Reality Manifestos - Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

A study of détournement as Art Forms


Museum Halls, WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Wien

Symposium from 19 - 20 January 2012. (Exhibition at Kunsthalle Exnergasse 19 January - 3 March 2012)

Lectures at the Symposium

Cinema, Media and Women's Arts in Poland – negotiations of the gaze

by Małgorzata Radkiewicz

Małgorzata Radkiewicz discusses works of women in Polish cinema and arts that involve cinema, video and new media both as ways of expression and a form of negotiation of "the gaze." Adopting a theoretical, feminist and gender perspective, also applying the methodology of cultural studies in their broadest definition, she situates selected women's films and pieces of Polish women's arts in diverse contexts and theoretical concepts. She thus emphasises the complexity of women's film and media works and demonstrates dynamics of their artistic creativity.

On both theoretical and interpretative levels of this lecture, the main subject remains the feminine expression: its thematic, stylistic and formal diversity. Applying the methodology of film studies to art opens up space for an interdisciplinary reception of featured artists' works, their aesthetic and technological aspects, and for defining their position in the entirety of contemporary artistic endeavours and in (multi)medial communication. This lecture would like to emphasise the complexity of women's film and media works and demonstrate dynamics of their artistic creativity.

Małgorzata Radkiewicz is a professor at the Institute of Media and Audio Visual Arts at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her research interests and publications focus on gender in film and media as well as on much wider category of identity in terms of national, cultural and artistic dimensions of European cinema after 1989. Her academic activities combine studies on film theories and film analysis in terms of gender and identity. Additionally to film and media studies, she coordinates the programme of Postgraduate Gender Studies in Krakow.