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Dariusz Kowalski



Dariusz Kowalski was born in 1971 in Krakow, Poland, and has been living in Austria since 1991. He studied Visual Media Design from 1998 to 2004 at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna. Currently, he leads media workshops at the Fine Arts and Industrial Design at the University of Linz ( Universität für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung Linz ) and Vienna. His films include: ORTEM (2004), LUUKKAANGAS - UPDATED REVISITED (2004), ELEMENTS (2005), INTERSTATE (2006), OPTICAL VACUUM (2008), INTERROGATION ROOM (2009), TOWARD NOWA HUTA (2012).

Films Selection:

Richtung Nowa Huta - 2012
Toward Nowa Huta (Richtung Nowa Huta ) - 2012
Interrogation Room - 2009
Optical Vacuum - 2008
Interstate - 2006
Elements - 2005
Luukkaangas - Updated Revisited - 2004
Ortem - 2004



Elements (Orig.) / 2005 / Poland / 8 min

Elements relates directly to space, to impregnable landscapes and uncertain horizons. As the motifs, taken from the website "Alaska Weather Camera Program", are small airfields in Alaska, the weather conditions there, time lapse and collage make the functional data disappear. In the same way the concrete objects like cars and planes disappear.



Optical Vacuum

Optical Vacuum (Orig.) / 2008 / Poland / 54 min

Webcams have made it possible for the Internet "to have eyes," reflecting society from a subjectless and anonymous perspective. Over the past years, Dariusz Kowalski has downloaded surveillance sequences from various public and semi-public locations which in fact were not intended to be used.




ORTEM (Orig.) / 2004 / Poland / 20 min

The main topic of the video work ORTEM is the metro's traffic system, which creates a specific space and perception situation via its underground architecture.



Toward Nowa Huta

Toward Nowa Huta (Orig.) / 2012 / Poland / 77 min

Young people spin their cars around in the closed-down industrial grounds. A newlywed pair has their picture taken in dilapidated barracks. A tourist guide drives visitors through the city in his Trabant, pointing out the sites of clashes from 1989...





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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- 16.1.2017 -

Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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- 14.12.2016 -

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