2000, November 20th – December 10th

WRO 2000@culture was a special millennial edition of WRO Biennale organised as a part of the celebrations of the 1000-year anniversary of the city of Wroclaw.

A huge exhibition of media installations with the participation of Laurie Anderson, Perry Hoberman, Jeffrey Shaw, Jill Scott, Paul Sermon, Piotr Wyrzykowski, Studio Azzurro, Yoshiyuki Abe, and many others took place in the National Museum, the Mathematics tower and the vast unutilised attic space of the university main building.

A congress Mediation/Medialisation has taken place with the participation of philosophers and artists from all over the world – among others, Derrick de Kerckhove, Roy Ascott, Siegfried Zielinski, Monika Fleischmann, Olja Lialina, Jozef Robakowski.

The congress was entirely devoted to then current cultural transformations, and during the discussions concerning these transformations the term Culture 2.0 has been used for the first time in Poland.

Stanislaw Lem’s message to WRO participants has been played via the Internet and the congress itself has been broadcasted via the web. For the next few years all the congress lectures have been available on-line through the internet broadcast archive. The first hacker attack on WRO site has taken place during the congress.

Cannons for Wroclaw, a composition for virtual worlds and orchestra written by Jarone Lanier has had its premiere in Aula Leopoldina. With the accompaniment of the chamber orchestra Leopoldinum under the direction of Michal Nestorowicz, the composer has performed the solo parts on the virtual instruments he had invented himself. A both figuratively and literally groundshaking Phill Niblock’s concert took place in Aula Leopoldina.

A rich, international club programme had been held for the millennial festivities in Baszta (the Tower), whose walls were adorned with Wilhelm Sasnal’s paintings. The consistently growing number of WRO visitors had exceeded a record number of 20 000.

Mediation/Medialization Congress – November 29th to December 3rd, 2000.

WRO2000@kultura edition was not accompanied by the competition.

Additionally, in 2000 (April/May) – From video art to cyberspace – a symposium and a minifestival devoted to the new possibilities of creation, integration, and sharing of audiovisual content via the Internet.

WRO2000 original website