Szymon Rogiński with his team created a virtual reality environment based on the data recorded using photogrammetry in Warsaw and several other Polish cities. Consciously used technology allows us to see the true face of the reality in which we live.
A visitor to the virtual world of Solastalgia moves like a ghost. VR technology enables a realistic feeling of flight, penetrating walls, and hovering over the streets. The buildings and the space look familiar, but the visitor experiences them differently than in the real world. A sense of a disembodied presence, evoking questions about the nature of consciousness and the relationship one has with the outside world.

The Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined the term Solastalgia in 2003 to describe the emotions caused by industrial landscape changes. Natural ecosystems are degrading at a pace we are unable to integrate emotionally. Wars, extraction of raw materials, pollution and the impacts of climate change are destroying the habitat of people and other beings on a scale never seen before.

Szymon Rogiński shows the catastrophic aspect of everyday life in the interior of global capitalism, whose economic principle is constant growth. Ordinary life - houses, shops, workplaces and means of transport cause a landscape calamity comparable to environmental disasters.

  • Szymon Rogiński
  • National Institute for Architecture and Urbanism
  • Marcin Marczyk
  • Agnieszka Tarasiuk
    Key Collaborators
  • Pavlo Mazur
    Lead Artists
  • Jagoda Wójcik
    Lead Artists
  • Martix Navrot
    Lead Artists
  • Gustaw Gliwiński
    Sound Artists
  • Macio Moretti
    Sound Artists
  • Łukasz Nizik
    Lead Programmer
  • Michał Babski
    Graphic design
  • Kacper Kępiński
  • Joanna Waśko
  • Project Type:
    Virtual Reality
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 26, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    33,500 EUR
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  • Student Project:
  • Xrossspace award for best VR
    United Kingdom
    May 1, 2023
    London Premiere
    Award for Best VR
  • Solo Exhibition "Solastalgia" at SARP, Warsaw
    April 14, 2023
    Polish Premiere
  • Solo Exhibition "Solastalgia" at MUFO, Cracow
    May 18, 2023
Director Biography - Szymon Rogiński

Szymon Roginski (b. 1975 in Gdańsk).
Visual artist, photographer, Virtual Reality creator.
He lives and works in Warsaw. With photography as a base for his work and practice, he has been working in series for more than twenty years, focusing on nocturnes and the material qualities of light. His work, present in several collections, has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Outside of working solo, he enjoys collaborations in artistic and commercial contexts as a photographer/director.

Inspirations for his works range from David Lynch and road movies, pop culture and Poland (as cliche, phantasm, and place) to the Anthropocene, postapocalyptic scenarios and visions, and a man-altered landscape. Right now, he is exploring creative uses of Virtual Reality.

Selected exhibitions:
Solastalgia, MUFO - Museum of Photography,Cracow, PL (Solo)
Here Dreams Come True, Piktogram Gallery, Warsaw, PL (Solo)
Solastalgia, SARP - Society of Polish Architects, Warsaw, PL (Solo)
Warsaw Under Construction 11 – Monumentomania, MOMA Warsaw, ZodiakWarsaw Pavilion of Architecture
Practice of Occupation of The Work, Wrocław Contemporary Museum, TIFF Festival
Things to learn from Facebook, Third International Tbilisi Triennal, GS
Acquisitions // Photography Exhibit, Museum of History of Photography, Cracow, PL
Fotográfica 2017, Museo Nacional De La Fotografia De Colombia, Bogota, CO
Neverland, Piktogram, Warsaw, PL
Cities and (Velo)cities at De Markten, part of Summer of Photography 2016, 6th Biennale for Contemporary Photography, BOZAR, Brussels, BE
Salon of New Photography, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, PL
One Eyed Jacks, Piktogram, Warsaw, PL (solo)
Exquisite Corpse of Polish Photography, Awangarda Gallery, BWA Wrocław, Wrocław, PL
Lost in Landscape, Mart – Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, IT
Shock Therapy, Galeria Milli Reasurans Art Gallery, Istambul, TR
Project UFO, Photoespana/ Blanca Soto Gallery, Madrid, SP (solo)
Wir In Dresden, Archeology of Photography Foundation, Warsaw, PL (solo)
Sense of Place – European Landscape Photography, BOZAR, Brussels, BE
Broken Movie. Cinematic Moments in Contemporary Art, Awangarda Gallery, BWA Wrocław, Wrocław, PL
Take a Look at Me Now – Contemporary Work From Poland, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, EN
Red Eye Effect, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
Project UFO, Artist House, Jerusalem, IL (solo)
Project UFO, 20th PhotoBiennale, Thessaloniki, GR (solo)
The New Documentalists, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL/ National Gallery in Bratislava, Bratislava, SK
The End, My Friend, Spielhaus Morrisson Gallery, Berlin, DE
Revenge on Realism – The Fictitious Moment in Current Polish Art, Krinziger – Projekte Gallery, Vienna, AT

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