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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.


16 October (Thursday)
19:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art, the premises of the former Gdańsk Shipyard

Admission free

Exhibition open until 31 December 2014
Curator: Aneta Szyłak

Alternativa 2014 is proud to present Abstract – the first solo exhibition in Poland of the outstanding German artist, theoretician and documentary essayist Hito Steyerl
. She is a key figure of contemporary art and film, one who views the image-making process from feminist, critical and political perspectives.

Steyerl is continually asking the question: what does it mean to be visible or invisible in a time of recording, scanning and surveillance, when all of our moves and activities are being documented and systematically used, often without our knowledge and/or permission, in a militarised and profit-oriented reality. We can see a collage of various technological languages in her works, along with aesthetics of recording and persuasion, entangling us through a continual flow of capitalised information. The artist sketches the relationship between seemingly disparate domains of knowledge; she can precisely, scrupulously and painfully mimic various forms of communication.

Her exhibition will be unveiled as the final showpiece of Alternativa 2014: The Garden of Everyday Errors shows her latest works, among which are pieces such as: Liquidity Inc., November, Adorno’s Grey, How Not to be Seen, Guards and Is the Museum a Battlefield? and important older work such as Lovely Andrea.

This exhibition is the 4th and last act of Alternativa 2014: The Garden of Everyday Errors. Former exhibitions were Oliver Ressler: Political Imaginaries: Making the World Anew, Everydayness and Otherwise.

The exhibition was financed by the means from The City of Gdansk, and co-finances by means from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and realised thanks to the help form Insitut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in Stuttgart. Grupa Azoty SA is a partner of Alternativa 2014.