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February 2020, English
16.3×22.7 cm, 236 pages, 100 color ill., English
ISBN 978-3-95679-510-7
Jakub de Barbaro
Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art

Janek Simon is not only an artist and occasional curator, he is also an anarchist, programmer, craftsman, intellectual, social organizer, traveler, and former junior champion of the card game bridge. He likes to say that he is interested in too many things, from globalization, political geography, artificial intelligence, digital materialism, algorithmic governance, financial speculation, and DIY strategies, to postcolonial theories within eastern Europe and Gombrowicz-like dilemmas on what Polish identity actually is. Simon’s work captivates both visually and intellectually and is driven by constant curiosity, erudition, and the quest for what he calls “synthetic folklore”—the question of how to cherish what is particular while constructing a planetary value system with the use of new technologies. This book, on the last fifteen years of his work, is published in conjunction with Simon’s eponymous exhibition, curated by Joanna Warsza, at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, in 2019.