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NInA Beta Version Festival | Digital stories

Take part in a new, annual celebration of audiovisual culture! Its first edition will be dedicated to digital storytelling, emerging narrative strategies and archives seen from a different, very personal point of view. Apart from live music shows, film screenings, debates and media workshops for creatives, there will be an exhibition of interactive installations and webdocs, as well as a local art project and an audiovisual picnic.
3275 kg Orchestra
music band
Probably the only such orchestra in Poland! An incredible, 30-person group of instrumentalists, composers, and sound and visual artists. It includes professionals, young experimenters, and crazy music aficionados. They come from different, seemingly disparate artistic realms, but here – under the guiding hand of Maciej Trifonidis – they work together in perfect harmony. The musical style of the orchestra is greatly influenced by a fascination with various types of jazz, world, experimental, classical, contemporary chamber, and film music.
Katarzyna Bojarska
author, translator, researcher
Assistant Professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where she is a member of the Culture and Literature of Late Modernity Research Group. Member of the Franz Kafka Muri University. Author of texts and translations focusing on the relations between art, literature, history, and psychoanalysis. Translator of Susan Buck-Morss’ “Hegel, Haiti and Universal History”, and other books. Author of “Wydarzenia po Wydarzeniu: Białoszewski – Richter – Spiegelman” (“Events After the Event: Białoszewski – Richter – Spiegelman”, Warsaw, 2012). Co-founder and editor of the magazine “View. Theories and Practice of Visual Culture”.
Katarzyna Boratyn
curator and producer
Organizer of film and new media events, scholar of contemporary documentaries. For a number of years, she was associated with Kino.LAB at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (also as its curator, between 2010 and 2012). Currently she’s a freelance event programmer and producer for various cultural institutions and organizations (she’s been involved with the exhibitions “Opowiedz to sam” and “Przechwycenie” at the Przemiany 2014 festival, as well as the KRK Interactive section of the 55th Krakow Film Festival, among others). She publishes her texts in “Obieg”. Author of the blog “Love the Doc”. Recipient of scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Warsaw. Currently working on a dissertation on Polish documentary film at Warsaw University’s Institute of Polish Culture. Is developing the interactive documentary “Linia 9” together with the designer Małgorzata Jurko.
Édith Carron
French illustrator based in Berlin. She works for French and German print and animated projects. Droll, spontaneous and colorful, her work explores social and sociological themes – particularly gender and the representation of women.
Anna Desponds
Culture manager, film curator, educator. Has for many years co-created the Planete+ Doc (currently Docs Against Gravity) film festival. Sociologist and anthropologist by education, graduated from the Warsaw University’s College for Inter-Faculty Independent Studies in the Humanities. Interested in the future of the audiovisual medium, documentaries, and designing experiences, among other things. Works for inter-cultural dialogue and tries to practice sustainable tourism. photo: Piotr Skrzycki
Mirosław Filiciak
media theorist and researcher
Professor at the University of Social Sciences and the Humanities where he heads the Institute for Cultural Studies. His work is focused on the relationship between digital media and social practices. Author of "Media. Beta Version", editor of the “Kultura Popularna” quarterly, frequent contributor to “Pixel,” a magazine dedicated to video games. Author of the recently published book "Dwa zero. Alfabet kultury i inne teksty" ("Two-Point-Oh. The Alphabet of Culture and Other Essays"), an anthology of essays including the ones he wrote with Alek Tarkowski for “Biweekly.”
Bartek Gliński
producer and director
Documentary filmmaker and producer with a record as director of documentary films for television in Poland. He is a graduate of Warsaw University and the co-founder of Impakt Film, a film production company, which has focused primarily on producing socially engaged and creative documentary films. The company produces films directed by its two founders as well as those of other authors who share their common ideas. The company also produces feature length film with international partners. Along with the production of traditional films the company recently started producing the interactive transmedia projects.
Mateusz Halawa
culture theoretician
Mateusz Halawa works as a researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, and is the Head of Social Sciences and Humanities at the School of Form in Poznań. He has studied sociology and anthropology, and is a doctoral student of The New School for Social Research in New York.
Maciek Hamela
producer, director
Documentary filmmaker and producer with a long record as an assistant director in film and television in France. He is a graduate of EICAR Film School in Paris and the co-founder of Impakt Film, a film production company in Warsaw. The company has focused primarily on producing socially engaged and creative documentary films. It produces films directed by its two founders as well as those of other authors who share their common ideas. The company also produces feature length film with international partners. Along with the production of traditional films the company recently started producing the interactive transmedia projects.
Benjamin Hoguet
author and showrunner
After cofounding Racontr in 2012, he continues as an independent creative to foster initiatives strengthening the emerging world of new forms of storytelling. To that end, he confounded Storycode Paris in 2013, a non-profit that hosted dozens of conferences and workshops dedicated to interactive and transmedia creation. He published in June 2015 one of the first books dedicated to the new narratives called Reinventing storytelling (La Narration Réinventée, in French).
Anna Konik
An artist who works with video, installations, photography, and drawings. Graduate of Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts. In 2009, she was nominated for the Deutsche Bank Foundation’s Spojrzenia Award, and for the Paszport Polityki Award. Recipient of artistic and academic scholarships, including IASPIS (2011/2012), ZIF Center for Interdisciplinary Research (2011), Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2008/2009), and Akademie Schloss Solitude (2003/2004). Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in Poland and Europe.
Iwona Kurz
historian, researcher, film studies expert
Vice head of Warsaw University’s Institute of Polish Culture. She specializes in the history of modern Polish culture as told through images, the anthropology of visual culture, and gender theory. Author of the book "Twarze w tłumie" ("Faces in the Crowd", 2005, nominated for the literary Nike Award, winner of the Bolesław Michałek award for best publication: film studies), co-author of "Obyczaje polskie. Wiek XX w krótkich hasłach" ("Polish Customs. The 20th Century in Bulletpoints", 2008), editor of the anthology "Film i historia" ("Film and History", 2008), co-editor of the handbooks "Antropologia ciała" ("Anthropology of the Body", 2008) and "Antropologia kultury wizualnej" ("Anthropology of Visual Culture", 2012). Frequent contributor to “Dwutygodnik.com”; co-editor of “Widok. Teorie i praktyki kultury wizualnej” („View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture” – www.widok.ibl.waw.pl).

Wojciech Orliński
Scientist by education, journalist by profession. Since 1997 working for daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Author of a number of books, including a technophobic manifesto "Internet, czas się bać" ("The Internet: be afraid"; 2013). Currently working on a biography of the greatest Polish science-fiction writer, Stanisław Lem.
Lev Manovich
Professor of Computer Science
Author of seven books including "Software Takes Command" (2013), "Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database" (2005) and "The Language of New Media" (2001) which was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan". Manovich is a Professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (NYU), and a Director of the Software Studies Initiative that works on the analysis and visualization of big visual cultural data.
Marcin Marczyk
film and TV producer
Fan of new media and new technologies, fascinated by their influence on storytelling. Participant of The Pixel Lab, Transmedia Next, MultiPlatform Business School. Is developing the Udyssey platform, which supports film and literary tourism meant to paint stories onto urban canvasses.
Shannon Mattern
Associate Professor
Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. Shannon Mattern’s research and teaching address how the forms and materialities of media are related to the spaces (architectural, urban, and conceptual) they create and inhabit. She has written about libraries and archives, media infrastructures (both physical and intellectual), the material qualities of media objects, media companies’ headquarters and sites of media-related labor, place branding, public design projects, urban media art, and mediated sensation (particularly related to sound).
Jeremy Mendes
creator and interactive producer
Creator and interactive producer at the National Film Board of Canada. A Vancouver based artist with over 15 years of experience working on interactive projects. His success with "Bear 71" has landed numerous awards including a Cannes Cyber Lion, and FWA Site of the Year 2012. He has attended festivals internationally, performing a live version of the project and speaking to audiences about interactive work. Other NFB projects include co-creation of "The Seven Digital Deadly Sins" in partnership with the “The Guardian”, "The Last Hunt", "The Devils Toy Redux" and "This Land".
Margaux Missika
executive producer
After a bi-licence in economy and English, a master's degree in business and a first experience in IT at Brainsonic, Margaux developed fiction and magazine projects at the production company CALT. In 2010 she has joined Upian to develop online audiovisual productions. She has produced several projects, including „Happy World”, „Manipulations”, „Prison Valley”, „Alma – a tale of violence” and „Génération quoi?”. Lately, Upian produced „Do Not Track”, a personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy.
Ola Mrozowska
Ola Mrozowska, along with Ola Tatarczuk, is a co-founder of Dwie Ole Design Studio. They have been working together in the fields of social change design, animation, promotion and development of cultural heritage, and education in the broadest sense of the term, since 2010. They organize visual arts and cultural education workshops and training courses for children and adults.
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Małgorzata Omilanowska
Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Professor Małgorzata Omilanowska is an art historian. She specializes in problems of the 19th and 20th century architecture, theory of art and protection of historical building. A graduate of Warsaw University, she also studied at the Architecture Department of the Technical University in Berlin. She obtained her PhD degree at Warsaw University in 1995, and her post-doctoral degree at the Institute of Arts of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in 2005. In 2013 she obtained the academic title of the professor. She also completed post-graduate studies in finance and taxes at Warsaw School of Economics (graduation in 2003). She has had grants at several European academic institutions, e.g. British Academy and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. She has participated in numerous international academic projects, cooperating with, among others, Herder Institute in Marburg and Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas in Leipzig.
Giulia Palladini
theorist and researcher in Performance Studies
Her work is concerned with performance labor and free time, the archive, materialist theories of artistic production and queer performance. She has a PhD from the University of Pisa (2009) and was Visiting Scholar at New York University (2007-2008). In the last two years (2012-2014) she was a Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the University of Erfurt. Her texts appeared in several international journals, and she collaborated as theorist and/or as curator to a number of critical and artistic projects (e.g. "Affective Archives", Vercelli 2009; "Living Rooms", L’Aquila 2011; "Taking Time", Helsinki 2013; "Experimenta/Sur", Bogotà, 2014; "Flamme éternelle", Paris, 2014; "Zu ICH um WIR zu Sein", Leipzig, 2014.). She co-edited with Marco Pustianaz "Lexicon for an Affective Archive" and she is the author of the forthcoming book "The Scene of Foreplay: Theatre, Labor and Leisure in 1960s New York" (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016).

Marco del Pra'
Visual Director of “Atterwasch”
He studied photography in Milan and visual communication at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Based in Berlin since 2005, he works as a freelance photographer for international newspapers and magazines as well as on longer photojournalistic projects. He specializes in documentary, portrait and editorial photography. In 2014, he co-authored the award-winning scroll-documentary “Atterwasch”, which was co-produced by Frédéric Dubois and ARTE and among other selected by the Geneva International Film Festival for its Transmedia competition.
Aleksandra Przegalińska
Assistant Professor at the Leon Koźmiński Academy
Holder of a PhD from the Philosophy of Culture Department of Warsaw University’s Institute of Philosophy. Currently an Assistant Professor at the Leon Koźmiński Academy. Graduate of the New School for Social Research in New York, where she took part in studies on identity in virtual reality, with special emphasis on the game Second Life. Is interested in cognitive studies and phenomenology, as well as the theories of artificial intelligence that are born at the intersection of those two fields. Gladly talks to bots and avatars.
Marco Pustianaz
Associate Professor of English Literature and Theatre at Università del Piemonte Orientale
Working around the notion of affective archives, he has published „Un/archive” in Performing Archives (Copenhagen 2013), as well as several other essays in Italian. In 2010, together with Giulia Palladini and Annalisa Sacchi, he curated the international conference Affective Archives, experimenting with the format and performance of scholarship by inviting established artists to conceive performative frames for the event. He has been instrumental in the introduction of queer theory in Italy and is co-editor of „Áltera”, a book series with a queer and gendered perspective on interculture. He has published on queer theory, theatre affects and spectatorship in performance. Since 2004, he has been a coordinator and instructor for the TiLLiT Project, which promotes the use of theatre in foreign language learning.
Britta Senn
freelance journalist and media workshop trainer
After finishing her M.A. in media management she worked as a junior producer in tv documentary production, wrote for several magazines and gives media training workshops in German schools and abroad. Britta joined the DOK Leipzig team three years ago and is now in charge of DOK Interactive, the DOK Leipzig department dedicated to new ways of audio-visual, non-fictional storytelling. Apart from the DOK Leipzig Net Lab, a lab conference for interactive projects, she organizes the first interactive project exhibition at DOK Leipzig and is always looking forward to meet people and projects with innovations in storytelling.
Agnieszka Słodownik
With the NInA programming department since 2010. Curator of the exhibition Ascend to 2.0, which was part of the Culture 2.0 festival (2010 – 2013). Runs the Media section in the Dwutygodnik.com magazine, where she deals with culture and media art, graphic novels, computer games, and other hybrid works. Co-author of: the website barmleczny.com (2000 – 2013), the art magazine Meble (2001 – 2002), the collection of poems "eg" (2005), the "Strefa podtekstu" broadcast in Jazz Radio (2005), the remix of Joanna Mueller’s poem "Ianugo" (2010), the cultural circulation game (2012), the choose your own adventure book "popiół ◀︎▷ diament" (2014). Curator of the interactive exhibition "♪:Gramy!" (2015).
Filip Springer
reporter, photographer
Frequent collaborator of Duży Format and Tygodnik Powszechny magazines. Author of numerous reportages on public spaces and urban landscapes, including Leaven. On Zofia and Oskar Hansen (Karakter). Holds a scholarship from the Ryszard Kapuściński Herodot Foundation.
Michał Szota
interaction and graphics designer, software developer
Renowned for his experiments with new media−he authored animated online infographics, interactive installations, a text-based game, and numerous websites. Collaborated with a broad range of institutions, including the WRO Art Center, Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska, the Historical Museum of Warsaw, the Polish History Museum, the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw, the Information Society Development Foundation, the Unit for Social Innovation and Research–Shipyard, the Ortus Foundation, and the Katowice Medialab.
Ola Tatarczuk
animator, educator
Ola Tatarczuk, along with Ola Mrozowska, is the founder of Dwie Ole Design Studio. They have been working together in the fields of social change design, animation, promotion and development of cultural heritage, and education in the broadest sense of the term, since 2010. They organize visual arts and cultural education workshops and training courses for children and adults.
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The Very Polish Cut-Outs
DJ Collective
The idea behind The Very Polish Cut-Outs is to promote forgotten gems of Polish music by giving them a modern makeover. Maciej Zambon and Kacper Kapsa, the duo behind the project, have been involved with the local electronic music scene for years, as DJs, event organizers, and bloggers. The music label they founded promotes forgotten smash hits of the 1970s and 1980s by presenting them in very fresh, remixed versions. In collaboration with their producer friends, the duo already managed to put out 14 digital EPs and a countless number of remixes. The creative energy of Zambon and Kapsa have already breathed new life into memorable songs by Breakout, Czerwone Gitary, Kombi, Krystyna Prońko, and numerous others. The output of The Very Polish Cut-Outs has been featured on the famous New York-based, Beats in Space radio show, on the Australian show called Noise In My Head, and Testpressing, the London-based web portal devoted to music. Photo: Oliwia Szanajca-Kossakowska
Katarzyna Tórz
editor, Head of NInA’s Programme Department
Holds a Master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Warsaw. Currently works on her doctoral thesis at the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Has edited the books “As If Nothing Happened. Forced Entertainment Theatre” by Tim Etchells (2015), “The Politics of Imagination – the Flemish Scene” (2011, together with Dorota Semenowicz) and “Limits of Exclusion. Between Aesthetics and Ethics” (2012). She was the mind behind the “Archives and the Humanities” series, and is the editor of the Polish edition of the book “Lexicon of an Affective Archive”. Contributes to the Malta Festival Poznań, developing the Idioms section of the program. Photo: M. Zakrzewski
Jesse de Vos
researcher of interactive media
Researcher of interactive media at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. After graduating Cum Laude on theories of affect and the interactive documentary „Bear 71” (NFB, 2011) he worked as a researcher for VU university, Amsterdam, writing about the preservation of interactive audio-visual productions. He currently focuses on computer games as cultural heritage and looks at solutions to preserve these games for future generations. At the same time he works on several projects in which new and interactive ways of engagement with the users of the archive are being developed.
Warszawska Orkiestra Rozrywkowa
music band
The orchestra is made up of musicians of different ages, with different musical backgrounds and varying approaches to music itself. Keeping the formula for the band fresh is the group’s primary goal, and is the reason for the ever-changing face and roster of the band. The group has performed at the grand opening of the 21st Malta Festival in Poznań, at the Warsaw Theatre Meetings, and at dancing parties organized at the Innocent Sorcerers Festival. At the closing show of the 2013 Lado in the City Festival, the Orchestra performed its own interpretation of Song Reader, a concept album by Beck. As it was very warmly received by the audience, the Orchestra decided to perform it again at the 2014 OFF Festival. The band has also collaborated with TR Warszawa on two projects: a reimagining of an album released in 1968 by the band Brazilian Octopus and a performance of the works of Jerzy Woźniak, a mostly forgotten Polish kettledrummer for the Warsaw Philharmonic, complemented by the output of the American composer and arranger Les Baxter. photo: Artur Lądownik
Dominique Willième
Head of New Media at ARTE
After several years working as both a consultant for media firms and as an editor for several online pop-culture projects, Dominique Willième moved to full time interactive production in 2007. First participating in the creation of newly formed Fresh Media (Paris, France), he then joined Arte as an editor in chief for online content and new platforms. Producer of a celebrated webdoc, Fort McMoney.
Łukasz Zaremba
author, translator
Translator with a PhD from the Film and Visual Culture unit of Warsaw University’s Institute of Polish Culture. He’s interested in theories of visual culture and the methodology of visual studies. He has published in “Konteksty”, “Kultura Współczesna”, “Invisibleculture”, “Dialog”, “Kultura Popularna”, and on Dwutygodnik.com. Recipient of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education scholarship, and the FNP START 2012 and START 2013 scholarships. Author of translations of Jonathan Crary’s “Suspensions of Perception” (2009, together with Iwona Kurz) and W.J.T. Mitchell’s “What Do Pictures Want?” (2013). Member of the editorial staff of the academic textbook “Antropologia kultury wizualnej” (“Anthropology of Visual Culture”, 2012). Co-creator and editor of the magazine “View. Theories and Practice of Visual Culture”.
Krzysztof Żwirblis
artist, curator
He has started working at Akademia Ruchu in 1976. He ran the Galeria AR gallery in the “Tęcza” cinema/theatre (1992-1997), and the Galeria Studio gallery in Warsaw (2007-2012). He has curated a cycle of exhibitions devoted to democracy called “Władza ludu” (“Power of the People”, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok 2002) and “Demos kratos” (Bocheńska Gallery in Warsaw, BWA Zielona Góra, BWA Bielsko-Biała, 2006-2007). He has created the social and artistic projects “Tania telewizja” (“Cheap TV”, Warsaw, 2005); “Telewizja osiedlowa” (“Housing Estate TV”, Zielona Góra, 2007); “Muzeum społeczne” (“Social Museum”, 15 editions since 2010); “Piazza. Bezinteresowna przestrzeń miejska” (“Piazza. A Selfless Urban Space”, Białystok, 2015). His projects were exhibited at the Zachęta gallery, the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the Austrian Culture Forum, the Skopje City Museum, the Rizzordi Art Foundation in St. Petersburg, and the Kunstraum Pro Arte in Hallein (Austria).
Ryszard W. Kluszczyński
professor of humanities
Heads the Department of Media and Audiovisual Culture at the University of Łódź. Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Studies the art of new media, video art, and avant-garde film, as well as issues of cyberculture and the information age society. In 1990-2001, he was a curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. Author of many international exhibitions and artistic projects. In 2010, he curated the International Biennale of Contemporary Art “Mediations” in Poznań. From 2011, he’s been the artistic director of the international project Art & Science at the Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia in Gdańsk.