CHANGE and LASTING, Józef Mrozek

CHANGE has become a very popular notion recently – it is enough to count the academic or scientific conferences, artistic programmes and press articles devoted to it. The term itself has become something of a lockpick to all doors. And yet, CHANGE is not a new, recently met, phenomenon – on the contrary, it has been with us forever. In fact, the thing that makes it interesting is its increasing pace and the widening area of influence. What is most interesting for me, though, is its relation with LASTING. These two notions are inextricably linked, and the meaning of this relation can also be found in design. Each new design involves CHANGE, but its production, whether real or virtual – leads to LASTING. How long does LASTING last? Is it related to the pace of CHANGE? Does LASTING have greater value that CHANGE? Maybe we will not have the time to answer all these question, but it is still worth asking them.

Józef A. Mrozek, PhD
Historian of art and industrial design. Since 1978, he has been working at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, before 2004 in the Interfaculty Department of History and Theory of Art, and since 2005 as the head of the Department of History and Theory of Art at the Faculty of Interior Design. He has given lectures at many foreign universities, mostly in the USA and in the United Kingdom. In 1999-2003, he was the chief editor of the Meble Plus monthly magazine. Currently, he collaborates with the 2+3D quarterly. Mrozek authored many publications related to design, applied art and architecture. He is a member of the Association of Art Historians and Design History Society.