Obieg No. 5: The Aesthetics of Contingency

Edited by Krzysztof Gutfrański

  • The starting points of this issue of Obieg are the architectural paradoxes of Ujazdowski Castle, the home of the first Centre for Contemporary Art in Poland, seen from the global perspective of the "aesthetics of contingency," which refers to the aspects of visual culture related to the likelihood of risk, danger, and fear all factors that developed societies are at pains to avoid, often willingly succumbing to ever-greater restrictions in order to achieve this goal.

    • Obieg is a quarterly magazine on art and culture, providing an interface for combining different narrative formulas with cutting-edge networking outside of the dominant art hubs. Obieg appears in four thematic issues a year, available online free of charge, in two language versions: Polish and English. It strives to document the present of "global contemporary" art by combining critique and in-depth theoretical texts with non-academic investigations, essays and images.


  • Photograph
    • Piaseczyński Canal (Royal Canal)and Ujazdowski Castle, 1919, Source: "Łazienki Królewskie w starej fotografii", Wydawnictwo Bosz, Warsaw 2014 p. 78, public domain, Wikimedia Commons
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