Artistic video and sound art in Planetarium exhibition created by Artist Amy Karle in collaboration with and with the support from Copernicus Planetarium Team (Weronika Śliwa, Mateusz Borkowicz, Paulina Majda), Grain Films (Maciej Przemysław Wróbel, Kacper Bartczak, Adam Woropiński, Piotr Wilhelmi), and Copernicus Bio Lab / Stanisław Loboziak.
A very special thank you to:
American Arts Incubator, US Department of State, ECA, ZERO1, U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Poland, Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Kopalnia Soli “Wieliczka”, Kopalnia Soli “Bochnia”, Copernicus Planetarium Team (Weronika Śliwa, Mateusz Borkowicz, Paulina Majda), Copernicus Bio Lab / Stanisław Loboziak, Grain Films (Maciej Przemysław Wróbel, Kacper Bartczak, Adam Woropiński, Piotr Wilhelmi), and all those without whose generous support this project would not be possible.
Created while American Arts Incubator Exchange Artist to Poland and Artist in Residence at Copernicus Science Centre Warsaw (Centrum Nauki Kopernik), with support from the US Embassy Warsaw, US Consulate Krakow, and sponsorship by Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines, UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Kopalnia Soli “Wieliczka” Kopalnia Soli “Bochnia” ). American Arts Incubator is a cultural exchange initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administered by ZERO1 to address community issues through cross-cultural art collaborations. The 2018 incubator in Poland was implemented in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Warsaw and the Copernicus Science Centre.
Amy Karle’s work as American Arts Incubator Artist Diplomat to Poland and as first Artist in Residence at Copernicus Science Center considers the “Layers of Life” and how we form — biologically / socially / emotionally / spiritually — on all levels, while questioning, “What is life in the bio-tech era?” Karle wanted to transcend these layers — from the micro to the macro, from the individual to the social, from the internal to the external, from the depths of the earth to the sky, space, and beyond. She conducted artistic research in the labs at Copernicus Science Centre and in two UNESCO heritage sites, the Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines. She did research in one of the deepest parts of the earth accessible to humans in Bochnia, and studied crystallization, salt and concepts of space at Copernicus. Karle researched how nature forms and grows: in this case the natural additive manufacturing (natural 3D printing) of salt and crystallization. She also considered salt as a vital, life-sustaining element in our bodies and of our earth, and learned about theories surrounding the origins of life concerning salt. Combining her research, influences, and inspiration, she created performance art, sculptures, prints, and a planetarium show (film) for the Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium. Karle is thankful for her partners, participants, collaborators and supporters without whose support this project would not be possible.