A number of exceptional group of Polish institutions have opened their doors to host the ATypI 2016 conference. This quick guide to our generous partner venues and special event hosts will assist you in preparing for your Warsaw adventure.
Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technologies (PJAIT)
(Polsko-Japońska Akademia Technik Komputerowych)
The Department of New Media Art at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technologies launched in 2004. Initially as a BA program, the department has offered MA level studies since 2011. This program, unique in Poland, consolidates Polish art traditions and new technologies. Students are engaged in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary exploration in the digital arts. The curriculum enables students to investigate innovative approaches to contemporary theory and practice, fostering both individual inquiry and high-level collaboration.
The primary objective of the program is to prepare creative critical thinkers to become leaders in new media design, while contributing to Poland’s rich design tradition. PJAIT employs outstanding specialists, researchers, and academic teachers from Poland and other countries.
Business, Education, and Technology Forums
The National Audiovisual Institute (NInA)
A public cultural institution, the National Audiovisual Institute was established in 2009 to record, digitise, archive, and facilitate the dissemination of the most valuable manifestations of Polish culture, including film, music, theater, and art. NInA organizes and provides support to festivals, concerts, conferences, and exhibitions, collaborating with both newcomers and renowned figures of the cultural scene, from Poland and abroad.
NInA records valuable cultural events and publishes unique DVD series containing famous Polish animated movies and documentaries, as well as DVDs and CDs containing the latest musical, theater, and opera productions. NInA also implements ambitious projects aimed at broad audiences, often harnessing the power of the Internet; it is involved in multiple initiatives focused on media education and research projects on audiovisual education and culture 2.0. To this end, NInA often collaborates with experts on new media, copyright, intellectual property law, and archiving.
NInA's aim is to become a leading cultural institution in the field of digitisation and publishing of archives documenting Polish audiovisual heritage. Effective implementation of these tasks goes beyond technological and structural processes. The topic of archives and making them available to a broad spectrum of audiences is also closely related to copyright issues, reflection on cultural memory (including continuous changes to the medium itself, which determines perception of contents), and the necessity to create a friendly and modern space in which to familiarize oneself with digitised audiovisual resources.
Opening Keynote and General Session
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (ASP)
(Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie)
The Academy of Fine Arts is a public university of visual and applied arts located in the Polish capital. The Academy traces its history back to the Department of Arts founded at Warsaw University in 1812. As a separate institution, it was founded in 1844 during the Partitions of Poland. In 1904 it was named the Warsaw School of Fine Arts; and in 1932 it received recognition as an Academy. The biggest fine arts academy in Poland, ASP celebrates more than 100 years of tradition within its nine departments. The cradle of the famous Polish School of Poster, ASP is connected with such graphic design legends as Henryk Tomaszerwski, Jan Lenica, Roman Cieślewicz, Andrzej Klimowski, Mieczysław Wasilewski, Maciej Buszewicz, and Lech Majewski.
Sunday Guided Tours
The Poster Museum
The Poster Museum at Wilanów is the oldest institution of that kind in the world. In June 1966, on the day of the opening of the 1st International Poster Biennale, a coal stone was placed under the museum. But before the construction works started and before naming of Janina Fijałkowska the first curator of the Poster Museum, the collection of the future museum were housed for many years at the National Museum in Warsaw. A small collection of posters had been stored in the Engravings Department since before the 2nd World War; it took in Polish and foreign posters on equal standing with other graphic objects.
The world’s first poster museum is presently one of the National Museum in Warsaw’s most active divisions. Around ten exhibitions are being held here yearly and similar number of them are being prepared by the museum staff and exported to the other museums. At the moment the museum goes through the process of extensive organizational changes (similarly as the formula of this year’s 24th InternationalPoster Biennale) to keep up pace with changing world of graphic design.Save