Project by
Polish Institute Berlin & Institut Français Germany

in cooperation with
A MAZE International Independent Videogames Festival

International Games Week Berlin

Duration of the project > February 19 – March 20, 2015
Karina Smigla-Bobinski > March 5 – March 20, 2015

“The Brain – Open Lab” is a temporary creative work and exchange hub in Berlin for digital artists, game creators and forward thinkers initiated and funded by the Polish Institute Berlin and the Institut Français Germany in partnership with A MAZE. In four weeks two groups of three hand picked artists from Poland, France and the City Berlin are invited to work together on one playful installation. The curatorial guideline is archiving. We open the discussion with the questions “How do we capture/archive the present for the future?” and “How can we make the past and present accessible in contemporary art forms like games and digital art?

The keywords for the project are human brains, digital/virtual networks, rational and emotional memories, collective intellegence, perception, digital archives and open knowledge.

The work of two artist groups will be presented at the A MAZE. / Berlin - 4th International Independent Videogames Festival on April 22 – 25, 2015.

Also during our work period of four weeks we will stage various talks, panels and presentations that will support our brain project.

Curated by Thorsten S Wiedemann, festival director of A MAZE.

Invited artists:
February 19 – March 5, 2015
Lukasz Spierewka (PL) -
Titouan Millet (FR) –
Martin Reiche (DE) -

March 5 – March 20, 2015
Karina Smigla – Bobinski (PL) -
Tatiana Vilela (FR) -
Kati Hyyppä (FI) –

Project blog:
Polish Institute Berlin has been entrusted establishment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland with tasks of the Polish public and cultural diplomacy. It provides not only Polish culture in Germany, but intends to wake much more interest and enthusiasm for all aspects of the multifaceted and varied social life in the neighbour country. These include the history, traditions and commitment of Poland as a reliable member of the European Union. Through numerous projects, carried out together by the German and Polish partners, sustainable networks and long-term partnerships enable an intensive and direct cultural exchange. It succeeds Polish artists and cultural workers traditions and history intertwine with the present.

However, the presentation of classical and new art and culture is not the only concern of the Institute, it should also be appreciated as a mediator, platform and competent partner for German cultural workers and artists but also institutions and cultural institutions that are interested in an exchange with Poland. This creates sustainable networks and collaborations that contribute significantly in the small and large scale to strengthen the European community of values and expand existing horizons.

The Gallery of the Polish Institute Berlin is more than a white cube, the regular exhibitions of Polish artists. Thus, in the program of contemporary painting, photography, video art, design or installation the gallery serves also as a focal point for Poland enthusiasts who receive information on other aspects of Polish art, culture, history and geography. In addition to the visual arts are also theater, cinema, literature, music, creative industries and the dialogue of great importance in the Institute's program.


Institut français is in charge of implementing France’s cultural action abroad. The agency was set up by the July 27, 2010 French Foreign Cultural Action Act and its enabling decree of December 30, 2010.
Under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its role is to act as the conduit for a new, more ambitious “diplomacy of influence”, within the framework of French governmental policies and priorities. It will help to promote French influence abroad through greater dialogue with foreign cultures, while responding to the needs of France via a policy of listening, partnership and openness to other cultures. The Institut français replaces the Culturesfrance association, with the legal status of a “Public Industrial and Commercial Undertaking”. Its President is Xavier Darcos.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has transferred a number of new missions to the Institut français in addition to those performed by Culturesfrance in the field of cultural exchanges and welcoming foreign cultures to France. Among these new activities are promoting the French language, thought and knowledge, as well as training the staff of the French cultural network. The Institut français upholds freedom of expression and diversity in today’s globalized world, while at the same time asser- ting its capabilities and expertise in the promotion of French culture worldwide. It is instrumental in projecting France’s influence and cooperative activities, and as a center of expertise and advice.
Furthermore, the Institut français has a central role to play in addressing today’s digital challenges. The Internet and social networks are transforming the way in which culture is disseminated. The Institut français will be adopting these technologies to turn them into a channel for advancing French influence.
Working closely with France’s cultural network abroad, in the shape of the instituts français and alliances françaises, the Institut français seeks to answer the needs of the country’s diplomatic missions. At the same time, however, it is promoting initiatives to pool projects more widely and achieve economies of scale. At a local level, it operates under the authority of the ambassador in the country concerned.


A MAZE. is an international label in the field of independent games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. The portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, music events, game showcases, game jams, newspapers and weird playful interaction.

Three days of full inspiration, skill, celebration and play. Talks and workshops give you insights and help your craft evolve, while exhibitions and game showcases give plenty of opportunity to play and enjoy the favorite art form.


The INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN 2015 is a leading cross-industry communication and networking platform for games business, development and culture. More than six individual events over six days offer a plethora of information on the topic of games. Participants include German and international game developers, publishers, investors and representatives of public institutions and the media industry as well as gamers, families and fans. In 2014 about 10.000 visitors came to the Games Capital of Berlin-Brandenburg. The INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK BERLIN follows in the footsteps of the DGT – Deutsche Gamestage – an event initiated by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in Berlin in 2007.

April 21 – 26, 2015


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