’s task consists of passing on to all the art of everyone learning from everyone

Media

Interrupted Conversations (Jo Harper)

‘We need new libraries, not new churches,’ says Beata Chmiel, a figurehead for Poland’s phenomenally fast growing social movement that is Citizens of Culture

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:Back to M, as in Malfunction (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Despite the lack of a ‘liberated computer language’, software itself has a tendency to rebel against its creators, thanks to a wide variety of bugs and defects in the source code

HALF A PAGE:Unity; The People (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

The commandment of unity: Poland’s secret taboo

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:A Bicycle Rides Higher than a Car (James Hopkin)

Of course, the bike-paths are a good idea. It’s just a shame that only cyclists take any notice of them

Music

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Chłodna25 (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘This is our mission – to create conditions for the progress of culture, art and all kinds of free thought.’ – Grzegorz Lewandowski, Chłodna 25

Poems

Year of the Dog (Piotr Milewski)

Talks

Photomonth in Kraków: Alias (Adam Mazur)

The more research we did, the more we realised that there is nothing new about the strategy of the heteronym and there were many artists around us making use of it

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Film

In Defense of Mothers (Bartosz Żurawiecki)

If films display a lenient and understanding attitude towards fathers, it is because the directors are usually men themselves

Intro

Big Inauguration (John Biweekly)

The Cultural Programme of Polish Presidency in the EU Inauguration is planned as an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011

Literature

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Culture in a Uniting Europe (Zygmunt Bauman)

Europe’s task consists of passing on to all the art of everyone learning from everyone

Media

Interrupted Conversations (Jo Harper)

‘We need new libraries, not new churches,’ says Beata Chmiel, a figurehead for Poland’s phenomenally fast growing social movement that is Citizens of Culture

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:Back to M, as in Malfunction (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Despite the lack of a ‘liberated computer language’, software itself has a tendency to rebel against its creators, thanks to a wide variety of bugs and defects in the source code

HALF A PAGE:Unity; The People (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

The commandment of unity: Poland’s secret taboo

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:A Bicycle Rides Higher than a Car (James Hopkin)

Of course, the bike-paths are a good idea. It’s just a shame that only cyclists take any notice of them

Music

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Chłodna25 (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘This is our mission – to create conditions for the progress of culture, art and all kinds of free thought.’ – Grzegorz Lewandowski, Chłodna 25

Poems

Year of the Dog (Piotr Milewski)

Talks

Photomonth in Kraków: Alias (Adam Mazur)

The more research we did, the more we realised that there is nothing new about the strategy of the heteronym and there were many artists around us making use of it

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Fri, 27 May 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/19]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/19

Art

Jewish Surrealism (Karol Sienkiewicz)

He uses humour as a tool with which to probe the resilience of social taboos. Roee Rosen in Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw till 3 July

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH:63 Days of War Photography (Chris Niedenthal)

The 63 days in question is the time it took for the Warsaw Uprising to start and stop. The year it started was 1944

Film

Marching Towards Independence.The 4th Edition of the Off Camera Festival (Maciej Stasiowski)

‘How can you describe working on a movie set, then?’ ‘A bordello would be a good analogy,’ Skolimowski answered, eliciting a big laugh from Mitchell

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman (John Biweekly)

The film ‘Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman’ was released 12 May on DVD, coinciding with the publication of Zygmunt Bauman’s ‘Culture in a Liquid Modern World’

Intro

New Tradition (John Biweekly)

Bieńkowski managed to revive traditions slowly taken over by modern living. I listened to wedding compositions, while mourning over something inevitably passing away

Literature

In Praise of Eugenics (Kinga Dunin)

Maciej Zaremba Bielawski’s involvement in the subject may also stem from other, more personal, motivations

I Met Fantastic People (Agnieszka Drotkiewicz)

‘I recall walking the streets of Pruszków after the Warsaw Uprising. I had no home or place to sleep, but the day was so beautiful, so nice!’

Media

HALF A PAGE:Modernity and the Holocaust;Yea yea, nay nay (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

In his book, Bauman writes: ‘Sociology in its current shape has less to say about the Holocaust than the Holocaust has to say about sociology.’

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:N as in Nostalgia (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The strength of the bond between media and the past is best demonstrated by the fact that the past is essentially a product of media

Music

Big Inauguration (John Biweekly)

The Cultural Programme of the Inauguration is planned as an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Pchełki (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘We are here to grow and take pleasure in what we do because that’s what it’s all about – for us to be happy doing what we’re doing.’ – Pchełki

I’m into Quality Pop (Wojtek Cichoń)

‘Bringing the quality and look of avant-garde into popular music is not at all an easy and unabitious task’, says Marek Gluziński of the Qulturap Independent Label

Poems

lovepuzzle 3 (Joanna Roszak)

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Art

Jewish Surrealism (Karol Sienkiewicz)

He uses humour as a tool with which to probe the resilience of social taboos. Roee Rosen in Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw till 3 July

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH:63 Days of War Photography (Chris Niedenthal)

The 63 days in question is the time it took for the Warsaw Uprising to start and stop. The year it started was 1944

Film

Marching Towards Independence.The 4th Edition of the Off Camera Festival (Maciej Stasiowski)

‘How can you describe working on a movie set, then?’ ‘A bordello would be a good analogy,’ Skolimowski answered, eliciting a big laugh from Mitchell

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman (John Biweekly)

The film ‘Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman’ was released 12 May on DVD, coinciding with the publication of Zygmunt Bauman’s ‘Culture in a Liquid Modern World’

Intro

New Tradition (John Biweekly)

Bieńkowski managed to revive traditions slowly taken over by modern living. I listened to wedding compositions, while mourning over something inevitably passing away

Literature

In Praise of Eugenics (Kinga Dunin)

Maciej Zaremba Bielawski’s involvement in the subject may also stem from other, more personal, motivations

I Met Fantastic People (Agnieszka Drotkiewicz)

‘I recall walking the streets of Pruszków after the Warsaw Uprising. I had no home or place to sleep, but the day was so beautiful, so nice!’

Media

HALF A PAGE:Modernity and the Holocaust;Yea yea, nay nay (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

In his book, Bauman writes: ‘Sociology in its current shape has less to say about the Holocaust than the Holocaust has to say about sociology.’

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:N as in Nostalgia (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The strength of the bond between media and the past is best demonstrated by the fact that the past is essentially a product of media

Music

Big Inauguration (John Biweekly)

The Cultural Programme of the Inauguration is planned as an all‑day musical performance on 1 July, 2011

WHO’S WHO AND WHY:Pchełki (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘We are here to grow and take pleasure in what we do because that’s what it’s all about – for us to be happy doing what we’re doing.’ – Pchełki

I’m into Quality Pop (Wojtek Cichoń)

‘Bringing the quality and look of avant-garde into popular music is not at all an easy and unabitious task’, says Marek Gluziński of the Qulturap Independent Label

Poems

lovepuzzle 3 (Joanna Roszak)

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Fri, 13 May 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/18]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/18

Art

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:The Artist is Always Alone (Jacek Tomczuk)

Grzegorz Kowalski, ECC Council member, on opportunism in art and the games artists play with the state and the financial market

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Man is a Beautiful Animal (DOROTA SEMENOWICZ AND KATARZYNA TÓRZ TALK TO JAN FABRE)

‘The body is like an incredible paint box, a laboratory, a battlefield’

Rauch’s Hodge-Podge of Building Blocks (Jacek Dehnel)

Is there really anything behind the façade? – Neo Rauch in Zachęta National Gallery of Art

Film

Talk (Rafał Marszałek)

‘Erratum’ is a call, a knock, asking for a chance to talk in an atomised world

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Marcin Koszałka (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘Film is a way for me to overcome fear, to learn to one day die with dignity. Not to cry out in panic, not to be afraid’

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman (John Biweekly)

The film ‘Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman’ was released 12 May on DVD. It was available on Biweekly.pl in its entirety for four days (12–15 May 2011)

Say No To Transplants (Piotr Mirski)

It’s hard to stand on the sidelines – says Marcin Wrona, winner of the Polish Feature Film Competition at Off Plus Camera 2011

Intro

Nature! (John Biweekly)

This is the time, when the nature vs. culture dilemma is easy to puzzle out

Literature

People Dealt this Fate to People (Katarzyna Zimmerer)

The entire history of Poland now needs to be rewritten as a multi-ethnic history – Jan Tomasz Gross, author of ‘Golden Harvest’

On the Concept of Culture (Zygmunt Bauman)

Some notes on the historical peregrinations of the concept of ‘Culture’ from Zygmunt Bauman’s book ‘Culture in Modern Liquid Times’

THE INFOHOLIC:Culture is a Remix (Jarosław Lipszyc)

There’s no such thing as remix culture. Culture is a remix. Culture has always been a remix. The products of creativity do not exist in a vacuum

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Culture in a Liquid Modern World (John Biweekly)

The latest book by Professor Zygmunt Bauman was released 12 May. The book premiered at the Warsaw Book Fair

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Portrait of Zuzanna Ginczanka (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

The irony is caused also by the contrast with another poem on which ‘Non omnis moriar’ is modeled. That model poem was very well known to Ginczanka’s generation: it was ‘My Testament’ by one of the Romantic Polish bards, Juliusz Słowacki.

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:M as in Machinima (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Art, like a particularly vigorous strain of bacteria, can now blossom in nearly every environment. Machinima is made precisely because it CAN be made – and because there are people willing to do so

Music

Wojciech Ziemowit Zych (Ewa Szczecińska)

‘The composer is more of a spiritual stance than a career,’ he says, entirely as if he was brought up in the Eastern tradition of the icon

Poems

*** Road. Exit *** Road. Landing (Julia Fiedorczuk)

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Art

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:The Artist is Always Alone (Jacek Tomczuk)

Grzegorz Kowalski, ECC Council member, on opportunism in art and the games artists play with the state and the financial market

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Man is a Beautiful Animal (DOROTA SEMENOWICZ AND KATARZYNA TÓRZ TALK TO JAN FABRE)

‘The body is like an incredible paint box, a laboratory, a battlefield’

Rauch’s Hodge-Podge of Building Blocks (Jacek Dehnel)

Is there really anything behind the façade? – Neo Rauch in Zachęta National Gallery of Art

Film

Talk (Rafał Marszałek)

‘Erratum’ is a call, a knock, asking for a chance to talk in an atomised world

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Marcin Koszałka (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘Film is a way for me to overcome fear, to learn to one day die with dignity. Not to cry out in panic, not to be afraid’

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman (John Biweekly)

The film ‘Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman’ was released 12 May on DVD. It was available on Biweekly.pl in its entirety for four days (12–15 May 2011)

Say No To Transplants (Piotr Mirski)

It’s hard to stand on the sidelines – says Marcin Wrona, winner of the Polish Feature Film Competition at Off Plus Camera 2011

Intro

Nature! (John Biweekly)

This is the time, when the nature vs. culture dilemma is easy to puzzle out

Literature

People Dealt this Fate to People (Katarzyna Zimmerer)

The entire history of Poland now needs to be rewritten as a multi-ethnic history – Jan Tomasz Gross, author of ‘Golden Harvest’

On the Concept of Culture (Zygmunt Bauman)

Some notes on the historical peregrinations of the concept of ‘Culture’ from Zygmunt Bauman’s book ‘Culture in Modern Liquid Times’

THE INFOHOLIC:Culture is a Remix (Jarosław Lipszyc)

There’s no such thing as remix culture. Culture is a remix. Culture has always been a remix. The products of creativity do not exist in a vacuum

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Culture in a Liquid Modern World (John Biweekly)

The latest book by Professor Zygmunt Bauman was released 12 May. The book premiered at the Warsaw Book Fair

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Portrait of Zuzanna Ginczanka (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

The irony is caused also by the contrast with another poem on which ‘Non omnis moriar’ is modeled. That model poem was very well known to Ginczanka’s generation: it was ‘My Testament’ by one of the Romantic Polish bards, Juliusz Słowacki.

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:M as in Machinima (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Art, like a particularly vigorous strain of bacteria, can now blossom in nearly every environment. Machinima is made precisely because it CAN be made – and because there are people willing to do so

Music

Wojciech Ziemowit Zych (Ewa Szczecińska)

‘The composer is more of a spiritual stance than a career,’ he says, entirely as if he was brought up in the Eastern tradition of the icon

Poems

*** Road. Exit *** Road. Landing (Julia Fiedorczuk)

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Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/17]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/17

Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Julita Wójcik (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Her primary focus is the tension created by the amalgam of divergent roles set upon women in contemporary society and the negative connotations of provincialism

Film

Poets Can Be Independent (Magda Chołyst)

We don’t just live in Poland anymore. It’s time we abandoned the notion that we have any obligation towards Poland. Our obligation is to make good films

Intro

To All The Translators (John Biweekly)

‘The kitchen window was open onto the black night, saturated with dreams and complications.’

Literature

It’s Not About Guilt (Joanna Szczęsna)

To my surprise, it turned out that readers assume that our book demands an act of some sort: an apology, a confession, retribution. That’s not the case

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:Ł as in Connectivity (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

In these mediated times, it is hard to determine what the word ‘society’ means. Some writers, among them John Urry, claim that the social sciences will simply have to do without the term. A much simpler alternative would be to follow the network of ties and connections

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:European Copy (James Hopkin)

Look at this skit she wrote about Polish workers: ‘Poles are hardworking’ – pretty comprehensive, huh

Music

Homotonality (Adam Wiedemann)

Contemporary books overflow with the word ‘homosexuality’ and all its synonyms, used in describing this central aspect of Szymanowski’s personality

Poems

Lanugo (Joanna Mueller)

Theatre

Death in Wrocław (Paweł Soszyński)

In her debiut film Małgorzata Dziewulska takes on a challenging task: revising Grotowski’s discourse via the main advocate of the discourse, Ludwik Flaszen

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Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Julita Wójcik (Agnieszka Le Nart)

Her primary focus is the tension created by the amalgam of divergent roles set upon women in contemporary society and the negative connotations of provincialism

Film

Poets Can Be Independent (Magda Chołyst)

We don’t just live in Poland anymore. It’s time we abandoned the notion that we have any obligation towards Poland. Our obligation is to make good films

Intro

To All The Translators (John Biweekly)

‘The kitchen window was open onto the black night, saturated with dreams and complications.’

Literature

It’s Not About Guilt (Joanna Szczęsna)

To my surprise, it turned out that readers assume that our book demands an act of some sort: an apology, a confession, retribution. That’s not the case

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:Ł as in Connectivity (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

In these mediated times, it is hard to determine what the word ‘society’ means. Some writers, among them John Urry, claim that the social sciences will simply have to do without the term. A much simpler alternative would be to follow the network of ties and connections

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:European Copy (James Hopkin)

Look at this skit she wrote about Polish workers: ‘Poles are hardworking’ – pretty comprehensive, huh

Music

Homotonality (Adam Wiedemann)

Contemporary books overflow with the word ‘homosexuality’ and all its synonyms, used in describing this central aspect of Szymanowski’s personality

Poems

Lanugo (Joanna Mueller)

Theatre

Death in Wrocław (Paweł Soszyński)

In her debiut film Małgorzata Dziewulska takes on a challenging task: revising Grotowski’s discourse via the main advocate of the discourse, Ludwik Flaszen

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Sun, 17 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/16]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/16

Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH: The Power of Photography (Chris Niedenthal)

Why is it that photographs, even bad ones, can be so wanted by everyone?

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Radek Szlaga (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘My interviews are no longer valid after a month’

Jerzy Nowosielski (1923–2011).Villa dei Misteri (Dariusz Czaja)

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a good time for icon-inspired painting, or for contemplating canvases that are so openly and ostentatiously religious

The Art of Footnotes (Karol Sienkiewicz)

The names of trendy Warsaw clubs are dropped, and as in any true art world, rainbow brigades make their mandatory appearance

Film

Postcards of a New Dimension (Maciej Stasiowski)

‘The Mill and the Cross’ elevates that ‘grainy realism’ to HD quality and mixes it with painted mystification. Instead of overwhelming the viewer, the film leaves us space

Intro

One Year Old (John Biweekly)

What better way to inaugurate the second year of Biweekly than with the Film Spring Open, especially with classes led by such professionals as Andrzej Waluk and film screenings featuring the likes of Bogdan Dziworski

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:L as in Linux (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

What does Linux have to do with culture?

AT A GLANCE:Habitat (Maria Poprzęcka)

No-name architecture — meager and insignificant yet ingenious buildings made from just about anything and by just about anyone — first became a subject of interest in the 1960s

Poems

Fibres (Joanna Lech)

Talks

Guerrilla Filmmaker (Adam Kruk)

If Polish cinema wasn’t infantile, films would have to pose questions that would stir the masses of consumers out of their lethargy

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Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH: The Power of Photography (Chris Niedenthal)

Why is it that photographs, even bad ones, can be so wanted by everyone?

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Radek Szlaga (Agnieszka Le Nart)

‘My interviews are no longer valid after a month’

Jerzy Nowosielski (1923–2011).Villa dei Misteri (Dariusz Czaja)

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a good time for icon-inspired painting, or for contemplating canvases that are so openly and ostentatiously religious

The Art of Footnotes (Karol Sienkiewicz)

The names of trendy Warsaw clubs are dropped, and as in any true art world, rainbow brigades make their mandatory appearance

Film

Postcards of a New Dimension (Maciej Stasiowski)

‘The Mill and the Cross’ elevates that ‘grainy realism’ to HD quality and mixes it with painted mystification. Instead of overwhelming the viewer, the film leaves us space

Intro

One Year Old (John Biweekly)

What better way to inaugurate the second year of Biweekly than with the Film Spring Open, especially with classes led by such professionals as Andrzej Waluk and film screenings featuring the likes of Bogdan Dziworski

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:L as in Linux (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

What does Linux have to do with culture?

AT A GLANCE:Habitat (Maria Poprzęcka)

No-name architecture — meager and insignificant yet ingenious buildings made from just about anything and by just about anyone — first became a subject of interest in the 1960s

Poems

Fibres (Joanna Lech)

Talks

Guerrilla Filmmaker (Adam Kruk)

If Polish cinema wasn’t infantile, films would have to pose questions that would stir the masses of consumers out of their lethargy

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Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/15]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/15

Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Karol Radziszewski (KRZYSZTOF ŻUREK)

‘Actually I always want to be somewhere else, but, at the end of the day, I am right here. I don’t know. Maybe it’s time to move out?’

Film

An Emo Opera (Adriana Prodeus)

Suicide cannot be unceremonious. But on the other hand, every good drama is an elegy

White Boy From an Artistic Family (Michał Walkiewicz)

We live in a society where the number of suicides is rising in direct proportion to the number of psychologists

Intro

Culture in the Oil World (John Biweekly)

Why is Werner Herzog’s ‘Lessons of Darkness’ so moving and what does Libya have to do with me?

Literature

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Goneness of the Past (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

It is the centenary of Czesław Miłosz’s birth, and I am trying to understand the origin of my attachment to this poet

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:K as in Convergence (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

In the media ecosystem, convergence introduces more chaos than order. When focused around a single device, it paradoxically provides greater choice, while at once complicating the media ecosystem

Europe in Decline (Andrzej Leder)

We’re mourning and hating ourselves behind a screen of feverish everyday activity

Music

Everything but Chopin (Marta Nadzieja)

What makes jazz so amazing is improvisation, a bit of uncertainty. If you’re looking for security in jazz, you should probably look elsewhere

Poems

House of Day, House of Night (Olga Tokarczuk)

Theatre

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:Kraków-Berlin: an Intervention (James Hopkin)

A collaboration between Kraków’s Stary Theatre and Berlin’s innovative Maxim Gorky Theatre, the inescapably passenger-interactive events have been written and devised to invoke and link the two cities and a few of the stations en route

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Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Karol Radziszewski (KRZYSZTOF ŻUREK)

‘Actually I always want to be somewhere else, but, at the end of the day, I am right here. I don’t know. Maybe it’s time to move out?’

Film

An Emo Opera (Adriana Prodeus)

Suicide cannot be unceremonious. But on the other hand, every good drama is an elegy

White Boy From an Artistic Family (Michał Walkiewicz)

We live in a society where the number of suicides is rising in direct proportion to the number of psychologists

Intro

Culture in the Oil World (John Biweekly)

Why is Werner Herzog’s ‘Lessons of Darkness’ so moving and what does Libya have to do with me?

Literature

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Goneness of the Past (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

It is the centenary of Czesław Miłosz’s birth, and I am trying to understand the origin of my attachment to this poet

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:K as in Convergence (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

In the media ecosystem, convergence introduces more chaos than order. When focused around a single device, it paradoxically provides greater choice, while at once complicating the media ecosystem

Europe in Decline (Andrzej Leder)

We’re mourning and hating ourselves behind a screen of feverish everyday activity

Music

Everything but Chopin (Marta Nadzieja)

What makes jazz so amazing is improvisation, a bit of uncertainty. If you’re looking for security in jazz, you should probably look elsewhere

Poems

House of Day, House of Night (Olga Tokarczuk)

Theatre

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:Kraków-Berlin: an Intervention (James Hopkin)

A collaboration between Kraków’s Stary Theatre and Berlin’s innovative Maxim Gorky Theatre, the inescapably passenger-interactive events have been written and devised to invoke and link the two cities and a few of the stations en route

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Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/14]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/14

Art

The Simplest Hiding Place (Marta Lisok)

She was climbing trees every day for 365 days. Her hyperactive behaviour was captured by a shutter

Project Modernity (Lidia Pańków)

‘We want to be modern’ is a must. Consider queuing up and socialising, because everyone is going

Film

Poland Suffers FromStockholm Syndrome (Piotr Czerkawski)

Director of ‘Mother Teresa of Cats’ talks about family ties and lies

Intro

The Other Way Around (John Biweekly)

The cover of Biweekly#14? Should one take it easy? Will the sun, inevitably coming our way, blind our sight to essentials?

Literature

HIGH AND LOW BLOW:If Poles Don’t Read,What Do They Do? (Grzegorz Wysocki)

How is it that readership is highest in cities and among the wealthy if 20% of college educated Poles read nothing at all, and almost 40% of professionals and managers read nothing longer than three pages?

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Between Artists and Administrators (Zygmunt Bauman)

There are plenty of reasons why there should be no love lost between people of the arts and administrators

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:J as in Joystick (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

When the first 8-bit computers appeared in Poland the joystick seemed to be the most obvious delineation of the border between the work machine and the play machine

Music

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Macio Moretti (KRZYSZTOF ŻUREK)

‘I play in thirteen bands. Actually I made the number up. I can’t tell in how many. Those bands don’t perform simultaneously though, so playing is possible and doesn’t harm brain.’ – Macio Moretti

Poems

Munina Adabisi’s Songs (Kamil Zając)

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Art

The Simplest Hiding Place (Marta Lisok)

She was climbing trees every day for 365 days. Her hyperactive behaviour was captured by a shutter

Project Modernity (Lidia Pańków)

‘We want to be modern’ is a must. Consider queuing up and socialising, because everyone is going

Film

Poland Suffers FromStockholm Syndrome (Piotr Czerkawski)

Director of ‘Mother Teresa of Cats’ talks about family ties and lies

Intro

The Other Way Around (John Biweekly)

The cover of Biweekly#14? Should one take it easy? Will the sun, inevitably coming our way, blind our sight to essentials?

Literature

HIGH AND LOW BLOW:If Poles Don’t Read,What Do They Do? (Grzegorz Wysocki)

How is it that readership is highest in cities and among the wealthy if 20% of college educated Poles read nothing at all, and almost 40% of professionals and managers read nothing longer than three pages?

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:Between Artists and Administrators (Zygmunt Bauman)

There are plenty of reasons why there should be no love lost between people of the arts and administrators

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:J as in Joystick (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

When the first 8-bit computers appeared in Poland the joystick seemed to be the most obvious delineation of the border between the work machine and the play machine

Music

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Macio Moretti (KRZYSZTOF ŻUREK)

‘I play in thirteen bands. Actually I made the number up. I can’t tell in how many. Those bands don’t perform simultaneously though, so playing is possible and doesn’t harm brain.’ – Macio Moretti

Poems

Munina Adabisi’s Songs (Kamil Zając)

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Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/13]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/13

Art

Beyond Schengenia (Goran Injac)

As a true feminist I make the personal political. I use my own body, with all its gender, racial, and temporal characteristics ― GORAN INJAC talks to TANJA OSTOJIĆ

Intro

13 Ready to Go (John Biweekly)

Let us absorb the surrounding, live it, and convert into something different. Change as the numbers in our archive. And congratulations to Wojciech Staroń for winning the Silver Bear at Berlinale for his camera work as an Outstanding Artistic Achievement

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:I as in Interactivity (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The youngest generations, used to constant feedback from the content they consume, are no longer experiencing the awe and joy that were brought on by first interactive contacts with the media

Youth, Media, and Culture (Mirosław Filiciak)

We need to treat the cultural activities of young people as a ‘bellwether of change’, as Barbara Fatyga once put it. Let’s start a serious debate on the changes underway in culture and the vision that should be followed by institutions that need to reinvent themselves

From Typewriters to Decision-Makers (Aleksandra Przegalińska)

How could a machine possibly assist in making the decision to pollute a pond with toxic waste, or to fire an employee with a bad performance record?

Music

System Recovery (Małgorzata Dziewulska)

The resonance between Fura and Berlioz is odd in that the narrative strategies of the two seem to have conflicting intentions. Fura holds fast to that which is ordinary and popular, rather than that which is imaginary, and has recently embarked on a broad foray into the world of electronic media

Poems

Weber (Justyna Bargielska)

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Art

Beyond Schengenia (Goran Injac)

As a true feminist I make the personal political. I use my own body, with all its gender, racial, and temporal characteristics ― GORAN INJAC talks to TANJA OSTOJIĆ

Intro

13 Ready to Go (John Biweekly)

Let us absorb the surrounding, live it, and convert into something different. Change as the numbers in our archive. And congratulations to Wojciech Staroń for winning the Silver Bear at Berlinale for his camera work as an Outstanding Artistic Achievement

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:I as in Interactivity (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The youngest generations, used to constant feedback from the content they consume, are no longer experiencing the awe and joy that were brought on by first interactive contacts with the media

Youth, Media, and Culture (Mirosław Filiciak)

We need to treat the cultural activities of young people as a ‘bellwether of change’, as Barbara Fatyga once put it. Let’s start a serious debate on the changes underway in culture and the vision that should be followed by institutions that need to reinvent themselves

From Typewriters to Decision-Makers (Aleksandra Przegalińska)

How could a machine possibly assist in making the decision to pollute a pond with toxic waste, or to fire an employee with a bad performance record?

Music

System Recovery (Małgorzata Dziewulska)

The resonance between Fura and Berlioz is odd in that the narrative strategies of the two seem to have conflicting intentions. Fura holds fast to that which is ordinary and popular, rather than that which is imaginary, and has recently embarked on a broad foray into the world of electronic media

Poems

Weber (Justyna Bargielska)

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Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/12]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/12

Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH: Love at First Click (Chris Niedenthal)

Friedmann/Capa united in part by their hatred of fascism both went to Spain at the start of the Civil War in 1936, where they were slowly but steadily sucked into the whirlwind of war and war photography

Kozyra’s Got the Power (Karol Sienkiewicz)

Casting, which occupies an entire story of the Zachęta, is most likely the artist’s final foray into making dreams come true in art, or at least the end of her attempted career as a more model woman, one that sings like a diva, wears makeup and high heels, and holds flowers just the right way

Literature

SOMETHING OR OTHER:Joseph Brodsky,Fifteen Years Later (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

On 28 January, a large group of Brodsky’s friends, acquaintances, admirers and distant relatives met in the Russian Samovar, a restaurant on West 52nd street in New York

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:H as in Hypertext (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

In 1968, Roland Barthes published an essay titled ‘The Death of the Author’, in which he described the text as a multi-dimensional space, a tissue of quotes navigated by the reader

Cover Story (Katarzyna Tórz)

One Thousand Polish Book Covers is a dream come true for readers who treat the cover of a book as its face, a first aesthetic and emotional impression, one that often shapes the subsequent book-reader relationship

Poems

Make Your Own Paradise (Mariusz Szczygieł)

Theatre

You’re Welcome, Ms. Müller (Joanna Wichowska)

In the theatrical adaptation of ‘The King Bows and Kills’, the authors have chosen the technique of the collage

MASŁOWSKA IN NYC:Masłowska is real (Alan Lockwood)

She doesn’t really have recollections of communism. She actually makes things up, because people want a tale of woe. Then she reflects more seriously on how she does remember communism, which she says she remembers strictly as an aesthetic category

MASŁOWSKA IN NYC:Virgin Seduction (Alan Lockwood)

I feel there’s a straight line from Mrożek to Dorota. She’d probably kill me if she heard me say that. Or maybe she wouldn’t be offended. But I hear it

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Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH: Love at First Click (Chris Niedenthal)

Friedmann/Capa united in part by their hatred of fascism both went to Spain at the start of the Civil War in 1936, where they were slowly but steadily sucked into the whirlwind of war and war photography

Kozyra’s Got the Power (Karol Sienkiewicz)

Casting, which occupies an entire story of the Zachęta, is most likely the artist’s final foray into making dreams come true in art, or at least the end of her attempted career as a more model woman, one that sings like a diva, wears makeup and high heels, and holds flowers just the right way

Literature

SOMETHING OR OTHER:Joseph Brodsky,Fifteen Years Later (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

On 28 January, a large group of Brodsky’s friends, acquaintances, admirers and distant relatives met in the Russian Samovar, a restaurant on West 52nd street in New York

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:H as in Hypertext (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

In 1968, Roland Barthes published an essay titled ‘The Death of the Author’, in which he described the text as a multi-dimensional space, a tissue of quotes navigated by the reader

Cover Story (Katarzyna Tórz)

One Thousand Polish Book Covers is a dream come true for readers who treat the cover of a book as its face, a first aesthetic and emotional impression, one that often shapes the subsequent book-reader relationship

Poems

Make Your Own Paradise (Mariusz Szczygieł)

Theatre

You’re Welcome, Ms. Müller (Joanna Wichowska)

In the theatrical adaptation of ‘The King Bows and Kills’, the authors have chosen the technique of the collage

MASŁOWSKA IN NYC:Masłowska is real (Alan Lockwood)

She doesn’t really have recollections of communism. She actually makes things up, because people want a tale of woe. Then she reflects more seriously on how she does remember communism, which she says she remembers strictly as an aesthetic category

MASŁOWSKA IN NYC:Virgin Seduction (Alan Lockwood)

I feel there’s a straight line from Mrożek to Dorota. She’d probably kill me if she heard me say that. Or maybe she wouldn’t be offended. But I hear it

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Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2011/11]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2011/11

Art

Afterimages of Life. Władysław Strzemiński and Rights for Art (Bogusław Deptuła)

Up until now, Strzemiński has hardly been considered an artist with a limitless subconscious. His Łódź exhibition is an attempt to tap that source

Intro

Distant Close-up (John Biweekly)

Visiting Isreal and / or Palestine could result in a political or social reportage, travel essay, a poem.. We will leave the political aspect on the side. Let street art speak for itself. Or is it wall-street art?

Literature

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:A Casual Passer-By (Maciej Wiśniewski)

Although he is one of the best storytellers in contemporary sociology, he insists he does not know how to tell stories about himself

Media

No Content Without Context (Agnieszka Słodownik)

Media, nostalgia, and videotape: visiting the Dutch Institute for Sound & Vision. The authority of the national archives and the counter-effect of the entertaining ‘Experience’

Talks

There’s No Such Thing as the Mainstream (Lech Moliński)

Poland’s best exports are heavy metal, improvised music, and electronic music, and yet we somehow insist upon making the West listen to Edyta Górniak

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Art

Afterimages of Life. Władysław Strzemiński and Rights for Art (Bogusław Deptuła)

Up until now, Strzemiński has hardly been considered an artist with a limitless subconscious. His Łódź exhibition is an attempt to tap that source

Intro

Distant Close-up (John Biweekly)

Visiting Isreal and / or Palestine could result in a political or social reportage, travel essay, a poem.. We will leave the political aspect on the side. Let street art speak for itself. Or is it wall-street art?

Literature

BEFORE THE EUROPEAN CULTURE CONGRESS:A Casual Passer-By (Maciej Wiśniewski)

Although he is one of the best storytellers in contemporary sociology, he insists he does not know how to tell stories about himself

Media

No Content Without Context (Agnieszka Słodownik)

Media, nostalgia, and videotape: visiting the Dutch Institute for Sound & Vision. The authority of the national archives and the counter-effect of the entertaining ‘Experience’

Talks

There’s No Such Thing as the Mainstream (Lech Moliński)

Poland’s best exports are heavy metal, improvised music, and electronic music, and yet we somehow insist upon making the West listen to Edyta Górniak

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Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/10]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/10

Film

He was a brilliant observer (Mikołaj Jazdon)

In December the National Audiovisual Institute is releasing another DVD in the Polish School of Documentary series: Władysław Ślesicki. We publish an interview with Barbara Ślesicka, wife of the film maker

Intro

Culture Counts (John Biweekly)

The year 2010 is coming to an end. Should we COUNT on culture in the next one?

Literature

Pups (Sylwia Siedlecka)

Read an exerpt from ‘Pups’, a novel by Sylwia Siedlecka

Poems

Pups (Sylwia Siedlecka)

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Film

He was a brilliant observer (Mikołaj Jazdon)

In December the National Audiovisual Institute is releasing another DVD in the Polish School of Documentary series: Władysław Ślesicki. We publish an interview with Barbara Ślesicka, wife of the film maker

Intro

Culture Counts (John Biweekly)

The year 2010 is coming to an end. Should we COUNT on culture in the next one?

Literature

Pups (Sylwia Siedlecka)

Read an exerpt from ‘Pups’, a novel by Sylwia Siedlecka

Poems

Pups (Sylwia Siedlecka)

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Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/09]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/09

Art

Art Translation Agency (Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska)

The project’s main idea is to open people to more creative interpretations of art. I also try this way to stir things up a little in the available knowledge on contemporary art. Karolina Breguła talks to Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska

Film

Returning to Beauty (JAGNA LEWANDOWSKA and MACIEJ STASIOWSKI)

Our attention span is constantly getting shorter. This is a different, polyphonic reception of reality – fragmentation of time and perception. You can’t argue with it because that’s the nature of the world, driven by our changing attitude towards time and our own concentration

Lone Wolf: Mariusz ‘Wilk’ Wilczyński Speaks (Kalina Mróz)

Mariusz Wilczyński is a painter, performer, author of music vireos and animated films. He speaks about animation, music videos, life in Podkowa Leśna and more

Media

The Comedy of Tragedy (Aleksandra Perczyńska)

When we laugh at tragedies, we alleviate the tension associated with sudden destruction, we negotiate its absurdity, we ease the emotional chaos and we tame the taboo of death

Music

Levity. A Post-Japanese Phrasebook (A piece for four persons in three parts) (Joanna Halszka-Sokołowska)

Levity was founded in 2005 as a result of a meeting between two composers – pianist Jacek Kita and percussionist Jerzy Rogiewicz – and jazz contrabassist Piotr Domagalski. Experience Levity in a three part drama

Poems

A Trip to the Museum (Tadeusz Różewicz)

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Art

Art Translation Agency (Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska)

The project’s main idea is to open people to more creative interpretations of art. I also try this way to stir things up a little in the available knowledge on contemporary art. Karolina Breguła talks to Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska

Film

Returning to Beauty (JAGNA LEWANDOWSKA and MACIEJ STASIOWSKI)

Our attention span is constantly getting shorter. This is a different, polyphonic reception of reality – fragmentation of time and perception. You can’t argue with it because that’s the nature of the world, driven by our changing attitude towards time and our own concentration

Lone Wolf: Mariusz ‘Wilk’ Wilczyński Speaks (Kalina Mróz)

Mariusz Wilczyński is a painter, performer, author of music vireos and animated films. He speaks about animation, music videos, life in Podkowa Leśna and more

Media

The Comedy of Tragedy (Aleksandra Perczyńska)

When we laugh at tragedies, we alleviate the tension associated with sudden destruction, we negotiate its absurdity, we ease the emotional chaos and we tame the taboo of death

Music

Levity. A Post-Japanese Phrasebook (A piece for four persons in three parts) (Joanna Halszka-Sokołowska)

Levity was founded in 2005 as a result of a meeting between two composers – pianist Jacek Kita and percussionist Jerzy Rogiewicz – and jazz contrabassist Piotr Domagalski. Experience Levity in a three part drama

Poems

A Trip to the Museum (Tadeusz Różewicz)

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Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/08]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/08

Film

10 Errors that Have (Not) Changed Cinema (Rafał Marszałek)

Wajda does not like those of his children that have not been successful. I once tried to explain to him that the audience does not always vote with its legs – he listened closely but with pity in his eyes

Intro

CULTURE 2. 0 – Culture Resources (John Biweekly)

This year’s conference consists of discussions, lectures, interactive exhibition, and a surprising poetry event. If you didn’t get the chance to pin down the concept of ‘culture 2.0’ just yet, now is the perfect chance to get to know theory as well as practice

Media

CULTURE 2. 0 – Open Source in Practical Terms (1) (Krzysztof Trzewiczek)

I would like to present a pragmatic side of open source from several complementary perspectives. To reflect on what is its educational dimension, what comfort means in open source, and why less cost means more cost even though more cost means less cost

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:The Snoring of the Machines (James Hopkin)

Put your machines to sleep more often, leave your phones at home, wander out in search of you know not what, but wander out anyway, and discover something that can’t be shown on a screen

CULTURE 2. 0 – Enter Level 2.0 (Agnieszka Słodownik)

While the CULTURE 2.0 conference took place on the ground floor, the 2nd floor reflected the practical representation of the concept. You just needed to climb up and see for yourself what opportunities and threats new culture may bring

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:G as in gatekeeper(or lack thereof) (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

An ordinary individual has no competence to act as an effective gatekeeper for the virtually infinite mass of information made available by the benevolent fool, the internet

CULTURE 2.0 – Slam Sensing Nation Sensation (John Biweekly)

The happening is designed on the idea of the ‘Chinese whispers’ game. Marcin Cecko’s poem, published in Biweekly#01, went through an evolution of translations, from one language to another in the pre-established order

CULTURE 2. 0 – Do it with others! (Aleksandra Hirszfeld)

Ryszard W. Kluszczyński: When we think we are original, it only means we do not know the works we are inadvertently copying. Besides, globalisation reminds us that something can be original only in a context

Reminiscences of the Summer Season: The Post Tourist on Holiday (Aleksandra Perczyńska)

Thomas Cook is probably turning in his grave knowing that he has contributed to the creation of an industry thanks to which hundreds of young Britons visit Kraków to get drunk, Poles go to Prague to get smashed on cheap beer, and Oktoberfest is one of Germany’s greatest tourist attractions

Music

Autumn with(out) a Keyboard (Adam Wiedemann)

I felt really sorry for Reinbert de Leeuw, who actually got so carried away in his mechanical conducting that the score fell from the stand. I’d have preferred to listen to the old ‘Rite of Spring’ under his baton. No revolution took place during this year’s Warsaw Autumn

A Black Wall (Dariusz Czaja)

So, an opera about Auschwitz. Let’s say that one more time, out loud. An opera. About Auschwitz. A mind-boggling thing. Something that could be situated halfway between impossibility and impropriety

Theatre

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, and new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? How they interpret the question and answer it is completely up to them: Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk

The Impossibility of the End (Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak)

Does the end mean a promise of fulfilment? Or is it just its illusion, a delusive prospect of understanding, in reality catching the subject in a trap of eternal expectation? In Krzysztof Warlikowski’s most recent show, these questions are combined with questions about guilt

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Film

10 Errors that Have (Not) Changed Cinema (Rafał Marszałek)

Wajda does not like those of his children that have not been successful. I once tried to explain to him that the audience does not always vote with its legs – he listened closely but with pity in his eyes

Intro

CULTURE 2. 0 – Culture Resources (John Biweekly)

This year’s conference consists of discussions, lectures, interactive exhibition, and a surprising poetry event. If you didn’t get the chance to pin down the concept of ‘culture 2.0’ just yet, now is the perfect chance to get to know theory as well as practice

Media

CULTURE 2. 0 – Open Source in Practical Terms (1) (Krzysztof Trzewiczek)

I would like to present a pragmatic side of open source from several complementary perspectives. To reflect on what is its educational dimension, what comfort means in open source, and why less cost means more cost even though more cost means less cost

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:The Snoring of the Machines (James Hopkin)

Put your machines to sleep more often, leave your phones at home, wander out in search of you know not what, but wander out anyway, and discover something that can’t be shown on a screen

CULTURE 2. 0 – Enter Level 2.0 (Agnieszka Słodownik)

While the CULTURE 2.0 conference took place on the ground floor, the 2nd floor reflected the practical representation of the concept. You just needed to climb up and see for yourself what opportunities and threats new culture may bring

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:G as in gatekeeper(or lack thereof) (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

An ordinary individual has no competence to act as an effective gatekeeper for the virtually infinite mass of information made available by the benevolent fool, the internet

CULTURE 2.0 – Slam Sensing Nation Sensation (John Biweekly)

The happening is designed on the idea of the ‘Chinese whispers’ game. Marcin Cecko’s poem, published in Biweekly#01, went through an evolution of translations, from one language to another in the pre-established order

CULTURE 2. 0 – Do it with others! (Aleksandra Hirszfeld)

Ryszard W. Kluszczyński: When we think we are original, it only means we do not know the works we are inadvertently copying. Besides, globalisation reminds us that something can be original only in a context

Reminiscences of the Summer Season: The Post Tourist on Holiday (Aleksandra Perczyńska)

Thomas Cook is probably turning in his grave knowing that he has contributed to the creation of an industry thanks to which hundreds of young Britons visit Kraków to get drunk, Poles go to Prague to get smashed on cheap beer, and Oktoberfest is one of Germany’s greatest tourist attractions

Music

Autumn with(out) a Keyboard (Adam Wiedemann)

I felt really sorry for Reinbert de Leeuw, who actually got so carried away in his mechanical conducting that the score fell from the stand. I’d have preferred to listen to the old ‘Rite of Spring’ under his baton. No revolution took place during this year’s Warsaw Autumn

A Black Wall (Dariusz Czaja)

So, an opera about Auschwitz. Let’s say that one more time, out loud. An opera. About Auschwitz. A mind-boggling thing. Something that could be situated halfway between impossibility and impropriety

Theatre

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, and new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? How they interpret the question and answer it is completely up to them: Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk

The Impossibility of the End (Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak)

Does the end mean a promise of fulfilment? Or is it just its illusion, a delusive prospect of understanding, in reality catching the subject in a trap of eternal expectation? In Krzysztof Warlikowski’s most recent show, these questions are combined with questions about guilt

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Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/07]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/07

Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Twożywo (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it: TWOŻYWO

Film

Paweł Łoziński’s Cine-Eye (Tadeusz Sobolewski)

I try to take a close look at the world which is seemingly unattractive. After all, what can be attractive about people being confined to their beds and undergoing chemotherapy? But to me, that’s interesting. I don’t look for outward attractiveness

Intro

Access Denied (John Biweekly)

Another important happening worth mentioning took place this summer. MediaLab in Chrzelice, in the Southwest of Poland, was a series of workshops organised by Biweekly columnists Mirek Filiciak and Alek Tarkowski, and the Ortus Foundation

Literature

Liberature: Word, Icon, Space (Wojciech Kalaga)

The word ‘liberature’ is a kind of an umbrella term that merges the meaning of the Latin ‘liber’ as ‘free’ with that of a book: it thus connotes both creative freedom and the sense of the book as a material object in the artistic message. The book does not contain the work – the book IS the work

Media

HALF A PAGE:Polański (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

The society as a blind, co-molesting mother. Polański as a figurehead. The law, which is supposed to clean up afterwards

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:Three Stripes to the Wind (James Hopkin)

Yes, in Poland at least, Tania Odzież is unashamedly cheap and not aspiring to cool, and you can throw things together and make your own way, make your own – what’s the word? – style

Slam Sensing Nation Sensation (John Biweekly)

Slam Sensing Nation Sensation is the idea of a concert/happening designed on the idea of the ‘Chinese whispers’ game. Marcin Cecko’s poem, published in Biweekly#01, went through an evolution of translations, from one language to another in the pre-established order

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Morning After (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

But the dogs are a tiny minority of the Prospect Park habitués. The park is in constant use by people who exercise their bodies and their minds

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:F as in Fan (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Fan creativity began with short stories, but already in the 1980s montage films, created on the basis of official, professional productions, played an important role in fandom output

Poems

Heroin (Tomasz Piątek)

Theatre

Xenakis – the Punk (Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska)

I didn’t really know Xenakis before, but it turned out that he touches the precise parts of my sensitivity that until recently were satisfied by other music, such as punk and avant-garde. His music comes from the same source as punk music, while being ahead of it, like every avant-garde

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Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Twożywo (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it: TWOŻYWO

Film

Paweł Łoziński’s Cine-Eye (Tadeusz Sobolewski)

I try to take a close look at the world which is seemingly unattractive. After all, what can be attractive about people being confined to their beds and undergoing chemotherapy? But to me, that’s interesting. I don’t look for outward attractiveness

Intro

Access Denied (John Biweekly)

Another important happening worth mentioning took place this summer. MediaLab in Chrzelice, in the Southwest of Poland, was a series of workshops organised by Biweekly columnists Mirek Filiciak and Alek Tarkowski, and the Ortus Foundation

Literature

Liberature: Word, Icon, Space (Wojciech Kalaga)

The word ‘liberature’ is a kind of an umbrella term that merges the meaning of the Latin ‘liber’ as ‘free’ with that of a book: it thus connotes both creative freedom and the sense of the book as a material object in the artistic message. The book does not contain the work – the book IS the work

Media

HALF A PAGE:Polański (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

The society as a blind, co-molesting mother. Polański as a figurehead. The law, which is supposed to clean up afterwards

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:Three Stripes to the Wind (James Hopkin)

Yes, in Poland at least, Tania Odzież is unashamedly cheap and not aspiring to cool, and you can throw things together and make your own way, make your own – what’s the word? – style

Slam Sensing Nation Sensation (John Biweekly)

Slam Sensing Nation Sensation is the idea of a concert/happening designed on the idea of the ‘Chinese whispers’ game. Marcin Cecko’s poem, published in Biweekly#01, went through an evolution of translations, from one language to another in the pre-established order

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Morning After (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

But the dogs are a tiny minority of the Prospect Park habitués. The park is in constant use by people who exercise their bodies and their minds

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:F as in Fan (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Fan creativity began with short stories, but already in the 1980s montage films, created on the basis of official, professional productions, played an important role in fandom output

Poems

Heroin (Tomasz Piątek)

Theatre

Xenakis – the Punk (Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska)

I didn’t really know Xenakis before, but it turned out that he touches the precise parts of my sensitivity that until recently were satisfied by other music, such as punk and avant-garde. His music comes from the same source as punk music, while being ahead of it, like every avant-garde

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Sat, 28 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/06]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/06

Art

Catching Up (Bogusław Deptuła)

There was supposed to be an awful scandal and a true revolution. There was none, but instead we may be dealing with a beginning of an evolution

SOMETHING OR OTHER:Elżbieta (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

Actresses or not, we all struggled with difficulties, perhaps greater perhaps lesser, but most certainly somewhat similar to those faced by our contemporaries who did not emigrate

From the Head: a Carnival Potential of Instability (Marta Lisok)

In the ‘Do It Yourself’ collection, Ziółkowski wonders what would happen if objects were left to themselves. Would crossbreeding occur: the sharing of surfaces, shapes, textures? Serious functional mutations?

Film

10. ERA NEW HORIZONS:Wojciech Jerzy Has (John Biweekly)

Film director and screenwriter. Born in 1925 in Krakow; died in the year 2000 in the city of Łódź. Has made himself known as an artist of great individuality, one who avoided political or commercial tones in his art

Art On and Off (Adriana Prodeus)

Many people mistake entertainment for art, and I myself am no longer interested in pure entertainment. When I watch a film I want to see behind what I see. I want to see the human being – Daniel Szczechura in an interview by Adriana Prodeus

Intro

Summer Agenda (John Biweekly)

I heard and saw and felt a variety of sound and body constellations. Whispers, shouts, wailing, hoarse and childish voices, high and low pitched tones, slow motion sound even. Shivers went down my spine few times during just an hour

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:E as in Media Education (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The more media literacy we own, the better. Understanding media is just as important as participation in creating it, not just in terms of trying it out

Music

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Raphael Rogiński (John Biweekly)

In this section we ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it

Poems

Lubiewo (Michał Witkowski)

Theatre

Stage Trust (Katarzyna Tórz)

I’m an outsider everywhere. I was an outsider in my family. I was an outsider where I grew up. I’m an outsider in Austria. No sentiment though – Renate Jett

War Children.The Heart of Darkness (Tomasz Cyz)

Jan Kott wrote that in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, history is shown as a nightmare, something that shocks and terrifies; that it is opaque like a nightmare. ‘And, like in a nightmare, everyone gets bogged down in it.’ In Warlikowski’s ‘Macbeth’, this nightmare seems to have no end. Nor a beginning

THEATRE MATTER:Magda Fertacz (Magda Fertacz)

Theatre is this section’s subject Matter. For we love the stage, and its (r)evolution. In this issue of Biweekly.pl we present an excerpt from Magda Fertacz’s play ‘Trash story’

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Art

Catching Up (Bogusław Deptuła)

There was supposed to be an awful scandal and a true revolution. There was none, but instead we may be dealing with a beginning of an evolution

SOMETHING OR OTHER:Elżbieta (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

Actresses or not, we all struggled with difficulties, perhaps greater perhaps lesser, but most certainly somewhat similar to those faced by our contemporaries who did not emigrate

From the Head: a Carnival Potential of Instability (Marta Lisok)

In the ‘Do It Yourself’ collection, Ziółkowski wonders what would happen if objects were left to themselves. Would crossbreeding occur: the sharing of surfaces, shapes, textures? Serious functional mutations?

Film

10. ERA NEW HORIZONS:Wojciech Jerzy Has (John Biweekly)

Film director and screenwriter. Born in 1925 in Krakow; died in the year 2000 in the city of Łódź. Has made himself known as an artist of great individuality, one who avoided political or commercial tones in his art

Art On and Off (Adriana Prodeus)

Many people mistake entertainment for art, and I myself am no longer interested in pure entertainment. When I watch a film I want to see behind what I see. I want to see the human being – Daniel Szczechura in an interview by Adriana Prodeus

Intro

Summer Agenda (John Biweekly)

I heard and saw and felt a variety of sound and body constellations. Whispers, shouts, wailing, hoarse and childish voices, high and low pitched tones, slow motion sound even. Shivers went down my spine few times during just an hour

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:E as in Media Education (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The more media literacy we own, the better. Understanding media is just as important as participation in creating it, not just in terms of trying it out

Music

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Raphael Rogiński (John Biweekly)

In this section we ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it

Poems

Lubiewo (Michał Witkowski)

Theatre

Stage Trust (Katarzyna Tórz)

I’m an outsider everywhere. I was an outsider in my family. I was an outsider where I grew up. I’m an outsider in Austria. No sentiment though – Renate Jett

War Children.The Heart of Darkness (Tomasz Cyz)

Jan Kott wrote that in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, history is shown as a nightmare, something that shocks and terrifies; that it is opaque like a nightmare. ‘And, like in a nightmare, everyone gets bogged down in it.’ In Warlikowski’s ‘Macbeth’, this nightmare seems to have no end. Nor a beginning

THEATRE MATTER:Magda Fertacz (Magda Fertacz)

Theatre is this section’s subject Matter. For we love the stage, and its (r)evolution. In this issue of Biweekly.pl we present an excerpt from Magda Fertacz’s play ‘Trash story’

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Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/05]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/05

Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to answer it. Time for The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Film

Public sunlightand private shade (Adriana Prodeus)

Brothers Quay are the central figures of the retrospective at the 10th Era New Horizons festival in Wrocław, 22 July – 1 August 2010. The central motif of Inventorium of Traces, which premiered in Poland at the last year's Kraków Film Festival, is a secret life of Łańcut Castle, haunted by a ghost, its long-standing owner, Count Jan Potocki

Intro

Money can't buy me love,but love won't pay the bills,or the other way around (John Biweekly)

My favorite word? Budget. The source of control, planning and context. Am I the top shelf, or am I the cheap stuff. On the other hand, isn’t that context where the limitations emerge from?

Literature

THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN REVISITED:C as in Corporeal (Małgorzata Łukasiewicz)

The body’s needs, appetites and rebellions need no words in The Magic Mountain. They manifest themselves in other ways – through coughing, gasping, blushing, accelerated heartbeat

Media

I BEG YOUR PARDON:The Times and the Manners (Anda Rottenberg)

You can’t be unavailable to an activist because he bends over backwards to hire a public figure and place them in front of his audience. He owes it to his city, doesn’t he?

The Need for Nemawashi ()

Agnieszka Berlińska and Agnieszka Słodownik talk to Julia Rowntree, who came to Warsaw to lead an interactive one-day workshop about building cross-sector engagement to generate support and funds for the arts and new civic opportunities

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:D as in Dot-com (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The naive belief and the subsequent crash were obviously related to perceiving the internet in the 1990s as a kind of technological miracle that, as if by magic, would solve humanity’s problems

Poems

Independence Avenue (Krzysztof Varga)

Theatre

THEATRE MATTER:Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk (Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk)

Theatre is this section’s subject Matter. For we love the stage, and its (r)evolution. Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s play ‘Loose Screws’ is a political fiction; it’s style is absurd and zany. In Biweekly#05 we present an excerpt of the piece

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Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to answer it. Time for The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Film

Public sunlightand private shade (Adriana Prodeus)

Brothers Quay are the central figures of the retrospective at the 10th Era New Horizons festival in Wrocław, 22 July – 1 August 2010. The central motif of Inventorium of Traces, which premiered in Poland at the last year's Kraków Film Festival, is a secret life of Łańcut Castle, haunted by a ghost, its long-standing owner, Count Jan Potocki

Intro

Money can't buy me love,but love won't pay the bills,or the other way around (John Biweekly)

My favorite word? Budget. The source of control, planning and context. Am I the top shelf, or am I the cheap stuff. On the other hand, isn’t that context where the limitations emerge from?

Literature

THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN REVISITED:C as in Corporeal (Małgorzata Łukasiewicz)

The body’s needs, appetites and rebellions need no words in The Magic Mountain. They manifest themselves in other ways – through coughing, gasping, blushing, accelerated heartbeat

Media

I BEG YOUR PARDON:The Times and the Manners (Anda Rottenberg)

You can’t be unavailable to an activist because he bends over backwards to hire a public figure and place them in front of his audience. He owes it to his city, doesn’t he?

The Need for Nemawashi ()

Agnieszka Berlińska and Agnieszka Słodownik talk to Julia Rowntree, who came to Warsaw to lead an interactive one-day workshop about building cross-sector engagement to generate support and funds for the arts and new civic opportunities

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:D as in Dot-com (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The naive belief and the subsequent crash were obviously related to perceiving the internet in the 1990s as a kind of technological miracle that, as if by magic, would solve humanity’s problems

Poems

Independence Avenue (Krzysztof Varga)

Theatre

THEATRE MATTER:Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk (Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk)

Theatre is this section’s subject Matter. For we love the stage, and its (r)evolution. Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s play ‘Loose Screws’ is a political fiction; it’s style is absurd and zany. In Biweekly#05 we present an excerpt of the piece

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Sat, 03 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/04]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/04

Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS& GNASH: 3D or not 3D? (Chris Niedenthal)

3D has been around now for almost a hundred and sixty years. Introduced to the public at London’s 1851 World Exhibition, Queen Victoria loved it

Alina Szapocznikow’sAwkward Objects (Karol Sienkiewicz)

Szapocznikow’s art perversely combines erotics with cannibalism. Her other erotic objects seem like exercises in rebellious design that uses the human body as the matrix

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Mikołaj Długosz (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it. MIKOŁAJ DŁUGOSZ is up next

Film

Classical Documentary– The Time is Now (Błażej Hrapkowicz)

The Kraków Film Festival avoids indulging in shameless self-promotion. You won’t hear the level-headed organisers brazenly trumpeting their accomplishments or the list of directors featured at this year’s festival. They just organise the festival. And they do it exceptionally well

Intro

Recipients of Data (John Biweekly)

Although we do read, we’re all but Readers now. We watch, comment, listen, click, send, follow, spy even. So what do we call this ‘position’? E-pedestrians? Web Travelers? Over-reactive Responders?

Literature

Eager Collectors of Myths (Jarosław Makowski)

When I look at what has recently happened in Poland, I know that besides the common belief that we form a certain ‘us’, a critical reflection should also be present on what this being together is actually supposed to mean – prof. Tadeusz Sławek

Media

The Dread is Elsewhere (Bogusław Deptuła)

Taboos once regulated life within a community. Now they are something that marks the boundaries between communities. If an exchange of taboos does occur, it is what is usually described as ‘identity play’ or a fluid identity – says Andrzej Leder

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:C as in Creative Commons (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The idea of ‘free culture’ stresses the notion that intellectual property laws are not just the domain of nuance-loving lawyers, but an issue that should concern all of us

I BEG YOUR PARDON:How are we supposedto live now? (Anda Rottenberg)

Fortunately, there are still courageous and responsible people in Poland, true patriots who boldly ask inconvenient questions in parliament and on the pages of the free press, uncorrupted by power

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Art

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS& GNASH: 3D or not 3D? (Chris Niedenthal)

3D has been around now for almost a hundred and sixty years. Introduced to the public at London’s 1851 World Exhibition, Queen Victoria loved it

Alina Szapocznikow’sAwkward Objects (Karol Sienkiewicz)

Szapocznikow’s art perversely combines erotics with cannibalism. Her other erotic objects seem like exercises in rebellious design that uses the human body as the matrix

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Mikołaj Długosz (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it. MIKOŁAJ DŁUGOSZ is up next

Film

Classical Documentary– The Time is Now (Błażej Hrapkowicz)

The Kraków Film Festival avoids indulging in shameless self-promotion. You won’t hear the level-headed organisers brazenly trumpeting their accomplishments or the list of directors featured at this year’s festival. They just organise the festival. And they do it exceptionally well

Intro

Recipients of Data (John Biweekly)

Although we do read, we’re all but Readers now. We watch, comment, listen, click, send, follow, spy even. So what do we call this ‘position’? E-pedestrians? Web Travelers? Over-reactive Responders?

Literature

Eager Collectors of Myths (Jarosław Makowski)

When I look at what has recently happened in Poland, I know that besides the common belief that we form a certain ‘us’, a critical reflection should also be present on what this being together is actually supposed to mean – prof. Tadeusz Sławek

Media

The Dread is Elsewhere (Bogusław Deptuła)

Taboos once regulated life within a community. Now they are something that marks the boundaries between communities. If an exchange of taboos does occur, it is what is usually described as ‘identity play’ or a fluid identity – says Andrzej Leder

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:C as in Creative Commons (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

The idea of ‘free culture’ stresses the notion that intellectual property laws are not just the domain of nuance-loving lawyers, but an issue that should concern all of us

I BEG YOUR PARDON:How are we supposedto live now? (Anda Rottenberg)

Fortunately, there are still courageous and responsible people in Poland, true patriots who boldly ask inconvenient questions in parliament and on the pages of the free press, uncorrupted by power

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Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/03]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/03

Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Kobas Laksa (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it. In this issue we give you KOBAS LAKSA

Constellations of connections (Bogusław Deptuła)

Words don't lie, but sentences do. A word cannot lie. But put three words together and distortion begins – Stanisław Dróżdż (1939-2009) had a very deep understanding of the verbal-linguistic structure of our world

Film

An Empty Bed (Rafał Marszałek)

The author demands the audience’s absolute concentration. A moment of inattention would deal a deadly blow to the viewer’s perception of The Forest. And, to a certain extent, to the ambition of Dumała himself

Gdynia Film Festival.After the Verdict (Michał Walkiewicz)

At the entrance to the screening room. “Entering?” I ask an elderly gentleman, anxious and not sure which way to pass him from. “Well, I’m a bit afraid, you know?” he says. Unfortunately, I do

Intro

It’s all so relative (John Biweekly)

This issue is sponsored by the letter B

Literature

THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN REVISITED:B as in Bobsled (Małgorzata Łukasiewicz)

The Magic Mountain presents a case against what Mann called a “fatal enchantment”, the sources of which he saw in German Romanticism, in Novalis, Schopenhauer, Wagner. In fact, a sled is the perfect choice for the vehicle of the death-as-seductress

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Prison and Freedom of Language (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

In his native language, the tone, the gesture, the emotion is fully controlled; in English, it is the effort of sounding the words that predominates. The difference in self assurance is striking

Media

Street Art:an Urban Perception Shift (Agnieszka Słodownik)

A poster, or any other urban arrangement, can point the inhabitant-audience to a place usually ignored. Just like with cycling, which makes one aware of every curb, evoking an intimate connection with the urban physicality

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:B as in Blog (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

It’s usually assumed that, as a whole, blogs form what is known as the blogosphere – William Quick, who coined the term, regarded blogs as ‘intellectual cyberspace’. The neologism meant that the blogging space and its participants created a new, online home for Reason

HALF A PAGE:Our Guys on Radio Islam* (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

‘Know Your enemy! No time to waste. Act now! Tomorrow it will be too late.’

Music

13th New Tradition festival (Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska)

The strength of the creators of New Tradition resides in the fact that they have consistently pursued two separate approaches to folk music. In the Roots Music section, they demonstrate the power of traditional performances, whereas in the competition section they welcome far-reaching artistic experiments

Poems

SPRING (Wojciech Stamm)

Theatre

Start Singing and You’ll KnowWhat You Feel (Tomasz Cyz)

I’m also sometimes afraid of music in moments of depression. I feel that even very good music can break some thin membrane beyond which there’s howling, total disintegration, a bunch of demons eager to get inside me – Krystian Lupa

Lupa Closely Examined (Alicja Rosé)

Beckett was a master of dialogue and it’s simply impossible to spoil this text. But what can be done with it? What could Krystian Lupa have done with it? Contrary to what it might seem, limitations can lead you to new territories

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Art

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Kobas Laksa (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it. In this issue we give you KOBAS LAKSA

Constellations of connections (Bogusław Deptuła)

Words don't lie, but sentences do. A word cannot lie. But put three words together and distortion begins – Stanisław Dróżdż (1939-2009) had a very deep understanding of the verbal-linguistic structure of our world

Film

An Empty Bed (Rafał Marszałek)

The author demands the audience’s absolute concentration. A moment of inattention would deal a deadly blow to the viewer’s perception of The Forest. And, to a certain extent, to the ambition of Dumała himself

Gdynia Film Festival.After the Verdict (Michał Walkiewicz)

At the entrance to the screening room. “Entering?” I ask an elderly gentleman, anxious and not sure which way to pass him from. “Well, I’m a bit afraid, you know?” he says. Unfortunately, I do

Intro

It’s all so relative (John Biweekly)

This issue is sponsored by the letter B

Literature

THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN REVISITED:B as in Bobsled (Małgorzata Łukasiewicz)

The Magic Mountain presents a case against what Mann called a “fatal enchantment”, the sources of which he saw in German Romanticism, in Novalis, Schopenhauer, Wagner. In fact, a sled is the perfect choice for the vehicle of the death-as-seductress

SOMETHING OR OTHER:The Prison and Freedom of Language (Irena Grudzińska-Gross)

In his native language, the tone, the gesture, the emotion is fully controlled; in English, it is the effort of sounding the words that predominates. The difference in self assurance is striking

Media

Street Art:an Urban Perception Shift (Agnieszka Słodownik)

A poster, or any other urban arrangement, can point the inhabitant-audience to a place usually ignored. Just like with cycling, which makes one aware of every curb, evoking an intimate connection with the urban physicality

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:B as in Blog (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

It’s usually assumed that, as a whole, blogs form what is known as the blogosphere – William Quick, who coined the term, regarded blogs as ‘intellectual cyberspace’. The neologism meant that the blogging space and its participants created a new, online home for Reason

HALF A PAGE:Our Guys on Radio Islam* (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

‘Know Your enemy! No time to waste. Act now! Tomorrow it will be too late.’

Music

13th New Tradition festival (Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska)

The strength of the creators of New Tradition resides in the fact that they have consistently pursued two separate approaches to folk music. In the Roots Music section, they demonstrate the power of traditional performances, whereas in the competition section they welcome far-reaching artistic experiments

Poems

SPRING (Wojciech Stamm)

Theatre

Start Singing and You’ll KnowWhat You Feel (Tomasz Cyz)

I’m also sometimes afraid of music in moments of depression. I feel that even very good music can break some thin membrane beyond which there’s howling, total disintegration, a bunch of demons eager to get inside me – Krystian Lupa

Lupa Closely Examined (Alicja Rosé)

Beckett was a master of dialogue and it’s simply impossible to spoil this text. But what can be done with it? What could Krystian Lupa have done with it? Contrary to what it might seem, limitations can lead you to new territories

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Sat, 05 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/02]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/02

Art

Dancing Eyes, Unclear Pictures (Antoni Ziemba)

Maria Poprzęcka's fascinating book tells the story of art and artists interested in the phenomenon of uncoordinated and misty seeing

Film

You Have to Be Ruthless (Werner Herzog)

Great works aren’t a result of great tools but the fact that these tools are used by great artists

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Bartek Kulas (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena: BARTEK KULAS is currently in Cannes promoting his latest animated movie Millhaven. Soon to be seen at the 50th Kraków Film Festival

An Atlas of Polish Cinema (Paulina Kwiatkowska)

Andrzej Wajda does a great job controlling his fear of death – but a much poorer one controlling his fear of error

Intro

The Centre of The World (John Biweekly)

‘I think the world is the extent of what we know. People tend to think the world is the planet, but they're two different things.’

Literature

Unbearable Whispering (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Gerhard Gnauck’s book about the Polish years of the pope of German literary criticism Marcel Reich-Ranicki is, page after page, an embarrassment

THE INFOHOLIC:A Bundle of Pages Stitchedon One Side (Jarosław Lipszyc)

It’s time to stop talking about books and start talking about text. The book is a medium, a content carrier

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:A as in Amateur (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

If in the 20th century the amateur was basically a non-professional, in the 21st, the amateur is a fan and the term is returning to its etymological roots

Organising Time, or What Can’tBe Seen in the Pictures (Agata Nowotny)

Series organise life, helping to integrate quivering and fragmented moments into a single whole, with a beginning and an end, which, in times that Zygmunt Bauman calls ‘liquid’, is something of particularly great value

COCKTAIL ARTY:Banquet for Douanier Rousseau (Paweł Soszyński)

The comical aura surrounding the painter Rousseau led young Picasso to a grand idea. In December 1908, he decided to throw a party in honor of Rousseau’s genius – a banquet that would become history

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:Dampfbad Europa (James Hopkin)

Dampfbad Europa: a few barely-dressed thoughts from the steam-room

Poems

auck-zuck (Maria Cyranowicz)

Theatre

All Kinds of Luxuries (Joanna Wichowska)

‘Someone decided to combine the luxury of culture with the luxury of remorse and invited me to Düsseldorf to direct a Ravenhill text’ – Jan Klata talks about the experience of working in a German theatre

Schaeffer (81) (Adam Wiedemann)

I highly respect and admire Schaeffer's escalation of innovations but it creates the effect of “always something different, and thus always the same”

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Art

Dancing Eyes, Unclear Pictures (Antoni Ziemba)

Maria Poprzęcka's fascinating book tells the story of art and artists interested in the phenomenon of uncoordinated and misty seeing

Film

You Have to Be Ruthless (Werner Herzog)

Great works aren’t a result of great tools but the fact that these tools are used by great artists

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Bartek Kulas (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena: BARTEK KULAS is currently in Cannes promoting his latest animated movie Millhaven. Soon to be seen at the 50th Kraków Film Festival

An Atlas of Polish Cinema (Paulina Kwiatkowska)

Andrzej Wajda does a great job controlling his fear of death – but a much poorer one controlling his fear of error

Intro

The Centre of The World (John Biweekly)

‘I think the world is the extent of what we know. People tend to think the world is the planet, but they're two different things.’

Literature

Unbearable Whispering (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

Gerhard Gnauck’s book about the Polish years of the pope of German literary criticism Marcel Reich-Ranicki is, page after page, an embarrassment

THE INFOHOLIC:A Bundle of Pages Stitchedon One Side (Jarosław Lipszyc)

It’s time to stop talking about books and start talking about text. The book is a medium, a content carrier

Media

THE ABC OF NEW CULTURE:A as in Amateur (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

If in the 20th century the amateur was basically a non-professional, in the 21st, the amateur is a fan and the term is returning to its etymological roots

Organising Time, or What Can’tBe Seen in the Pictures (Agata Nowotny)

Series organise life, helping to integrate quivering and fragmented moments into a single whole, with a beginning and an end, which, in times that Zygmunt Bauman calls ‘liquid’, is something of particularly great value

COCKTAIL ARTY:Banquet for Douanier Rousseau (Paweł Soszyński)

The comical aura surrounding the painter Rousseau led young Picasso to a grand idea. In December 1908, he decided to throw a party in honor of Rousseau’s genius – a banquet that would become history

NOTES FROM UNDER THE TABLE:Dampfbad Europa (James Hopkin)

Dampfbad Europa: a few barely-dressed thoughts from the steam-room

Poems

auck-zuck (Maria Cyranowicz)

Theatre

All Kinds of Luxuries (Joanna Wichowska)

‘Someone decided to combine the luxury of culture with the luxury of remorse and invited me to Düsseldorf to direct a Ravenhill text’ – Jan Klata talks about the experience of working in a German theatre

Schaeffer (81) (Adam Wiedemann)

I highly respect and admire Schaeffer's escalation of innovations but it creates the effect of “always something different, and thus always the same”

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Sat, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Issue 2010/01]]> http://www.biweekly.pl/issue/2010/01

Art

Learning the Gender Lesson (Marta Lisok)

The title of the Zachęta exhibition, ‘Gender Check. Feminity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe.’ which sounds like a wake-up call or an interrogation question, makes you stand at attention. It demands a  clear answer: what’s my gender?

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH:Which Way Photojournalism? (Chris Niedenthal)

Why bother paying big money to professionals, when we can usually get much cheaper, if not free work from passers-by with cellphone cameras

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Maurycy Gomulicki (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it. In this issue we give you MAURYCY GOMULICKI

Intro

Biweekly.pl – link with culture (John Biweekly)

It’s all because of Dwutygodnik.com – the online Polish periodical about culture. A year after Dwutygodnik’s first issue it was clear that its English version is a necessity. Why? Because we wanted to share

Literature

Regaining feeling (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

In her excellent, provocative book ‘Proszę bardzo’ (Here You Go) Anda Rottenberg rejects the rules of the game the Polish symbolic establishment so far abided by

The Magic Mountain Revisited:A like Herr Albin (Małgorzata Łukasiewicz)

From the very beginning he appears to be a silly figure, a cheap buffoon, a typical character at best, good for sealing the background against which the main plot unfolds

Media

I BEG YOUR PARDONThe Times and the Manners (Anda Rottenberg)

You can’t be unavailable to an activist because he bends over backwards to hire a public figure and a public figure should have some duties too, shouldn’t they?

Culture in Times of the Cornucopia. A New Agendafor the Cultural Institutions (Alek Tarkowski)

Online collections will not draw viewers away from the physical displays. The documentation, archiving and distribution of materials or recordings of events should become an essential task of every cultural institution

Message from Central Control (Katarzyna Tórz)

Has been sent and received. ‘Beats of Freedom’ is a documentary in which music serves as a means of creating memory about one of the most fascinating fragments of our history

Bi-polarity (Daniel Coyle)

All identities are hyphenated; some are just more implicit than others. Often hyphenated identities are only significant when people are part of a mainstream or widespread identity

The ABC of New Culture:A,B,C,2,0 (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Culture 2.0 isn’t based on digital technologies only; the term doesn’t reflect a blind faith in the power of technology

Music

My Chopin: An oyster with sugar (Andrzej Żuławski)

The best Chopin recording I know is Janusz Olejniczak’s album with music from the film ‘La Note Bleue’. Besides, Pogorelic’s concerts are admirable. Martha Argerich has her great moments too. But there is not so much of that. Blechacz is a very decent student, period. Nothing more

Poems

am awaiting enlightenment in the kitchen (Marcin Cecko)

Theatre

Grzegorzewski’s Instrumentarium (Małgorzata Dziewulska)

Theatre works chiefly through temporal sequences and if Jerzy Grzegorzewski was in his artistic procedures similar to a stage manager, it was because he cared not about his mental images but about what happened in the audience

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Art

Learning the Gender Lesson (Marta Lisok)

The title of the Zachęta exhibition, ‘Gender Check. Feminity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe.’ which sounds like a wake-up call or an interrogation question, makes you stand at attention. It demands a  clear answer: what’s my gender?

PHOTOGRAPHY, STILLS & GNASH:Which Way Photojournalism? (Chris Niedenthal)

Why bother paying big money to professionals, when we can usually get much cheaper, if not free work from passers-by with cellphone cameras

WHO'S WHO AND WHY:Maurycy Gomulicki (John Biweekly)

In this section we introduce Polish artists, places, new phenomena. We always ask the person or the place’s representative the following question: WHY ARE YOU HERE? It’s completely up to them, how are they going to interpret the question and answer it. In this issue we give you MAURYCY GOMULICKI

Intro

Biweekly.pl – link with culture (John Biweekly)

It’s all because of Dwutygodnik.com – the online Polish periodical about culture. A year after Dwutygodnik’s first issue it was clear that its English version is a necessity. Why? Because we wanted to share

Literature

Regaining feeling (Joanna Tokarska-Bakir)

In her excellent, provocative book ‘Proszę bardzo’ (Here You Go) Anda Rottenberg rejects the rules of the game the Polish symbolic establishment so far abided by

The Magic Mountain Revisited:A like Herr Albin (Małgorzata Łukasiewicz)

From the very beginning he appears to be a silly figure, a cheap buffoon, a typical character at best, good for sealing the background against which the main plot unfolds

Media

I BEG YOUR PARDONThe Times and the Manners (Anda Rottenberg)

You can’t be unavailable to an activist because he bends over backwards to hire a public figure and a public figure should have some duties too, shouldn’t they?

Culture in Times of the Cornucopia. A New Agendafor the Cultural Institutions (Alek Tarkowski)

Online collections will not draw viewers away from the physical displays. The documentation, archiving and distribution of materials or recordings of events should become an essential task of every cultural institution

Message from Central Control (Katarzyna Tórz)

Has been sent and received. ‘Beats of Freedom’ is a documentary in which music serves as a means of creating memory about one of the most fascinating fragments of our history

Bi-polarity (Daniel Coyle)

All identities are hyphenated; some are just more implicit than others. Often hyphenated identities are only significant when people are part of a mainstream or widespread identity

The ABC of New Culture:A,B,C,2,0 (Mirek Filiciak / Alek Tarkowski)

Culture 2.0 isn’t based on digital technologies only; the term doesn’t reflect a blind faith in the power of technology

Music

My Chopin: An oyster with sugar (Andrzej Żuławski)

The best Chopin recording I know is Janusz Olejniczak’s album with music from the film ‘La Note Bleue’. Besides, Pogorelic’s concerts are admirable. Martha Argerich has her great moments too. But there is not so much of that. Blechacz is a very decent student, period. Nothing more

Poems

am awaiting enlightenment in the kitchen (Marcin Cecko)

Theatre

Grzegorzewski’s Instrumentarium (Małgorzata Dziewulska)

Theatre works chiefly through temporal sequences and if Jerzy Grzegorzewski was in his artistic procedures similar to a stage manager, it was because he cared not about his mental images but about what happened in the audience

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Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 +0200