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Finalist of International Contest of Contemporary Art in Lugano, Switzerland, 2014 & the WRO Media Art Biennale in Poland, 2015. 

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Finalist of International Contest of Contemporary Art in Lugano, Switzerland, 2014 & the WRO Media Art Biennale in Poland, 2015. 

Designer & Multimedia Artist

Wioleta Kaminska is a San Francisco-based designer, multimedia artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Fort Mason Center, and California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. FOG, her video landscape from the series, And The Whole World Stops was selected as a finalist for International Contest of Contemporary Art (YICCA) in 2014 and was screened in Lugano, Switzerland in 2014. FOG has been also recently selected as a finalist for the WRO Media Art Biennale, Poland's largest contemporary art event and will be screened  from May 13th through June 30th, 2015 in Wroclaw, Poland in multiple venues and public spaces.
Wioleta's professional background also includes working as a design researcher on a project for a Fortune 100 client, graphic designing, strategy consulting, project management, writing a column for SF Nature Education Newsletter, teaching English as a Second Language, curricula design, preparing students for Cambridge ESOL exams with British Council and some more.
 

"Wioleta Kaminska is a designer & media artist who explores some of the key concerns of our times: the conflicting forces that shape land and humans. She poetically reveals ecosophical and temporal liminalities while raising the latent question of how we find ourselves caught between nature and technology, contemplation and complicity, dusk and dawn." - Erik Adigard, M-A-D

"In her work, Wioleta Kaminska utilizes a wide variety of media and current technological means. The artist focuses on exploring the subject of our changing perception of time, communication between the worlds that we navigate today, both physical and virtual, the reflection on life, and her search for what really matters in it. (...)" - Malgorzata Joanna Jedrzejewska, Art Curator, Art Association Aps Moho.

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Form Study

A selection of photographs and drawings that are the result of a process-based project involving exploration of spatial distortion and implied motion. The starting point of this exploratory journey was a careful study of certain qualities and the condition of two random objects, a veggie strainer and a thread spool.

Psychogeographic Mapping


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Psychogeographic Mapping

Defined in 1955 by Guy Debord, founder of the Situationist International, "psychogeography is an approach to geography that emphasizes playfulness and drifting around urban environments." 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychogeography

Psychogeographic map of San Francisco's Marina Disctrict

Psychogeographic map of San Francisco's Marina Disctrict

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And The Whole World Stops


Book design

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Book design

And The Whole World Stops. Excerpts.

And The Whole World Stops is a collection of my observations, photographs taken on-site during a nine-month-long research period, graphics inspired by my findings and, finally, still images from the video landscape series, And the Whole World Stops: Fog, When the Night Comes, Into the Evening.

 
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Brain Mapping


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Brain Mapping

Psychogeographic map of human mind.

"Two Important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness." - Alfred Korzybski, engineer, philosopher, mathematician

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Plato-Kant-Derrida


Poster series

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Poster series

Plato-Kant-Derrida

The series of screen printed posters is a response to the theories of three major philosophers: Plato, Immanuel Kant and Jacques Derrida. It is a visual exploration of the concept of Truth and the notion of Beauty in reference to Kant's Critique of Judgement.  It is an inquiry on the Image, Design and the Common(s) in the world where INFORMATION, at many levels, has become a new code word for what is largely an overload of fast-paced media images.

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Thrive


Concept development, design research, prototyping, business plan, fundraising

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Concept development, design research, prototyping, business plan, fundraising

Thrive Plant Sensor & App. Start-up.

Thrive is a plant sensor and an app that fosters empathy between busy nature lovers and their plants.  This four-month-long team project involved qualitative and quantitative research, ideation, prototyping, social media outreach, budgeting and a very successful fundraising campaign. The Thrive App gives a voice to household plants and reminds their busy owners to give them a proper care. It uses simple interactions to create a personality for plant lovers to motivate them to emotionally invest in their green friends' wellbeing.

Olive, Thrive's spokesplant

Olive, Thrive's spokesplant

 
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Donor Tree

 

Hidden Water


Multimedia series: motion graphics, video, animation

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Hidden Water


Multimedia series: motion graphics, video, animation

Hidden Water

We all know we are facing water crisis. What we often don't realize is how much water is contained in our food. The Hidden Water is a series of 3 animation videos. The purpose of the series is to raise public awareness of the water footprint of foods we consume daily.

 

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Forget-Me-Not


Video Montage on History and Memory

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Video Montage on History and Memory

Forget-Me-Not. After Lives.

Forget-Me-Not is part of the project, After Lives, that I participated in 2013 with 10 other designers from San Francisco. The project is a collection of interactive sites tracing individual lives across history and living memory. Filtered through research, interpretation and design, these lives offer rich clues to the dormant and particular silences that surround us. Each project centers on the story of someone related to its author, either not very well known or not known at all (in my case, my great grandmother) and when time and genealogy prevented close relationships with them. Wars and politics cut through their stories, drawing and pushing our protagonists to new frontiers, new futures - leading circuitously to us, in our present and prospective forms.

After Lives explores design's role in shaping modes of attention, memory and narrative in the context of events in history. Its digital approach brings insight to evolving questions in the fields of biography and social history, linking individual stories with larger cultural forces.

Forget-Me-Not is a montage inspired by the life of my great grandmother, Jozefa Borkim (1902-1978) who lived through a series of major historical events in Poland. It was created with the use of my family photographs, interviews with the family members, and video recordings of water scenes and Polish landscapes where my great grandmother lived and where I was born. I supplemented these primary materials with excerpts from documentaries found online and historical information obtained from public sources. The use of Chopin's music and a recurring image of my great grandmother's favorite flowers, gorget-me-nots, originate in my own limited early memories of my great grandmother's life.

The images collected and the stories I gleaned from family interviews directly fueled my storyboard for the montage. My technical approach to the project, the use of water footage and the concept of different reflective surfaces represents my attempt to address the reflective character of the past, its persistence in the present and its tendency to rewrite itself in the future.

My intent is to give viewers a peek into my great grandmother's life and to pay tribute to her and her compatriots's capacities to face inhumane conditions, fear, loss and the unknown. My intent is also to point out the nature of life: "Life is a becoming beyond what it is because the past, not fixed in itself, never fixes or determines the present and future." As Elizabeth Grosz points out in The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution, and the Untimely, we should also remember that "the past is never exhausted and so, it is always contained in the present and ready to be reviewed in the future." *

*Grosz, Elizabeth A. The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution, and the Untimely. North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2004.