Repetition

Karol Nienartowicz’s photos of a breakwater in the Baltic Sea in Gdansk, like Auggie Wren’s photos of the same corner in Brooklyn, Cézanne’s Mont Saeinte-Victoire, are a reminder of how the act of repetition is essential to the human condition.
From a daily routine to a motif in art, repetition is an act of survival, a desire for affirmation.

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The rest is science-fiction

A daunting admonition from one of the masters of sci-fi literature about the relationship between robots and mankind as we advance into a future where science fiction becomes just science. As Kraków celebrates Stanisław Lem’s 95th anniversary, his work remains proof of the foretelling nature of the genre and the far-reaching effects that literature can have in our lives and our society.

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77 Years After

© The New York Times. Source:  www.fakt.pl Today, September 1, 2016 will mark 77 years since the outbreak of World War II; 77 years since the world went to war and changed the course of human history. Gdańsk/Danzig was at centre stage when Nazi troops launched an attack in Westerplatte on the Polish Baltic, though the real mise-en-scène…

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Cleansed Stained Glass

Featured image: Vita somnium breve by Józef Mehoffer (1904) at Mehoffer’s House Totally guilty here. I’ve been in Krakow for more than a while now and I’ve never been to the salt mines in Wieliczka or to skinny-dip in Kryspinów. I actually only visited Auschwitz after five years of being based here. To be fair, isn’t that what being a local…

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FuckUp Nights in Kraków

Featured image and photos © Piotr Mleczko The word is out and the buzz is strong, but before you start raising your eyebrow (or getting excited), let’s clear things up. A ‘FuckUp Night’ is nothing close to an evening of debauchery or a flesh-fest, although it does stimulate certain senses that connect us with one…

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“A Window Between Two Cities” – Luneta Project @ Wroclaw & Berlin

Featured image and photo credit: en.wroclaw.berlin/program/luneta A high-tech, multimedia installation consisting of a dome equipped with state-of-the-art, real-time communication and interaction gadgets that bridges Wroclaw and Berlin in time and space. “A window between two cities” where Berliners and Wroclavians can interact with each other and have a glimpse at each other’s cities.       …

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“Responsibility for the Present” – Poznan’s Malta Festival

Featured image credit: Marcin Oliva Soto, malta-festival.pl The Malta Festival in Poznan is a major event in the cultural life of the city. It’s robust programme (17-28 June) covers theatre, visual arts, dance, music and includes workshops and gatherings. The theme for this year’s edition, the Spectator, proposes a relevant reflection on todays world, our role in it and our…

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Rhythmic Geometry – Wacław Szpakowski

all images © reserved www.waclawszpakowski.pl While browsing the calendar of events in Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016, I stumbled upon a few lines that caught my eye. The intricate simplicity of Wacław Szpakowski‘s lines is just mesmerising. The line’s turns, bends and elongations result in beautifully arranged patterns that underline the continuum of a tread that evokes the natural…

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