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Adam Mickiewicz Institute, National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. and the Polish Cultural Institute New York present

Polish Presence At SXSW 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Austin, TX

The SXSW showcases will shine a spotlight on the best of Polish interactive gaming and music industries. Featured among the artists selected for the 2019 edition is panGenerator. The studio will present two installations: Apparatum, commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, was inspired by the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, one of the first studios in the world producing electroacoustic music. Hash2ash was created for the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw as part of the TEEN AGE exhibition and explores themes of selfie-culture and anxieties surrounding digital data.

In the music division, Poland will be represented by the increasingly revered band Trupa Trupa, whose critically acclaimed albums have been released by the British labels Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records, the French label Ici d’ailleurs, and the Japanese label Moorworks. Rolling Stone included their performance last year on its list of best acts of SXSW 2019, and the Chicago Tribune gave it rave reviews.

In recent years, the Polish gaming industry has gained significant market share with its major achievements. This will be reflected in the diverse representation of Polish indie games studios at the Festival: Jutsu Games’ Rustler and Atomic Wolf’s Liberated have been selected for the Gaming Pitch Competition, while Vixa Games and Robot Gentleman will compete for the Gamer’s Voice Award in two categories: mobile games and video games. Together with Maciej Laczny, a producer at Techland, and Jakub Marszalkowski, co-founder of Indie Games Poland and Head of the Game Industry Conference, representatives of various studios will take part in the panel discussion "Polish Powerhouse: A Success Behind the Hottest European Gamedev Industry," moderated by Olena Kolikhova, Head of Startups in Microsoft Poland.

Aleksandra Przegalinska, a PhD in philosophy of artificial intelligence, Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, and currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, will be hosting mentor sessions to the attendees interested in Machine Learning and AI. She will also give a talk on affective/emotional data in Artificial Intelligence and present her current research projects related to human-bot interaction. As part of an EU@SXSW live-audience podcast, she will discuss whether there are any differences between the US and Europe in attitudes towards the adoption of AI. Her presence at SXSW and EU@SXSW is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C.

The festival offers a unique opportunity to showcase Polish creative industries abroad, presenting them to an audience of unprecedented magnitude and allowing them to foster valuable connections for future projects.

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