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Hito Steyerl - Abstract

16 October (Thursday)
19:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art, the premises of the former Gdańsk Shipyard

Admission free

Exhibition open until 31 December 2014
Curator: Aneta Szyłak

Alternativa 2014 is proud to present Abstract – the first solo exhibition in Poland of the outstanding German artist, theoretician and documentary essayist Hito Steyerl
. She is a key figure of contemporary art and film, one who views the image-making process from feminist, critical and political perspectives.

Steyerl is continually asking the question: what does it mean to be visible or invisible in a time of recording, scanning and surveillance, when all of our moves and activities are being documented and systematically used, often without our knowledge and/or permission, in a militarised and profit-oriented reality. We can see a collage of various technological languages in her works, along with aesthetics of recording and persuasion, entangling us through a continual flow of capitalised information. The artist sketches the relationship between seemingly disparate domains of knowledge; she can precisely, scrupulously and painfully mimic various forms of communication.

Her exhibition will be unveiled as the final showpiece of Alternativa 2014: The Garden of Everyday Errors shows her latest works, among which are pieces such as: Liquidity Inc., November, Adorno’s Grey, How Not to be Seen, Guards and Is the Museum a Battlefield? and important older work such as Lovely Andrea.

This exhibition is the 4th and last act of Alternativa 2014: The Garden of Everyday Errors. Former exhibitions were Oliver Ressler: Political Imaginaries: Making the World Anew, Everydayness and Otherwise.

The exhibition was financed by the means from The City of Gdansk, and co-finances by means from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and realised thanks to the help form Insitut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in Stuttgart. Grupa Azoty SA is a partner of Alternativa 2014.


26 September (Friday)
20:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art

18:30 hours / Gdańska Galeria Miejska

Admission free

curators: Iwona Bigos, Grzegorz Klaman

’Symbiosity’ is a word drawn from the phenomenon of symbiosis, which, in nature, is the strict co-existence of two organisms that is advantageous to at least one of them. Symbiosity in psychology is a relationship based on dependence. Creation, understood as art, is a concept linked with human activity that often also exhibits signs of dependence. (...) The most extensive part of the project, Reconstruction of Non-human Culture, comprising four interconnected incubators inhabited by one colony of leaf cutter ants, Atta sexdens, will be exhibited at ISW. Although exhibited at different locations, the project is presented in its entirety with Internet streaming. Viewers at the Gallery will also be at the Institute, and vice versa. Digital transmission is available at the project website www.elvinflamingo.com


11 July (Friday)
19:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art, the premises of the former Gdańsk Shipyard

Admission free

Con­ti­nu­ing the deba­tes aro­und the notion of For­mer West and the com­plex impli­ca­tions of the poli­ti­cal and eco­no­mic shi­fts post-1989, the group show Other­wise aims to explore the geo­po­li­ti­cal meaning of the term West in the con­text of migra­tion and pre­ca­rity within post­in­du­strial societies.

Sho­uld we agree that the West is exhau­sted as a poli­ti­cal con­struct, then it must also be ack­now­led­ged that it rema­ins in force as a geo­gra­phi­cal con­fi­gu­ra­tion, with migra­tion as the move­ment which nowa­days rein­for­ces its for­mat. Tho­ugh tech­ni­cally the phy­si­cal and ide­olo­gi­cal bor­ders between the for­mer East and the West were lifted in 1989, the real fre­edom of move­ment and access to the labour mar­ket is still restric­ted. EU agen­cies such as Fron­tex have been esta­bli­shed to rein­force the bor­ders between the EU and non-EU coun­tries, thus cre­ating a new East and West division.

Other­wise will inve­sti­gate this sense of limi­ta­tion and the restric­tions deri­ved from one’s geo­gra­phi­cal posi­tio­ning and the strug­gles one faces upon ente­ring the cycle of migra­tion. It will focus on the con­di­tions of con­tem­po­rary wor­kers and the rise of the pre­ca­riat in the con­text of histo­ri­cal chan­ges bro­ught about by the events of 1989 in order to reflect on the short-lived poten­tial of a com­mon world free from the hege­mony of any sys­tems; the once-imagined possi­bi­lity of things hap­pe­ning otherwise.

Artists: Ella de Burca, Kennedy Browne, Marta Fernandez Calvo, Jesse Jones, Seamus Nolan, Elaine Reynolds
Cura­tor: Mary­sia Więckiewicz-Carroll

Kin­dly sup­por­ted by Cul­ture Ireland

The exhi­bi­tion will be on view between June 11 until Sep­tem­ber 15, 2014.
The exhi­bi­tion is a part of the Alter­na­tiva 2014 fra­me­work.



13 June (Friday )
19:00 hours / Hall 90B, the premises of the former Gdańsk Shipyard

Admission free

The Wyspa Institute of Art and the Wyspa Progress Foundation invite you to this year’s edition of the main Alternativa show at Hall 90B on the former premises of the Gdańsk Shipyard. The exhibition, entitled Everydayness, prepared by curators: Beatrice Josse and Aneta Szyłak turns out attention to small gestures, recurring activities, elusive forms, daily duties, intimate moments and vanishing words.

The participants of the exhibition are: Chantal Akerman, Helena Almeida, Maria Thereza Alves, Emanuelle Antille. Kader Attia, Patty Chang, Edith Dekynd, Alicia Framis, Yona Friedman, Marco Godinho, Rebeen Hamarafiq, Maria Laet, Hiwa K, Alicja Karska & Aleksandra Went, Igor Krenz, Honorata Martin, Anette Messager, Gianni Pettena, Ed Pien, Józef Robakowski, Martha Rosler, Raeda Sa’adeh, Ania Witkowska and Julita Wójcik.

Next to the exhibition at Hall B90, there will be artists’ interventions by Elżbieta Jabłońska, the Lendlabor group and Jacek Niegoda both in its vicinity and the area around the Wyspa Institute of Art. We encourage you to discover these sites. Be watchful and wary!

At the opening, Barbara Gamper will realise her activity, engaging the public. Anna Kalwajtys and her team will make a reconstruction of a performance of Helena Almeida. A group of people who have realised the work, will give a final shape to Gianni Pettena’s "Paper". You will run across art works which encourage you to direct participation – in Alicia Framis’s work you will be able to write your wishes in sympathetic ink and leave them. In the streets of Gdańsk you will be able to see Jean-Christoph Norman writing with chalk on tarmac and pavements.

This everydayness, both subtle and tactical, known from the writings of Lefebvre and de Certeau, will be shown against the background of other Alternativa exhibitions and strategic analyses of political, economic and social issues, spread in time, such as Oliver Ressler’s exhibition Political Visions. The World Anew, still open until 15 June or the exhibition In Another Way, opening in June, and Hito Steyerl’s Abstract, planned for this autumn and winter.

We invite you to view the main exhibition every day, except Mondays, from 11.00 a.m. to 6 p.m., even until 30 September.

The exhibition is a part of the Alternativa 2014 framework.

Opening: 29 April (Tuesday)
Hour 19.00 / Wyspa Institute of Art

Admission free

How, if at all, can we start over? How can the world be imagined as a better, fair, equally accessible location? Imagination is the long-forgotten word in mainstream political thinking.

Wyspa Institute of Art is pleased to announce the first Alternativa 2014 exhibition, Political Imaginaries: Making the World Anew by Oliver Ressler, opening on April 29 at 7 p.m. The artist, who is based in Vienna and with whom Wyspa bonded with its inaugural show Health and Safety in 2004, is the key artist shaping our thinking upon matters of alternative forms of organisation of social, economic and environmental life. For Wyspa, frequently working with Ressler, he is the artist who, by his stance, engagement and matters of concern, is the recurring point of reference. How we can get organised? What is our relation to power structures? What are the economic links and dependencies? How, if at all, can these conditions be thought anew? Since the mid-1990s, Ressler has travelled around the world to research, work in the field, document and distribute alternatives to the mainstream models of communal organisation and its economies, modes of protest and environmental issues.

The exhibition will be on view until June 15, 2014.
The exhibition is a part of the Alternativa 2014 framework.