Microsillons - Notes on possible future uses of the Shipyard

Three weeks of discussions in Gdansk
Wyspa Institute of Art, 28 of July 2011, 7:00

In May and July 2011, the collective microsillons collected ideas and comments about possible future uses of the Gdansk shipyard, doing workshops and talking with different people in the city. From this process of collection, microsillons produced a poster, in order to show the complexity of the actual shipyard situation, the numerous perspectives and future, even utopian, uses that can be imagined for this historical industrial place. From the proposals that were gathered, an alternative project to the one of the developpers could be outlined, a kind of do-it-yourself town, entirely planned, built and used by the citizens of Gdansk.

Karolina Kossakowska, Marianna Marszałkowska, Dominika Karc, Bożena Wydrowska, Dominika Lałusa, Mateusz Gajewski, Adrianna Halman, Anna Szczoczarz from Nicolas Copernicus High School in Gdańsk(European club); Anastasia Veksina (student in philology), Barbara Piotrowska (student in architecture); Aleksandra Tatarczuk (Wyspa Institute of the Art), Aneta Szylak (director of Wyspa Institute of Art), Aleksandra Grzonkowska (Wyspa Institute of the Art), the Subjective Bus Line tour Guides and Translator, Grzegorz Klaman (president of the Wyspa Progress Foundation);  Danuta Kobzdej (president of the Center Solidarnosc Foundation, Ania Perz (city guide), Bogna Burska (artist); Wojtek Pastuszak, Michał Czajka, Marek Gruczka (Freedom Skatepark Gdańsk).

microsillons is an artist collective founded in 2005 by Marianne Guarino-Huet and Olivier Desvoignes. They work autonomously, or in collaboration with institutions, on projects at the border of art and art education. In 2009, they curated an exhibition called “Utopie and the Everyday. Between Art and Pedagogy“ at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. Under the titles : “Knowledge exchange and artistic practices with a pedagogical dimension: a vector for change” (working title) and “Toward a horizontal pedagogy through collaborative art projects” (working title), they are working on research degrees at Chelsea College of Art and Design. The practical sides of their research are based on the projects they are developing as microsillons.

This project was realized in the frame of a Pro Helvetia residency at the Wyspa Institute of Art.