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.
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.