International Conference Make no Mistake! Error in Art – 2nd edition

Make No Mistake! Error in Art – 2nd edition

Opening, December 24th, 2018, 6 p.m.

November 24th – December 9th, 2018

Venue: FUGA Budapest Centre of Architecture, Budapest


Technical errors that occur when a medium is used, as well as logical or cognitive errors, are commonly seen as challenges and obstacles in a creative process. However, errors can also offer a source of inspiration and an insight into otherwise unknown reality. The artist’s certainty about his or her intentions, and the viewer’s openness, seem necessary for their communication to succeed. But the way art is experienced often runs against the author’s concept and contrary to the viewer’s expectations. During the conference we would like to consider the situation of misreading those intentions as a potential for new, unexpected artistic and cognitive situations. Numerous achievements are made incidentally, that is, by accident, on the margin of conducted research and investigations, along the route taken to reach a different goal. Very often, they are made outside the author’s awareness, yet with the support of the viewer, who shows the courage to act against traditions or established rules. We are interested in the discrepancies that occur between the intention and effect of actions undertaken by artists and researchers. Thus described approach determines the illusion and uncertainty that reveal themselves en route to experience and intellectual cognition. We would also like to examine the anxiety or even true fear of making a mistake, which makes an impact on immediate and distant future.

We would like to interpret the notion of error and its economy in a broad theoretical context (historical, cultural, philosophical, sociological, and political), as something as yet unrecognised – potential obstacle or side effect that will bring unexpected results.

Make No Mistake conference and exhibition are organised as the second edition of Error in Art project. The first part of the project was organised by the Pedagogical University of Krakow in December 2016, in collaboration with partners from Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Exhibition curators: Karolina Kolenda and Krzysztof Siatka


AWACS (Peter Grzybowski, Maciej Toporowicz), Tony Cokes, Beata Długosz, Róża Duda, Wincenty Dunikowski-Duniko, Tomasz Dobiszewski, Zsolt Gyenes, Little Warsaw, NAN (Alicja i Adam Panasiewicz), Rafani, Michał Soja


Department of Art Theory and Artistic Education, Faculty of Art, the Pedagogical University of Krakow

Faculty of Art Foundation

Kaposvár University, Faculty of Art

Hungarian Electrographic Art Association / HEAA



The Pedagogical University of Krakow

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute


MAKE NO MISTAKE!  Conference programme

24–25 November, 2018

Organising committee:

Dr. Karolina Kolenda and Dr. Krzysztof Siatka (Faculty of Art, Pedagogical University of Krakow)


24 November (Saturday)

10.00–10.30 Conference opening, welcoming remarks

10.30–12.00 Session 1

Prof. Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes (Hoogleraar Moderne en Hedendaagse Kunstgeschiedenis, Amsterdam University): “Mistakes are Portals of Discovery”: James Joyce’s Mistakes and (Beuys’) Art Discovering Joyce

Camilla Wilkinson (Department of Architecture, University of Westminster, London): Distortion, illusion and transformation: the evolution of Dazzle Painting, a camouflage system to protect Allied shipping from Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, 1917–1918

Carl Schmitz: The “Honest Search” of Abstract Expressionism: From Pentimenti to Palimpsest

12.00–12.30 Coffee break

12.30–13.30 Session 2

Wojciech Szymański (Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw): Third Time Lucky: Gypsies, Roma Art, Mistakes, and Errors

Joanna Szczepanik (West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin):  Time for a New State. Nigerian project of Irwin and the European artistic paradigm

13.30–15.00 Lunch break

15.00–16.30 Session 3

Sebastian Stankiewicz (Faculty of Art, Pedagogical University of Krakow): The Necessity of Erring: The Artist’s Creativity

Dora Derado (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb): Accidents, Artistic Intent and Error

Małgorzata Kaźmierczak (Faculty of Art, Pedagogical University of Krakow): Coincidence and improvisation in performance art – from the 1970s to the present

18.00 Exhibition opening


25 November (Sunday)

10.00–11.30 Session 1

Zsolt Gyenes (Kaposvár University, HEAA), The error in Abstract Video Art

Péter Kecskés (HEAA), Digital glitches and analogue stochastic divinatory signs in my artistic practice

Antal Kelle (ArtFormer), The wilful deviance in my kinetic sculpturing

11.30–12.00 Coffee break

12.00–13.30 Session 2

Zsolt Koroknai (Metropolitan University, Budapest, HEAA), The error as a model / electro-vision, installing-imagery

Péter Kozma (Kaposvár University), There is no „error”

Miklós Szalay (Kaposvár University), Rationality and Creativity: Human Concepts and Standardized Approaches to Cognition