Catch the distance - virtual meetings in ICC

In recent months, we have been forced to give up our habits and rituals, and distance ourselves. In our understanding, this does not necessarily mean solely isolation. As Wisława Szymborska wrote: "who looks from above, the easiest is wrong". Looking from a distance has always been important in our activities, because it allowed us to talk about culture and history and to address many, often difficult topics.

Only the distance allows you to change your perspective. We believe that thanks to our closest online activities, experiencing the social distance that separates us can be at the same time an opportunity to share stories about matters closest to us: Krakow, Central Europe, architecture and art. The Catch distance series is an invitation to meet and talk in the virtual world, to use our program, knowledge and to discover each other in a new reality.

From May 19th we present exhibition Plants and animals. Atlases of natural history in the age of Linnaeus is shown. Also from May 22, biweekly, on the ICC profile on Facebook, we offered virtual meetings with the authors of our publications, co-creators of exhibitions or projects and people who for years teach us to look carefully at history, heritage, culture and art.

Have we matured a look at the heritage of socialist realism? We tired to answer this question during the first online meeting inspired by the last issue of our quarterly "Herito". During the next events of the cycle we talked with Krzysztof Czyżewski about the recently published volume of his essays Towards Xenopolis (ICC Publishing House 2019) or with Krzysztof Radoszek, author of the concept and curator of the exhibition Plants and animals. Atlases of natural history in the age of Linnaeus.

How to catch a distance to Krakow when you are based in its very center? From the windows of the Under the Ravens tenement house at 25 Main Square we have watched crowds of tourists admiring the charms of the first city inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Today the center of Krakow has become deserted.

New initiative of President Jacek Majchrowski Be a tourist in your city, its a great purpose to bring life back to the historic center, but also to get to know this part of the city that seemed only a tourist attraction for years.

Following this idea, we would like to invite you to listen to stories from the Krakow Market Square, and the series of podcasts we create will allow you to bring closer the history of tenements located in the center of Krakow, the lives of its former residents, trace the changes recorded in the priceless material heritage and show Krakow as an important city in Central Europe. What else will we learn about it when we look at its story from a distance?

All meetings are held in Polish.

Meeting with Prof. Larry Wolff

On November 19th took place the first Polish meeting with Larry Wolff, an American professor, researcher of Central and Eastern Europe, with whom Adam Leszczyński talked to. In his book  Invention of Eastern Europe. Map of civilization in the Age of Enlightenment,  devoted to the ways in which French writers, diplomats and the military designed the Enlightenment images of Eastern Europe, Wolff tries to go beyond the stereotypes about this region and see how they were created.

Meeting with Przemek Dębowski and Kuba Sowiński

“A book is an object that should also be an aesthetic whole. It's easiest when one person designs it, ”said Przemek Dębowski, a leading Polish designer and co-founder of the  Karakter  publishing house, author of many excellent book covers in an interview for

Meeting with Prof. Jacek Purchla

The International Cultural Centre invites you to another meeting as part of the  Catch the Distance  cycle. Magdalena Rigamonti will talk with prof. Jacek Purchla about his latest book entitled  The past has a future. 

Meeting with Julia Fiedorczuk and Filip Springer

After the summer break, we invite you to another meeting in the  Catch the Distance  cycle. This time Julia Fiedorczuk and Filip Springer, whose articles can be found in the newest, "green" issue of the quarterly "Herito", will talk about the relationship between man and nature.

Meeting with Michał Korta

As part of another virtual meeting from the   Catch a Distance   series, the International Cultural Centre invited you to an interview with photographer Michał Korta.

Meeting with Prof. Maciej Czerwiński

Another meeting of the  Catch Distance  series took place on July 3rd, 2020. This time Dr hab. Maciej Czerwiński  told about the history and culture of Croatia, to which he devoted his latest book  Croatia. History, culture, ideas . This is another, 17th volume in the  Central Europe Library  series edited by prof. Jacek Purchla issued by the International Culture Center Publishing House.

Meeting with Krzysztof Radoszek

As part of another virtual meeting from the  Catch a Distance  series, we invited you to an interview with the curator of the  Plants and Animals  exhibition and the designer of the accompanying album - Krzysztof Radoszek.

Meeting with Krzysztof Czyżewski

As part of the series of virtual meetings  Catch the Distance , the International Cultural Centre invited you on Friday, June 5, 2020, at 19.00 for a live conversation with Krzysztof Czyżewski, practitioner of ideas, writer, translator, editor, director, author of the book  Towards Xenopolis  published in January by the ICC Publishing House (as the 14th volume of the Library of Central Europe series edited by Prof. Jacek Purchla). The conversation on the ICC Facebook profile was led by Łukasz Galusek.

Meeting with Łukasz Galusek, Anna Syska and Michał Wiśniewski

Have we matured to look at the heritage of socialist realism? Which socialist realist realizations have stood the test of time?  Magic socialist realism  - a joke or a hypothesis? Łukasz Galusek, Anna Syska and Michał Wiśniewski were looking for answers to these questions during the first online meeting as part of the  Catch a Distance  series inspired by the last issue of our quarterly "Herito".
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