5th International Sound Basis Visual Art Festival / New Media Art Biennale
1995, May 3rd – 7th
WRO 95, under the leading theme of “art between low and high technology”, had organized a series of lectures by Dieter Daniels, Erkki Huhtamo, and Douglas Davis. During Davis’ lecture the Internet has been used for artistic purposes for the first time in Poland.
An exhibition had been staged in BWA Awangarda gallery, featuring the first virtual reality installation to be exhibited in Poland – A-Volve, by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, an installation mixing genetic and biotechnological programming. Nowadays it’s considered to be one of the most significant works of its genre. A Silicon Graphics Onyx computer had been brought from Switzerland especially for this installation, and had been insured for half a million dollars.
An extensive presentation of a collection of works on, cutting edge at the time, CD-ROMs had been held. The WRO catalogue had been published both as an interactive CD-ROM and a traditional hard copy. A test trial of a Web site had been launched.
Channel 2 of the Polish National Television had broadcasted a two-hour act, the Night of Composers comprised of audiovisual performances by Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Tibor Szemzo and Mark Trayle, live during a late night programme.
COMPETITION & AWARDS
34 works selected from almost 500 submissions were presented
Simonetta Cargioli (IT/FR)
Kathy Rae Huffman (USA/AT)
Piotr Bikont (PL)
Dieter Daniels (DE)
Vladimir Levashov (RU)
1st PRIZE (ex equo)
Videovoid the trailer, David Larcher (UK, 1995)
Beta Nassau, Piotr Wyrzykowski (PL, 1993)
Warum wir frauen die manner so lieben, Herlinde Smet (BE)
An assisted reproduction, Jan Krogsgaard i Henrik Brahe (DK)
TVP S.A. Channel 2 Special Award – Irit Batsry (IL/USA)
Nagroda realizacyjna Programu 2 TVP S.A. – studenci z pracowni Antoniego Mikołajczyka PWSSP Poznań
Nagroda realizacyjna Wrocławskiego Ośrodka TVP S.A. – Adam Abel (PL)