KK: Cities are very complex organisms – a mixture of human creations and human thoughts. They consist of buildings and infrastructure, but also of culture, politics and economy. Humans are their main builders – from a labor worker, through an activist, layer, politician all the way to programmers and designers, or simply- a citizen.
HS: In every microsecond, in every city in the world, hundreds of processes are taking place, thousands of data files are being send and millions of informations are being shared. It got to a point where we stopped noticing them all around us, because they became such a consistent part of our daily life.
KM: What information does the smell of coffee give you on your way to work? What is the meaning behind the morning songs of birds? How often do you get lost in the information fog?
HS: Cities are full of more or less obvious information, processed by us with all our senses, in a more or less conscious way. Green light signals that it’s safe to enter the road, blinking signs inform customers if a shop is open, sirens warn us about danger and the smell of freshly baked goods lead the way to the closest breakfast place.
KK: We often aren’t able to communicate well with each other, even though information is a crucial part of human interactions and the city life. Information can be spread or hidden, shared or gathered, falsified or verified.
HS: The perception, processing and reactions to everyday impulses we stumble upon in a city became so common to us, that the subconscious took over the control.
KM: I feel like we are trying to find our way in a post-truth world, building up the information stress within us, which only deepens once we face different information barriers.
KK: Information is all around us. The more we understand of it, the better we can use it change our surroundings.
Kuba Kopecki (KK) – festival curator
Helena Szewiola (HS) – artistic director
Klaudia Mańka (KM) – production director