Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field (Book)

From an Eastern nation on the global periphery to a European neoliberal democracy enmeshed in transnational networks, Poland has experienced a dramatic transformation in the last century. Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field uses the lens—and mirror—of media art to think through the politics of a postsocialist "New Europe," where artists are negotiating the tension between global cosmopolitanism and national self-enfranchisement. Situating Polish media art practices in the context of Poland's aesthetic traditions and political history, Aleksandra Kaminska provides an important contribution to site-specific histories of media art. Polish Media Art demonstrates how artists are using and reflecting upon technology as a way of entering into larger civic conversations around the politics of identity, place, citizenship, memory, and heritage. Building on close readings of artworks that serve as case studies, as well as interviews with leading artists, scholars, and curators, this is the first full-length study of Polish media art.

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From an Eastern nation on the global periphery to a European neoliberal democracy enmeshed in transnational networks, Poland has experienced a dramatic transformation in the last century. Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field uses the lens, and mirror, of media art to think through the politics of a post-socialist 'New Europe', where artists are negotiating the tension between global cosmopolitanism and national self-enfranchisement. Situating Polish media art practices in the context of Poland’s aesthetic traditions and political history, Aleksandra Kaminska provides an important contribution to site-specific histories of media art.Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field demonstrates how artists are using and reflecting upon technology as a way of entering into larger civic conversations around the politics of identity, place, citizenship, memory, and heritage. Building on close readings of artworks that serve as case studies, as well as interviews with leading artists, scholars, and curators, this is the first full-length study of Polish media art.

Aleksandra Kaminska is a postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University and a research associate at Sensorium, Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, York University, Canada. She is also the author of Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field.

Introduction

Chapter 1
The Country on the Moon: Or, Artists Reclaim the Polish Site
 
Chapter 2
Media Art, the Expanded Field: Legacies of Experimentation
 
Chapter 3
The Many Stories of Site: Looking Back to Move Forward
 
Chapter 4
Spaces of Appearance and Communication: The Public and “Me”
 
Chapter 5
Fantasies of a Media Age: Mediations of Self and Site
 
Coda

'Locating her argument in intersecting contexts and frameworks, Kaminska offers a novel account of Polish media art and shows, within the paradigm she adopted, how contemporary artists in Poland negotiate their identities and face up to new challenges.'

Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, Slavic Review
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