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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...



A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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- 12.9.2016 -

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

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- 8.8.2016 -

Doc Alliance Selection Award 2016: Fresh Documentary Talents at the Upcoming Ninth DAS Awards

Doc Alliance Selection Award 2016: Fresh Documentary Talents at the Upcoming Ninth DAS Awards

Ever since 2008, Doc Alliance has been organising an international award intended especially for first-time directors. The Doc Alliance Selection Award helps up-and-coming filmmaking talents to put their name on the documentary map, providing a prize of EUR 5,000 to support their future projects. In 2016, Doc Alliance again nominated 7 outstanding films that will be vying for the 9th annual Doc Alliance Selection Award. The name of the winning title will be announced on August 7, 2016 during an official ceremony at the Locarno International Film Festival.

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- 13.6.2016 -

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