Julia Sokolnicka



my project „Playing Self” at FORECAST FORUM with Bjørn Melhus

My Project „Playing the Self” was selected for Forecast Forum in Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Together with an amazing  group selected by  Bjørn Melhus we worked on projects that were moving image based, but what I found extremely interesting is that all of us video artists were in fact producing knowledge based on specific interdisciplinary researches – from philosophy and aesthetics, into performance art and social entrepreneurship. Video is just the coolest.

Bjørn Melhus group at Forecast Forum : Joshua Kagimu (UG), Liliana Piskorska (PL), Anna Sobczak (DE/PL), Julia Sokolnicka (PL), Beny Wagner (DE/US/IL) and Hui Ye (CN) worked together between March 31 to April 1, 2017.

Here is some materials!


Project Proposal

Forecast Forum 2017
Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin

Possibility of Playing self

Project description

With the recent avalanche of political failures and my own country Poland – the virtuoso of selfishness in lead, I feel a need to find the way out of the bubble, as Adam Curtis briefly summed up in “Hypernormalization”. In my earlier research I moved away from the problems of self that I saw mostly as constructed by constant mirroring. I think I missed something there. With “Possibility of Playing self” I want to focus on a responsibility of the singular person and a problem of Elite and belonging. The emotional aspect of togetherness.


I would like to use the experience of my work as an online psychic. I want to use a tool of an online platform to create situations in which people are pushed out from their secure spheres.
I want to make both – video work and interactive installation -machinery that pushes you to create an image of the responsible one.

Research questions

A teacher or a brother? The contexts of populism.
I just got a studio from city funds spent on controlled gentrification of the immigrant

neighborhood. A group of artist will live with “refugees” who haven’t even been introduced as anything else than that. We are about to start a process of assimilation. My group will create a manual of approaching the other – a savoir – vivre for modern emotions and behavioral code of facing aggression and fear. I would like to use this work with performers, on poses and acts, in building my Forecast project.

My goals for the cooperation

I tend to drown in research and look very widely, and I seem to miss the focus on exhibiting. I want more beauty, good postproduction, to find the right balance between research and production. To make choices based on experience, but most of all learn maturity in judging the scale of my own ideas.

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