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Elvin Flamingo, PhD (Jarosław Czarnecki, PhD), as an artist working since 2008. Lecturer at the Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland. Associate Dean of Intermedia (2016-2019).

His projects combine art, biology, and technology (bioart, art&science). By far Elvin Flamingo’s most important project is The Symbiosity of Creation VOL.1. The work begun in 2012 and is envisaged to continue until 2034. The work’s point of departure is cultivation of exotic ants. It consists of three parts invoking the themes of destruction and re-creation. The respective elements of the work are as follows: Reconstruction of Non-Human Culture, Kingdom of the Shared Quotidian and After Humans, the Biocorporation. The work was nominated for Poland’s Prime Minister award for the arts. It was also the topic of Elvin Flamingo’s doctoral thesis, defended in 2014. The Symbiosity of Creation received wide coverage in the country of Poland and abroad. The work won Critic’s Award at the Media Art Biennale WRO: Test Exposure, Wrocław, Poland, in 2015.

The continuation of the philosophy of symbiosity was established in 2020 as Elvin Flamingo’s art&science team cocreated with scientist Jowita Nowakowska-Gołacka. This duo have already done VOL.2 of Symbiosity of Creation titled The Language of Stray Bodies. In 2021 the duo-cooperation ended and Elvin Flamingo started to work on Plant~Animals ~ The Symbiosity of Creation in cooperation with french scientist Xavier Bailly, PhD, Head of Marine Model Organisms Team - Station Biologique de Roscoff - CNRS - Sorbonne University, Roscoff, Bretagne, France.

Elvin Flamingo is also the founder and curator of the Intercollegiate Science Club Biomedia.

Selected awards and distinctions:

2020 — Special Award of the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship for Entirety Artistic Activity, Poland
2020 — Grand Prix at Nowy Porządek, Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki, Łódź, Poland
2017 — Rector's Award at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk for Outstanding Artistic Achievements, Poland
2017 — Grand Prix at the Media Art Biennale WRO: Draft Systems, Wrocław, Poland
2016 — Grand Prix at the 2nd Triennale of Pomeranian Art, Sopot, Poland
2016 — Collide Shortlist Arts@CERN, Genève, Switzerland
2015 — Critic’s Award at the Media Art Biennale WRO: Test Exposure, Wrocław, Poland
2015 — Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture; Warszawa, Poland
2013 — Scholarship of the Ministry of Science; Warszawa, Poland
2012 — Grand Prix at the Art Biennale, Gdańsk, Poland
2009 — Gold Remi at the 42nd Worldfest Houston Film Festival, Houston, United States of America

photo : Marta Braun