The Department of Presence is a new public program at the Museum on Pańska Street. It is a form of an “institution within an institution,” a non-hierarchical experimental research and educational station emerging from experiments with various forms of artistic expression to confront political, social and economic issues.
The shape of contemporary debate is determined by issues of presence and absence of themes and actors in public life. The lack of a language for describing the radical changes occurring in society, the future of Europe beyond the organization of the nation state, the crisis of migration policies, the autonomization of big cities, are burning problems of modernity undergoing progressive manipulation and disinformation in the media sphere. The Department of Presence is an attempt to start from scratch—to pose fundamental questions about the shape and language of the future.
British Council is a partner of the programme.