Varia project - opening @ Wydział Fizyki, Astronomii i Informatyki Stosowanej UJ, Kraków [23 maja]

Varia project - opening

17:00 - 20:00

 Strona wydarzenia
Wydział Fizyki, Astronomii i Informatyki Stosowanej UJ
ul. prof. Stanisława Łojasiewicza 11, 30-348 Kraków, Poland
Otwarcie projektu — wykład oraz wernisaż — będzie miało miejsce w budynku głównym Wydziału Fizyki, Astronomii i Informatyki Stosowanej Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego w Krakowie, ul. Łojasiewicza 11, 23 maja (środa) o godz. 17:00 w sali wykładowej A1-08.

Projekt został zrealizowany dla Biblioteki Wydziału Fizyki, Astronomii i Informatyki Stosowanej Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego w Krakowie, we współpracy z Wydziałem Grafiki Akademii Sztuk Pięknych im. Jana Matejki w Krakowie.

Cykl Varia składa się z pięciu książek, które można znaleźć w różnych miejscach Biblioteki, opisanych na zakładkach z krótkim opisem projektu zostawionych przy wejściu oraz na stołach wewnątrz Biblioteki.


Opening of the project — a lect...ure and an exhibition — will take place in the main building of the Faculty of Astronomy, Physics, and Applied Computer Science at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Łojasiewicza street 11, on May 23rd (Wednesday), 17:00, in lecture room A1-08.

The project was made for the Library of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, with partnership from the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.

Varia series contains total of five books, which can be found in different places of the Library, specified on the bookmarks left at the counter and on the tables with short description of the project.


Varia is miscellany. It is both the physical and conceptual site for things that don’t fit anywhere else. The category of one-offs and misfits becomes a home in itself, a repository for the random where chaos settles into order. It becomes a new lens with which to approach convention and creates the space for new meaning to be explored and defined. (KZ)

The idea to create a series of art books came to us when we were brainstorming in the main library of the Faculty of Physics one snowy morning. We asked ourselves how we could introduce an art project into that specific space, something tailored to the space, to not disturb its purpose but to add something new. We decided to create books for specific sections of the library. Artworks in the form of books would blend into the library shelves and would be almost indiscernible from the others, however when found they would serve a different purpose than the more traditional collection (if we can speak of any kind of purpose in artistic creation — but that’s a vast topic, for a long and deep debate which I won’t attempt here but rather leave as an open question for you, the reader). (ZSz)

We approach “science” (a term that is just as sweeping and lacking nuance as “art”) from very different perspectives. We don’t conduct proper scientific research but rather use it to create opportunities for re-seeing. One of us is inspired very directly by astronomical phenomena while the other explores it as a metaphor for relationships to the everyday. I am motivated by the philosophical parallels between a scientist and an artist, ultimately exploring the emotional experience of human communication and connection. Szczęsna’s approach is more an act of translation of pure astrophysical research into visual artworks. One looks up and out to the cosmos, the other looks within and across the terrestrial plane. Both of us work to connect ideas between curiosity, knowledge, time, and space. We look up to look in. We look out to look in. (KZ)

Varia is an example of the interdisciplinary nature of science and art. Since it touches both art and some aspects of science and does so from two very different angles, it is something that classifies it for varia library section. The field of science is very important for all the works created for this project. We both dive deep into our subjects, beyond the popular science level, yet what we do still cannot be called science. At the same time, however, it goes beyond simply inspiration. What we do could easily find a home in the varia sections of science, art, and literature collections. (ZSz)

Kathryn Zazenski and Zofia Szczęsna
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