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Agnieszka Hudzik

Universität Potsdam (Germany)

Agnieszka Hudzik, born in Lublin (Poland), is a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Potsdam (Germany). She studied German language and literature at the University of Warsaw and completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at the FU-Berlin as a fellow of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies. Publications: Broch und Witkacy – eine literarische Begegnung (2013); Philosophie der Verführung in der Prosa der Moderne (2018). She translated Flusser’s writings from German into Polish.

Articles of Agnieszka Hudzik

Von der telematischen Gesellschaft zur retrotopischen Stammesgemeinschaft: Zbigniew Libera’s Film Walser (2015)

This essay uses Vilém Flusser’s reflections on the medium of video to examine the work of the Polish visual artist Zbigniew Libera focusing on his latest film Walser (2015), his first and only feature film for cinemas. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic age. Only one tribe has survived which lives peacefully and harmonically with nature at the margins of civilization. One day, a stranger visits it. The aim of the essay is to explore the portrayal of the tensions between individual and collective in the film in order to reconstruct Libera’s idea of a community based on the principle of dialogue, an idea that can be compared to Flusser’s own vision of the future and his theories of cultural history. In the last part of the essay I try to interpret Libera’s deconstructionist approach using Zygmunt Bauman’s concept of retrotopia.

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