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The Wall – Internet Recycling – a new Internet project, accompanying the preparations for European Culture Congress

A new Internet project, The Wall – Internet Recycling - has been launched as part of the preparations for European Culture Congress. The inspiration behind The Wall is the nature of the Internet and its resources. In recent years, the Internet has become an archive of our civilisation. This gigantic data base has more information than we can assimilate. Zygmunt Bauman, a honorary guest of the Congress, called it “the wall of knowledge”. Instead of “banging our heads against the brick wall”, as the saying goes, we may use it creatively – that is the purpose The Wall.

The Wall is a collage of images – quotes from various websites. The project permits a user, who has logged in at www.culturecongress.eu, to create an own mix of images, photographs, graphics from the Internet. The user has 27 empty fields to use. Each of them may be linked to a picture from selected website. The pictures may be processed- they may be cut, enlarged or reduced, moved and combined. Such collages will be as ephemeral as the virtual reality – the user will not copy, but only link the images. If they disappear from the source website, they will also disappear from the user’s collage.

Walls may be created in two categories: competition and free style. Competitions will be announced biweekly, until the Congress begins. Their themes will be the same as the titles of discussion panels to be organised during European Culture Congress. The first topic is “Culture Mass”. You can win a 2DVD packet “Action. Animation. The latest movies”.

In “Free style” we do not restrict the user as to the choice of theme (the only restrictions are those of the Regulations). We count on imagination and creativity of the users. We will award a work most original in form and structure, and its author will be accredited as a participant of the Congress.

For more information, see: www.culturecongress.eu/wall
 

“Culture in a Liquid Modern World”, the latest book by Zygmunt Bauman, to be presented at the Warsaw Book Fair (12-15 May 2011, Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw)

The latest book by Zygmunt Bauman, “Culture in a Liquid Modern World”, will be launched on 12 May 2011. The book, published on the occasion of the European Culture Congress organised by the National Audiovisual Institute in Wrocław, will provide a framework for a debate and a starting point for reflections on the state and future of the modern culture.
Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most prominent creators of the concept of post-modernity and an influential social thinker, reaches in his new book to the source of the concept of culture, analyses the processes is has been undergoing and identifies threats and opportunities for its development in the future. He also explains how the modern culture is determined by the pace of changes in the reality around us, in particular market mechanisms, economic situation and the continuing globalisation, but above all the compulsive and obsessive “modernisation”. Professor Bauman says, “compulsive and obsessive ‘modernization.’” “Culture today consists of offers, not prohibitions; propositions, not norms,” he writes. “It has no ‘populace’ to enlighten and ennoble; it does however have clients to seduce. Seduction by contrast to enlightenment and ennoblement, is not a one-off, once and for all task, but an open ended activity. The function of culture is not to satisfy existing needs, but to create new ones. (…) Its chief concern is the prevention of satisfaction (…) which would leave no room for further, new and as yet unfulfilled needs and whims.”

As editor Paweł Goźliński notices in the introduction, “Culture in a Liquid Modern World” calls for a revolution in our presuppositions and routine interpretations, which obscure our comprehension of the cultural process rather than bringing us closer to its essence (we are at once the “perpetrators” and the “victims”). It is a radical call, not just for new visions of culture, but for our full participation in these visions. To read Bauman is thus to step beyond the safe consumption of new ideas. It is a commitment. Those who prefer to remain on the sidelines as “critics of culture” need not read Culture in a Liquid Modern World. This is a performance as much as it is a book. It is a call to action.

The book is accompanied by the film “Love Europe World of Zygmunt Bauman” by Krzysztof Rzączyński. Both the book and the film were created for the Cultural Programme – Polish EU Presidency, prepared by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and National Audiovisual Institute.
In Poland, “Culture in a Liquid Modern World” has been published by the National Audiovisual Institute and Agora S.A.
The English-language version printed by Polity Press, will be premiered on 10 June.

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During the fair professor Zbigniew Bauman's book will be available before its official publishing date at AGORA S.A. publishing house's bookstall No. 120, located in Sala Marmurowa.
Warsaw Book Fair, 12-15 May 2011, Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw
Fair's opening hours: Thursday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Friday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
From the 17th of May the book will be available in Empik bookstores, Ruch and Kolporter press rooms, in on-line shops Kulturalnysklep.pl and Merlin.pl, in Gazeta Cafe cafes and in the selected bookshops throughout Poland.

European Culture Congress
September 8 – 11, 2011, Wrocław

Four days − 100 interdisciplinary events and projects, 300 masters and alternative artists, over 90 thousand square meters
The European Culture Congress – Attention Culture!

One of the foremost events in the Polish Presidency of 2011 will be the European Culture Congress, which will take place September 8 – 11, 2011 in an exceptional city and location. The Congress will be hosted by Wrocław, a European Capital of Culture 2016 candidate city that has for years been one of the most culturally thriving spots on the map of Europe.

Click here to download the Press Release.

Cultural Programme – Polish EU Presidency 2011 – Attention Culture!
1st July – 31st December

Over 1,000 artistic projects, 170 partner organisations, 60 periodical events to be presented during Poland’s leadership in the Council of the European Union.

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