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Art and Science I

History, memory, identity – the Krakow experience 

Jacek Purchla
International Cultural Centre in Krakow, Poland

7 July 2019, 18.30–19.30

At the end of the first full day of the Congress, enjoy an introduction to the city of Krakow with expert insight into its cultural heritage.



Jacek Purchla is a Polish Art Historian and Economist, Professor of Humanities, and a member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the founder of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow and has been its director since its inception in 1991. He is head of the Department of Economic and Social History, and the UNESCO Chair for Heritage and Urban Studies at the Kraków University of Economics. He specializes in urban studies, social and art history, as well as the theory and protection of cultural heritage. He has been the President of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO since 2015, was President of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee 2016–2017, and in 2018 was elected vice-president of Europa Nostra. In recent years, he has initiated interdisciplinary studies in the theory of heritage and historic city management. He is the author of over 400 academic works, including books published in many languages.


Art and Science II

Art in the society of knowledge:
new challenges

Joanna Hoffmann-Dietrich
University of Fine Arts, Poznań, Poland

9 July 2019, 18.30–19.30

“Want to break free” at least once in your life? Be curious, expand your horizons and challenge your imagination by looking at science through the eyes of the artist. The talk will cover the reckless and shameless vision of an artist working with scientists. Explore bold ideas and DE-IMAGINE the world for designing better future(s).

Joanna Hoffmann-Dietrich is an artist and Professor at the University of Fine Arts in Poznań in Poland, head of the Studio for Transdisciplinary Projects and Research, and also Chair of the Art and Science Node, Berlin and of the Club for Science and Art in Poznań. Her artistic works have been widely presented all over the world including at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Warsaw, the Science Museum/DANA Centre and MOCA in London, Transmediale Festival of Digital Culture in Berlin and the MUSE Centre of Photography and Moving Image in New York. She mostly works in 3D, VR, AR multimedia art, immersive installations, experimental video-animation and with multidisciplinary science labs as Artist In Residencies. In 2018 with her international partners she achieved a EU-HORIZON2020 grant for the innovative CHIC-Project which has been funded 7.3Mio € for 5 years. Currently, together with EpiLab-Team, she is developing the EpiMimesis interdisciplinary art project, cooperating with 3IT Fraunhofer HHI Berlin, the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw and Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences and the University of Arts, Poznan. Further information: www.johoffmann.com

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