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At a 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 At a 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.

All meetings are held in Polish.

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At a distance. Austria without Vienna

Online meeting in the "At a Distance" series on the occasion of the release of the latest issue of HERITO devoted to Austria with Martin Pollack and Jacek Purchla, led by Łukasz Galusek, deputy program director of the ICC with the introductory speech given by Philipp Charwath, Austrian Consul General in Krakow.
Meeting with Bogumiła Berdychowska, Aleksandra Hnatiuk, Mykoła Riabczuk and Michał Nogaś

Meeting with Bogumiła Berdychowska, Aleksandra Hnatiuk, Mykoła Riabczuk and Michał Nogaś

At a Distance series concerns the exhibition "Ukraine. A different angle on neighbourhood". This time we try to look sideways and even beyond the horizon and check what Poles do not know about Ukraine. To what extent do our national myths obscure contemporary events, how can parallels of the fate of Poles and Ukrainians be built?
Memorylands we live in

Meeting with Sharon Macdonald and Maria Kobielska

What makes a “memoryland”? How does Sharon Macdonald’s term reframe common thinking about the memory boom, the crisis of memory, the European heritage and national identities? When virtually everyone in the academia today does “memory studies”, the disciplinary perspective of cultural anthropology can rearrange the field, as proved by Macdonald’s reflection on methodology and a series of careful case studies in her “Memorylands.
At a distance: Invisible Europe

Meeting with Jarek Szubrycht, Aleksandra Wojtaszek i Bartosz Sadulski

The upcoming conversation in the frame of At the Distance will focus on the latest issue of HERITO 42/43: Invisible Places. The guests of the meeting will be Jarek Szubrycht and Aleksandra Wojtaszek.
At a distance. Many faces of Ukraine

Meeting with Olena Babakova, Taras Lawruk, Kuba Snopek and Iwona Reichardt

During the next At a distance meeting, join us for an encounter with Ukraine, discussed by our guests Dr. Olena Babakova, Dr. Taras Lawruk and Dr. Kuba Snopek. The meeting is part of the programme accompanying the exhibition Ukraine. A different angle on neighbourhood , on show at the ICC Gallery from September 17 through to January 16, 2022.
At a Distance. Meeting with Professor Jan Pamuła

Meeting witch Beata Gawrońska-Oramus

A meeting devoted to selected problems in the work of this pioneer of Polish computer art and his personal experiences.

Meeting with Waldemar Łazuga

"Entangled in the (c.k.) past" is to some extent a continuation of the topic of Professor Waldemar Łazuga's book entitled  Calculate .... Poles at the tops of the c. k. monarchy . But not "life after the monarchy", but those Poles (ministers, parliamentarians, high officials, university professors, artists and people of pen) who played a key role in it or whose great career (like Piłsudski or Dmowski) in Galicia began.

Meeting with Agnieszka Rejniak-Majewska

Enthusiasm related to the development of modern visual culture: cinema, popular illustrated press and photographic experiments under the sign of "das neue Sehen" had already been critically complemented in the 1920s in comments about the increasing "photoinflation". A specific response to this situation was the collection and processing by artists of ready-made images, from a collection of "found materials" (Album Hannah Höch), using them in the mode of ironic and mocking paraphrases, to politically engaged photomontage (John Heartfield).

Meeting with Łukasz Lamża

We live in beautiful times - each of us has access to thousands of photos, visualizations and computer simulations, showing planets, stars and galaxies in the finest detail. But what if we ask the question, what exactly is the Cosmos "really"? Are galaxies "really" colored? What would the solar system look like if the planets were presented in their actual size? Ahead of us is a joint journey in search of the "real Cosmos".

Meeting with Christian Fuhrmeister, Jacek Purchla and Magdalena Łanuszka

No other land but today’s Poland was an area of a great spatial experiment in the creation of the German  Lebensraum . The ICC brand new book provides—for the first time—the most complete overview of the architectural heritage left there behind by the Third Reich. Its complexity will be discussed among Professors Christian Fuhrmeister (ZI, Munich), Jacek Purchla (ICC, Kraków), and Dr. Magdalena Łanuszka (ICC, Kraków).
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Meeting with Nelly Bekus and Jacek Purchla

Belarus is much closer to us than it seems at first glance, not only because of its common history. But perhaps we do not know so little about any other of our neighbors. In Poland, Belarusians remain a mystery, although we have been cheering for their democratic insurgency for many months.
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Meeting with Adam Mazur

It is difficult to imagine the shape of today's visual culture without the ways of seeing developed by photographers from the era of Weimar Germany.

Meeting with Radosław Karasiewicz-Szczypiorski, Piotr Rypson and Lech Kończak

Poles are fascinated by Georgia. However, we still know little how much good there is today in the cooperation between Poles and Georgians. During the meeting in the  At a distance  series, prof. Radosław Karasiewicz-Szczypiorski, archaeologist, Dr. Piotr Rypson, art historian, and Lech Kończak, director of the Polish Institute in Tbilisi, talked about it in an interview with Katarzyna Fortuna.
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Meeting with Grzegorz Piątek, Michał Wiśniewski and Jagoda Załęska-Kaczko

Some of the Nazi plans for architectural reconstruction in Poland were carried out during the war, others remained on paper. Some structures still bear the stigma of atrocity, but many have blended in with their surroundings.
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Meeting with Rasa Rimickaitė and Nikodem Szczygłowski

We don't know much about Lithuania, and we often use stereotypes when thinking about it. The issue of  "Herito" about Lithuania may help in overthrowing them, but it is only an introduction, a small guide to the culture and heritage of our neighbors, not exhaustive enough, but giving rise to a conversation.
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Meeting with Larry Wolff and Łukasz Galusek

How did the Habsburg "invention" of Galicia come into being? What is the intellectual history of this idea? How much fantasy did it entail and to what extent did it come true? How for one hundred and fifty years the inhabitants of Galicia and the Empire played their roles – the roles of emperors and subjects, locals and strangers, lords and peasants.
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Meeting with Hanna Grzeszczuk-Brendel, Jacek Purchla, Robert Traba

We invited you to a meeting with Prof. Hanna Grzeszczuk-Brendel, Prof. Jacek Purchla, Prof. Robert Traba. Led by Michał Olszewski.
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Meeting with Jadwiga Kaim-Otręba and Ryszard Otręba

As part of the next virtual meeting in the  At a distance  series, the International Cultural Centre invited you to an interview with Jadwiga and Ryszard Otręba, to whom the exhibition  Printmaking as a Pair. Jadwiga Kaim-Otręba and Ryszard Otręba  is dedicated.
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Meeting with Czesława Frejlich and Władysław Pluta

A meeting related to the exhibition  Printmaking as a Pair. Jadwiga Kaim-Otręba and Ryszard Otręba , concern the beginnings of education in the field of graphic design and visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.
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Meeting with Łukasz Galusek and Adam Balcer

The premiere of the film "Orient and Krakow. Walks around multicultural Krakow ”directed by Tomasz Mielnik. The script was prepared by Adam Balcer in cooperation with Jarosław Kociszewski. The screening was preceded by a conversation between Łukasz Galusk and Adam Balcer, the initiator of the film and its narrator.
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Meeting with Łukasz Galusek, Bartosz Sadulski and Paweł Plichta

The meeting, planned on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Herito quarterly, concerned its history and issues raised by the magazine. The invited guests - the editors of the quarterly - wondered which elements of the heritage and culture of Central Europe are worth discussing today and considered which ones should be promoted.
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Meeting with 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.
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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 dwutygodnik.com.
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Meeting with Jacek Purchla

The International Cultural Centre invites you to another meeting as part of the  At a distance  cycle. Magdalena Rigamonti will talk with prof. Jacek Purchla about his latest book entitled  The past has a future. 
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Meeting with Julia Fiedorczuk and Filip Springer

After the summer break, we invite you to another meeting in the  At a 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.
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Meeting with Michał Korta

As part of another virtual meeting from the   At a distance  series, the International Cultural Centre invited you to an interview with photographer Michał Korta.
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Meeting with Maciej Czerwiński

Another meeting of the  At a 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.
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Meeting with Krzysztof Radoszek

As part of another virtual meeting from the   At 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.
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Meeting with Krzysztof Czyżewski

As part of the series of virtual meetings  At a 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.
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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   At a distance  series inspired by the last issue of our quarterly "Herito".
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