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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.

Yael Bartana … and Europe will be stunned
Hall 90B, 15th of July 2011, 19:00

The exhibition … and Europe will be stunned will be the official Polish participation at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2011. This video installation by the Israeli-born artist Yael Bartana will be the first time a non-Polish national has represented Poland in the history of the Venice Biennale. Bartana’s three films Mary Koszmary (2007), Mur i wieża (2009) and Zamach (2011) revolve around the activities of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), a political group that calls for the return of 3,300,000 Jews to the land of their forefathers. The films traverse a landscape scarred by the histories of competing nationalisms and militarisms, overflowing with the narratives of the Israeli settlement movement, Zionist dreams, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and the Palestinian right of return. Apart from realising the film trilogy, a new political movement has been established by the artist.

Screening is arranged by courtesy of National Gallery of Art Encouragement, and Yael Bartana.