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Lena Dobrowolska

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Imperfect Meshes: Stories form the Hurricane

Imperfect Meshes: Stories from the Hurricane is an immersive documentary experience that presents five stories from the disaster zone of Hurricane Michael. One of the strongest on record, the category four hurricane struck the Florida Panhandle on 10 October 2018, leading to the loss of 45 lives. The virtual reality experience combines 3D scans of objects from the disaster zone with movement tracking, allowing viewers to walk freely around the objects in a limbo-like digital environment. Positioned somewhere between a documentary podcast, a virtual exhibition and a hurricane simulation, Imperfect meshes offers the viewer the opportunity to learn from those who experienced the hurricane about life in the prelude, midst and aftermath of Michael. By imperfectly rendering the often contorted and damaged objects the experience attempts to communicate the trauma of the hurricane through the 3D scans whilst revealing their digital materiality.


  • Previous degrees

  • MA Fine Art Intermedia, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Poland, 2014; BA (Hons) Photography, University College Falmouth, United Kingdom, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • Future Scenarios, Kunst House Wien, Vienna, 2019; Futures, Unseen, Amsterdam, 2018; Human Nature, Fotofestiwal, Lodz, 2018; Feedback Loops, Grey House Gallery, Krakow, 2016; Feedback Loops, MpM Gallery, Wroclaw, 2015; Test Exposures, 16th Media Art Biennale Wro, Wroclaw, 2015; Increased Difficulty of concentration, Fotograf Festival: Documentary Strategies, Prague, 2015;, KinoLab, CSW Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, 2014; Winter is coming, Grey House Gallery, Krakow, 2014; Plateau, Photomonth, Cracow, 2012; In progress, Stills – Scottish Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, 2012
  • Conferences

  • Artist as a climate change researcher, I-Doc's Symposium, Bristol, 2018; 2 °C Festival, Arts Admin, London, 2017; Taking Position: a stance on the (imaginary) strategies of the presence in the cultural landscape, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, 2014
  • Awards

  • Culture and Climate Change: Future Scenarios Jerwood Charitable Foundation Prize, supported by Ashden Trust, Sheffield University and Open University, 2016; Grey House Prize, Grey House Foundation, Cracow, Poland, 2014; ShowOff, Photomonth Krakow, Poland, 2012
  • Collaborators

  • Teo Ormond-Skeaping
Royal College of Art