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Paweł Janicki (1974) draws mainly on the achievements of music, contemporary and media art and posthumanist practice — but he constructs forms different from the existing ones. He engages a wide spectrum of techniques, approaches and protocols: creates works using synthetic senses, programming techniques — also in the modern, cognitive incarnation — and elements of space and material engineering. An important role in Janicki's creativity is drawn from historical and current contexts — in particular the perceived history of art and something that could be called the history of thinking.
Janicki creates and continuously develops mechanisms and ideas for alternative futures. Special place in his activity takes developing software according to his own projects — and broadly — creating his own media either sabotaging already existing solutions.
In addition to solo activities, Janicki's list of cooperation projects includes groups such as Dæd Bɑɪtz (with A.I.as one of the members), and institutions such as NASA, and in the long-term of the WRO Art Center, in which he implements personal activities, supports and curates project by other artists.
Among his realizations there are time-line based and interactive soundtracks commissioned for radio, television, interactive media, visual works (like a fractal for dimensional animation and and a number of title sequences and motion graphics); interactive works that are uneasy to classify, consisting of improvised sound, live programming, communication protocols, hacking. Janicki's musical projects have been presented in several publications showing the achievements of European experimental and electro-acoustic music scene, in addition he has worked in cooperation with many artists, as well as the IT industry and educational institutions, including the media faculties of the leading Polish art schools, like the Intermedia Faculty of The Art Academy in Poznań (Poland).
Janicki is associated with the WRO Center for Media Art, where he currently directs the WRO Laboratory. His activities there are focused primarily on web applications, audio and sensory systems. Among the projects developed and realized at the WRO Laboratory under his direction, it is worth to mention the Interactive Playground exhibition, which was awarded by Poland's biggest daily paper Gazeta Wyborcza. He was also co-founder and longtime member of the well-known, collective Gameboyzz Orchestra Project exploring lo-fi aesthetic.
In 2004 his internet musical performance Ping Melody was awarded the netarts.org grand prize by the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Tokyo, and was nominated for an award at the Viper International Film, Video and New Media Festival in Basel. These and other projects by Paweł Janicki were presented at many prestigious festivals and events devoted to contemporary art, including the Ars Electronica, the Transmediale, the Centre Pompidou and the International Media Art Biennale WRO in Wrocław.
The Society of Algorithm lists his net performances among the events crucial to the development of this genre of art.