Love story of Lake Michigan and Baltic Sea in the times of Capitalocene

realized by Łukasz Jastrubczak, Krzysztof Kaczmarek and Justyna Wąsik

Polish Soundtrack project - Sound walks juxtaposing American and Polish contexts. Affiliated with PRLS studies at UIC Chicago

broadcasted OCT 13th 2023 at Ohio Street Beach in Chicago

in order of appearance

Irena Santor "Morze" feat. Chief Keef
Thomas Ankersmit excerpt from "Hangar Performance"
Cinderella reading excerpts from Þóra Pétursdóttir "Climate change? Archaeology and Anthropocene" and W.G. Sebald "After Nature"
DUCH "Alfonsina y el mar"
William S. Burroughs "The Cut Ups"
DUCH "Morze" with excerpt from Witold Gombrowicz's "Cosmos"
excerpts from William S. Burroughs "Apocalypse", Eugeniusz Rudnik compositions and English Language course
Interview with Violetta Villas feat. Bob Ross
Violetta Villas "Szczęście" (Happiness)


Polish Soundtrack. The Last Chance  in collaboration with The Anthropocene Lab


curators: Justyna Wąsik & Beate Geissler

with Katarzyna Majchrowicz-Wolny

and support of Michał Paweł Markowski


Oct. 10-14 at UIC, by Lake Michigan & North Branch of the Chicago River




Day 1 (Tue, Oct. 10)


12-3pm Plant Research Laboratory, 1020 S. Union St.


Experimental workshop on alternative ways of knowledge sharing, interacting with the environment, and collectively acting
by Łukasz Jastrubczak from CentrumCentrum


+Wild Weeds Picnic by Ewa Polska

+ Premiere of It Belong to The Cucumbers - a book co-authored by students of POL150 (Intro to Polish Cinema, 23’)

+ Art Garden Tour by Katelyn Patton


3-5:30 Screening Room 3226 AEH:

Improvisational Realism: open class of ATMOSPHERICS - Doc Media / Art of the Real by Deborah Stratman



5:45-7:30 Screening Room 3226 AEH

Film screenings of: 

HOPIUM ECONOMY, A trilogy, 2017-2021 Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann


“Pawel i Wawel” (dir. Krzysztof Kaczmarek, co-written with Justyna Wąsik)



Day 2 (Wed, Oct. 11)


2-6 pm  Institute for the Humanities, 1007 W Harrison St Suite 153


“Sink or Swim. Humanities and Arts in the Anthropocene” -
cross-disciplinary conference
devoted to new research, educational
and activist practices in the age of the Anthropocene.


2-4pm PANEL 1

Keynote: Michał Paweł Markowski - “On Walking”


Presentation + discussions:

Janek Sowa (on zoom) -‘Walking with a Sense of Purpose. Crisis, Utopia and Imagination in the Contemporary World’ (intervention)


Julia Fiedorczuk (on zoom) - "How to be an earthling: thoughts on ecopoetics" (a poet's talk)


            Response by: Łukasz Jastrubczak


4:15-6pm PANEL 2

Presentations + discussions by:

Ralph Cintrón - 'unknowing knowing' (cross examinations)


Teresa Córdova[1]


Katarzyna Majchrowicz-Wolny "The Ocean of Potential. On the Relationship
with Unknowable in Stanisław Lem’s Solaris


Aishath Huda (‘Water as Method’ - artist talk)


Response by: Julia Vaingurt




7-11 pm Boring Drug concert & DJ set by Vesolo

(The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St)


Day 3 (Th, Oct. 12)

Henry Hall 106, 935 W Harrison St


12-1:30 pm Art presentation & workshop on DIY survival strategies in the Anthropocene & late capitalist art world by Janek Simon


1:30-2:55 pm Fieldwork and Creativity in Anthropocene Landscapes

by Ömür Harmanşah

with videos from Yalburt Yaylasi Landscape Research Project (2010-2018)


Day 4 (Fr, Oct. 13) Walking the Walk

Caffe Oliva at Ohio Street Beach, 600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

Due to weather conditions the walk with Freshwater Lab is cancelled. 
But we invite you for
Polish Soundtrack. The Last Chance   

at 5 pm
that will be broadcasted in Caffe Oliva at Ohio Street Beach, under
beach umbrellas 

5-5:45 pm Polish Soundtrack. The Last Chance Walk

Caffe Oliva at Ohio Street Beach, 600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

by Łukasz Jastrubczak, Krzysztof Kaczmarek & Justyna Wąsik









Day 5 (Sat, Oct.14)
Walks on the Wild Side

Wild Mile Urban Rivers, Meeting point @

Urban Rivers
1440 N Kingsbury St. Ste 005, Chicago, IL 60642

11am  Walk About It by the Anthropocene Lab, Deep Time Chicago & Urban Rivers

+    Herbal Walk by Ewa Polska



Polish Soundtrack. The Last Chance is co-sponsored by
the Hejna Fund, Department of Polish, Russian and Lithuanian Studies, the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics;
The Anthropocene Lab, and the Institute for the Humanities, UIC.
The project is also supported by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner - Daniel Pogorzelski.