The original book “Porcupines,” published by Academicon, is based on the plot of Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophical fable. The book tells the story of relationships between people using porcupines as an example. It serves as a basis for engaging discussions with children about how to live in a group while maintaining their own safe space. Additionally, it helps explain concepts such as tolerance and assertiveness to children.

Stop-Motion Animation

Online Workshop

Porcupines – How to Live Among People?


“Steel Porcupine”

The “Steel Porcupine” installation aims to dispel the false image of oneself, showing the path to an inner dialogue with oneself, ultimately leading to self-love. For only a person who can love themselves can love others and enter into relationships based on kindness and respect, skillfully setting boundaries.


“Steel Porcupine”

The installation consists of three rooms connected by a network of corridors. As you pass through, you encounter five mirrors. Two of the rooms visualize a lack of self-acceptance: one room with white walls evokes a sense of emptiness, while the other, bristling with spikes that one must navigate through, evokes discomfort. Distorting mirrors amplify the feeling of alienation.

Installation “Steel Porcupine”

Only the third room, warm and cozy, with soothing colors, where the walls and floor are soft and pleasant to the touch, evokes a sense of closeness and warmth. Here, a porcupine awaits, ready to be hugged and to receive all your worries. The mirror in this room, reflecting a true image, invites self-acceptance.

Art Kiosk at DDK Węglin

The illustrations for the book were exhibited at the Art Kiosk of the District Cultural House Węglin in 2020.

Original Workshops with Children

“Porcupines Teach Acceptance and Assertiveness”

What is a Person Who Accepts Themselves and is Assertive Like?

They like themselves, consider themselves a good person, are confident, feel comfortable both in their own company and with others, view the world as a friendly place, find joy in small things, support others, accept their own uniqueness as well as that of others, think kindly of themselves and others, do not get discouraged by mistakes – instead, they see them as lessons. They know their boundaries and respect the boundaries of others. They understand that they have the right to express their own opinions and views, but in a way that does not harm others.