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Polish Radio Experimental Studio celebrates 60th anniversary with a two day conference

The event examines the historical and social conditions that led to the formation of the Studio Eksperymentalne Polskiego Radia

This October a two day conference will be held in Łódź in celebration of Studio Eksperymentalne Polskiego Radia (or, in English, Polish Radio Experimental Studio – PRES for short). The studio was founded in Warsaw in 1957 as a platform for artistic expression in the communist Eastern Bloc, a few years after WDR Cologne and Club d’Essai de la Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française opened in the West. Led by the late musicologist Józef Patkowski until 1985, PRES promoted the development of electronic music and audiovisual experiments in Poland throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Organised by Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, the conference’s talks will address the history of the studio and its impact not only on contemporary music but also the more experimental wings of visual and cinematic arts in Poland. In addition, there will be screenings of films with PRES soundtracks, and concerts featuring new performances of works developed at the studio. Finally, members of Warsaw Museum of Modern Art will present their plans for the reconstruction of the studio.

Speakers include Antoni Beksiak, Bolek Błaszczyk, Dariusz Brzostek, Cindy Bylander, David Crowley, David Grubbs, Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz, Sanne Krogh Groth, Aleksandra Kędziorek, Flo Menezes, Lars Mørch Finborud, Ola Nordal, Barbara Okoń-Makowska, Holly Rogers, Joanna Walewska, Laura Zattra, The Wire's Contributing Editor Frances Morgan, and others. There will also be a chance to meet people who worked at the studio such as Krzysztof Szlifirski and producers Barabara Okoń-Makowska and Ewa Guziołek Tubelewicz.

The event is free and takes place on 13 & 14 October at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.