Festival for Playful Public Spaces

I Don't Understand You


I don't Understand You is a playful examination of a serious question - that being: what are the effects of allowing very powerful individuals to decide upon the relationships between entire countries?

I don't Understand You takes advantage of modern technology to facilitate direct communication between citizens of countries and areas that have histories of conflict with Poland.

A web-based application will allow participants to "dial" a call that connects a random number in Krakow with a random number in the country (or city) they select.

The participant will be directed to a nearby payphone, as soon as the payphone is reached the call between the selected parties is connected and the payphone will ring. The participant can answer the "call" and listen in on the conversation between the two parties they have selected to connect.

All calls will be recorded to a database.

At the festival headquarters a booth will be set up where current calls will be streamed in realtime, and past calls from the database can be selected and listened to.

What happens when two people from different countries are pranked into a conversation?

Format: Game

  • October 03, 2014 16:30 – 22:00, 16:30 – 22:00
  • October 04, 2014 11:00 – 20:00
  • October 05, 2014 11:00 – 17:00

Sebastian Gassner & Daniel J Wilson (SE)

Sebastian Gassner is a software consultant for Free Software technologies; he is also a contributor to various Open Source software projects. He has been developing programs in such diverse fields as problem gambling, file sharing and the analysis of social media data. He has been studying Software Engineering in Austria and Art & Technology in Sweden. After living and working in Sweden for almost a decade, Gassner has resettled to Austria. He has been involved in projects such as www.pipe.com, www.fruji.com and www.playscan.com, working start-ups, artists and companies worldwide.

Daniel J Wilson is an artist and filmmaker working across multiple media. His work has been exhibited at galleries and festivals internationally, including the Broadway Media Center in Nottingham, culturaDigital in Rio de Janeiro, the Copenhagen Art Festival, the DUMBO Arts Festival and MoMA PS1 in New York. His work has been covered by The New York Times, The London Times, The Daily Telegraph, Neural, L Magazine and Art F City. Wilson has recently completed residencies at SOMA in Mexico City, IMC Lab+Gallery in New York, a fellowship program with UnionDocs, and was selected to attend The School for Poetic Computation. He is currently part of The New Museum’s incubator program NEW INC. His work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the National Film Board of Canada, Grand NCE and the Canada Council for the Arts.