Inside Job
Ula Lucińska &
Michał Knychaus

Ula Lucińska and Michał Knychaus work together as the Inside Job duo. Both graduated from the department of New Media at the University of Arts in Poznań, Poland. Their practice is focused on the use of different mediums and materials, which often leads to the creation of multi-layered, object-based environments. Many of their projects refer to catastrophic scenarios in which the hauntings from the past and futuristic speculations are intertwined. They are interested in the environmental, social and geopolitical changes that shape the present and influence the imaginarium of possible futures. By incorporating fiction as working methodology they explore its self-fulfilling potential - forecasting dystopias and utopias to examine their possibilities and limitations.

They are the finalists of the international Artagon IV competition in Paris (2018); shortlisted for the International Allegro Prize (2020); merited with: the Poznań Artistic Scholarship (2023), the Poznań City Award for Emerging Artists (2020), Prize of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2018), Santander Universidades Prize (2016). Their joint diploma project received awards from magazines: SZUM and Czas Kultury (2018). In 2022-2023 they were leading a Guest Artists Studio at the University of the Arts in Poznań.

They have presented works during art residencies (The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ; Aldea Residency, Bergen, NO; RUPERT Residency, Vilnius, LT, A-I-R FUTURA, Prague, CZ; Residency Gurzelen, Biel/Bienne, CH; TestDrive, Nicosia, CY; Kulturfabrik , Burgdorf, CH), at individual exhibitions (e.g. eastcontemporary, Milan, IT; FUTURA, Prague, CZ; Cantina, Aarhus, DK; Hot Wheels Projects, Athens, GR; Šopa Gallery, Kosice, SK; BSMNT, Leipzig, DE; Pawilon, Poznań, PL; SKALA, Poznań, PL) and collective ones (Aldea Gallery, Bergen, NO; the 34th Biennale of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, SLO; Exhibit Gallery, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, AT; Platform Stockholm, Stockholm, SE; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE; Zachęta - National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL; BWA Wrocław, PL; TRAFO - Trafostacja Sztuki, Szczecin, PL; The Death of Man, Warsaw Gallery Weekend, PL; WallRiss, Fribourg, CH; Sattlekammer, Bern, CH; the Athens Digital Arts Festival 2018, Athens, GR; DuflonRacz, Bern, CH; the Ostrale Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Dresden, DE; Musrara Mix Festival, Jerusalem, IL).



Ula Lucińska
born in 1992, PL
2022- now: The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, PL: PhD - Art in practice
2015-2021: University of Arts in Poznań, PL: New Media Arts/ Scenography
2011-2015: Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, PL: Art History

Michał Knychaus
born in 1987, PL
2012-2018: University of Arts in Poznań, PL: New Media Arts, Graphic Arts
2006-2013: Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, PL: Cultural Science


art residencies:

2023: The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ
2022: Aldea Residency, Bergen, NO
2021: Rupert Residency, Vilnius, LT
2020: A-I-R FUTURUA, Prague, CZ
2018-2019: Terrain-Gurzelen, Biel/Bienne, CH
2018: TestDrive, DriveDrive, Nicosia, CY
2016: Kulturfabrik Burgdorf, Burgdorf, CH

prizes and grants:

2023: NAWA - research stay grant - in collaboration with Kunsthalle Bratislava, SK
2023: Jerzy Grotowski Scholarship (SPS) by the city of Wrocław, PL
2022-2021: Artistic Scholarships of the City of Poznań, PL
2021: Art Scholarship of the Marshal of the Greater Poland Voivodeship,PL
2020-2021: Lem 2021, grant of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute for the residency stay at Rupert, Vilnius, LT
2020: International Competition for Visual Artists ALLEGRO Prize (shortlisted)
2020: Poznań City Award for Emerging Artists, PL
2020: Grant of the Visegrad Fund for the residency stay at FUTURA, Prague, CZ
2019-2020: Joint grant of the Ville de Bienne, Cantone of Bern, Foundation Temperatio and Jan Michalski foundation for Writing and Literature for releasing a publication on the occasion of the residency stay at Terrain-Gurzelen, Biel/Bienne, CH
2018: Prize of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, PL
2018: SZUM Magazine Award for the best graduation project in the competition of Maria Dokowicz, Poznań, PL (nomination: Piotr Policht)
2018: Czas Kultury Magazine Award for the best graduation project in the competition of Maria Dokowicz, Poznań, PL (nomination: Waldemar Kuligowski)
2018: Finalists of the international competition for art school students ARTAGON IV, Paris, FR (nomination: Boris Mikhailov, Michał Lasota, Anna Labouze, Keimis Henni)
2018: Award of the Major of the City of Kalisz, PL
2016: Santander Universidades Award for Emerging Artists, PL
2017-2019: Polish Culture around the World, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (several times)
2015-2018: Scholarship for the best students from the Head of the University of Arts in Poznań, PL

selected publications and articles:

Kowale, Jubilerki, Spawacze. Powrót Metaloplastyki, article by Michalina Sablik for Kwartalnik Rzeźby Orońsko, POWROTY: tradycyjne techniki i praktyki, nr 1/2024, p. 15-19, Orońsko, PL
Does the Rising Sun Affraight at Zachęta - National Gallery of Art, presentation of the works at official press release of Polish Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2024, Venice, IT, 2024
Does the Rising Sun Affraight at Zachęta - National Gallery of Art, presentation of the works at VOGUE Living Polska, nr 1(2024), Warsaw, PL, 2024
Nowy świat zrodzi się z błota. Rozmowa z duetem Inside Job, Magazyn Szum, 2023, link
Portale, Zwierciadła i Szczeliny, interview for Notes na 6 Tygodni Magazine, issue 147/2023, link
NONFICTION 04: Then the charm is firm and good, issue 04/2023 link
Interview for SWARM MAG, Towards Terra issue, 2023, link
Synesthetique: INSIDE JOB, T-Mag Official, 2023, link
Wesoły śpiew technoszamanów, SZUM Magazine, issue 36/2022
Building an alternative present, Metal Magazine, 2021, link
And the Door Was Kicked Open Again! Ula Lucińska & Michał Knychaus in Conversation, BLOK Magazine, 2021, link
Breathing in the Shallows, interview for Collide 24 Magazine, 2021 link
Virus et prophéties : ces artistes se fascinent pour l'infection et le visqueux, L'ADN Tendances, link, 2021
NONFICTION2 On Nature, link, FR, 2020
Nowe formy życia, interview for Kultura Poznań, link, 2020
Interview for the Contemporary Lynx Magazine, link, 2020
Interview for the Coeval Magazine, link, 2020
Enter the Heat, Disastra Publishing, Poznań, PL, link, 2020
The Dull Flame of Desire, Guest ROOms, link, 2020
Survival Art Review 17. katalog, p. 46, Wrocław, PL, 2020
Inside Job, Thoughts and Crafts (Within Contemporary Culture), p.79-101, Munster, DE, 2020
Body. Gaze. Power. A Cultural History of the Bath, exhibition catalogue,
p. 239, Baden-Baden, DE, 2020
Czas Kultury Magazine Prize: Inside Job, Czas Kultury Magazine, issue 2/2019, p. 107-116, Poznań, PL
Artists pages: Inside Job (Ula Lucińska, Michał Knychaus), Overly sexy, smart, edgy and dangerous, SZUM Magazine, issue 24/2019, p. 150-151, Warsaw, PL
Inside Job art, the user’s experience, Jakub Bąk, Czas Kultury Web Magazine, link, PL, 2019
Inside Job, Ergodic robo-poetry, Ewa Wójtowicz, DOCUMNT2 2018,
p. 150-163, Berlin, DE, 2018
A-Kumulacje, 2017-1977=40, BWA. Jan Tarasin City Gallery of Kalisz,
p. 68-69, Kalisz, PL, 2017

selected talks and lectures:

There are flowers that are born of mud, artist talk with Inside Job, moderated by Jelisaveta Rapaić, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, 2024
Guest Tutoring with Master Students from the Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven, online meetings, 2024
Guest Workshops with Central Museum of Textile in Łódź and The Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Łódź, PL, 2024
State of Focus: Inside Job presenting video works by Korakrit Arunanondchai, curated by: Andrzej Marzec, Pawilon Poznań, PL, 2024
Guest Studio 2022/2033 at the Intermedia Faculty UAP, Guest artist's annual course, University of the Arts in Poznań, PL, 2022-2023, link
Sen miasta. Sen o mieście. Artur Rozen w rozmowie z Inside Job, CK ZAMEK, Poznań, PL, 2022
Architecture of Lust - conversation with the artists, Kaunas Artists House, Kaunas, LT, 2022
Inside Job - conversation with the artists, ISKRA DELTA - the 34th Biennale of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, SLO, 2021
Rupert’s Open Studio, podcast interview with Arvydas Grišinas, Vilnius, LT, 2021, link
Futurism - narrated by: Ula Lucińska and Michał Knychaus, Żywa Sztuka Project, link
Contact with Inside Job, interview for Radio Kapitał, Warsaw, PL 2020, link
A map of the world that does not iclude Utopia is not worth even glancing at, Pawilon, Poznań, PL
Xeno- explorations, Metabolic Museum - University, The 33rd Biennial Of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, SLO
Geographical idiom in visual arts, III Conference of Film and Media, Lodz, PL