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THE KEY TO TIME

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Roderick Coover (FR/US) & Krzysztof Wołek (PL) Lesya Ukrainka Theatre (Horodotska str., 36) Key to Time is an immersive, operatic film designed for immersive cinematic experiences. It tells a story about time, love and mutation faced with the challenges of scientific hubris, climate change and mass extinction. Synopis Tanek is trapped in the future. He was sent there after an accident involving a time-travel machine prototype and his girlfriend’s strange glass hand. Floods and contamination have led to wars, and new war technologies threaten to destroy the world. Tanek’s only hope seems to be to travel back in time. He tries to travel through dreams, but his plans go awry and he arrives in a parallel universe where his doppelgänger is trying to use Anna’s powers for his own gain. Roderick Coover (b. 1967) has been a leading innovator in emerging cinematic works since the 1990s, creating new forms of interactive, algorithmic and panoramic digital cinema such as the VR work Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project, the algorithmic narrative Toxi•City: A Climate Change Narrative, the interactive series, The Unknown Territories Project, and numerous others. His work is exhibited in art and performance venues and public spaces such as the […]
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Time forward, two times back

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The idea of ​​“one step forward, two steps back,” as the Cambridge Dictionary explains, demonstrates a setback: when you make one step forward and two steps back, you progress, but then you experience the events that make you fall behind in relation to the moment when you progressed … In English, this idiom is often used; it explains the situation in which progress stops because of a bad, destructive event that disrupts progress … Johnny Winter even wrote a song with the following words: “Every time I try to get ahead, There’s lots of people that are being misled, That is why what I am wearing is black, I take one step forward and two steps back ”… Borrowing a European idiom in 1904, in Switzerland, Lenin wrote his famous book, “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back”, in which he analyzed in detail various currents and groups in the Russian Social Democratic Party. In 1968, for Mikhail Schweitzer’s film “Time, Forward!”, Georgy Sviridov composed music under the same name. This film showed the construction of Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Factory, and the city of metallurgists in general, which became the hallmark of high Stalinism. The most famous part of Sviridov’s […]
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Dot.to.Dot.

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An art project-research by Liliana Orbach In the year 1924 my grandparents and part of their family from my father side immigrated to Argentina. Since then, no-one from my family ever visited Lemberg, or Lwow, or Lviv, three different names for one city within Galicia, the historic region of Eastern Europe, which was at the time a City of Austrian Empire/WUPR/Poland, my grandparents’ home land. Not much I knew about the area and its idiosyncrasy and not much I asked my grandparents either. Yet, my desire to visit the city grew with time, although I did not know what exactly I wanted to look for or, eventually, to find out. As of the beginning of 2019 the last member of that branch of my family turned into a sweet and nostalgic memory. And there I was, with no-one else to ask, even if I would very much like to. And there I was, surrounded with cravings for that far away land, a land plenty of unknowns, the land of my roots. And so it is, that my journey of fascinating discoveries began. And so it is, that as deep as I was diving into the past of my dear ones, […]
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Human aspect: on/off

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As in previous years, we whittled down the copious program of shows, exhibitions, and performances of the 2019 CZYNNIK LUDZKI/HUMAN ASPECT 18th Media Art Biennale to put together a choice assortment of videos and documentations to go on tour. The 2019 WRO on Tour program features the works of artists who examine the complexities of the contemporary nexus of the human, the technological, and the environment, capturing the turn towards the human as an initiator, a recipient, and sometimes a victim of rapid transformations. The selected artworks explore this shift as a central issue of our times and a relevant factor in current artistic practices. Composed with the exhibition at Lviv’s Museum of Ethnography in mind, the present special selection of installations and videos adds up to a narrative in which the human factor, entangled as it is in less and less transparent systems of intelligent algorithms, comes to the fore in artistic gestures which deliberately envision the active involvement of viewers as cracking fissures and rifts in the technological overlay of reality. At the same time, the status of the human in these artworks is mutable and susceptible to a variety of transpositions. Activated and invalidated, enhanced and undercut […]
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