Layers of LifeAmerican Arts Incubator and Amy Karle

©Amy Karle,

If you love art and are inspired by science, technology, engineering and mathematics and also interested in the cultural conditions of gender relations, the Layers of Life project will be a great opportunity for you to develop.

20 people will take part in the project. During the workshop, we will develop an art project inspired by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), which will also be an opportunity to build soft competencies and deepen the insight into ourselves so as to understand and break the limitations set by cultural norms that inhibit development and block self-fulfilment.

The initiator of the event is artist  Amy Karle, who was invited to Poland as a part of  American Arts Incubator. During her stay at the Copernicus Science Centre, she will conduct a week-long workshop (21 to 29 April) and then support the participants in the work on their own prototypes (30 April to 9 May). Selected projects will receive grant support, enabling their authors to continue working on the prototype.

During the programme, I would like to give space to the participants and initiate the projects that will help us understand ourselves better. I wish to encourage the participants to focus on strengthening their self-confidence, self-awareness, dialogue, experimentation, creative thinking, prototyping, creating and expressing themselves in their projects. The works will use the STEAM fields – encourages the artist.

Project elements:

  • Workshop: 21–29 April 2018
    Workshop participants will go through the traditional narratives related to working in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) with a special focus on the position and role of women, filtering them through their personal stories and experiences.
  • Design: 30 April to 9 May 2018
    After the workshop, the participants will be divided into groups. Each group will work on their project and learn at all the stages of works: from document collection, to prototyping, to the public presentation of the results of the work.
  • Panel and exhibition: 10 to 13 May 2018
    Each group will present their prototype during the panel. The artist and accompanying panellists will select the projects that will receive grants for further development. All the works will be presented at an exhibition at the Copernicus Science Centre (Pavilion 512).

The programme includes:

  • a field trip,
  • a presentation of technologies related to the body, mind and regenerative medicine,
  • a presentation of 3D and 4D prints and bio-printing, which takes advantage of salt crystallisation.


American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an international cultural exchange initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is administered by ZERO1.