Karolina Sobecka (PO) - “Amateur Human”
Site: Festivaloffice, Nytorget.17
Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00 / Sat-Sun 12.00-16.00
Amateur Human (AH) is a series of playful accessories, tangible information devices that personalize our relationship to the environment. AH design is a strategy to explore the overlap between the material and immaterial, the social and psychological mechanisms behind our behaviors. It aims to create objects that are mixtures of physical form and psychology, embodying tendencies, concerns, desires and knowledge of people who use them. Of all the material culture objects, accessories embody our emotional and personal needs, irrational tendencies and desires. They are symbols of social innovation and a shift in lifestyles. In this project, the form of accessory, at the heart of the consumer culture, is subverted ― not to capitalize on people’s beliefs and desires, but to explore and reflect on them.
Poland native Karolina Sobecka works with animation, design, interactivity, physical computing, computer games and other media and formats. Her work often explores cultural repercussions of scientific and technological advances, and the subjectivity of perception.
Sobecka received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA
from Calarts in Experimental Animation/Integrated Media. She has also studied and
taught in the University of Washington's Digital Arts and Experimental Media PhD program.
Sobecka's work has been shown at festivals and galleries around the world, including
the V&A, the Beall Center for Art + Technology, ISEA, Medialab Prado. She has received awards from the Creative Capital, New York State Art Council, Princess Grace Foundation, the Platform International Animation Festival, Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards, Asia Digital Art Festival and the Japan Media Arts Festival.