In 2018, WRO Art Center together with the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw organizes the fourth edition of Best Media Arts Graduation Projects Competition. The review of best bachelor and master’s theses takes place at eight state art academies in Poland: in Gdańsk, Katowice, Cracow, Łódź, Poznań, Szczecin, Warsaw and Wrocław.
The selection committees consist of two experts from the WRO team, two representatives of the artistic community from a given city and one representative of the art academy. Best BA and MA graduation projects chosen by them will be presented during a competition exhibition at WRO, out of which the international jury will choose one that’ll receive the award.
The award is funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. This year also, for the first time, we’ll grant the Audience Award. The viewers will be able to vote till Jun 17 for a chosen work.
The aim of the competition is to emphasize the importance of media art as the study course, as well as the promotion of students and graduates. The project has been developed since 2015, being a platform for exchanging experiences of universities with different education models in the field of media art.
As in previous years, the exhibition will be accompanied by a scientific conference organized by the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw on May 17-18, entitled The Dynamic Systems (detailed program HERE).
Gdańsk / Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk:
Natalia Cyrzan (Institute of Urban Culture), Jarosław Czarnecki (Academy of Fine Arts), Dagmara Domagała (WRO Art Center), Paulina Ostrowska (WRO Art Center), Andrzej Zagrobelny (Gdańsk City Gallery)
Katowice / Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice:
Agata Cukierska (CCA Kronika), Krzysztof Dobrowolski (WRO Art Center), Paweł Janicki (WRO Art Center), Paweł Mendrek (Academy of Fine Arts), Joanna Rzepka-Dziedzic (The Szara Gallery)
Cracow / The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow:
Dagmara Domagała, Mariusz Front (The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts), Dominika Kluszczyk (WRO Art Center), Monika Kozioł (MoCAK), Piotr Marecki (The Jagiellonian University)
Łódź / The Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź:
Krzysztof Dobrowolski (WRO Art Center), Aleksandra Jach (Museum of Art), Paweł Janicki (WRO Art Center), Marcin Polak (The Czynna Gallery), Tomasz Załuski (The Strzemiński Academy of Art)
Poznań / University of Arts in Poznań:
Emilia Chorzępa (The Piekary Gallery), Krzysztof Dobrowolski (WRO Art Center), Paweł Janicki (WRO Art Center), Agata Rodriguez (The Rodríguez Gallery), Raman Tratsiuk (University of Arts)
Szczecin / Academy of Art in Szczecin:
Marlena Chybowska-Butler (The National Museum in Szczecin / Museum of Contemporary Art), Paweł Janicki (WRO Art Center), Paulina Ostrowska (WRO Art Center), Stanisław Ruksza (TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art), Zorka Wollny (Academy of Art)
Warsaw / Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw:
Krzysztof Dobrowolski (WRO Art Center), Michał Grzegorzek (Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art), Piotr Kopik (Academy of Fine Arts), Magdalena Kreis (WRO Art Center), Stanisław Welbel (Zachęta – National Gallery of Art)
Beata Bartecka (The Pan Tadeusz Museum), Iwona Bigos (The National Museum in Wrocław / The Four Domes Pavilion), Paweł Janicki (WRO Art Center), Paulina Ostrowska (WRO Art Center), Maja Wolińska (The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design)
VERDICT OF THE JURY
the jury of the competition: Dobromiła Błaszczyk, Piotr Stasiowski, Ostap Manulyak
the secretary of the competition: Paulina Ostrowska
THE MAIN AWARD founded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland:
University of Arts in Poznań
Faculty of Multimedia Communication
Department of Intermedia
Studio of Audiosphere (graduation project of Adrian Szwarc)
Studio of Film and Performative Activity (graduation project of Angelika Grzegorczyk)
prof. Izabella Gustowska (graduation project of Angelika Grzegorczyk)
dr. Daniel Koniusz (graduation project of Adrian Szwarc)
The jury decided to award the prize for the remarkable timeliness of the subject presented in the wide perspective. For performing reality and blurring the boundaries between what is real and what constitutes virtual creation. For honestly identifying with the matter. A project made by two graduates, which had to be defended as two separate works for formal reasons, makes up for a homogeneous and coherent diploma thesis. The award goes to Angelika Grzegorczyk and Adrian Szwarc who hack the reality with the help of the media.
THE AUDIENCE AWARD
Julia Nędzyńska and I AM happy of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art And Design in Wroclaw won the Audience Award of the 4th Best Media Arts Graduation Project Competition. There were 125 viewers voting for her work. The supervisor of the award-winning realisation is prof. Ireneusz Olszewski.
The voting ended on Jun 17, 2018. There was a total number of 305 votes cast.
The award of PLN 5000 was funded by the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw.
We would like to congratulate the artist and thank the audience for being part of the voting!