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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.


Pascal Gielen -
The Biennial and the Art Scene: a Post-Institution in the Post-Fordist Factory of Creativity

27th of May (Saturday)
2 PM Conference Room / Wyspa Institute of Art
Admission Free

Not only is there a boom in international art biennials, but they are also increasingly deployed for developing and marketing cities and regions. In order to compensate for this, political issues are more and more often put on the agenda. By means of an analysis, Pascal Gielen attempts to get a better handle on the characteristics of the art biennial as a post-museum institution with post-Fordist labor conditions. The art scene is analyzed as the new factory in which products are made and in which the ‘independent’ curator is the protagonist.


Alfredo Cramerotti - Tagging and Other Amenities of Contemporary Life

25th of May (Friday)
5 PM Conference Room / Wyspa Institute of Art
Admission Free

Alfredo Cramerotti’s lecture will introduce a series of ’tags’, each discussed on its own terms, all taking onboard the idea of how-to use various ’systems’ that govern/influence/complement/sustain our lives i.e. journalism, books, clothing, leisure, cooking and so on. Please don’t assume this would be an exhaustive list of words, as it is not. It will, however, include the following tags, among others: Footnotes, Midpoint, Leisure, Suspension, Reception, Curiosity, Knitting, Skyscraper, Access, Gap, Perspective, Hole, Dependency, Translation

Come along and discover by yourself how all these may come together and make (some) sense.

Lecture by Hito Steyerl

13th of April (Friday)
5 PM / Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk
Admission free

Wyspa Institute of Art is pleased to invite you to the Meeting Hall of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, for the lecture of the a prominent German artist and artistic educationalist Hito Steyerl a participant in this year’s Alternativa 2012 Festival. Her lecture is the first in the series of the talks, planned within the Alternativa framework, which launches the co-operation between our Institute and the Academy. Hito Steyerl is going to show her solo exhibition at Wyspa in 2013.

Hito Steyerl will talk about her recent projects, especially "In Free Fall" about the recycling of media images and the beginning of the current financial crisis, as well as "The Kiss" a laser scanner video about an incident in the Bosnian war in 1993. How do documentary expectations shift with 3d technologies? And what does this have to do with a "withdrawal from representation"?

Hito Steyerl – a filmmaker, art educationalist and writer, based in Berlin. Steyerl started out as an essay filmmaker and successively moved into the art field. Her main interests are the digital image, it´s circulation and it´s materiality. She works a professor for New Media in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Arts Berlin. Steyerl is also the author of a book on the documentary film in art and an editor of several other films.

Her lecture and participation in the Alternativa framework are the result of the co-operation between "Wyspa" and "If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be a Part of Your Revolution" in Amsterdam, co-financed by the EU and the City of Gdańsk. The artist’s participation in Alternative is financed by IFA in Stuttgart.

Hito Steyerl’s lecture was organised in the co-operation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.


The action "Being Solidary with Belarusia" in Gdańsk will comprise a series of events organised on the premises of the University of Gdańsk and the Wyspa Art Institute.  The event in then Three-City agglomeration will launch the series of events all over Poland which will finish with a big open-air concert in Warsaw on 22 April 2012.

24 March (Saturday) Wyspa Institute of Art, conference room
18:00 A show of documentary films:

"Białoruś. Droga do niepodległości"/ Belarus. A Road to Independence (Dir. Mikołaj Wawrzeniuk). The film shows, inter alia, the history of the Belarusian People’s Republic (BNR). There will be a concert on the anniversary of the incorporation of the Republic on 25 March entitled "Solidarni z Białorusi¹" ("Being Solidary with Belarus").

"Muzyka wolności" / Music of Freedom (Dir. Jerzy Kalina)

A document about an annual Belarusian rock music festival "Basowishtcha" which takes place in the Podlasie region of Poland.

"Dosyć! Do wolności" (bel. Dawoli, Da Woli!") / Enough! Towards Freedom! Belsat, 2011

A summarising discussion:
Guests: Franak Wiaczorka, Helena Głogoka - the chairperson of the "Chatka" Belarusian Cultural Society, Maciej Konopacki - a journalist, a son of one of the characters in the film " Belarus. A road to Independence" Hasan Konopacki.

The event will finish with the film "Massacre" (Dir. Andriej Kudinenko), 2010

A crazy and "ironical" horror, being an adaptation of Prospero Mérimée’s short story Lokis. The action takes place on Belarusian terrain incorporated into the Russian Empire in the mid 19th century. It tells about a young aristocrat who changes into a bear during the night. He is also the figure of an exemplary Belarusian patriot who refuses to declare himself either as a Pole or Russian.

25 March (Sunday) 18.00
Amaroka, Vinsent, Botanic Project | Buffet Club, admission free
A concert of committed Belarusian groups during which photographs from Belarus of 2010-2011 with be projected along with the Polish commentary by Vinsent.

The organiser - Stowarzyszenie Wolna Białoruś/ Free Belarus Association, The "Mozaika" Student Scientific Circle, Wyspa Art Institute, the "Alternator" Academic Cultural Centre of Gdañsk University and the "Belsat" television


20th of January (Friday)
05:30 PM /
our book-store Bookyard, Wyspa Art Institute
The meeting will take Krzysztof Miękus
Free entrance

„7 Rooms” is Rafał Milach’s most personal project. He went to Russia to meet his relatives, living in east Siberia. He had to go through three cities on his way: Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Krasnoyarsk. It was there, where he met the majority of the characters of his book „7 Rooms”. They invited him to their homes, showing how they lived. He would return to them regularly for 6 years, trying to keep the relation as close as possible. He lived with them, travelled with them and spent some time at their "dacha" (summer house in the country).