Digital culture

Barely a few decades have passed since information technology began to be used on a global scale, and already today no one has any doubt that it plays a significant role in organising our daily lives, influencing the decisions we make, the information we take in and the way we communicate with other people. The development of technology is also visible in the field of culture. New technologies today are penetrating theatre halls, appearing increasingly frequently in cinema, supporting the daily work of documentarians, making it possible to tell complex stories to museum visitors, allowing the digitalisation of the most precious resources of cultural heritage and introducing the most interesting stories into the world of computer games. Poland is a country that can boast exceptionally creative artists and world-class narrative museums, which pull in millions of visitors every year.

The purpose of the Digital culture track is support for the international presence of artists who operate at the juncture of digital technology and art. In 2016, the Institute presented three Polish narrative museums at the prestigious International Symposium on Electronic Art in Hong Kong. Additionally, at the invitation of the Institute, Tale of Tales, a collective that creates artistic video games, visited Poland. The group will return to Poland this summer to hold a month-long residency in the summer home of Tadeusz Kantor in Hucisko, where the artists will work on a new game. The Institute also supports creative exchanges between Polish and international computer game artists by supporting their presence at foreign trade fairs and sector conferences.

Digital culture is a multidimensional field, which can in no way be reduced to a single type of artistic practice. That’s why in the autumn of 2017, as part of the Digital Cultures conference organised by the Institute, an international group of attendees will attempt to get to grips with this complexity. We will consider the possible directions of development for the computer game sector, interactive narratives, digitisation and narrative museums. This will also provide an opportunity for individual meetings with foreign experts and artists.

As part of its promotion of Polish digital culture, the Institute works with key Polish partners such as the HAT Center, CSW Łaźnia Gdańsk, Patchlab Festival, Medialab Katowice, WRO Art Center, the Ha! Art corporation, the Indie Games Polska Foundation, and foreign institutions including ZKM Karlsruhe, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool Biennale and the International Symposium on Electronic Art.


  • 09Mar'19 - 17Mar'19

    Polish Showcase of Art, Music & Tech at SXSW 2019

    Following last year’s success at the celebrated SXSW festival, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute returns to Austin to present top-tier Polish talents in music, gaming, art and artificial intelligence. The showcase is in partnership with the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC. More #digital culture
  • Digital Culture, image by Noviki, photo: press materials

    Open Call: Non-Fiction Narrative Audio Works

    The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is pleased to announce an open call for non-fiction narrative audio works created by producers from the Central and Eastern European region. The competition is being held in cooperation with Radio Atlas as part of the activities accompanying the institute’s Digital Cultures conference to be held in September 2018. More #technology & innovation
  • Digital Culture, image by Noviki, photo: press materials

    Digital Cultures Conference 2018

    24th and 25th September 2018 will see the second edition of the international Digital Cultures conference in Warsaw. The conference will address digital culture in a global context. It will be an opportunity to explore the most interesting projects out there today, as well as establish contacts with experts in the field and representatives of key institutions from around the globe. More #technology & innovation
  • 14Jul'18 - 06Jan'19
    'Spatial Composition' by Zygmunt Krauze, Teresa Kelm, Henryk Morel, 1968, photo: courtesy of the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź

    Through The Soundproof Curtain: The Polish Radio Experimental Studio On Show In Karlsruhe

    This July, ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe will open the first such extensive presentation of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, an important centre for the creation of exciting electro-acoustic music in the Eastern Bloc. More #music
  • 09Jul'16 - 16Oct'16
    Krzysztof Wodiczko,

    Issue Raiser Wodiczko at the Liverpool Biennial 2016

    The FACT exhibition in Liverpool presents over 40 years of Wodiczko’s collaborations with marginalised social groups. More #technology & innovation

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Published at: 2016.10.14 18:41
Updated at: 2017.09.07 22:48
Author: Karolina Babij
Written by: Karolina Babij