_Wrzesień 2012

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Dear Viewers, Co-operators and Friends,

Alternativa 2010-2012, our more than two-year-long programme, in which over 30 thousand people have participated to date, is going to finish on 31 December. Therefore, we invite you to our Archive, and the Buffet Club, for a several-hour long summing-up event at 18:00 hours on 27 December.

The event prepared by us concentrates on the knowledge of art, economics, resources and values. We do invite you!

Virtual Economic Zone: on the economics of surplus and the value of the remains.

Curator: Kuba Szreder
Participants: Maciek Czeredys, Michał Kozłowski, Ewa Majewska, Jacek Niegoda, Natalia Romik, and Kuba Szreder

The time right after the holiday gluttony and still before the New-Year’s Eve suspension is an ideal moment for the premiere unveiling of the Virtual Economic Zone, a joint exploration of inverse economy. The thematic axis of this meeting spans between surplus and remains. We are inspired by the use of the refuse (post-industrial), the eating-out of stockpiled reserves (for crisis and winter), the squandering of the surplus (of energy) and the recycling of the remains (after a holiday). The meeting will be organised on the basis of "an intellectual potlatch", a series of loosely connected speeches, toasts, treats and a performance. Kuba Szreder is going to present the guidelines of V.E.Z. and tell us why art is priceless and so expensive. Natalia Romik will present JAD, an urban tool-kit for the analysis of the remains of urban memory, while Maciek Czeredys will describe the architectural form of V.E.Z. Jacek Niegoda will be separating Colour Red from Colour White in his Workshop of Colour Separation. Michał Kozłowski will present "Malthusian Variations. Surplus, remains, overabundance and their political economics", while Ewa Majewska will declaim a new translation of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, a cultic poet of excess and the Beat Generation.

We also invite all of the participants to consume the post-holiday surplus. Instead of throwing it away, let us share it with others. Let us delight collectively in the things which we are not able to eat individually. Let us bring our cakes and dumplings, even herring and bigos will be welcome dishes.

Right after that:

Alternativa Dictionary

Alternativa Dictionary is an open research project in which people co-operating with Alternativa will submit their thoughts on the notions important to their own artistic and intellectual practice. It is an on-line publication which is going to be supplemented and made accessible to the public in successively.

This Project will be presented by Aneta Szyłak and Aleksandra Grzonkowska at the Buffet.

After that we are moving to the Archive!

Wyspa Base – we are unveiling our stock and a reading room
During Alternativa, an intense work on the archive and the library collection of the Wyspa Progress Foundation was carried, realised within the European framework of Recuperating the Invisible Past, a part of which Alternativa was. Starting from the New Year on, it will be possible to arrange a profiled research on our stock. We invite scholars, curators, critics, artists, and journalists to use this stock. On 27 December, we are making an introduction to the method of data management and the character of our collected stock. Do not miss it!

Mirosław Górczyński will be the custodian of the archive and library. It is precisely the result of his two-year long work which we will make accessible to anyone who finds the documentation of contemporary art close and who would use our reading room and stock in the future. Wyspa Base contains photographic material, video, press cuttings and a wide selection of books on art, monographs, catalogues, and theoretical and historical books.

The project will be presented by Mirosław Górczyński and Aneta Szyłak.


16th of November (Friday)
8:00 PM / Wyspa Institute of Art

Admission free

The exhibition Teachers. Socrates at Duchamp’s is an attempt to link the academic milieu with Wyspa as an art institution and Alternativas as its strategic, project which we hope to develop in the subsequent 2013-2016 years. This is related to the observation of new global phenomena in the field of artistic pedagogy and its influence on the image and efficiency of the art world. The basic challenge at the Intermedia studies is continual responsiveness to changing phenomena and the demands of the environment, as well as the ability to re-adapt the curricula and syllabuses quickly in the light of dynamic transformations of the information society. Thus, we must look anew at such issues as: the education of an artist and the relations between the structure of Gdańsk Academy and informal links in the artistic milieu which make artists join in groups/ collectives or chose individual work.

Artists: Bogna Burska, Witosław Czerwonka, Elvin Flamingo, Angelika Fojtuch, Grzegorz Klaman, Konrad Pustoła, Maciej Salamon, Adam Witkowski, Wojciech Zamiara

Idea of the exhibition: Grzegorz Klaman
Curator: Maks Bochenek

Organizers: Wyspa Art Institute & Department of Intermedia, Gdańsk Academy of Art
Part of Alternativa 2012 Festival


25.05 Friday

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Professional Media Press Preview and curator guided tour: Exhibitions open only to the media and the Professional - conference room / Wyspa Institute of Art

3:00 p.m. Alternativa 2010 - 2011 - movie by Elvin Flamingo - preview screening - conference room / Wyspa Institute of Art

5:00 p.m. Alfredo Cramerotti - Tagging and Other Amenities of Contemporary Life (lecture in English, Polish translation) – conference room / Wyspa Institute of Art

9:00 p.m. PARIAH (R&S / London) – Buffet Club

26.05 Saturday

7:00 p.m. Alternativa official opening - Hall 90 B

8:00 p.m. Szelest Spadających Papierków – concert, Hall 90 B

9:00 p.m. Pink Freud - concert, Hall 90 B

10:30 p.m. after party - Buffet Club
exhibitions open until midnight

27.05 Sunday

2:00 p.m. Pascal Gielen - Biennale and the art scene: post-institution in post-Ford
creativity factory
(lecture in English, Polish translation) – conference room / Wyspa
Institute of Art

8:00 p.m. NILS PROJECT (Paris) - premiere concert / Buffet Club


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.



23 of March (Friday)
6 PM / Wyspa Institute of Art

Free entrance

Wyspa Institute of Art cordially invites You to the opening of the project RE.ACT.FEMINISM #2 on 23rd of March at 6 pm. re.act.feminism #2 - performative archive. Archive, exhibitions, workshops, performances, discussions, research

Opening programme on 23rd of March:
18.00 - meeting with the curators of the archive: Bettina Knaup and Beatrice Ellen Stammer and the curators of the Gdańsk part: Aneta Szyłak and Aleksandra Grzonkowska
19.00 - official opening
22.00 - concert in the Buffet Club

re.act.feminism #2, performative archive is a mobile project which is going to be shown in six European countries in the years 2011 - 2013. The first unveiling of the project occurred on 7 October 2011 at the Centro Cultural Montehermoso in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Country in Spain.


Maryam Jafri - Stages

Friday 3rd February 2012, 19.00, Wyspa Institute of Art

Exhibition on view:
Tuesday - Sunday, 12.00-18.00

Maryam Jafri is an artist working in video, performance and photography. Informed by a research based, interdisciplinary process her artworks are marked by a visual language poised between film and theater and a series of narrative experiments and oscillating between script and document, fragment and whole. Jafri’s practice often starts from something that seems concrete whether that be an archive or a written text and then disrupts its established form. As Bridget Crone states in the work, "Staged Archive" (2008), for example, Jafri worked in relation to the National Archives of Ghana to create a film that questioned the archive‘s relationship to knowledge and ‘truth’ by staging the archive through a series of tableaux that referred to the visual and narrative codes of TV and cinema such as the court room drama, for example.

Maryam Jafri is an artist based in New York and Copenhagen. Her video work “Costume Party” (2005), Staged Archive (2008) and “Death with friends” (2010) will be presented in Wyspa in the exhibition “Stages”. Maryam Jafri presented her video works “Running”,“Janus”, “Father & Son” and Theatre as a part of Estrangement, an exhibition organized in Wyspa Institute of Art in the framework of Alternativa Festival 2011 curated by Aneta Szyłak and Hiwa K. Recent exhibition is her first solo show in Poland.

During the opening there’s a possibility to get know with two publications about Maryam Jafri - Bettina Steinbruegge: Silent Witnesses: Independence Day 1936-1967; Camera Austria International, nr.116/2011 and Maryam Jafri. Costume Party: Colony &Native, Kathrin Becker, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2006. Publications will be avaliable in Wyspa’s archive.


Friday 25th November 2011, 18.00, Wyspa Institute of Art

Exhibition on view:
Tuesday - Sunday, 12.00-18.00

Perito Moreno is one of the largest glaciers in the world which melts into the Patagonian Lake Argentina and is still growing, despite the global warming. As a result of its continual enlargement the huge pressure of water makes the glacier break up and release frozen blocks. This on-going, spectacular process of the glacier calving takes place amidst the applause and cheers of spectators.

"Perito Moreno" speaks about our daily "breaking" because of seemingly petite reasons in unspectacular situations. Hanna Nowicka shows this little effective, unattractive and quite breaks of our own "glaciers" in seductive visual and sound layers.