Artist and scientist born in 1986, creating multimedia tools for accessing and conserving works of art. After receiving education in both mathematics and physics and art, he specialises in activities in public spaces using electronic mobile devices. The work is characterised by a combination of classical sculptural artistic skills and technical skills in mechanics and electronics. He specialises in actions in public spaces and the commercialisation of scientific research in the field of art. Author of exhibitions in, among others, Jerusalem, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Warsaw and Krakow, awards, industrial implementations. His works are included in the permanent collection of the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery. His works are used in the field of historic conservation (Archaeological Museum in Krakow, Museum of the Czartoryski Princes), culture (coordinator of the MKDiN Promesa programme in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) and education (Children’s University, Jagiellonian University Synchrotron Laboratory or Kuumu Museum in Tallinn).

Art historian, curator. Author of the doctoral thesis entitled. D. thesis entitled “Nihilism in 20th century Polish art”, which he obtained at the Jagiellonian University. Kuryłek focuses on the art of the neo-avant-garde and alternative artistic practices applied by artists from Central and Eastern Europe. For the past 11 years, he worked in the Department of Modern Polish Painting and Sculpture at the National Museum in Krakow, where he was curator of the collection responsible for contemporary art. Currently, as of 2019, he works as The Head of the Department of Photography and Photographic Techniques at the Museum of Photography in Krakow (MuFo). Kuryłek is responsible for shaping the collection policy, exhibition programme and research strategy. He headed the team creating the MuFo’s main exhibition entitled. “What does a photograph do?”.

Philosopher, professor of humanities, employee of the Aesthetics Studio at the Institute of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University and the head of the Media Art Theory Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He is interested in aesthetics, understood as art theory, mainly in relation to contemporary art, including electronic art (New Media Art). He is also interested in the philosophy of networks, including such phenomena as immersivity, interactivity, telepresence, telematics, artificial intelligence, hybridisation, alinearity, immateriality, interface, identity. In his research, he emphasises the importance of the development of technology as creating or holistically transforming the human world. In 2006, he used the concept of virtual realis (later: electronic realis), which became the basis for ontoelectronics, an ontology directed towards the analysis of electronic reality, treated as an alternative sphere of being to the physical world. In 2007, he set up Academia Electronica, a non-institutionalised university-like setting in the virtual world of Second Life and, from 2021, in AltspaceVR. He is the author of a number of books and a variety of articles.

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