Through the Soundproof Curtain. The Polish Radio Experimental Studio



ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe

Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany


13.07.2018 - 06.01.2019


ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe and Adam Mickiewicz Institute


Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź


Michał Mendyk, Daniel Muzyczuk

The Through the Soundproof Curtain. The Polish Radio Experimental Studio exhibition is the first such extensive presentation of the legacy of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio [Studio Eksperymentalne Polskiego Radia], a unique centre of electronic music in the former Eastern Block.

The Experimental Studio was established in Warsaw in 1957 and it soon became an exceptional place in this part of Europe. For several decades it was a space of artistic autonomy and creative freedom open to host generations of artists. Together with the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, the Studio was the only institution in Poland, which enabled such a large scale artistic exchange by receiving guests from the USA, Western Europe or Scandinavia.

The Studio was expected to develop into an interdisciplinary institute of new media. Its members of staff would consistently promote and spread new forms of music by organising lectures, producing series of radio broadcasts, and publishing papers. The Experimental Studio, inspired by the efforts of composers, film makers, architects, visual artists and performers, turned into a creative laboratory which developed a completely new language, open to audience interpretations.

The Through the Soundproof Curtain. The Polish Radio Experimental Studio exhibition at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe will highlight this interdisciplinary specificity of the Studio and present it as a looking forward centre of audio-visual experiments. The exhibition marks another - after an international conference that was held at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź in October 2017 - stage of research on the phenomenon of the Experimental Studio. It also shows a number of works of art from the collection of the Muzeum Sztuki by authors such as, inter alia, Władysław Hasior or Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Artists: Piotr Andrejew, Julian Antonisz, Andrzej Bieżan, Piotr Bikont, Ennio Chiggio, Jerzy Derkowski, Dubravko Detoni, Paul-Heinz Dittrich, Andrzej Dobrowolski, Szabolcs Esztenyi, Oskar i Zofia Hansen, Władysław Hasior, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Arnold Haukeland, Lejaren Hiller, Jan Horne, Bengt Emil Johnson, Roland Kayn, Teresa Kelm, Anders Kjær, Krzysztof Knittel, Kare Kolberg, Włodzimierz Kotoński, Zygmunt Krauze, Jerzy Kucia, Vladislav Lebl, Zofia Lissa, Kurt Maetzig, Tadeusz Makarczyński, Wojciech Makowski, Lionel Marchetti, Andrzej Markowski, Bohdan Mazurek, Henryk Morel, Bohdan Mościcki, Kazimierz Mucha, Janusz Mulak, Andrzej Munk, Arne Nordheim, Andrzej Papuziński, Józef Patkowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Anatol Radzinowicz, Józef Robakowski, Eugeniusz Rudnik, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Bogusław Schaeffer, Barbara Seidler, Elżbieta Sikora, Tomasz Sikorski, Anna Skrzyńska, Józef Szajna, Daniel Szczechura, Krzysztof Szlifirski, Kazimierz Urbański, Fritz Winckel, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Wojciech Zamecznik, Teodor Zubowicz, Witold Żukowski

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