14th Media Art Biennale WRO 2011 Alternative Now

Opening and main events: 10-15.05.2011

Exhibitions through September 2011

The WRO Media Art Biennale is the leading international forum for new media art in Poland and Central Europe. Since its inception in 1989, WRO has been presenting art forms created using new media for artistic expression and communication, exploring current creative territories and building a critical perspective toward emerging issues in art and society.

Over the years, the WRO Biennales have raised a variety of questions about creative approaches to new technologies and the expanding technosphere of social media – about the creative crossover realms that arise where art and science, economics and social activism intersect. The theme of the 14th WRO Biennale, which starts on May 10th 2011, is ALTERNATIVE NOW, highlighting the roles of individual artistic stances and strategies that keep a deliberate distance from the institutionalized mechanisms and standardized expectations of the art world.

The WRO Biennale is organized by the WRO Art Center.

Lectures and Talks

The WRO 2011: Alternative Now program between 10th – 15th May will include lectures by Lev Manovich (USA), Edward Shanken (USA), Erkki Huhtamo (FI/USA), Geof Cox (UK) and others…

Artists holding presentations at the WRO 2011 Biennale Alternative Now include Istvan Kantor (HU/CA), Igor Krenz (PL), Lucas Bambozzi (BR), Alicja Żebrowska (PL), Dawid Marcinkowski (PL) and others…

Exhibitions

The program of exhibitions and screenings at WRO Biennales is centred on the entries submitted by artists from around the world. Details about this part of the WRO 2011 Biennale Alternative Now will become available as the artistic director and programming team progress in the decision-making process about this year&8217;s entries.

Among the events between 10th – 15th May 2011 that can be announced now are:

Moving Stories

Artists: Candice Breitz, Rainer Gamsjäger, Mihai Grecu, Paweł Janicki, Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni), Nicolas Provost.

An exhibition of installations revolving around innovative narrative forms in contemporary media art, prepared jointly by Contour Mechelen (Belgium), OK Center, Linz (Austria), EMAF Osnabrück (Germany), Videoformes Clermont-Ferrand (France), Invideo, Milan (Italy) and the WRO Art Center, Wroclaw (Poland), and funded in part by the European Commission.

Opening: May 10th 2011

50 Years of the Other Spanish Cinema

Screenings of 43 films in six programs, presenting a survey of alternative Spanish film and audiovisual art, including animation, narratives, experimental films and documentaries, curated by Antoni Pinent and Andres Hispano. The works will be presented in their original formats: 35mm film and video tape.
Guarda che luna!

An offbeat collection of the latest Italian video works, presented by Andrea Bruciati, head of the Galleria Comunale d&8217;Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, and VideoReportItalia.

Videofreex

A retrospective exhibition about Videofreex, the legendary alternative art collective founded in 1969, prepared specially for WRO 2011: Alternative Now by Abina Manning, director of the Video Data Bank (Chicago).
Japanese Perspective Now!

The most interesting works from the 2010 and 2011 Japan Media Arts Festivals, selected by Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka, one of the WRO Art Center curators.

Participating Artists

Adam Abel, Yuri Ancarani, Cecile Babiole, Lucas Bambozzi, Daniel Bisig + Tatsuo Unemi, Skip Blumberg, Piotr Bosacki, Candice Breitz, Pauline Brun, David Bowen, Anna Caban, Robert Cahen, Dorota Chilińska, Seoungho Cho, Cécile Colle, Ralf Nuhn, Marzena Czaniecka, Megan Daalder, Sharon Daniel, Mariusz Dański, Antonin De Bemels, Anouk de Clercq, Jaś Domicz, Alfred Dong, Marco Donnarumma, Andrzej Dudek-Dürer, Niall Farrell, Francesca Fini, Tina Frank + Florian Hecker, Matthias Fritsch, Siegfried Fruhauf, Rainer Gamsjäger, Kuba Garścia, Wojciech Gilewicz, Kazuhiro Goshima, Mihai Grecu, gruppefisch, Yolande Harris, Ichiro Higashiizumi + The Moonbell Creative Team, Joanna Hoffmann, i inni, incite, Aleksander Janicki, Paweł Janicki, Karl Heinz Jeron, Pierre Jodlowski, Joanna John + Wojciech Benicewicz + Jan Przysłuski, Jakub Jasiukiewicz, Mariusz Jodko, Wolf Kahlen, Kahori Kamiya, Björn Kämmerer, Agnieszka Maria Kałwińska, Istvan Kantor, Jarosław Kapuściński, Kashanti, Zohar Kfir, Barbara Konopka, KOT, Igor Krenz, Ulf Kristiansen, Bryan Lauch + Petra Pokos, Lia, Andriy Linik, Dawid Marcinkowski, Masbedo, Patrycja Mastej + Marcin Augustynowicz, Sławomir Milewski, Justyna Misiuk, Monika Misztal, Aki Nakazawa, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay + Aleesa Cohene, Damir Nikšić, Dominika Olszowy, Maria Ornaf, Joanna Pawlik, Serhij Petlyuk, Daniele Pezzi, Mateusz Pęk, Agnieszka Pokrywka, Nicolas Provost, Krists Pudzens, Wojciech Pustoła, Mateusz Sadowski, Marek Ranis + Jonathan Case, Johanna Reich, Enrique Radigales, Alessandro Rolandi, Butch Rovan, Julika Rudelius, Zbigniew Rybczyński + Dorota Zgłobicka, Hua Kuan Sai, Manuel Saiz, Oleksiy Say, Antoine Schmitt, Semiconductor, Aleksandra Ska, Robert Skrzyński, Dominika Sobolewska, STELARC, Maciej Stępiński, Yuichiro Tamura, Mariusz Tarkawian + Dariusz Kociński, Carolien Teunisse + Bram Snijders, TheGreenEyl, Georg Tiller, Maria Ewa Toboła, Peter Tscherkassky, Soft Turns, UBERMORGEN.COM, Fernando Velázquez, Martijn Veldhoen, Danny Warner, Marek Wasilewski, Przemek Węgrzyn, Richard Wilhelmer, Elwira Wojtunik + Popesz Csaba Láng, Noriko Yamaguchi, Yasuto Yura, Adam Witkowski + Mikołaj Trzaska, Hongxiang Zhou, Daniel Zimmermann, Alicja Żebrowska + Jacek Lichoń.