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12 of July (Thursday)
8:00 PM / Wyspa Institute of Art

Admission free

Oliver Ressler will present a new body of work that addresses the starting points and implications of the global financial and economic crisis as well as the underlying flaws in the model of parliamentary democracy revealed by the crisis. Ressler’s films and installations are often based on interview situations in which the artist creates a platform for the concerns of his protagonists.


Oliver Ressler, born 1970, lives and works in Vienna and produces exhibitions, projects in the public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, forms of resistance and social alternatives. His projects have been in solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Kunstraum at the University of Lüneburg; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow and The Cube Project Space, Taipei.


7 July – a subsequent edition of the Wyspa. Now is Now will take place

The exhibition at the Wyspa Institute of Art is devoted to the activities of artists in the Gdańsk area in the 1980s and early 1990s. Using archival materials, the creators of the exhibition invite their public to a symbolic reconstruction of a moment from the past (the show Now is Now of 7 October 1988) when the artists’ intuition led to their own definition of one’s relation with one’s surroundings. The creation of a an artistic proto-institution at the Granary Island [Wyspa Spichrzów], embracing its ruins, overgrown nature and environment was the discovery of the environment as a physical medium of their artwork and permitted a gradual recognition of artistic activity as a fragment included in a bigger unit.

Pavel Sterec: Is So Much is Happening Here, I’d Rather Stay at Home.
The first performative action of Wyspa. Now is Now is carried by Pavel Sterec who invites us to participate in events related to the observation of birds. Each of these events will show the relation between an animal and a human from a different perspective.

All events will happen on Saturday, 7 July 2012 at 12:00 hours !

Workshop: The first aid for a wild bird.
The Gdansk Archipelago of Culture "Treasure Island", address: ul. Turystyczna 3, Gdańsk-Sobieszewo area.

This workshop is a step-by-step presentation of how one should act with a found, wounded wild bird. Specialists in veterinary medicine will tell about the basic methods of helping wildfowl and their fledglings under the threat of their lives. The workshop will be run by the veterinarian Karolina Ptak, who works in the PAROTKA Veterinary Centre for birds and exotic birds in Cracow, who initiated the DZIKA KLINIKA Association for help to non-domestic animals. She will be supported by a group of enthusiasts.

Ornithological camp: Learn and help to protect!
The KULING Research Group of Waterfowl

The ornithological camp at the mouth of the Vistula River is just beginning, organised by the KULING Research Group of Waterfowl. The organisers ensure: care and knowledge of experienced ornithologists, accommodation, provisions (camping standard), field equipment, curious birds in hand and in the field, protection against bird flu, happy atmosphere and many more attractions. The number of participants is limited.

Film projection: Skrzydlaci Sprzymierzeńcy Lasu (The Winged Allies of the Forest)

The nature documentary film “Skrzydlaci sprzymierzeńcy lasu” (2007) directed by Przemysław Sujak, PhD, who works at the Institute of Experimental Biology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is a unique and fascinating story about birds. Beautiful shots, shots from special hiding places, show helpless fledglings, which makes the film a breath-taking experience.

Lecture: Migrations of the White Stork
Wyspa Institute of Art, address: ul. Doki 1/145, Gdańsk (the premises of Gdańsk Shipyard).

Wociech Kania, PhD, a worker-emeritus of the Ornithological Station of MiIZ of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk and a specialist in the bird migrations, will deliver an open lecture for all interested people. He will tell us about bird migrations, winter habitats of birds, the dependence of our Polish storks on draughts in Sahel, bird ringing (banding) and satellite radio relays.

Pavel Sterec

Born in 1985. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (including Guest Atelier of Zbigniew Libera). In the years 2008 – 2010, he co-created the Pavilion Gallery. Now, he is a member of an artistic-theoretical P.O.L.E. collective.
He deals with conceptual art. His projects have often been inspired by social-scientific research.


6th of July (Friday)
6:00 PM / Wyspa Institute of Art

Admission free

Photomedia: site and context is a two-week intensive studio workshop realised by 10 students from The College of Fine Arts Sydney, Australia, in the former grounds of Gdańsk Shipyard. The projects are developed in response to the site and test the potential of expanded photographic and installation practices, while visually and conceptually articulating the ways in which Photomedia can be stretched within the field of site-specific intervention.

A number of installations will be executed in the site and available for viewing this Friday, 6th of July. The tour will begin in Wyspa Institute of Art at 6pm.

Coordinator Izabela Pluta


The Materiality anthology follows the exhibition and aims to widen and expand the educational and research-related aspect of both this particular project and the Alternativa Festival as a whole. This publication offers diverse perspectives on both the object unto itself, the material context, as well as the social role of things[…] The anthology is proceeded by an introductory section where the show’s curators, Leire Vergara, Aneta Szyłak, Inês Moreira and Arne Hendriks, present their view on materiality and the essence of curatorial practice. The main part has been devided into three sections, titled respectively, The Voice of Things, Materiality, and In girum imus nocte…, which through texts by authors of various provenance, offer theoretical commentary on the exhibition and highlight its key contexts.*

*Form the introduction by Krzysztof Gutfrański

Contributors: Bruno Latour, Arjun Appadurai, Tim Ingold, Mathias Goeritz, Elizabeth Grosz, Ewa Opałka, Rolf Hellebust, Susan Schuppli, David Graeber, Rem Koolhaas
Edited by: Krzysztof Gutfrański, Leire Vergara, Aneta Szyłak, Inês Moreira, Arne Hendriks
Design and typesetting: Tomasz Bersz i Marian Misiak

Price 30 ZŁ + p&p
You can order the book at the address: sekretariat@wyspa.art.pl


Grzegorz Klaman’s A Subjective Bus Lin runs in Genk, Belgium

30 May – 30 September 2012

This summer, FLACC in Genk and the Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdansk come together as partners for A SUBJECTIVE BUS LINE, a project by the visual artist Grzegorz Klaman. A SUBJECTIVE BUS LINE in the Belgian former mining city of Genk will run during Manifesta9. Simultaneously, a Line will be held on the grounds of the former Gdansk Shipyard in Poland during Alternativa. Both the Genk mining sites and Gdansk Shipyard are undergoing transformation and are reservoirs of collective and individual memory. Gdansk Shipyard is carrying the legacy of the Solidarnosc Movement, while the Limburg mines have a complex history involving migrant workers and a profound influence on the city and surrounding landscape. Their official history is visualised in the shape of diverse forms of commemoration. The Line is an answer to the urgency to embrace hidden voices that have never become a central narrative. The project gives a unique insight into the premises of these historically loaded industrial sites.

The bus tour starts at the former mine building of Waterschei, now the Manifesta 9 venue, and takes 2 hours. The tour includes several important mine sites, such as the Cités (residential garden city), slag heaps and industrial sites. The tours in Genk can be booked in the following languages: English, Flemish, Polish and Slovenian.

A Subjective Bus Line (Genk) is a project by Grzegorz Klaman and FLACC and partnered by Het Vervolg Vzw / Coal Face (BE), Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdansk (PL) in conjunction with Alternativa International Visual Arts Festival in Gdansk and with support of Meta VZW. Meta is the Flemish heritage organisation for vintage tramcars and buses.


Alternativa 2012


under the auspices of  President of Gdańsk Mr Paweł Adamowicz

Exhibitions open to the media and the professionals:
May 25, since 12.00 / Please register at alternativa2012@wyspa.art.pl

Official Opening
May 26 at 6 pm

The shows will run until September 30, Admission free
Inquiries: pr-wyspa(at)wyspa.art.pl

Wyspa Institute of Art invites you for the opening days of Alternativa 2012, a project that seeks diverse modes of knowing and explores possible ways of being and acting in contemporaneity. This year’s programme comprises two exhibitions, entitled respectively Materiality and Wyspa. Now is Now.

Artists’ talks and lecture performances include those by Hito Steyerl, Lara Almacequi, Emilio Moreno, Marcelo Expósito, Sally Gutierrez and Oliver Ressler.

The list of distinguished speakers who will deliver talks during Alternativa 2012 includes: Franco Berardi, Alfredo Cramerotti, Okwui Enwezor, Pascal Gielen, Miguel Robles Duran and Irit Rogoff. Please check our website regularly for schedules of talks and workshops and updates.

Alternativa 2010–2012 is a project prepared by Wyspa Institute of Art and the City of Gdańsk, with additional committed funds from the European Commission, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as the Province of Pomerania, among others.

Materiality is a two-year European project that is being developed in collaboration between Wyspa, Vessel in Bari, Polytechnico in Tomar and Kibla in Maribor.


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