08-10-2020 - 15-12-2020
Modern anthropocentric worldview has back-burnered our concern for the safety and wellbeing of our planet. We forget that humans have always been dependent on nature and rules governing it. We have been hibernating far too long, lulled by the illusive sense of the Earth’s permanence.
In reality, nature and climate are changing right in front of our own eyes. Will we ever rouse from the safe passivity of a bear’s dream?
“A Bear’s Dream” is a virtual VRChat exhibition, taking place through the intermediary of an online social platform designed to generate virtual worlds. Feel invited to join us in the digital exhibition space of the Labirynt Gallery in Lublin. Access to the VRChat platform is available to all Microsoft Windows users. This enables a full exhibition experience without leaving one’s home.
All the works on display serve as a topical pretext for further reflection on our relations with nature. A virtual tour of the exhibition enables one to watch films, see photographs, paintings, and drawings, take a look at the surrounding world from a diversity of perspectives, and consider the human condition in the times of the climate crisis.
All the works are accompanied by English and Polish descriptions and bilingual audio files.
Not unlike a living organism, the exhibition will be evolving. Based on the formula of the open call, the virtual exhibition will be expanded over time, as works will be successively added until mid-December.
Participating artists: Paweł Althamer, Cezary Bodzianowski, Bogna Burska, Tomasz Ciecierski, Oskar Dawicki, Stanisław Dróżdż, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Zygmunt Rytka, Julita Wójcik
Works from the collections of the Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, Zachęta – National Gallery in Warsaw, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Labirynt Gallery in Lublin
Curators: Emilia Lipa, Agata Sztorc
Production: Mikołaj Kubiak, Olga Paluszkiewicz
Translation: Ewelina Lachowska (Polish Sign Language), Bartosz Wójcik (English)
Cooperation: Karol Jakóbczyk, Agata Wiatr, Monika Rejman, Jarosława Szewczuk, Anna Lewicka-Koksanowicz, Roksana Oniszko, Waldemar Tatarczuk
The exhibition is organised as part of the 2020 European Days of Artistic Creativity within the remit of the “CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation” programme, conducted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Lublin and co-funded by the “Creative Europe” Programme of the European Union.
The programme partner of the project is Galeria Labirynt.
The virtual exhibition “A Bear’s Dream” can be viewed at the following link:
To join a room, you must have the Steam application installed on your computer and VRChat on it, as described below in the technical manual for using the VRChat. Eng VRChat
If these programs are already installed on your computer, go to the above link and then click the “Launch World” button in the upper right corner. A window will pop up, in which you should click “Open launch”. VRChat will start loading a virtual gallery.
After following these steps, VRChat should start loading a room. When the room is loaded, you will see a “Go!” button on the screen. Clicking it will take you to the virtual gallery.
Minimum hardware requirements to use VRChat application:
64-bit processor and operating system.
Operating system: Windows 8.1, Windows 10.
Processor: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater.
Memory: 4 GB RAM.
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon ™ R9 290 equivalent
DirectX: Version 11.
Emilia Lipa, Agata Sztorc
Paweł Althamer, Cezary Bodzianowski, Bogna Burska, Tomasz Ciecierski, Oskar Dawicki, Stanisław Dróżdż, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Zygmunt Rytka, Julita Wójcik