10.12 – 14.01.2017
UBIK / Katarzyna Żelaska

UBIK by Philip Dick used to be an absolute bestseller. It talks about the near future, in which life after death has become possible due to scientific developments. Possible, yet very dangerous as at some point everything spins out of control and reality starts to intertwine with virtual creation. No one no longer knows in which world they exist.

Katarzyna Żelaska read this book during her studies at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Already back then she was fascinated not only by art but also by programming and its potential usage. Today, the past has caught up with the present and even though the artist paints her works by means she has been taught, their hidden meanings can only be found in the electronic world.  

Ubik in Dick’s book is a universal solution used for everything. The paintings at our exhibition were depictions of QR codes, painted by brush on primed canvas. In the artist's version, our smartphone with a QR code reader becomes the ubik. Only through a contemporary device we are allowed to scan the code and enter into the author's memories, interact with her other works, learn everything she wanted to rely to us. And the paintings themselves? Even though we could describe and analyze them as any other abstract work, themselves they only carry a half-importance, and seem fake. Their core is in being a door, a way into the true reality.