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POLICY OF DISAPPEARANCE*
9 February – 24 March 2018
exhibition available from Friday 9 Feb 2018
opening: Friday 16 Feb 2018, 7 p.m.
curator’s tour: Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 2 p.m.
Studio BWA  Wrocław gallery
46a 301 Ruska Street
web site by:
PostNoviki
Artists: Pedro Barateiro, Sabrina Chou, Zuza Golińska, Lidia Grabe, Tomasz Hartman (Food Think Thank), Cyanne van den Houten, Piotr Kopik, Silvio Lorusso & Sebastian Schmieg, Manu Luksch, The One Minutes, Wojciech Stopiński, Amy Suo Wu
POLICY OF DISAPPEARANCE co-curated by Post-Noviki and Romuald Demidenko, moderated by Katarzyna Roj. Research and texts by Magda Roszkowska. Supervised by Joanna Stembalska. Produced by Klementyna Sęga, Michał Perucki and Tomasz Koczoń. Image supervision by Joanna Kobyłt. Administrative and accounting support by Magdalena Sierżęga-Dybek, Monika Wyspiańska and Maryla Wałuszko. Co-financed by the Institute of Italian Culture.  
Pedro Barateiro (*1979, Almada, PT) obtained an MA at the Malmö Art Academy and at Maumaus in Lisbon. He further developed his practice in residencies at Air Antwerpen, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, ISCP in New York, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. His work pivots around the relation between artist and spectator, whose perception has been influenced by feelings of desire and expectation. Barateiro was one of the founding members of Parkour, an artist run space in Lisbon that existed from 2012 to 2014. Among his many collaborations he edited, with Ricardo Valentim, the books Temporary Collaborations and ACTIVITY. His work was recently presented at REDCAT in Los Angeles, Kunsthalle Basel, MHKA in Antwerp, Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Museu de Arte Contemporâneade Serralves in Porto, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, 29th Bienal de São Paulo, 16th Sydney Biennale & 5th Berlin Biennale. Lives and works in Lisbon.
Sabrina Chou (*Los Angeles, US) is an artist based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In her practice, she investigates systems and structures of belief, and how we perceive our surroundings. Through installations, performances and broadcasts, she stages settings, in which absurdity and theatracality interpret societal structures, economic exchanges, and architectural typologies. Chou received her Master of Fine Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Environmental Studies from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Zuza Golińska (born in 1990 in Gdańsk) graduated from Leon Tarasewicz and Paweł Susid’s Studio of Painting Space at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2013). In 2015, she completed her Master’s degree at the Department of Media Art at the Studio of Spatial Activites, led by Mirosław Bałka. Her Master thesis was supervised by Anda Rottenberg. Her installation entitled Run-Up was presented in “Dom Słowa Polskiego” in Warsaw, Heiligenkreuzerhof in Vienna and Národni galerie in Prague. In 2014, Zuza became a finalist of the Hestia Artistic Journey Award and was awarded first prize in the Gdańsk Art Biennale. She took part in the Polish-Swedish project ‘S-NOW’ in Umeå during the inauguration of the European Capital of Culture and No Yawning #1 #2 #3 – a four week long project by young artists and curators at the New Theatre in Warsaw. She was a recipient of the Achievements Scholarship given by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2014). In 2015 she got nominated for the StartPoint Prize – a European award for young artists. In 2016, she was awarded a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Currently Zuza is working as an assistant of Mirosław Bałka at the Studio of Spacial Activities.
Lidia Grabe (* 1972, Hamburg) is a Polish-German artist working with a sculpture based on digital data, and installations using “materials” that are unusual for the sculpture, namely nutrients, chemical additives, water and temperature. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague and Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. She blends the best artistic and culinary traditions of the Old Continent and America. She lectures at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her installation work has been presented a number of times during meetings of heads of state. Grabe’s works served as the background for the discussion on the future of the European Union while considering its main problems, including the migration crisis (often accented both in the visual and taste layers of the artist’s work). In 2016, awarded the Nutrition Oscar by the British magazine “Restaurant”. The awards ceremony took place in the historic building of the Royal Exhibition in Melbourne, where Lidia Grabe presented “Rhythmic Tastes”, a sculpture summarizing her long-term research on the phenomenon of synesthesia. Lidia Grabe often takes a game with a problem of authorship, most often she chooses the formula of cooperation by blurring the borders of a single creator. For some time he has been involved in group projects only, it is a conscious practice that escapes the rules of functioning in the art world.
Tomasz Hartman Tomasz Hartman (Food Think Tank) was achieved awarded with ’30 Kreatywnych Wrocławia 2015′ (30 Creatives of Wrocław, 2015) and ‘Rookie Roku 2013’ (Rookie of the Year, 2013). He has worked within cuisine industry for 22 years. Creator of culinary and artistic projects on an international scale, such as ‘Between meadow and forest’ (2013), ‘Earth and water’ (2014), ‘Las Instalacje’ (2014), ‘Root Case Study’ (2017). Producer of the first film about Polish gastronomy entitled ‘Korzeń’ (premiere in PL – June 2016, premiere in the USA – June 2017). Co-founder of two exhibitions – ‘Earth and Water’ (Design BWA Wrocław, 2014), ‘Migrant. Food language’ (CC Design Studio, Isfahan in Iran, 2017).
Cyanne van den Houten (*1994, NL) is a designer mainly focusing on our human connection to technology. In her communication practice she searches for new connections between human, media, esthetics and youth culture in ‘Graphic Design’, ‘Activism’ the creation of ‘Platforms’ and ‘Avantgardistic Recreation’. She studies Design in Fine Arts at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (MA 2017) and Graphic Design in Utrecht (BA 2015). She founded TELEMAGIC and is part of the Design Displacement Group.
Piotr Kopik (*1979) is a multimedia artist – works with installation, machinima, animation, computer graphic, video, paninting and performances. Diploma at Painting Department of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in prof.
 Jaroslaw Modzelewski’s studio (2003). Co-founder of the szu szu group (since 2001). He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions (including Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdansk, CCA Ujazdowki Castle in Warsaw, Entropia gallery in Wroclaw, WRO Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, Kunsthaus Dresden, Bat-Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Bat-Yam, FILE Electronic Art Festival in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Harbor gallery in Boston, Progr in Bern). Artist in Residence stipendist (Progr, Bern, 2006). He was awarded with “Mloda Polska” scholarship (2013). He teaches at Media Arts Department in Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he obtained his PhD (2011).
Silvio Lorusso is a Rotterdam-based artist, designer and writer. He writes about the relationship between entrepreneurship and precarity, i.e. entreprecariat. His work was presented at Re:Publica and Transmediale in Berlin, MaXXI in Rome, Drugo More (Croatia), Kunsthalle Wien, Vögele Kultur Zentrum (Switzerland), NRW-Forum in Dusseldorf, MoneyLab (Netherlands), Impakt (Netherlands), Sight & Sound (Canada), Adhocracy (Greece) and Biennale Architettura in Venice. He holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences from the School of Doctorate Studies – Iuav University of Venice. His writing has appeared in several magazine and publications, including Not, Immaterial Labour Union Zine, Prismo, Modes of Criticism, Printed Web 3, Metropolis M, Progetto Grafico, Digicult, Diid, and Doppiozero. He is an affiliated researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures of Amsterdam and works as a mentor at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences’ PublishingLab. His work has been featured in, among others, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and Wired. Since 2013, he manages the Post-Digital Publishing Archive (p-dpa.net). He lectured at Royal College of Art in London, Sandberg Instituut and Royal Academy of Art in Amsterdam; Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, École de recherche graphique in Brussels, Coventry University (UK).
Sebastian Schmieg examines the ways networked technologies shape online and offline realities. In particular, his practice reflects on humans as software extensions, and on machine vision as a global infrastructure. His output encompasses videos, websites, books, lecture performances, or online interventions. Previously his work has been exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery London; Transmediale, Berlin, Germany; Bitforms Gallery, New York, USA; and Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea. He has done lecture performances at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, Germany; Resonate, Belgrade, Serbia; and The Conference, Malmö, Sweden. Schmieg has lectured at several art and design schools. He lives and works in Berlin.
Manu Luksch is a filmmaker and artist who interrogates conceptions of progress and scrutinises the effects of network technologies on social relations, urban space, and political structures. Works are shown at venues and festivals internationally, such as CPH:DOX (Copenhagen 2015), I’ntl Film Festival Rotterdam 2015, Arsenals Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga 2014), Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2012), Coreana Museum of Art (Seoul 2011), LABoral (Gijon 2010), Hors Piste, Centre Pompidou (Paris 2008, 2009), Ars Electronica (Linz 2013, 2007, 2002), NTT ICC (Tokyo 2006).
Amy Suo Wu (*China), raised in Australia and based in the Netherlands, Amy Suo Wu is an artist and designer researching how language, technology and media shape people and vice versa. Her research based hybrid practice is an exploration into how to activate, amplify and intervene in critical and playful ways. Since 2013 she has been teaching at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam teaching Design Research, Concept and Image in the Graphic Design department and the Hacking minor to students across all disciplines. In the same year, she co-founded Eyesberg, a (graphic) design studio motivated by conceptual and experimental approaches. She also organises Zine Camp, an annual zine making festival in Rotterdam.
Her work has been presented at The Influencers, Barcelona; Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland; I:projectspace Beijing, China; Aksioma Ljubljana, Slovenia; Mine Yours Ours festival, Croatia; Gallery 12 New Media Hub, Belgrade; ISEA Istanbul, Turkey; Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands; Gogbot Enschede, The Netherlands; TENT Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Showroom MAMA Rotterdam, The Netherlands; WORM Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and V2_ Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Wojciech Stopiński, born in Warsaw in 1979. Studied photography at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts while simultaneously helping manage the family metalworks business. After completing his degree, Stopiński founded and managed photography post-production studio RetouchOne. In 2012, having discovered the potential of open-source projects and free currency networks, Stopiński set out to safeguard his own invisible virtual assets, at the same time assigning to them a physical form. Thus, Cryptosteel was born. In 2015 it became a crowdfunding success and, by December 2017, both Forbes and the Wall Street Journal had taken notice. Worldwide demand has allowed Stopiński’s company to experiment with a non-hierarchical employment model that respects the freedom of each individual on the team. Wojciech lives and works in Wrocław.
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