TYPE    meetings with artwork presentations/screenings at Transmediale/ Vorspiel 2021

DATE    11.02.2021 & 12.02.2021




Online discussion about the development of the art & science project “Rhizosphere: The Big Network of Small Worlds” launched in 2018, with presentation multimedia artworks of PapiLLa by Joanna Hoffmann with soundscape by Andre Bartetzki and Rhizome by Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84202247026?pwd=Y3gxaGFUaVpoNEsySTFwRDZIY1ZaUT09
(Meeting ID: 842 0224 7026 Passcode: 620497)
(The Zoom meeting will be recorded. By attending, you are consenting to be recorded.)



TUNING IN TO NATURE – 12.02.2021 at 6 PM

Online meeting with screening of Marsquakes by Jadwiga Subczyńska and Broken Links performance by Maria Subczyńska

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84859784404?pwd=WERuRWZOdTZtSGdjSDEzRzZJSWIrZz09
(Meeting ID: 848 5978 4404 Passcode: 144223)
(The Zoom meeting will be recorded. By attending, you are consenting to be recorded.)


The meetings are part of the Vorspiel Programme of the Transmediale & CTM 2021 (visit site)


The events of 2020 have painfully highlighted the volatility and uncertainty of today’s world. The imminent, and on some levels already present effects of the Anthropocene underline the shortsightedness and impermanence of man-made organizations. The threats and challenges we face result, among other things, from the vulnerability of complex systems that co-create our reality. Today’s economy, to great extent isolated from the environment, is largely constituted by an artificial flow of resources. Its focus lies in the continuous accumulation of goods.
The processes occurring in natural ecosystems, where growth acts as a synonym of development, are rather different. The durability of biological systems is conditioned primarily by cooperation that goes beyond the framework of species, genera, classes or kingdoms. A striking example are the systems occurring in the rhizosphere, where the vast number of the interspecies, cooperative relationships results in a stable, plastic and highly adaptable network.

In continuous pursue of the practices that would prevent the progressive degradation and create new paths of development and renewal, we turn to extremely durable and sustainable systems of underground plant communication, created by roots, mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria. “The Routes to Roots Networks and Beyond” meetings provide a discussion about the transdisciplinary, artistic and scientific project “Rhizosphere: The Big Network of Small Worlds“. We will talk about the project’s origins, elements and ongoing development, that include both scientific and artistic research & exploration, while presenting a selection of the multimedia artistic projects inspired by or referring to the life-abundant, plant root zone. We are looking into the root systems and the communication of the rhizosphere actors in order to explore new ways towards democratization of resources, information and knowledge. Several years of constantly growing cooperation between scientists and artists from various institutions carries a huge creative and educational potential. The Rhizosphere network creates new communication bridges, teaching us how to use the “wisdom of the roots” in order to improve the quality of our life, wisely walk towards the world we want to live in and become, who we want to be.


The first meeting titled The Routes to Roots Networks and Beyond, will provide an open conversation about the inspiration, significance and development of the Rhizosphere: The Big Network of Small Worlds Project. The discussion will be interwoven with the presentation of artistic projects that transfer biological inspirations onto multimedia, immersive narratives – “Rhizone: PapiLLa” by Joanna Hoffmann & Andre Bartetzki and “Rhizome” by Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba.

Visit Joanna Hoffman’s website
Visit Andre Bartetzki’s website
Visit Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba’s Soundcloud website


During the second meeting – Tuning in to Nature – a conversation about interspecies bonds, the complexity of today’s world and the vision of the future in the context of communication and the disturbed connection between man and nature, will form an introduction to the screening of two artworks – “Broken Links” – a recording of a performance by Maria Subczyńska and “Marsquakes” – video by Jadwiga Subczyńska.

Visit Maria Subczyńska’s website
Visit Jadwiga Subczyńska’s Instagram profile


German composer, sound designer and sound engineer, living in Berlin. Author of the renowned software CMask for algorithmic composition. Collaborated with many ensembles and composers around the world. Presented his own compositions at many international festivals including BIMESP São Paulo, SICMF Seoul, SuperCollider Symposium Birmingham/Berlin/London.


Professor of the University of Arts in Poznań, leader of the Studio for Transdisciplinary Projects & Research. She is co-founder of the Art & Science Synergy Foundation and Chair of the Art & Science Node in Berlin as well as co-leader of the Club of Science and Art in Poznań. She works in the field of multimedia installation, XR, experimental video-animation, interactive projects, and book art. Her artistic works have been widely presented in many exhibitions and festivals i.a at the DANA Centre/Science Museum w Londynie, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art in London, Transmediale Festival for Digital Culture in Berlin, MUSE Centre of Photography and the Moving Image in New York, and the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum in Japan.


A graduate of the Faculty of Photography of the University of Arts in Poznań, a member of the Scientific Society of Photography. Uses a wide range of mediums, including plant gelatin casts, holographic installations with the use of 3D, art books, and AR video. Touches on the Anthropocene and its new materiality, extraterrestrial vision of the world and the idea of coming back to the roots. Integrates a mystical perception of reality with scientific fantasy and technology.


Polish artist creating art inspired by mycelium, inter-species communication and love. She graduated from the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the University of Arts in Poznań. She searches for an answer to the question of the role of art and artists in the age of Anthropocene, in the “toxic culture” of divides and conflicts, expressed via the (un)health of individuals, societies, and the environment. Artist seeks ways to ‘rebuild links’, to create a language that would have the power to create bonds, to exchange inter-genre messages. She feels like an ambassador of plants, fungi, stones, minerals and animals on Earth.


Composer and violinist, assistant professor at the Faculty of Composition, Conducting, Music Theory and Rhythmics at the Academy of Music I.J. Paderewski in Poznań (PL), where she lectures electro-acoustic composition class and others. At the centre of her interests are electroacoustic and electronic music, the search for new sounds, widening of the capabilities of acoustic instruments via electronics and various types of music-video combinations. The artist’s points of reference are the tonality, sound spectrum and recognition of its truest potential. In the years 2009-2013, the composer worked on the hypermedia symphonic piece “Rhizome”, the multi-threaded and heterogeneous structure of hypertext, inspired by e-literature, and the figure of the rhizome.