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Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field

From an Eastern nation on the global periphery to a European neoliberal democracy enmeshed in transnational networks, Poland has experienced a dramatic transformation in the last century. Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field uses the lens—and mirror—of media art to think through the politics of a postsocialist “New Europe,” where artists are negotiating the tension between global cosmopolitanism and national self-enfranchisement. Situating Polish media art practices in the context of Poland’s aesthetic traditions and political history, Aleksandra Kaminska provides an important contribution to site-specific histories of media art. Polish Media Art demonstrates how artists are using and reflecting upon technology as a way of entering into larger civic conversations around the politics of identity, place, citizenship, memory, and heritage. Building on close readings of artworks that serve as case studies, as well as interviews with leading artists, scholars, and curators, this is the first full-length study of Polish media art.

230 pages | 84 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2016

Art: Art--General Studies

Media Studies

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"Alongside internationally acclaimed Polish artists, [Kaminska] discusses the works of artists who are less or even barely recognizable outside Poland. Her own perspective of a Polish-speaking outsider grants her insights an interpretive freshness and brings in conceptual paradigms that are rarely used to analyze the phenomena she examines. As a result, Kaminska’s book is highly original and valuable not only to her implied readership. . . . Kaminska’s book is one of the most interesting studies of contemporary art in Poland. Locating her argument in intersecting contexts and frameworks, Kaminska offers a novel account of Polish media art and shows, within the paradigm she adopted, how contemporary artists in Poland negotiate their identities and face up to new challenges."

Slavic Review

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Country on the Moon: Or, Artists Reclaim the Polish Site
Chapter 2: Media Art, the Expanded Field: Legacies of Experimentation
Chapter 3: The Many Stories of Site: Looking Back to Move Foreword
Chapter 4: Spaces of Appearance and Communication: The Public and “Me”
Chapter 5: Fantasies of Media Age: Mediations of Self and Site


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