Polish Impact: Ha!wangarda Festlab 2016 in New York

September 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – October 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

 $10 – $15


polish_impact_ha_wangarda_festlab_2016_cover760Liberature, Book Art, E-literature – Exhibition

Opening and Launch of Festlab

Thursday, September 22nd, 6-8pm

7 pm, Organizers’ Talk: Maddy Rosenberg, Katarzyna Bazarnik, Piotr Marecki


Ha!wangarda: Liberature, Book Art, and E-literature exhibition kicks off Polish Impact: Ha!wangarda 2016 in New York City, an international festival of avant-garde and experimental writing, organised in Krakow since 2010. The exhibition features works of liberature, book art and e-lit from Krakow Liberature Reading Room and Ha!art Publishing House. It explores how print and digital technologies shape contemporary creative writing and book art of Polish, American and international poets, writers and artists.


Ha!wangarda 2016 Festlab Events

Event Admission

$10 for one day$15 for both days

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Sunday, September 25th
3pm: Presentations
Zenon Fajfer, Clock of Timelessness / Zegar BezczasowoÅ›ci
Launch of Zenon Fajfer’s kinetic poem, intended to be the key part of his site-specific project. In the past great cities boasted city clocks whose chiming paced the life of their inhabitants. Today’s clocks are disciplining tools, urging us to hurry up. Fajfer’s poetic idea is to inspire people to slow down and experience a moment of contemplation. In order to do so he wants to build city clock towers in New York and Krakow whose faces will feature the 12 letters of the word “TIMELESSNESS” and three other versions, instead of digits, with every hour displaying a poem instead of sounding a chime. The clocks will dialogue with each other, thus forming a symbolic bridge across the Atlantic.
Post-poetry, cyberhoboness, speech synthesis workout
In an audiovisual performance, one of the leading digital poets in Poland, experiments with combining language, code, jpgs found via Google Graphics, movement, and sound. He explores the artistic and aesthetic consequences of Internet overdose, when people are living glued to a computer and lack offline activity. His digital performance generates reflections on life supported by telework, harnesses speech synthesizer samples with beatboxing, turning the twilight of the avant-garde into a rather weird party. See more of his work at http://pdgr.tumblr.com and http://szafranchinche.ovh.org

4:00 pm: Panel discussion
“OFF-BOOK: Materialities of the Analogue and Digital”: a panel around artists’ books, liberature and electronic literature as contemporary forms of art and creative writing.
Panelists include: Maddy Rosenberg, Katarzyna Bazarnik & Zenon Fajfer, Piotr Marecki, Carolyn Guyer & Michael Joyce, Nick Montfort, Steven Zultanski. Moderated by Kaja Puto.


Sunday, October 2nd
Liberature, Book Art, E-literature Exhibition closing events

3 pm: Workshop with Katarzyna Bazarnik
Liberatic Collage or try writing in someone else’s words
Collage is a well-known technique of combining different materials in a piece of intermedial art. It originated as innovative poetics of the early 20th century avant-garde. Recently, the Nobel-Prize winning poets Herta Müller and Wisława Szymborska created amazing collage poems, using words and photos cut out of newspapers and magazines. Workshop participants will be invited to follow in their footsteps to create their own poetic commentaries, remixing and recycling newspapers, magazines, advertising leaflets and the like.

5 pm: Poetry reading
Zenon Fajfer, View from the Deep Tower
The poet reads from his hypertextual poetry volume Powieki (Eyelids) and lyrically explores the past in Widok z (View from the Deep Tower); translation and reading in English by Katarzyna Bazarnik, poem animations programmed by Olga Dwornik, script by Teresa Nowak.

The events are organized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland