Title: Reaching the Stars
Directed by Hubert Czerepok, Wojtek Kocołowski
Produced by Hubert Czerepok
Edit: Hubert Czerepok
Music: Adrian Konarski
Format: digital video from found film 4:3
Production date: 2011
Production country: Poland
Acknowledgements: Made possible by the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
Reaching the Stars (Sięgnąć gwiazd)
The film has been edited from forgotten footage documenting the Polish program of building meteorological rockets, which in 1970 reached the magical border of 100 km and went into space. At that very moment Poland became the fifth space empire. The program was shut down immediately by Russia. There is very small amount of evidence left about the program and the people who conducted it. The film is a narration which tells a story about the development of the Polish rocket program and a tribute to its constructors who are forgotten.
Born in Slubice (Poland) 1973. Graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan in 1999. In years 2002-2003 attended the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in Netherlands and in 2004-2005 the Higher Institute for Fine Arts Flanders in Antwerpen in Belgium. Participated in various group shows in Poland and abroad including solo exhibitions “Devil’s Island” at the La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art in Rennes in France and “Haunebu” at the Zak | Branicka Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Works as a PhD at The University of Arts in Poznan, Poland. Currently living and working in Wroclaw.