Wioleta Kaminska is a Polish-born and San Francisco-based designer, media artist and linguist, but most of all, a storyteller. Her work ranges from photography, drawings, motion graphics to film, video and animations. Her meditative video landscapes are both a study in perception and stillness and visual reflection on the intersection between nature, technology and culture.
In her process-based approach to image making, Kaminska's focus is on the visual exploration of our perception of time and space, the conflicting forces that shape land and humans and on how we find ourselves caught between nature and technology, contemplation and complexity. In her work, Kaminska utilizes a wide range of media, design methods and artistic approaches. Her interest and background in linguistics, design and interior architecture naturally influence her digital storytelling. From colliding worlds -- simultaneously dirge and paean to open space and collapsing systems, to the ambiguity of perception of time and how it affects the way we view the landscapes that make up the world around us.
Kaminska's video installations have been shown at the California Academy of Sciences, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Fort Mason Center, International Contest of Contemporary Art in Lugano, Switzerland, the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel and Southern Exposure Gallery. Recently her video landscape FOG, from the series And the Whole World Stops, has been screened at Wro Media Art Biennale 2015 in Wroclaw, Poland. It has also been included in Editors' Choice for Celeste Prize 2015, published in Photomediations Machine and Anti-Utopias and selected as one of the winners of London International Creative Competition (LICC), 2015. In November 2015 Kaminska completed her artist residency at Headlands Center for the Arts (film/video/new media).
Her professional background also includes working as a design researcher on a project for a Fortune 100 client, graphic designing, strategy consulting, project management, teaching motion design classes to design and art students, writing a column for SF Nature Education Newsletter, teaching English as a Second Language, curricula design, and preparing students for Cambridge ESOL exams with British Council.
Kaminska's current projects involve visual exploration of the increasingly intertwined worlds of the living subject and the object and the sharing of perception of the environment between the two. She is interested in exploring how memory impacts our perception and understanding of the contemporary world. How it affects the way we move within it and, eventually, how it shapes our contemporary culture. Most recent work in that area (still in progress): Acting Bodies. The Ghost in the Machine.
Acting Bodies. The Ghost In the Machine has been recently featured on ISA RXc4 Embodiment Global Lab website as their first media art project.
Leaving one’s homeland either in pursuit of happiness and better life or escaping political oppressions and wars is as true today as it was 100 years ago. It is not easy for an adult to find themselves displaced. But what about a child? How does a child cope with a constant flux of today’s uncertain world? How does witnessing the world of violence, anger and lack of stability can affect a child today and later on in their adulthood?
I Miss My Home addresses repetitive nature of history, as well as fragility of time and identity, both personal and collective. It is a reflection on the impact that displacement, unfamiliar and loss can have on a child and their development, as well as on shaping their perception of the world they live in.