Astronomers will know Toruń in Poland as the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, and tourists as one of the country’s oldest, most beautiful cities. Since the summer of 2008, however, the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) has put it firmly on the map for modern art aficionados.
Its newly appointed artistic director Belgrade-born Dobrila Denegri has plans to big things up, taking up the post on the basis of an international reputation gained largely in Italy. Her 4-year programme is focused, she says, on exploring the artistic “languages” of historical moments ranging from the 1960s to the 1990s, and is dedicated to pioneers such as Richard Buckminster Fuller, John Cage,Jorge Luis Borges and Joseph Beuys who have enlarged the confines of art and embodied the possibility of exercising true intellectual freedom.
The history of technology depends little on man and his freedom; obedient to it’s own logic, it cannot be other than what it has been or what it will be; in that sense it is nonhuman; if Edison had not invented the lightbulb, someone else would have.