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¬ Engaging History to create dialogues
Grażyna Kulczyk sets great store by her role as an ambassador for contemporary Polish and Middle Eastern European art, which has long been omitted from the canon and tended to be overlooked by the majority of Western critics and collectors, due to the particular political environment of the former Eastern bloc states. Beyond this general ambition, her collecting strategy also reflects two key interests: International artists have joined the collection, opening up new perspectives and highlighting contrasts between works but also hinting to parallels and raising questions about the multifarious and complex relations between East and West in general. These expanded perspectives and contrasts within the collection provide the basis for commentary on complex and timely global concerns. The women’s perspective in the collection adds a clear feminist mission to the endeavours of Grażyna Kulczyk, whose own history as an independent, creative entrepreneur is at the root of a deep understanding and emotional connection to issues women face in their artistic practice. Her collection reflects this interest, inviting and encouraging participation, contributing to the recognition and greater visibility of women — as artists and elsewhere.

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ART STATIONS FOUNDATION
by Grażyna Kulczyk

¬ Opening Perspectives
Established in 2004, as the Kulczyk Foundation, the ART STATIONS FOUNDATION by Grażyna Kulczyk is to support innovative developments of culture and art and to provide artists with opportunities to engage with local communities. The mission of popularising culture and art, in addition to facilitating and increasing their availability to a broader public, was consistently accomplished through the foundation’s various exhibition projects and grants focusing on innovative juxtapositions of Polish and international contemporary art. Taking up new artistic trends, as well as engaging in aesthetic and theoretic exploration, the activities of the foundation are providing fresh perspectives for viewing the collection and beyond. Since 2017 the Foundation operates both from Poland and from Switzerland.

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Do They Dream
of Electric Sheep?

Challenging beliefs and re-examining assumptions about Artificial Intelligence

The main game changer for the coming years, AI and its (potential) uses have implications and consequences not only in economic terms, but also on culture, ethics and believe systems. Pessimists and those who fear, see rising (human) unemployment and civil unrest coming along, while optimists and those who embrace, are painting a bright future of leisure and creativity.

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Either way, other than previous industrial revolutions that saw machinery and tools filling in for mechanical human skills, this time our mental functions are about to be replaced – by machines who are supposed to making predictions and decisions faster and with more accuracy than the human brain can comprehend.

The scale of this challenge has not fully arrived with government agencies, business leaders and scientists, and it seems essential to think about frameworks and regulations that would accompany this change before it settles without other leading forces than the profit-making of the tech industries. Algorithmic deficiencies based on the biases of the programmers need to be identified and a code of conduct as well as greater diversity among the engineers and computer scientists developing AI could go a long way toward minimizing these biases.

To quote Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future: “We need technologists who understand history, who understand economics, who are in conversations with philosophers, we need to have this conversation because our technologists are no longer just developing apps, they’re developing political and economic systems.” These are very present issues that need to be urgently addressed, since the technologies become more prevalent. Thus, we want to bring diverse speakers from science, art, academia, tech and economy together to analyse the factual status of AI, its impact and its possible futures, and to discuss agencies broaching the mysticism of both technological and artificial power structures, the changing narratives in the human machine discourse and the transfer of gender imbalances from the physical to digital worlds: Can empathy be programmed and what is it to be human? Does it matter that AI is 95% coded by men? Do we replace the Deus ex Machina with machines with godlike attributes? What holds believes? By taking facts to arguments and charging them with tension we will intensify the energy thinking holds and playfully expand realities.

Disputaziuns 2018 programme / PDF download

 

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