Welcome to the highly anticipated conference in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where the spotlight shines on artificial intelligence and the dawning of a new era. As we bid farewell to the classic era of human intelligence, we embark on a journey into the unknown, filled with uncertainty and boundless possibilities. This gathering aims to explore the uncharted territory of the future, where the speed and essence of this new world remain veiled in mystery. Join us as we dive into the depths of this rapidly evolving landscape where fear and expectation are intertwined and discover together the potential that lies ahead.
by Tomáš and Arek.
*InCAST '23 is composed and managed by members who connect Poland, the Czech Republic, Japan, and other countries.
Tuesday, August 1
evening guided tour of the Lower Vítkovice Area and the GDM Contemporary – Gallery for Contemporary Art + social evening
Wednesday, August 2
9 am (CET/UTC+1)
opening of the conference
9.30 am (CET/UTC+1) + online
opening speech, Arkadiusz Marcinkowski
10.30 am (CET/UTC+1) + online
Ryo Kobayashi/Hokuto Hayashi
11.55– 12.15 pm (CET/UTC+1) + online
12.15 pm (CET/UTC+1)
1.30 pm (CET/UTC+1)
Dominik Dragos Pohludka
2.55–3.15 pm (CET/UTC+1) + online
3.15 pm (CET/UTC+1) + online
Closing of the first day of the conference.
3.30–4.45 pm (CET/UTC+1)
Tour of the buildings of the City Campus of the University of Ostrava
6 pm (CET/UTC+1)
Concert, Chamber Hall, City Campus, University of Ostrava
Thursday, August 3
9 am (CET/UTC+1)
opening of the second day of the konference + coffee
10 am (CET/UTC+1)
Karolina Kaleta, Weronika Zieziulewicz
11.25–12.15 (CET/UTC+1) + online
12.15 (CET/UTC+1) + online
closing ceremony of the konference
12.30 pm (CET/UTC+1)
Lunch + free time
5 pm (CET/UTC+1)
Opening, Exhibition Distant Relatives, City Campus, University of Ostrava
Incast 2023 – Exhibition – Distant Relatives
Distant Relatives is a presentation of contemporary fine arts of artists from Japan, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
The viewer is going to be confronted with the works of fine artists, for whom creativity is a life necessity. Through creativity, artists often come up with parallel worlds, in which many of them live more intensively than in a real world.
Exhibiting artists: Piotr Ambroziak, Kohji Asakawa, Milan Cieslar, Tereza Čapandová, Jan Drozd, Izabela Fedorowicz, Pavel Forman, Seisuke Fujita, Andreas Guskos, Kyoko Hara, Haruo Higuma, Zbyněk Janáček, Karolina Kaleta, Takuro Kojima, Tomáš Koudela, František Kowolowski, Ireneusz Kuriata, Satoshi Machida, Yuri Matsumoto, Arkadiusz Marcinkowski, Chigusa Muro, Ayako Nishidate, Mica Nozawa, Jakub Palka, Dominik Dragos Pohludka, Jakub Pohludka, Jaroslaw Rybicki, Yasuyuki Saegusa, Marek Sibinský, Ivana Štenclová, Andrea Uváčiková, Dominika Zawojska-Kuriata, Weronika Zieziulewicz, Zbigniew Szot.
Related: similar, same, one’s own, familiar, comprehensible, but also in the sense of view, inviting to view, as well as wild, miraculous, and admirable.
Distance: existence, being, shape, content, subject, object, idea, matter.
To be distant is a matter of a viewpoint. Affinity is a relationship of differently acting statements about the same thing. Distance is not only that which is taken and carried somewhere, just like that which acts motionless, and anticipates context. Affinity is a moment manipulated to eternity.
Distance: figurative index of traditional anthropometry or remix evoking metaphors of recent, nonetheless unfailingly forgotten visual lexicons.
Distance: discontinues time through motion to its inverse side, to its gaps.
Distance: being always in motion. The shape of this motion is the phenomenon of time, about which one could say that it adds some parallel shape to being – simplicity, as its sense or, more precisely, one of its terrible images, where sense is stripped from its own essence, it turns itself into non-sense, and this loss of motion, de-representation, the loss of time, is existential de-conceptualization of reality that is something of a reformatting of the world.
Affinity: field of force, being under pressure of its own structures, constitutive phenomenon of the ego, is given, and, at the same time, being forced to be given different, being the same.
Affinity: always such a way of existing order, not only from today’s point of view (and exactly from today’s point of view) somewhat ridiculous, cannot in the end seem any different than as a decent arrangement of things – interpretation of the world (…) coming about to its completion through the picking of trivial contents and strange forms.
Distant Relatives: coexistence – its hybrid feature is the case of being of the existentially rehabilitated. The artificialities of this fundamental remake are existential self-awareness and existential performative spontaneousness.
The artists presenting themselves at this exhibit project are working with materials and concepts situated on the verge of artistic practice. Their favorite topic is emptied being and destructed thought contents. Their creations offer such final visual matters, in which traditional complex value structures are very hard to be identified, and meaning constituents of their works must be decoded by the viewer from residually present visual traces that – at the point of their illumination or, more precisely, at the point of seemingly reaching their punchline – configure new, visually subversive contents.
How does the artist imagine the world? As a distant affinity. As a thing worthy of admiration. Firstly, detecting a light breeze of ontic essences, then a raw simplicity of emotions entering their field of vision, finally crowned with an image sequence that is inexpressible point in time.
Parallel focal point of distance is the trust in a real mundane world as a hope represented by faith in its meaningfulness without useless gestures and proclamations. Hope, accompanied by deep silence and trust in the natural order of things, whose time is not necessary to elaborate on too much.