The grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard
a project initiated by Grzegorz Klaman
DEPARTURES: 11 a.m. / 1 p.m.
Contact the “Subjective Bus Line”: coordinator: sla@wyspa.art.pl phone: 512 055 176 / Call between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

One of Gdańsk’s greatest attractions – the shipyard – is inaccessible and surrounded by a wall. The Subjective Bus Line opens it up and transforms it into public space. See the original workplace of Lech Wałęsa, the historical gates on Roads to Freedom Exhibition, historic BHP (Labour Safety and Hygiene) Room as well as Imperial Shipyard, shipwayes, U-boots Workshop and the spot where Wałęsa jumped over the shipyard’s wall! Listen to a subjective story of this special place told by the witnesses of the legendary events – our Guides (former Shipyard workers). Visit the exhibitions of the international visual arts festival ALTERNATIVA, Labour & Leisure in a new amazing exhibition space – Hall 90B and Estrangement in the building of Wyspa Institute of Art.

You are welcome to visit the Info Point of the Subjective Bus Line ahead of the Shipyard’s Historical Gate on Monument to The Fallen Shipyard Workers, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday till Sunday, or call us at: +48 507 357 597 / sla@wyspa.art.pl

Project accomplished in cooperation with Gdansk City Council and Drewnica Development

“A SUBJECTIVE BUS LINE” – an action in the grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard initiated by visual artist Grzegorz Klaman.

The Subjective Bus Line project is a kind of meeting with committed people, witnesses, participants in history, those less well known but equally important. The project aims to extract the muted voice, the echo, impressions, whispers, fragments of reminiscences and accounts, and to write them into the current situation and the space of the place. Gdańsk Shipyard is a reservoir of collective memory and individual memory. Historical memory is visualised in the shape of the “Roads to Freedom” exhibition and in monuments in the shape of the Three Crosses and the Gates and, in future, the European Solidarity Centre. Subjective memories are practically absent and are often perceived as incorrect and are marginalised.
The grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard are undergoing transformation and reconstruction into a new district called the Young City – many constructions and buildings will be demolished, the industrial surroundings are changing dynamically and the project allows participants to become living witnesses of the transformation and its active subjective bearers of remembering into the future.

The first version of this project took place in 2002 within the framework of the International City Transformers Project and in a month it attracted more interested people than a small bus could hold, which clearly convinced us how great the need was to open the former shipyard to visitors. One of Gdańsk’s greatest attractions – the shipyard – is inaccessible and surrounded by a wall. The Subjective Bus Line will open the grounds and bring them closer to being a public space.

Lasting about 90 minutes, the tour of the shipyard will begin at a special bus-stop near Gate no. 1. The itinerary will include several selected important places connected with the history of Solidarity and the shipyard. The places and the events will be selected jointly by the visitors and the “guide” escorting them on the day of the trip. The guides include selected former shipyard workers.

There are stops in front of: the Historic Gate – the gate to the “Roads to Freedom” exhibition – the former Health and Safety at Work Hall – the former Shipyard Director’s building – the Imperial Dockyard and the waterfront – slipways – Wałęsa’s workplace – the place where Wałęsa jumped over the shipyard wall – the exhibition at the Wyspa Art Institute.


Watch Subjective Bus Line and Lech Wałęsa’s Workplace

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