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Artistic Director: Aneta Szylak
Ul. Doki 1/145B, 80-958 Gdansk, Poland
Professional preview May 23, 2013
Official opening May 24 at 7pm

Alternativa is a recurring art exhibition that has been organized since 2010 by the Wyspa Institute of Art/Wyspa Progress Foundation in the 90B Hall of the Gdansk Shipyard. It is an inquiry into timely topics implicated within the location of practice. The previous exhibitions held in 2012 include Materiality and Wyspa: Now is Now as well as Estrangement and Labour and Leisure in 2011.

Following the 2010-2012 pilot program of the Alternativa International Visual Arts Festival, the project is now continuing and in 2013 was set up by the following team: Aneta Szylak (artistic director), Solvita Krese (curator), Jacek Friedrich (academic advisor), Maks Bochenek (curator and general producer) and Hubert Bilewicz (curator of educational program). We’ve also consulted with a number of scholars and advocacy groups. The list of artists will be announced shortly.

Till tomorrow! Ideologies of city planning and the tactics of dwelling. 

A city is never finished they say. The making of a city is always connected to a futuristic approach. The metropolis we envision won’t perhaps be the one we are to inhabit. The planned future of the city implicates all aspects of dwelling, encounters, politics, leisure and access to knowledge. The Alternativa 2013 curators have taken on the urgent subject of city planning and its ideologies as well as the everyday tactics of dwelling and inhabitation in it. Locating its practice in the heart of the Gdansk Shipyard, Alternativa 2013 is both a result of research as much as a matter of concern for us.

Artists: Dario Azzel­lini & Oli­ver Res­sler, Miro­sław Bałka, Kadam­bari Baxi, Johanna Bil­ling, Anders Bojen & Kri­stof­fer Ørum, Eriks Bozis, Łukasz Bugal­ski, Val­dis Celms, Anouk De Clercq, Mau­reen Con­nor, Lisa Enzen­ho­fer & Anna Resch (Len­dla­bor), Law­rence Abu Ham­dan, Maros Krivy, Ewa Kru­szew­ska & Alek­san­dra Poli­sie­wicz, Suzanne Lacy, Zbi­gniew Libera, MML Stu­dio, Katrina Neiburga, Ewa Par­tum, Cora Pian­toni, Kata­rzyna Prze­zwań­ska, Maja Ratyń­ska, Mar­tha Rosler, Maciej Sala­mon, Jacek Sta­ni­szew­ski, Stanza, Jakub Szczę­sny, Ginta Tinte Vaser­mane and Julita Wójcik.

Alternativa 2013 is a project conceived and produced by the Wyspa Institute of Art/Wyspa Progress Foundation in collaboration with the City of Gdańsk with additional funds provided by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw.

One of Gdańsk’s greatest attractions – the shipyard – is inaccessible and surrounded by a wall. The Subjective Bus Line opens it up and transforms it into public space. See the original workplace of Lech Wałęsa, the historical gates on Roads to Freedom Exhibition, historic BHP (Labour Safety and Hygiene) Room as well as Imperial Shipyard, shipwayes, U-boots Workshop and the spot where Wałęsa jumped over the shipyard’s wall! Listen to a subjective story of this special place told by the witnesses of the legendary events – our Guides (former Shipyard workers)

Visit the exhibitions of the international visual arts festival ALTERNATIVA, Labour & Leisure in a new amazing exhibition space – Hall 90B and Estrangement in the building of Wyspa Institute of Art.

You are welcome to visit the Info Point of the Subjective Bus Line ahead of the Shipyard’s Historical Gate on Monument to The Fallen Shipyard Workers, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday till Sunday, or call us at: +48 512 055 176 / sla@wyspa.art.pl

Estrangement Book

This book is a spinoff of the Estrangement exhibition that took place at the Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdansk, Poland, in May – September 2011. The exhibition is, in turn, an off-shoot of the eponymous art project that developed since 2008, bridging Eastern and Western Europe and Iraqi Kurdistan. Polish curator, Aneta Szyłak and Kurdish artist, Hiwa K, are the initiators of this endeavour. (…) This book is a multi-disciplinary – inevitable incomplete and possibly uncompletable – reflection in the notion of estrangement. In order to be faithful to the very nature of the concept that produces it, the Reader takes inspiration from Szyłak’s and Hiwa K’s project while also betraying it in relation to some of the directions it takes.*

*from the introduction by Francesca Recchia

Contributors: Sara Ahmed, Akkas al-Ali, Cihat Arinc, Swietłana Boym, John Cage, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Hiwa K, Kabir, Elżbieta Matynia, Diane E.King, Francesca Recchia, Wiktor Szkłowski, Aneta Szyłak, Leire Vergara

Editor: Francesca Recchia
Supervising editor of Alternativa Editions: Krzysztof Gutfrański
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
Direct link to our store

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