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„Santa’s Workshop” documentary
Meeting with Yang Yu and Debby Chan
6.12.2011 time 19.00

On the occasion of St. Nicolas Day, when children in Poland traditionally receive presents, we will talk about situation of toy factory workers in China, where 80% of global production in that sector is located. Moreover, on 10th Dec we celebrate Human Rights Day. Processes of globalization and pressure of international competition often lead to severe human rights violations. Civil society organizations and trade unions worldwide fight against corporate practices, that sustain exploitation of workers at the bottom of the supply chain. What about us, consumers? Can we do something about it?

We will listen to the testimonial of  Yang Yu, former worker of Tai Qiang factory, (manufacturing toys for Mattel) and Debby Chan, human and worker’s rights activist investigating working conditions in factories in Guangdong province. She represents the organization Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM, Hong Kong) which keeps track of abuses connected with manufacturing of brand products.


25th of November (Friday)
09:00 PM / Hall 90B

Directed by: Bożena Eltermann
Concept and choreography: Bożena Eltermann
Cast:  Bożena Eltermann, Anna Steller, Marek Kakareko, Adrianna Kubik

Guest appereance of the musicians: Olo Walicki, Gaba Kulka

Tickets: 20 PLN / available in Buffet and ISW

Bożena Elterman’s most recent production „Heretics, Heterics, Hedonists, Celebrities” refers to  the aesthetics of the period between the wars of the twentieth century, and her own art project – the Cynada Theatre refers to a German Expressionism and artists such as Rudolf von Laban and Mary Wigman.


Wyspa Institute of Art / Buffet /  Hall 90B
27 of September 2011
7.00 - 11.00  PM

Curators: Inke Arns (Dortmund) & Thibaut de Ruyter (Berlin)
Coordinator: Daniel Muzyczuk
Advisor: Michał Libera

The exhibition and film programme INDUSTRIAL asks ‘whatever happened to the industry?’. It would in fact appear that industrial modes of production have not so much disappeared as migrated from one place – the early industrial countries – to another. While ‘first-world’ nations have only just completed a 40-year-long history of de-industrialisation, so-called emerging countries are undergoing a rapid and massive process of industrialisation. How has the industry managed to resettle in those regions (notably China and India), what are the working conditions in its new factories, and what is its heritage in the areas it has left behind? Has it actually susbsided in traditional industrial countries, or is the notion of immaterial labour merely an uncanny resurgence of the classic industrial model, whose might is now inscribed in contemporary, post-industrial modes of production? Within the framework of the Culture Season North Rhine-Westphalia in Poland 2011/12 Tam’Tam, over the course of the first two weeks in October the HMKV will present INDUSTRIAL on Tour, a film and music programme hosted by five industrial towns in Poland (Bytom, Tarnów, Łódź, Nowa Huta/Kraków, Gdańsk). During this time it plans to conduct further research for the exhibition in collaboration with the respective local partners.


It’s Gas! Teatr KontemPlujący, Słupsk, Poland
24th of September, Wyspa Institute of Art

Directed by Joanna Stoike-Stępkowska
With Agnieszka Bednarek, Monika Jasiak, Małgorzata Łosiewicz, Żaneta Mroczyńska, Sabina Soboń, Robert Chomicki, Norbert Jaszkul, Kamil Kierszniewski, Marcin Soboń, Bartosz Pakuła, Patryk Roszkowski

It’s Gas!,
a production based on the drama by Szymon Wróblewski, depicts people who want to have their own country and live like citizens of other independent countries. They are so determined to reach their goal that they resort to terrorist attacks. Specifically the play concerns Chechnya under Russian rule and references an event in 2002 when Chechnyan terrorists attacked a Moscow theater and took hostages. In an attempt to rescue the hostages, the Russians launched a brutal raid which claimed about 300 victims. Like Chechens, Kurds have also for years striven to establish an independent State. They, too, form groups of rebels ready to fight for independence. It’s Gas! tackles the topic of terrorism metaphorically. No one says the words “Chechnya” or “Russia”. Instead, there is Sparta, which fights for its rights, and imperialist Rome. The production might as well deal with Kurds and Turkey, or Iraq. The mechanisms leading to the most desperate moves such as terrorism remain the same.