The history of PRES (Polish Radio Experimental Studio) meanders between high and popular culture, in between autonomous pieces of avant-garde or experimental art and its instrumental role in sound design for theatre, radio and film. This tension led to the institution’s development, eventually reaching the status of a well-established creative hub of the Eastern bloc. Delivering a basic historical context, this talk will focus specifically on PRES’s history, including milestones of Polish electronic music, achievements in music notation, cross-cultural exchange and its influence on everyday arts and culture in Poland.
Produced by hcmf// organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand within the international cultural programme accompanying Poland’s centenary of regaining independence – POLSKA 100. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the Multi-annual Programme ‘Niepodległa’ 2017-2021.
PRES@60 is co-curated by Michał Libera, Michał Mendyk and Daniel Muzyczuk and co-financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute