Communication - a multimedia exhibition
(2nd December, 2000 - 31st January, 2001)
Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, pl. Szczepański 3a, phone: +48 (12) 422 4021, 422 1052, fax: 422 8303
The main author of the Communication idea and the organiser of the project is “Heureka” - Finnish scientific centre with its seat in Helsinki. The exhibition is devoted to the technologies and history of transferring information, from A. G. Bell’s telephone to the Internet. Indeed, there cannot be many industries that have and will continue to change the world through the implementation of advanced technologies to such extent as it is in the case of communications technologies. Their rapid expansion is a phenomenon parallel to the expansion of the automobile. A recent turning point in communication was the arrival of the Internet, wireless telephony, and digital data processing. The projections for the nearest future assume a huge step forward in video-communication and personal communication webs. The exposition presents the role of these media in our life, their history and a wide culture context. Each of the exhibits is made available to spectators who are encouraged to check how each of them is operated and what uses it can be put to.
The exhibition has also an educational dimension: presenting the latest developments in telecommunications in a playful way it tells what is not going to change even with the usage of the fastest methods of communication. The organisers’ ambition is to make the visitors overcome fear of the unknown, independent of their knowledge and skill in handling state-of-the-art technologies. Every person who would rather keep the pace with the advancing society must eventually become computer and Internet literate. For soon this will be the Internet that we will use to make most of our shopping and business...
The exhibition encompasses such questions as human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communication, as well as transmission of information between animals. The idea is to combine the 50 exhibited devices into groups consisting of from 4 to 12 objects; the whole exhibition covers the surface of 1000 square metres.
The official opening of the exhibition took place on 10th December, 1999 in “Heureka” - Finnish scientific centre in Helsinki. Later, the whole exhibition or its parts were presented in all the European Cities of Culture of the Year 2000 (Avignon, Bergen, Bologna, Brussels, Prague, Reykjavik, and Santiago de Compostela.) The Krakow presentation in the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery displaying the complete set of the objects closes the series.
Supported financially by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage