Greetings by the curator Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka
Many new words are circling around us. They sound modern, mysterious and give the impression of being robust, intelligent and reliable, at least as much as the machines that control the phenomena and processes behind these words. Digitalisation, Big Data, artificial intelligence, automation, optimisation, behavioural programming, the Internet of Things, affective computing - these are the most frequently used terms to describe the current profound transformation of the world. These words raise hope for a smooth, smart overcoming of the numerous current crises and, at the same time, disquiet due to a certain ambiguity they spread. The only thing that is certain is that the current radical transition to digitality is completely changing our lives live, before our eyes. For better or worse. Although time is accelerating and the technosphere is evolving at an almost exponential pace, it seems that things have not yet progressed to the point where they are completely beyond our control, and that we as humanity are still able to collectively and more equitably shape the direction of change those technological developments are setting.
The POCHEN Symposium 2021 established the foundation of this year's POCHEN Biennale and was dedicated to reflecting and discussing these questions. Together with artists, experts, academics, activists, and Chemnitzer’s, we immersed ourselves into the discourse, identified the most questionable and hopeful moments, tried to grasp the systemic complexity of the issues, and dedicated ourselves to new approaches and perspectives. The goal was to strengthen and empower communities and individuals involved in the digital transformation. As curator of the POCHEN Biennale 2022, I am delighted to be part of this organic process that the POCHEN team and I have been developing together since April 2021. In a state of greater, critical and creative attention, we can encounter artists who use technology in their artistic practice: in analyzing data, transform, visualize, and capture data, creating spaces for greater human autonomy in the digital age.