Second Digital Cultures conference to begin Monday

Over 20 meetings with international experts and video game developers are included in the program of the 2nd Digital Cultures conference, which will take place on September 24-25 at Warsaw’s Iluzjon cinema.

According to the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the aim of the event is to present the changes taking place in Polish digital culture and to "create a platform for establishing international contacts and exchanging experiences." "The conference, which plays an important role in building relations between Polish and foreign institutions and designers, is an important step towards a wider integration of the Polish digital culture into global circulation."

Anna Szylar from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute said the theme of the event will be digital hybrids. It grew out of the conviction that the most interesting stories are created at the interface of seemingly distant fields. "Theatre creators have long been experimenting with innovative means of expression, film makers have always used the latest technological advances, and game developers have started to test the limits of interactivity before they have been applied in other fields of art. This language is created when the lexicon of a given medium turns out to be insufficient, and the creator is forced to take up new searches, which are often intuitive, provoking experimentation and the testing of boundaries."

The program of this year's Digital Cultures conference has been divided into several thematic blocks, including interactive storytelling, digital archives, audio and computer games. The organisers are also extending invitations to open workshops on, among others topics, the use of virtual reality in the theater and in the creation of podcasts.

The conference will be attended by experts from Europe, the United States, Israel and Canada, as well as the directors of festivals, museums, artists and video game developers.

The organiser of the conference is the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Partners include the British Council, National Digital Archives, the French Institute and the Audiovisual Institute of National Film Archive.