05.05 – 21.06. 2018

High5, Pawia Street 7, Krakow

Openinig: 05.05.2018

From the depths of our ignorance, imperfection, existential fear and undecidable dichotomy, we can not break away except by making a desperate leap beyond the limits of the available the universe. Not to land in Heaven; rather to find the possibility of other rules of the game in the world and existence, a different reality than the waking life of .

Stanisław Lem

In the next edition of international Polish-German projects, we would like to refer to one of the issues raised by Stanisław Lem, one of the greatest Polish writers. The leading representative of Polish science fiction, philosopher, futurologist and essayist also has realistic novels and satirical texts. His work deals with topics such as the development of science and technology, human nature, the ability to communicate intelligent beings or the place of man in the universe.

Lem’s works contain references to the state of modern society, scientific and philosophical reflections on it, as well as criticism of both the socialist system and Western capitalism.

The term “utopia” comes from the Latin title of Utopia (1516) by Tomasz Morus. The title of the work of Morus is not unambiguous, because it could be created both from the Greek outopos (Greek ou – no, topos – place, non-place, place that does not exist, non-existent), as well as from eutopia (good place). One can assume that this ambiguity was intended by Morus.

Utopia is indispensable for a man as a never-realized goal, a dream and a promise. Therefore, even in times of anti-utopian times like today, in a world that has not yet risen from the ruins of the Tower of Babel, utopia is squeezed everywhere where human fear and human hope is present, and yet this sibling is usually inseparable. As the debris grows more oblivious to the herb of oblivion, we will see a flock of false prophets carrying false answers to this true fear and this true hope.


Zbigniew Bajek, Andrzej Bednarczyk, Ulrike Beckman, Michalina Bigaj, Inken Boje, Bartek Czarnecki, C.U.Frank, Klaus U. Hilsbecher, Artur Kapturski, Emilia Kina, Wojciech Kopeć, Piotr Korzeniowski, Lutz Krutein, Edie Kucharzewski, Kamil Kuzko, Dariusz Milczarek, Kaja Mucha, Jakub Najbart, Jan Podgórski, Janusz Radtke, Johannes Raimann, Jurgen Rosner, Filip Rybkowski, Detlef Schweiger, Justyna Smoleń, Michał Sroka, Witold Stelmachniewicz, Michał Stonawski, Radek Szlęzak, Jan Tutaj, Katharina Veerkamp, Bartosz Węgrzyn, Andrej Wilhelms, Wojtek Wasilewski, Michał Zawada

Curators: Michał Sroka, Kamil Kuzko