Book of the week


Book of the week



Every week in our Media Library we highlight a publication from the WRO Library that currently holds over 2200 Polish and international volumes including readers, theoretical publications, exhibition and festival catalogues, albums and journals. Within the Library you can not only enjoy reading but also watch videos related to the publication suggested each week.

As part of the Mirosław Bałka Nachtgesichten exhibition in the WRO Art Center running until July 8th, we present a conversation published by the Polish National Centre for Culture between Zygmunt Bauman and Mirosław Bałka.




ed. Katarzyna Bojarska

Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Warsaw

Referring to the exhibition by Leszek Knaflewski titled You are Standing in My Place, a book on his artistic activity.


Leszek Knaflewski


Fundacja 9/11 Art Space

Texts: Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Jarosław Lubiak

Connected to the T != T | SPACE exhibition:



Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

Interactive Art. From Artwork-Instrument to Interactive Spectacle, 2010

A series of publications dedicated to the history of media art, accompanying A Short History of Video Installations and Alternating. Direct. Shifting. AC / DC / IT exhibitions, organized as part of a 50 years of electronic art 1963-2013 series.

26.09 – 06.10.2012


Der elektronische Raum, publication conception: Alex Wirths, Erschienen im Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 1998

26.06 – 06.07.2012

INSTALLATION ART ed. Nicolas de Oliveira, Nicola Oxley, Michael Petry; with texts by Michael Archer, Thames & Hudson London, 1994

04.06 – 14.06.2012

Video Art Michael Rush, Thames & Hudson, London, 2007

As part of the “Children’s day with Janoscha” we present two publications by Janosch as our Book of the Week series:

30.05 – 10.06.2012

Słownik obrazkowy Misia i Tygryska, Wydawnictwo Znak, Kraków 2009

Panama. Wszystkie opowieści o Misiu i Tygrysku, Wydawnictwo Znak, Kraków 2011

A series of publications dedicated to the history of media art, accompanying A Short History of Video Installations exhibition

11.05 – 25.05.2012

Objekt::Video, catalogue, ed. Gottfried Hattinger, Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria, 1996

22.04 – 10.05.2012

Video-Skulptur In Deutschland seit 1963

12.04 – 22.04.2012

TV Kultur. Fernsehen in der Bildenden Kunst seit 1879 , eds. Wulf Herzogenrath,Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Sven Thomas und Peter Hoenisch

26.03 – 12.04.2012

Wojciech Bruszewski – Phenomena of perception, ed. Janusz Zagrodzki

15 – 25.03.2012

Nam June Paik – Driving Media, eds. Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka, Krzysztof Dobrowolski and Nam June Paik, eds. Sook-Kyung Lee and Susanne Rennert

4 – 22.12.2011

(as part of Izabella Gustowska exhibition In stealthy flight I pursued her) Joe Alex Cichym ścigałam go lotem (pl) Subsequent publication in our series Book of the Week in WRO Media Library is Joe Alex’s ( Maciej Słomczyńskie) Cichym ścigałam go lotem, titled and with a motto from Aeschylus’s Eumenides: The winged bright dart that from my golden string Speeds hissing as a snake,-lest, pierced and thrilled With agony, thou shouldst spew forth again Black frothy heart’s-blood, drawn from mortal men Aeschylus, Eumenides.

The title of an exhibition by Izabella Gustowska In stealthy flight I pursued her currently presented in WRO directly refers to the title of a cult book of the ‘60s in Poland: Cichym ścigałam go lotem by Joe Alex, but modifies it in one significant detail. Instead of a male “him” she uses female “her”, because as Gustowska explains, in her artwork she is not pursuing men with the yearn for vengeance (as the Eumenides did) but rather is questing for biographies of other women. What links both artists is a subtle play of nuances and details, focusing on multilayered mechanisms of intrigue construction. In Alex’s book one can find meticulous descriptions of the analytical methods of mystery solving, in Gustowska’s exhibition careful collection of traces and notations both in the form of text and video: “she saw an unknown woman jump from a cliff on a volcanic island (and her camera captured the moment)”

8 – 18.11.2011

As part of the Zbigniew Rybczyński and Gábor Bódy exhibition currently shown in Berlin’s Akademie der Künste organized by WRO Art Center, C3 in Budapest and the Akademie, we recommend two publications:

Just released State of Images. The Media Pioneers Zbigniew Rybczyński and Gábor Bódy, edited by two outstanding art and media theoreticians and historians – Siegfried Zielinski and Peter Weibel. According to Zielinski over the last century, we have grown accustomed to the idea that the first techno-avant-garde art came from Western Europe and North America. This belief is not true. Almost all the foundations for developing the worlds of electronic images and sounds were discovered and invented in the East. The West and the North appropriated the knowledge and concepts and brought them to production readiness. This does not count as inventing new worlds.


And A Treatise on the Visual Image, a catalogue of Rybczyński’s monographic exhibition from 2009 including full text of his Treatise along with unique and never before published: sketches, drawings, calculations and graphs all showing his ongoing quest for the new image synthesis that combines photographic realism of today’s media with the depth of reality representation distinctive of Renaissance masters.

18.10 – 8.11.2011

Second publication in our new series Book of the Week in WRO Media Library is a catalogue from the three-part exhibition held in 2009-10 in Porto (Portugal) that presented collection of the Serralves Foundation. Serralves 2009. The Collection comprises of almost 300 pages of artwork reproductions by such contemporary artists as: Luc Tuymans, Ana Mendieta, Christian Boltanski, Martha Rosler, Richard Serra, Mirosław Bałka and Robert Rauschenberg, together with less known Portuguese and South Americans: Rui Toscano, Pedro Tudela, Julião Sermento and Artur Barrio.

The publication reveals a wealth and diversity of the Collection initiated in 1989 as the first solely dedicated to the contemporary art in Portugal.In addition, Serralves Foundation and WRO Art Center work together as part of the DCA project aimed at digitising and online publication in Europeana portal of 26,921 high resolution reproductions of artworks ranging from sculpture to media art.