Marcin Gizycki

Senior Lecturer - Theory + History of Art+Design

Marcin Gizycki is an art and film historian, critic, photographer and filmmaker. From 1979–81 he was editor-in-chief of Animafilm magazine, and he has been a senior lecturer at RISD since 1988. He also consults with the Polish Film Institute (since 2005) and has been artistic director of the International Animated Film Festival in Poznan, Poland since 2007. Gizycki has made a number of documentary, experimental and animated films, among them I Am Providence: The Story of H.P. Lovecraft and His City (1997), The Island of Jan Lenica (1998), Travels of Daniel Szczechura (2005), 106 Olney Street (2007), Sicilian Flea (2008), Panta Rhei (2008) and Aquatura (2010). His books (published in Polish) include: Avant-Garde and Cinema: Film in Polish Avant-Garde Circles Between the Wars (1996), Disney Was Not the Only One (2000), The End and What Next? Essays on Postmodernism, Contemporary Art and the End of the Century (2001), Dictionary of Movements and Key Notions of Art of the 2nd Half of the 20th Century (2002) and Wenders Go Home!(2006). In June 2016 he earned the Animafest Zagreb Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animation Studies.

Academic areas of interest

  • Animated film
  • Documentary film
  • New media
  • Poster design
  • 20th century Avant-Gardes
  • Soviet visual propaganda
  • Art of totalitarian states