With the last day of the year Garden of Everyday Errors - the 2014 edition of Alternativa - is coming to an end. Initiated in 2010, Alternativa is an annual project concerned with the location of curatorial practice. Formed and nurtured on the former premises of the Gdansk shipyard it bears in mind the greater, overarching processes and global events but continues to ask questions about the nature of vernacularities. What has concerned us in the first half of the decade since Alternativa began were labor conditions, material practice, found forms, alternative social organizations and economies as well as utopian thinking among other subjects of interest. We addressed the role of wars in the global spread of capital. Finally we have entered the problems of everydayness, a nature of quotidian practices—a matter which will be explored further in the year to come.
Garden of Everyday Errors Alternativa 2014 program was curated by Béatrice Josse, Marysia Więckiewicz-Carroll and Aneta Szyłak as its artistic director. This year the edition was comprised of four chapters—two of which were group shows and two individual projects by Oliver Ressler and Hito Steyerl.
Alternativa 2014 was created in collaboration with Frac Lorraine in Metz, the City of Gdansk, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as Grupa Azoty Zakłady Chemiczne "Police" S.A. Additional support was provided by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA) in Stuttgart, Culture Ireland, and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw.
The opening date of the 2015 Alternativa is June 12. More information will soon be unveiled.