I pray every single day for a revolution!
Climate Protest Karaoke

  • I pray every single day for a revolution!

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites to the Climate Protest Karaoke. It is an online activity of Łaski Collective organized as part of the online public program of the Department Of Presence.

“Don't you know that you're toxic?” sang Britney in 2003. Back then we kept humming this song thinking about or intense and unhealthy relationships.

“Don't you know that you're toxic?” we sing today, but we rather think of the whole humanity than about our ex-boyfriend. Our greed and egoism triggered climate catastrophe. Britney’s words allow us to express anger towards past generations and governments that ignore scientists’ warnings.

Łaski Collective invites you to take part in a musical challenge!

Week after week we’re still in a lockdown. Frustration, feeling of isolation and fear keep growing. And yet the current crisis is just a small preview of problems brought by the consequences of climate catastrophe. On the internet all one can find is coronavirus news and terrifying footage of Biebrza National Park on fire.

Let’s set our anger, grief and frustration free with the help of well-known tunes!

Climate Protest Karaoke is a playlist of beloved songs with the lyrics altered by us, turning them into ecological manifestos. Radio hits often tell the stories of broken hearts. Just a small intervention is enough to change them into protests songs about facing the burdens of our times. We appropriate music produced by the commercial, capitalist culture industry to express our anger and weep together with the Planet Earth. Singing as a form of protest gains more importance now when it is illegal to go out and gather on the streets. That’s why we want to invite You to take part in an Instagram protest – let’s sing and dance this change/revolution!


Choose a song from our YouTube playlist and record your performance. Share a part of your video as an Instagram Story tagging the Department of Presence (@departamentobecnosci) and using the hashtag #karaokeforclimate.

Be sure to check out Instagram effects we designed to help you choose your song and spice up you performance!



Climate Protest Karaoke Playlist:

  • ”Toxic” Britney Spears

  • ”Nie ma wody na pustyni” Bajm

  • ”Bad Guys" [Bad Guy] Billie Eilish

  • ”Girl on Fire” Alicia Keys

  • ”Wrecking ball” Miley Cyrus

  • ”Cykady na Cykladach” Maanam

  • ”Miłość jak ogień” Edyta Bartosiewicz

  • ”I won’t survive” [I will survive] Gloria Gaynor

  • ”Objection” Shakira

  • ”Ile dałbym by zapomnieć” Jeden Osiem L 
  • ”Ziemia jest w potrzebie” [Nie ma, nie ma ciebie] Kayah & Bregovic

  • ”S.O.S.” ABBA

  • ”Ten sen" ["Na sen"] Urszula 

  • ”Stop” Sam Brown

  • ”Believe” Cher

  • ”What’s Up” 4 Non Blondes

  • ”Warszawa” T.Love

  • ”Dumka na 2 serca” Edyta Górniak, Mietek Szcześniak

  • ”I See Fire” Ed Sheeran

  • ”Na kolana” Kasia Cerekwicka

Łaski Collective (Julia Golachowska, Jagoda Kwiatkowska, Anna Shimomura)

a group of artists that came together while studying at the Warsaw’s Academy of fine Arts. They are bound by their friendship and a common passion for creating socially engaged art. Their works deal with history, memory, gender, feminism, ecology and identity. They believe in sisterhood and efficacy of art.

Collective’s first common project was the „New Patriotic Songbook” in which they altered the lyrics of famous polish patriotic songs turning misogynist, racist and classists and war-glorifying parts into feminist, pacifist, inclusive and community-strengthening messages. Since 2018 the songbook project has been presented in numerous art institutions in Poland (among others: TRAFO in Szczecin, Labyrinth Gallery in Lublin, Malta Festival in Poznań, Biuro Wystaw in Warsaw, Nuremberg House in Cracow) and its development still continues. 

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