DIZAJN_WAWA 2013: CO-EXISTENCE OPEN CALL
[2013-09-05]

We invite people to send in proposals and projects answering the question: how best to design a balanced and diverse city, respecting the needs of its various groups of inhabitants? We await proposals from the spheres of - among others - architecture, design, town planning, sociology and others. We invite both individuals and inter-disciplinary groups made up of designers, architects, graduates/students from design faculties as well as city residents to send in their proposals

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Open Call is being executed within the framework of this year’s edition of DIZAJN_WAWA 2013. Our activity is aimed at coming up with projects and theoretical works that propose design solutions intimating a return to varied forms of use of urban space in which diverse groups - economic, social and in terms of age - of residents live. The result of the invitation will be an exhibition at which at least the three best proposals, as chosen by a jury made up of JoannA Erbel, Joanna Kusiak, Grzegorz Piątek and Aleksandra Wasilkowska, will be presented.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a discussion.


We ask you to send to bec@funbec.eu and in the subject area please write DIZAJN_WAWA 2013 OPEN CALL.


The deadline for sending in work is: 20.10.2013


DIZAJN_WAWA is a cyclical project presenting the most interesting issues in Warsaw design. In 2013 the project is dedicated to co-existence, that is the problem of living together as diverse social groups - with different economic potential, different ways of expressing aspirations but still connected as a residential community within the bounds of the same city - in an urban space. The thrust of the project is balanced design, one that enables the creation of diversity, friendship but does not exclude urban substance.
In Warsaw in recent times one can see the effects of activities by the “hidden hand of the market,” many of which are not very resident-friendly and due to which many streets, in various districts, lose some of the most basic functions of public use, such as small food shops, cheap eateries and in their place banks or outlets offering very expensive goods and services for only a small section of society. A resident-friendly city should be able to take care of all social groups and fulfill various functions. Balanced development of the city is not only about good communications, access to accommodation and activity protecting the environment, but it should also help build social relations, and avoid potential deficits and conflicts.


The project is realised thanks to subsidies from the Warsaw city authorities.


Patrons: Polish Architects’ Association SARP, quarterly RZUT

Jury:
Joanna Erbel - sociologist, photographer. Doctorate from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, where she wrote her thesis on the role of non-human actors in changing the city space. She is the co-founder of the Duopolis Association and a member of Krytyka Polityczna. She edits Magazyn Miasta. Currently she deals mainly with housing policy, which she believes is the most important current question for the city. She lives in Warsaw.


Joanna Kusiak
– sociologist, urban activist, co-author of the book Chasing Warsaw / Goniąc Warszawę, has a doctorate from the University of Warsaw and Technische Universität Darmstadt on the urban revolution. In 2011 and 2012 a Fulbright Advanced Visiting Researcher at the City University of New York. Covers research into urban transformation and the concept of urban chaos in the cities of Central and Eastern Europe and the Global South.


Aleksandra Wasilkowska - architect, deputy president of the Warsaw branch of SARP. Runs a workshop in Warsaw. In 2010 she represented Poland, with the artist Agnieszka Kurant, at the XII International architecture Biennale in Venice with a project called Emergency Exit. She deals with the place where architecture meets art and science. Her projects and installations have been presented among other places at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Zachęta National Gallery, the Awangardy Institute, centres for modern art in Warsaw and Tbilisi, the New Theatre in Warsaw, the Art Bunker in Krakow, the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, the Seoul Art Center in Korea and also in competitions, among others for modernisation of Grzybowski Place in Warsaw, the Pontivy gardens in France and the best theatrical space at the Divine Comedy Theatre in Krakow. She lectures and runs student workshops among other places at the Art/Public Space/ Democracy - OSSA. She is the author of book ‘Warsaw as an emerging structure,’ prepared in conjunction with prof. Andrzej Nowak, and published as part of the Ekspektatywa series by Bęc Zmiana Foundation in 2009. In 2013 her new work was published, Architecture in the shadow of architecture, art and economics (published by the Inna Przestrzeń Foundation).
www.olawasilkowska.com


Grzegorz Piątek – director of the Faculty of the Aesthetics of Public Space in Warsaw. An architecture critic and guide, graduate of the architecture faculty of Warsaw Polytechnic (2006). An exhibition guide at the Polish pavilion at the XI Architecture Biennale in Venice, Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings was awarded the Złoty Lew (Golden Lion) as the best national exhibition (with Jarosław Trybus, 2008), Open: Poland. Architecture and Identity at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London (with Rob Wilson, 2009), Modernizacion at the PhotoEspana festival (with J. Trybus, 2010). The author of articles on architecture, design and cities and texts in books and catalogues, including Notes from Warsaw (Warszawa 2007), Wallpaper City Guide. Warsaw (London 2008), Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings (Warsaw, 2008), Architektura Polska/Polen Architektur (Wiedeń 2008). Author (with J. Trybus) of the guide Warschau. Ein thematisches Fuhrer durch Polens Hauptstadt (Stuttgart 2009) and the Use It maps. Warsaw (Warsaw 2008, 2009 – two editions). From 2005 to 2011 he was the editor of the monthly „Architektura-murator.” The author of a series of lectures on architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (since 2008). The winner of an annual award from the ministry of culture and national heritage in 2008 and awarded a diploma by the Foreign Affairs Ministry for promoting Poland in the world (2009). The author of Warsaw’s bid to become European City of Culture 2016 (2011).



SYNCHRONICITY 2013: SPATIAL INTERVENTIONS
[2013-07-29]

time: 27. 07 (Saturday), 18:00

venue: Warsaw, the estate of Finnish Houses at the Vistula scarp, ul. Jazdów 5a/4

www.synchronicity.pl

<<< Rafał Dominik: relaxation support, sketch, Synchronicity 2013



The opening night of spatial interventions by Rafał Dominik and Agata Wrońska. Their installations in the garden are mini experimental labs, which offer the possibility to check what sounds can be heard on the top of a tree or delve into mysterious holes in the ground.


Rafał Dominik – born in 1985. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Leon Tarasewicz’s studio of painting. Deals with paintings, drawings, sculptures and video works. Founder of the artistic project Mebleks and disco polo band Galactics. Participant to many exhibitions, such as ‘Experiment Cannot Be Continued’ Raster Gallery, Warsaw, 2012; ‘Rafał Dominik and Automotive’, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2012; ‘That Somehting on the Horizon’, National Library in Warsaw, 2011.

Agata Wrońska – born in 1983. Graduate of the Belgian Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Photography at the Warsaw Film School. Her professional practice abolishes the borders between artistic and commercial photography. For many years, her interests have revolved around the human beings – their nature and bodies. Works on display at, among others, Fotofestiwal in Łódź in 2010 (project Colorblind at the Kredens gallery), Arsenał Municipal Gallery in Poznań (group show ‘Love for the Real Thing’) in 2011, and Designcenter/De Winkelhaak in Antwerp.

An extra treat begins at 14:00 with a book fair with an abundant offer of publications from: Bęc Zmiana, Centrum Architektury, Raster Gallery, Centrala – Central Europe Comics Art, Wyspa Institute of Art, Museum of Warsaw Rising, The Other Space Foundation, Instytut Architektury, Open Art Projects, Sztuka Cię Szuka Association, 40000 Malarzy, Recto Verso, Lokator, ResPublica Nowa.
Reading is better when enhanced with the vibes from brilliant Polish labels Bôłt Records and Lado ABC distributed by Bęc Zmiana:
http://sklep.beczmiana.pl/blt-recordslado-abc-c-21.html
On display until the end of September: Konrad Pustoła’s exhibition Health Resort and Patryk Zakrocki’s sound installation Walls Are my Membranes.
OPEN: Mon-Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-20:00




This year’s edition of Synchronicity – annual cycle of exhibitions and publications revolving around the architecture of the future – is devoted to design that appeals to an array of senses, architecture that impacts on human beings in a plethora of ways, architecture as a tool of social engineering. As an organising factor in space, architecture affects people above all through the visible. Yet, all aspects of space are vital, as well as the way their combination affects human beings

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The project is carried out with financial support from the City of Warsaw and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.


Media patronage: ‘Notes.na.6.tygodni’, Bryła.pl


Partner: Otwarty Jazdów, Union of Polish Architects (SARP)


SYNCHRONICITY 2013: PURIFICATION ISLAND + DANCING
[2013-07-29]

time: 20. 07 (Saturday)
18:00: WYSPA/ISLAND – lecture by Dr Jakub Szczęsny
19:00: HEALTH RESORT DANCING
venue: Warsaw, the estate of Finnish Houses at the Vistula scarp, ul. Jazdów 5a/4

18:00 JAKUB SZCZĘSNY: WYSPA / ISLAND. Presentation of the interactive water-purifying architectural-gymnastic installation by Jakub Szczęsny (architect of, among others, the Keret House) carried out by Bęc Zmiana in 2009 in the frame of Synchronicity. The ISLAND strikes again, this time in the Mexican city of Puebla thanks to the foundation + Arquetopia.
More about the history of the ISLAND ++HERE
More about the ISLAND’s international recognition ++HERE


19:00 BĘC + LADO ABC CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THE HEALTH RESORT DANCING spun by Macio Moretti!

The same day sees the inauguration of OPEN JAZDÓW. Details available ++HERE


On display until the end of September: Konrad Pustoła’s exhibition Health Resort and Patryk Zakrocki’s sound installation Walls Are my Membranes.


OPEN: Mon-Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-20:00



This year’s edition of Synchronicity – annual cycle of exhibitions and publications revolving around the architecture of the future – is devoted to design that appeals to an array of senses, architecture that impacts on human beings in a plethora of ways, architecture as a tool of social engineering. As an organising factor in space, architecture affects people above all through the visible. Yet, all aspects of space are vital, as well as the way their combination affects human beings.


The project is carried out with financial support from the City of Warsaw and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.


Media patronage: ‘Notes.na.6.tygodni’, Bryła.pl


Partner: Otwarty Jazdów, Union of Polish Architects (SARP)


SYNCHRONICITY 2013: JAZDÓW ESTATE AS AN INVISIBLE CITY CASE STUDY
[2013-07-25]

time: 7.07 (Sunday), 16:30
venue: Warsaw, The estate of Finnish Houses at the Vistula scarp, ul. Jazdów 5a/4
Lectue held in the frame of the festicvl Synchronicity
www.synchronicity.pl

The estate of Finnish Houses in Jazdów abounds in hidden contexts to be discovered – alternative lasting, side culture, public privacy, immobility, permanent now, and change for the sake of stopping change. The Finnish Houses, which remained an invisible town until their demolition was decided, have now moved to the centre of attention not only of politicians but also urban activists, artists and the people of Warsaw.


Niewidzialne miasto [Invisible City] is an outcome of several years of research run by sociologists, anthropologists and experts in culture on the phenomenon of ‘everyday urbanism’. The authors found interest above all in the way the inhabitants of large Polish cities intervene in their spaces – what are the results of these activities and in what relation do they stand to the activities of municipal authorities, developers and investors? The point of departure for the research was the analysis of visual material gathered in the Internet database www.niewdzialnemiasto.pl, currently embracing over seven thousand photographs of, among others: shortcut paths trodden by dwellers, illegal advertisements and hand-made shop and service point sign boards, gardens of residential blocks and fancy balcony decorations, cars after DIY tuning, inventions to facilitate daily living, but also alarm systems, fences and walls installed and raised to protect privacy. Each of the photographs bears testimony to the fact that the city is not an abstract structure, which can be modified at will, but rather a place for people to live in and a space plunged in conflicts and contradictions, which is constructed through trivial daily activities of the city dwellers.


The book Invisible City available for sale ++HERE

Issuu ++HERE

Maciej Frąckowiak
– sociologist, deals with the image, tries to treat it as a tool and pretext to study and transform social relations. Contributes with exhibitions, lectures and texts in the field. Currently working on his PhD Thesis at the Institute of Sociology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań devoted to the contemporary sociological intervention strategies. Co-editor of the reader Badania wizualne w działaniu. Antologia tekstów [Visual Research in Action. Anthology].


This year’s edition of Synchronicity – annual cycle of exhibitions and publications revolving around the architecture of the future – is devoted to design that appeals to an array of senses, architecture that impacts on human beings in a plethora of ways, architecture as a tool of social engineering. As an organising factor in space, architecture affects people above all through the visible. Yet, all aspects of space are vital, as well as the way their combination affects human beings.


This year’s edition of the cycle Synchronicity / www.synchronicity.pl, under the motto Architecture as a tool of programming the senses is carried out by the Bęc Zmiana Foundation / www.beczmiana.pl with financial support from the City of Warsaw and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.


Patronage: Union of Polish Architects (SARP)
Media patronage: ‘Notes.na.6.tygodni’, Bryła.pl


SYNCHRONICITY 2013. ARCHITECTURE OF COERCION
[2013-07-25]

time: 27.06 (Thursday), 18:00
venue: Warsaw, Cafe Kulturalna, Palace of Culture and Science, Plac Defilad 1
guests: Marek Domański, Tomasz Ferenc, Tomasz Załuski
Chair: Bogna Świątkowska 

Architektura przymusu [Architecture of Coercion], edited by Tomasz Ferenc and Marek Domański, relates to broadly understood and differently manifested disciplinary functions of architecture. From the ‘soft’ forms of control (schools) to the so-called totalitarian institutions (prisons, psychiatric hospitals). The project involves seventeen participating sociologists and artists.

Architecture of Coercion is an original sociological attempt at facing the seldom-explored research field in question. The content-related value of the book originates mostly from the innovative structure of the volume, based on separating two interrelated narrative modes: the verbal – analyses of various exemplifications of the phenomenon, and the visual – sets of photographs corresponding to the analysed cases. Not only does this duality engage various levels of reading, but it also successfully merges the cognitive values of scientific and artistic undertakings in a single volume. Excerpt from the book review by Krzysztof Olechnicki


Publisher: Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź
Distribution: Bęc Zmiana Foundation

This year’s edition of Synchronicity – annual cycle of exhibitions and publications revolving around the architecture of the future – is devoted to design that appeals to an array of senses, architecture that impacts on human beings in a plethora of ways, architecture as a tool of social engineering. As an organising factor in space, architecture affects people above all through the visible. Yet, all aspects of space are vital, as well as the way their combination affects human beings.


This year’s edition of the cycle Synchronicity / www.synchronicity.pl, under the motto ‘Architecture as a tool of programming the senses’ is carried out by the Bęc Zmiana Foundation / www.beczmiana.pl with financial support from the City of Warsaw and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage


Patronage: Union of Polish Architects (SARP)
Media patronage: ‘Notes.na.6.tygodni’, Bryła.pl



SYNCHRONICITY 2013. SOUND THERAPY
[2013-07-23]

time: 26.06 (Wednesday), 18:00
venue: Warsaw, Finnish House, ul. Jazdów 5a/4

As a no-name acoustic project, Mateusz Szemraj, Maciej Trifondis and Patryk Zakrocki perform a set packed with sanatorium hits, featuring exclusive material known only to a narrow circle of patients.


The concert is held in the frame of the exhibition of Konrad Pustoła’s photographs ‘Health Resort’, which inaugurates this year’s edition of the architectural cycle Synchronicity. Designs for the Cities of the Future. This year, the cycle pivots around multisensory design, which appeals to much more than just the sight.


This year’s edition of Synchronicity – annual cycle of exhibitions and publications revolving around the architecture of the future – is devoted to design that appeals to an array of senses, architecture that impacts on human beings in a plethora of ways, architecture as a tool of social engineering. As an organising factor in space, architecture affects people above all through the visible. Yet, all aspects of space are vital, as well as the way their combination affects human beings.


This year’s edition of the cycle Synchronicity / www.synchronicity.pl, under the motto ‘Architecture as a tool of programming the senses’ is carried out by the Bęc Zmiana Foundation / www.beczmiana.pl with financial support from the City of Warsaw and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Patronage: Union of Polish Architects (SARP)
Media patronage: ‘Notes.na.6.tygodni’, Bryła.pl


GENTRIFICATION, DISAPPEARING OF THE CITY, COLLECTIVE MEMORY
[2013-07-23]

Discussion after the spectacle Re-wolt (Re-volt)
time: 24.06 (Monday), 19:00
venue: Warsaw, Theatre Institute, ul. Jazdów 1
participants: Patrycja Jastrzębska, Weronika Szczawińska, Anna Wojnarowska. Chair: Arek Gruszczyński

The Bęc Zmiana Foundation and the Theatre Institute cordially invite you to a discussion after Weronika Szczawińska’s spectacle Re-wolt (Re-volt).
Admission: 10 PLN

Re-wolt (Re-volt) is a project aimed at exploring the not-so-popular nooks and crannies of urban space and collective memory. The authors deal with a particularly non-heroic episode of Polish history which is the story of women workers from the demolished Rosa Luxemburg Electric and Quicksilver Lamps Manufacturing Plant, once located in Warsaw’s district of Wola. Inviting the after-images of physical labour to the stage, the spectacle creates a melancholic space of the city whose tissue is subject to an ongoing historic transformation. Subsequent levels of memory disappear under the burden of myth-generating politics and late-capitalist gentrification operations. A lost chapter from the never-written history of labour combines here with threads from the story of the missing body of the factory’s patron – Rosa Luxemburg. Labour, body and memory undergo analysis on stage from the perspective of the times when the manufacturing plant disappeared out of sight, ‘former workers were laid off and re-educated, while machines were sent to China’. (Weronika Szczawińska & Anna Wojnarowska).
script: Anna Wojnarowska
staging and directing: Weronika Szczawińska
stage choreography: Agata Maszkiewicz
costumes and set design consultation: Izabela Wądołowska
lamps: Aleksander Zawada (Prywatna Wytwórnia Lamp)
cast: Romuald Krężel, Aleksandra Krzaklewska, Piotr Wawer jr, Anna Wojnarowska

preview on the 26th October 2012 at the Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdańsk in the frame of All About Freedom Festival
tickets: 10 PLN
- available at EVENTIM online | buy ticket here - http://goo.gl/ycu9Y
- at PROSPERO bookshop at the Theatre Institute (ul. Jazdów 1, Warsaw)
- at EVENTIM outlets (at Empik, Media Markt, Saturn across Poland)
- ticket booking: bilety@instytut-teatralny.pl , tel. 022 745 10 32
- ticket sales regulations available at: http://www.instytut-teatralny.pl/sprzedaz-biletow/

producer: European Solidarity Centre, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute
partner: Association for Creative Activities REPUBLIKA WARSZAWA


VACANT CITY OF WARSAW
[2013-07-23]

Vacant lots are a peculiar part of Warsaw’s architectural landscape. VACANT CITY OF WARSAW is aimed at recognising their status, potential and meaning in the economic, cultural and social development of the city.


The project involves knowledge production activities based on information gathered from a devoted website and the purpose-created CROWDMAP – Internet mapping tool for social gathering and processing data.


Vacant space is the fundamental and the scarcest resource in contemporary cities. Warsaw’s official promotion propaganda highlights lots available for development as the city’s biggest asset in the race to attract foreign investment capital. The image of Warsaw as a construction site is propagated above all at international investment fairs. It also shapes the vision of high-rise development.
However, vacant space in the city is not only lots available for development, but also empty apartments, office or service spaces, as well as abandoned and forgotten public places. The problem of their dereliction, which ushers in degradation and destruction in the long run, is becoming extremely topical at the time of the economic crisis, manifest in the excessive supply on the real-estate market. So far, empty spaces in Warsaw have been mapped strictly from the geodesic perspective limited to the needs of the register of lots available for construction. At the moment, Warsaw is in possession of cadastre maps, mortgage number registers of individual properties, as well as details of their location and size. Our proposed activity is to complement this information with a social economic and cultural dimension.


READ MORE:
Levente Polyak: Mapowanie pustych przestrzeni [Mapping Vacant Spaces], [in:] Chwała Miasta [Glory of the City], Bęc Zmiana Foundation 2012: +HERE
Levente Polyak: Pustka w mieście [Void in the City], presentation/discussion, Synchronicity 2012: +HERE
Jak przywrócić miastu pustostany [How Can the City Reclaim Vacant Properties?], Gazeta Stołeczna 18.06.2013: +HERE
Muzyka otwiera kłódki na Okólniku. Sukces społeczników [Music Opens Locks at Okólnik. Social Activists’ Success], Gazeta Stołeczna 1.06.2013: +HERE
Zajęli bar Szanghaj na Marszałkowskiej. Rok po Prasowym [Bar Szanghai in Marszałkowska Taken. One Year after Prasowy], Gazeta Stołeczna, 12.12.2012: +HERE
Przejęcie Baru Prasowego: czerwona kartka dla władz [Takeover of Bar Prasowy: Red Card to the Authorities], Gazeta Stołeczna 27.12.2013: +HERE

Project carried out in the frame of the international research network VACANT CENTRAL EUROPE initiated by the Architecture Centre in Budapest (KEK). Other cities involved in the network include Katowice, Prague, Bratislava, Brno, among others.
http://kek.org.hu/lakatlan/


SYNCHRONICITY 2013. ARCHITECTURE AS A TOOL OF PROGRAMMING THE SENSES
[2013-07-23]

SYNCHRONICITY 2013. ARCHITECTURE AS A TOOL OF PROGRAMMING THE SENSES
www.synchronicity.pl


KONRAD PUSTOŁA: UZDROWISKO / HEALTH RESORT

time: 20.06-20.07, open: Mon – Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat – Sun 13:00-20:00
venue: Warsaw, ul. Jazdów 5A/4

This year’s edition of Synchronicity – annual cycle of exhibitions and publications revolving around the architecture of the future – is devoted to design that appeals to an array of senses, architecture that impacts on human beings in a plethora of ways, architecture as a tool of social engineering. As an organising factor in space, architecture affects people above all through the visible. Yet, all aspects of space are vital, as well as the way their combination affects human beings.
The best example of architecture whose impact on the physical and mental state of human beings is of utmost importance are sanatoria and health resorts. Their design involves not so much a rational and supervisory distribution of individuals, but rather anticipating and directing specific positive sensations that make it possible for patients to regenerate, recover, regain forces and become themselves again. A properly designed health resort operates as a utopia in action, since its overriding principle is always the human good. Travels across Poland brought Konrad Pustoła to ten resorts, which included the first sanatorium worldwide built in the mid-19th century in Sokołowsko, typically pre-war modernist resorts in Czerniawa and Krynica, among others, as well as architectural representatives of the Communist era, including the large-scale sanatorium Równica in Ustroń.


The exhibition of photographs by Konrad Pustoła inaugurates this year’s edition of the cycle Synchronicity carried out by the Bęc Zmiana Foundation with support from the City of Warsaw and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage


PATRYK ZAKROCKI: WALLS ARE MY MEMBRANES
time: 20.06-20.07, open: Mon – Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-20:00
venue:
Warsaw, ul. Jazdów 5A/4

Five sources of sound, which set in motion the floors and walls of a Finnish House in Warsaw’s Jazdów, act as counterparts of internal organs of the house. They keep on wheezing and creaking, because the house has its youth days far behind, but still leads a flourishing inner life. The method of Prof. Ripplemark from the Sound Production Department provided the possibility to convert the walls into membranes and make the hut’s intimate dreams audible to the public.


The festival Synchronicity is a project carried out since 2008 where voice is given to architects and researchers in search for solutions to design, socio-political, economic, aesthetic and emotional problems manifest in the contemporary urban space.

Konrad Pustoła
– (b. 1976) graduate of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Warsaw (2003) and the Royal College of Art in London (2008). His projects revolve around investigations into the visual aspects of social and economic relations. Winner of the First Prize of the Polish Press Photo Competition for his series Sanna (2001). He participated in many exhibitions, including The New Documentalists (2005) at the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2008) in London, Storia, Memoria, Identitia (2009) in Modena, and PhotoEspana (2010) in Madrid.


Patryk Zakrocki – improviser, composer, sound artist, currently active in the duo SzaZa on violin, modular synthesiser and electric mbira; he alters tunes in old music boxes and heads the Sound Production Department, whose latest feature is the Inner Ear Massage Parlour






VIEWS OF POWER. GDAŃSK
[2013-07-23]

EXHIBITION
time: 15-30.06
venue: Gdańsk, hoardings across the city 



DISCUSSION 

time: 19.06, 18:00
venue: Gdańsk, City Culture Institute, ul. Nowy Targ 39/40
participants: Maria Klaman (Krytyka Polityczna in the Tricity), Konrad Pustoła, Aneta Szyłak (Wyspa Institute of Art). Chair: Bogna Świątkowska


www.viewsofpower.com
www.alternativa.org.pl


<<< View form the window of the artist Dorota Nieznalska
<<< View from the window of the first head of ‘Solidarity’, former President of Poland, Lech Wałęsa
<<< View from the window of the head of the state committee of the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union (NSZZ) ‘Solidarity’, Piotr Duda


In The Views of Power, Konrad Pustoła treats photography as a vehicle, which allows anyone, at least for a moment, to assume the point of view of those selected few who possess real power. It is a series of photographs of views from the office windows of the most important/most influential people. The previous editions of the project looked at Warsaw, Cracow and Zielona Góra, while the current features the views of power in Gdańsk. The point of view, which is always a marker of one's social status, is at the same time an immediate source of information about the outside world while at work. What do the people who hold political, symbolic and economic power see from their offices? Selected photographs of views from the windows of politicians, entrepreneurs, people of the media and culture, including Lech Wałęsa, Paweł Adamowicz, Dorota Nieznalska, Bożena Batycka will be displayed on hoardings across Gdańsk and on the project website.
The Views of Power. Gdańsk is carried out in cooperation with the City Culture Institute and Wyspa Institute of Art in the frame of this year’s edition of the festival Alternativa.


Konrad Pustoła – (b. 1976) graduate of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Warsaw (2003) and the Royal College of Art in London (2008). His projects revolve around investigations into the visual aspects of social and economic relations. Winner of the First Prize of the Polish Press Photo Competition for his series Sanna (2001). He participated in many exhibitions, including The New Documentalists (2005) at the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2008) in London, Storia, Memoria, Identitia (2009) in Modena, and PhotoEspana (2010) in Madrid.


FOLKLORE FOR SALE
[2013-07-23]

CRACOW
time: 28.06 (Friday), 18:00
venue: Ethnographic Museum, Plac Wolnica 1
participants: Prof. Czesław Robotycki, Dr Hab. Andrzej Szczerski, Dr Piotr Korduba. Chair: Łukasz Gazur.

WROCŁAW:
time: 18.06 (Tuesday), 18:00
venue: Tajne Komplety Bookshop, ul. Przejście Garncarskie 2
participants: Barbara Banaś, Dr Piotr Korduba

POZNAŃ
time: 12.06 (Wednesday), 19:00
venue: Artykwariat Gallery, ul. Paderewskiego 8
participants: Dorota Grobelna, Dr Piotr Korduba

WARSAW
time: 10.06 (Monday), 19:00
venue: National Museum, Aleje Jarozolimskie 3
participants: Prof. Dr Hab. Małgorzata Omilanowska, Dr Ewa Klekot, Dr Piotr Korduba, Bogna Świątkowska. Introduction: Dr Jarosław Trybuś

The book looks at the phenomenon of the 20th century Polish design, interior decoration and fashion inspired by folk arts and crafts. Even though folklore for sale may appear as an invention of the Communist times, it has its origins in a sophisticated concept created jointly by the bureaucratic, academic and artistic elites of Poland in the inter-war period. The trend and manufacturing scheme developed at that time laid the foundations for Cepelia. Established already after the war, the unique enterprise developed its own style, which left a considerable imprint not only official public interiors, but also on Polish apartments of the second half of the 20th century. Folklore for sale was not only a way to tap into folk aesthetics in domestic design, but also a broad-scale, extended, multi-stage project with aesthetic, cultural political and economic stakes.


Book available online at: www.sklep.beczmiana.pl

Publishers: Bęc Zmiana Foundation, National Centre for Culture
Partner: Cepelia Foundation

Partner of the meeting in Warsaw: National Museum in Warsaw

Prof. dr Hab. Małgorzata Omilanowska – art historian. Specialises in the architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries, theories of art and protection of monuments. Under-secretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Member of many scientific councils of Polish and German institutions, including Herder Institute in Marburg and Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg. President of Patria Polonorum member of the Council of Europa Nostra, Art Historians’ Association, and member of the Polish Committee ICOMOS.

dr Ewa Klekot – art anthropologist, graduate of archaeology and ethnography, PhD in arts. Works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Warsaw. Interested in the interdisciplinary approach to research on the meanings of material objects, including visual representations.
dr Piotr Korduba – assistant professor at the Institute of Art History of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Deals with the history of residential architecture, dwelling culture and interior decoration, as well as the history of design. His published books include: Patrycjuszowski dom gdański w czasach nowożytnych [Patrician House in Gdańsk in the Early Modern Era] (Warsaw 2005), Sołacz. Domy i ludzie [Sołacz. Houses and People] (Poznań 2009, 2012), and Na starym Grunwaldzie. Domy i ich mieszkańcy [In the Old Grunwald. Houses and their Dwellers] (wraz z Aleksandrą Paradowską, Poznań 2012).
dr Jarosław Trybuś – art historian, architecture critic, lecturer, graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; deals with never-built architecture (author of the book Warszawa niezaistniała. Niezrealizowane projekty dla Warszawy w 20-leciu międzywojennym [Never-built Warsaw. Unrealised Urban and Architectural Designs for Warsaw of the Interwar Period]. Programme Director of the Historical Museum of Warsaw. Curator (with Grzegorz Piątek) of the exhibition in the Polish Pavilion Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings at the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice in 1008, awarded the Golden Lion for the best national representation. Honoured with the yearly Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heirtage for 2008, and the Diploma of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for outstanding achievements in international promotion of Poland (2009).
Dorota Grobelna
– art historian, coordinator of the Outddoor Gallery AMS, active since 2004; co-founder and coordinator of projects in public space, among others for the Polish Season in France in 2004; Polish-German Year 2005/2006; collaborator on exhibitions at Klima Bocheńska Gallery, Mediations Biennale in Poznań.




TR Laszuk
[2013-07-23]

Two of the most significant phenomena of Polish culture of the beginning of the 21st century – graphic works by Grzegorz Laszuk and the activity of TR Warszawa – come together in one book, which explores the borderland of the theatre and visual communication. Voices from the fields of the theatre and design interweave and echo to unfold a sometimes coherent, at other times contradictory narration on the collaboration between Laszuk and TR Warszawa. The entire multi-layered story sits in the context of political problems and transformations in Poland in the first decade of the new century, to which both Laszuk’s works and TR Warszawa’s spectacles came up with vivid and direct reactions. Therefore, we witness not only a mutual permeation of different arts, but also melting of art and reality.


The abundantly illustrated, bilingual book presents Grzegorz Laszuk’s innovative graphic designs for the avant-garde theatre TR Warszawa. Teetering on the border between an artbook and a record of individual artistic expression, the works mingle with fully functional elements of visual identification. Laszuk’s first posters from the end of the 1990s, created for the theatre, still known at the time as Teatr Rozmaitości, set a benchmark for an entirely new approach to graphic design, and alongside the theatre experiments, ushered in a unique quality to the Polish cultural scene. The book contains interviews with theatre artists, Grzegorz Jarzyna and Agnieszka Tuszyńska, a conversation with Grzegorz Laszuk conducted by theatre critic Roman Pawłowski, and a critical introduction locating the phenomenon of Laszuk’s works in the context of the transformations of design in Poland. The publication features photographs by Maciej Landsberg.


Grzegorz Laszuk (b. 1967) – designer, urban activist. Owner of the graphic studio ‘Książki+Strony’. Collaborates with the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, TR Warszawa, Gutek Film, National Philharmony, National Museum in Warsaw, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Bęc Zmiana Foundation. Member of the Association of Applied Graphic Designers (STGU) and co-founder of the theatre group KOMUNA// WARSZAWA.


Publishers: TR Warszawa and Bęc Zmiana Foundation


Book available at Bęc Zmiana shop // www.sklep.beczmiana.pl

Issuu +++HERE


FOLKLORE FOR SALE. ASSOCIATION FOR PROMOTION OF FOLKLORE INDUSTRY
[2013-07-23]

The book looks at the phenomenon of the 20th century Polish design, interior decoration and fashion inspired by folk arts and crafts. Even though folklore for sale may appear as an invention of the Communist times, it has its origins in a sophisticated concept created jointly by the bureaucratic, academic and artistic elites of Poland in the inter-war period. The trend and manufacturing scheme developed at that time laid the foundations for Cepelia. Established already after the war, the unique enterprise developed its own style, which left a considerable imprint not only official public interiors, but also on Polish apartments of the second half of the 20th century. Folklore for sale was not only a way to tap into folk aesthetics in domestic design, but also a broad-scale, extended, multi-stage project with aesthetic, cultural political and economic stakes.


Piotr Korduba (b. 1976) – assistant professor at the Institute of Art History of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Deals with the history of residential architecture, dwelling culture and interior decoration, as well as the history of design. His published books include: Patrycjuszowski dom gdański w czasach nowożytnych [Patrician House in Gdańsk in the Early Modern Era] (Warsaw 2005), Sołacz. Domy i ludzie [Sołacz. Houses and People] (Poznań 2009, 2012), and Na starym Grunwaldzie. Domy i ich mieszkańcy [In the Old Grunwald. Houses and their Dwellers] (wraz z Aleksandrą Paradowską, Poznań 2012).

Publishers: Bęc Zmiana Foundation, National Centre for Culture
Partner: Cepelia Foundation


Book available online at: www.sklep.beczmiana.pl

English summary available +++HERE


AND AT NIGHT WE MAKE ART
[2013-07-23]

time: 23.05 (Thursday), 19:00
venue: Warsaw, Kordegarda Gallery, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 15/17
participants: Marta Czyż (Kordegarda Gallery), Katarzyna Górna (Obywatelskie Forum Sztuki Współczesnej / Citizens’ Forum of Contemporary Art, Krytyka Polityczna), Dr Mikołaj Iwański (economist), Laura Pawela (artist). Chair: Arek Gruszczyński

In the era when work is done non-stop, even during leisure time (clickability of Facebook, Youtube and Google), the right to remuneration for activity in the field of culture is sometimes questioned, since artists, critics, curators and cultural producers often busy themselves with activities which are not universally recognised as work at all, but rather pleasure, or even leisure. Should work in culture be remunerated?


Before the meeting, we recommend reading the survey from the latest issue of ‘Notes.na.6.tygodni’ +++HERE


The discussion marks the launch of the cycle of meetings of the cultural magazine ‘Notes.na.6.tygodni’.
Partner: Kordegarda Gallery


TECHNOPAINTINGS / ARTISTS ARE MOSTLY POOR
[2013-07-23]

For the Night of the Museums, Bęc Zmiana presents invites you to its seat for screenings of Rafał Dominik’s film ‘Technopaintings’, featuring animated classic works of Polish painting dancing to party music.


The second feature is the exhibition ‘Copyright. Artists Are Mostly Poor’. Can they expect a solution to their problems from the anachronistic copyright management system used by the Association of Authors ZAiKS, established in 1918? The exhibition outlines a real possibility to implementation the tools used by ZAiKS in managing copyrights of visual artists and creators dealing with broadly understood plastic arts.


time: 18.05, 18-22
venue: Bęc Zmiana, Mokotowska 65, Warsaw

<<Nicolaus Copernicus invites you to the Night of the Museums at Bęc Zmiana / Rafał Dominik: film still from ‘Technopaintings’ / Jan Matejko: ‘Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversation with God’


DOMINIK CYMER / USE IT WARSAW
[2013-07-23]

We cordially invite you to the exhibition of graphic works and drawings by Dominik Cymer  and Cyber Kids on Real prepared for a mobile app for young travellers Use-it Warsaw. Highlights include the premiered application + postcards + stickers!

Dominik Cymer / Cyber Kids on Real, (www.cyberkids.pl), graphic designer awarded numerous prizes, collaborates with the artistic-industrial collective Będzin Beat, among others. The studio Cyber Kids on Reel was also responsible for implementing the application.

time: 26.04, 19:00
venue: Bęc Zmiana, Mokotowska 65, Warsaw

Cyber Kids on Real: Dominik Cymer, Kasia Lorenz, Andrzej Florek, Maria Bieniek, Justyna Dybala



The application Use-it Warsaw is compatible with two most popular systems (Apple iOS, Android). It works offline, but is complete with online GPS and updating functions (when online) on demand.

The application is free of charge and available via popular services Apps Store and Google Play, and at www.use-it-warsaw.pl

The mobile version of the map USE-IT Warsaw Map for Young Travellers edition 2013 is a fruit of cooperation of the City Promotion Department of the City of Warsaw, Bęc Zmiana Foundation and the European tourist organisation USE-IT Europe. The application is available in English.

SPATIAL FORMS AS THE CENTRE OF EVERYTHING
[2013-07-23]

time: 23.04 (Tuesday), 18:00
venue: Warsaw, Salon Akademii gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 5
participants: Karolina Breguła, Katarzyna Czeczot (Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Acaddemy of Sciences), Jarosław Denisiuk (EL Gallery), Anna Leśniewska-Zagrodzka, Ewa Opałka (Jagiellonian University). Chair: Michał Suchora (BWA Warszawa)

In the 1960s and 1970s, Elbląg hosted the Biennial of Spatial Forms. At the time, it was the largest regular artistic plein-air event in Poland. Participating artists included such celebrities as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Edward Krasiński or Henryk Stażewski. The Biennial was a result of collaboration between the EL Gallery and the Mechanical Works Zamech. Upon the gallery’s invitation, artists took several-month-long residencies to create large-scale metal sculptures called spatial forms with the help of experts from Zamech. Most of the forms remain to be seen on the streets of Elbląg. In the frame of the project ‘Awakening’, Karolina Breguła invited to scientists from various fields to the EL Gallery to jointly deconstruct Elbląg’s spatial forms, which were shifted to a non-familiar – non-artistic – context. Accompanying texts are gathered in the book Formy przestrzenne jako centrum wszystkiego [Spatial Forms as the Centre of Everything].


Authors of texts: Karolina Breguła, Justyna Gabriel, Tomasz Gajda, Aanaida Ghazaryan, Krzysztof Herbst, Andrzej Kapusta, Paweł Laufer, Anna Maga, Paweł Mościcki, Daniel Muzyczuk, Ewa Opałka, Jan Suffczyński, Piotr Sułkowski, Joanna Świerczyńska, Urszula Zajączkowska.

Book available at Bęc Zmiana shop // www.sklep.beczmiana.pl

Issuu +++HERE

GLORY OF THE CITY
[2013-07-23]

time: 16.04 (Tuesday), 18:00
venue: Warsaw, Stan Surowy – students’ club at the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology, ul. Koszykowa 55
participants: Dariusz Hyc (SARP), Krzysztof Koszewski (Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology), Małgorzata Kuciewicz (Centrala designers’ task force), Grzegorz Mika (Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology), Magdalena Staniszkis (Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology). Chair: Bogna Świątkowska

City image shaped by marketing specialists does not appear credible as it presents a distorted vision of the world. After all, we do not live in an image of the city but in an actual city. Citizens’ initiatives analyse mechanisms operating in cities, gather knowledge, build the inhabitants’ self-awareness. They are the best ambassadors of cities. Therefore, the most important question about to be asked during the discussion is: if the initiative is ours, as Jane Jacobs argues, shouldn’t the effects of grassroots activities be more tangible nowadays?

Reflecting on the role of architecture in promoting cities, in the publication Chwała miasta [Glory of the City] we remind the readers about the prophetic texts from the book Warszawa stolicą wszechświata [Warsaw. The Capital of the Universe] from 2008. We also tell the story of Warsaw’s cafe-clubs, subject the city to psychoanalysis, present the visions of the outstanding Polish architect Maciej Nowicki, whose work has been more recognised abroad than at home. We also reflect on the extent to which free-market marketing solutions can distort the real image of the city. We publish in print Warszawa funkcjonalna [Functional Warsaw] by Jan Chmielewski and Szymon Syrkus – the city’s functional development concept from 1934, which came as a major achievement of Polish architecture and urban studies, gathering acclaim from the most outstanding architects of the time. Jane Jacobs classic text Downtown is for People from 1958 (translated here for the first time into Polish) serves us to ask about citizens’ participation in the processes of renovation and revitalisation conducted by municipal authorities, whose ambiguous effects are often in for criticism on the part of city dwellers.

The book is available at www.sklep.beczmiana.pl or upon e-mail order at sklep@beczmiana.pl

Issuu +++HERE


POPPOSITIONS
[2013-04-04]

Bęc Zmiana cordially invites you to the alternative contemporary art fair POPPOSITIONS in Brussels!

Celebrating the second edition of Poppositions, Bęc Zmiana will presents an installation referring to the stormy past and uncertain feature of the brewery Brass, especially with regard to its relations with the transformations and ghostliness of capitalism. In this context, we are interested in the phenomenon of disappearing, whose energetic potential and phantom traces have been tracked by Bęc Zmiana since at least 2009, when alongside a group of artists, we Disappeared at the Vistula. The key point of the installation is a photomontage of the surroundings of Braas, with the brewery building removed leaving only a reflection in a nearby pond. Next to the photography stands a work by Michał Gayer: ca 300 beer cans with all indications removed as to their content, ingredients, origins, brand and producer. Phantom beer cans are back in market circulation as autonomous works of art. The installation concludes with a sculpture by Rafał Dominik; the elongated form serving as a bar came into being from a merger of profiles of letters C (content) and F (form). 

Poppositions is an alternative art fair operating parallelly to one of the highlights of the contemporary art market – Art Brussels. Poppositions call into question its traditional format by popping up in a different location each year, inviting small not-for-profit organisations without a fixed seat, as well as representing site-specific projects. This year, apart from Bęc Zmiana, the list of invited participants includes 18 independent organisations and galleries from the entire Europe, who will show works that address the building of Brussels-based brewery Brass. After this one of the largest pre-war breweries went bust in the 1980s, the majority of its buildings were demolished, while the rest fell into decay. Only a couple of years ago the venue underwent a thorough revitalisation and was handed over to the local community.

POPPOSITIONS OFF-FAIRS
time: 18-21.04
venue: Bruksela, Brass, Avenue Van Volxem 364, Forest
featured artists: Michał Gayer, Rafał Dominik
curatorial team: Bęc Zmiana (Ela Petruk, Magdalena Roszkowska, Bogna Świątkowska, Szymon Żydek)
www.poppositions.com / www.beczmiana.pl

Partnership and financial support: Polish Institute in Brussels





USE IT WARSAW 2013
[2013-04-04]

We proudly present a mobile version of the map for young tourists USE-IT WARSAW 2013 for smartphones and tablets!

APP PREVIEW: +HERE

Like its paper version, the abundantly illustrated application features more than 100 subjectively selected locations, which provide valuable insights into the character of the city, as well as indicate the favourite meeting spots of Warsaw’ young crowd. The application also offers basic info about the city, transport, hostels, galleries, city dwellers’ customs. Crafted for tourists of 18-35 years old.
The application is compatible with two most popular systems (Apple iOS, Android). It works offline, but is complete with online GPS and updating functions on demand. The application is free of charge and available via popular services Apps Store and Google Play, and at
www.use-it-warsaw.pl

The mobile version of the map USE-IT Warsaw Map for Young Travellers edition 2013 is a fruit of cooperation of the City Promotion Department of the City of Warsaw, Bęc Zmiana Foundation and the European tourist organisation USE-IT Europe. The application was prepared in English.

AUTHORS:
As in the previous years, the accompanying notes were penned by Grzegorz Piątek, architect and architecture critic, collaborating with Bęc Zmiana Foundation on publications in English, such as "Notes.from.warsaw" or "Archinotes"; curator, alongside Jarosław Trybuś, of the exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2008, awarded the Golden Lion. Co-founder of Centrum Architektury.
The application owes its visual shape to Dominik Cymer, Cyber Kids on Reel, (www.cyberkids.pl), much awarded designer working for, among others, artistic-industrial off collective Będzin Beat. The studio Cyber Kids on Reel was also responsible for implementing the application.

USE-IT EUROPE
Use-it Europe deals with the production of maps and other info materials targeted at young people travelling across Europe on a tight budget. The maps and guidebooks published by USE-IT Europe include: Antwerp, Aachen, Blackpool, Bruges, Bologna, Brussels, Charleroi, Cork, Dresden, Gent, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, Leuven, Łódź, Mechelen, Oslo, Porto, Prague, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, Turin, among others, with many more in preparation. See them all at: www.use-it.travel

Application publisher: Bęc Zmiana Foundation, www.bęczmiana.pl
Texts: Grzegorz Piątek
Design & Development: Dominik Cymer, Cyber Kids on Reel, www.cyberkids.pl
Partner: City of Warsaw, www.warsawtour.pl



M311
[2012-09-21]

Please feel invited to visit an exhibition in a hotel room prepared at the end of the summer of 2011 by two artists – Michał Gayer and Szymon Kobylarz.
Throughout the last year their work remained undisclosed, and the hotel guests who stayed at the room were unaware that it had become a gallery, with themselves as visitors. Now, we’ve decided to unveil the effects of the artists’ work within the project ‘Studio Experiment’ – room 311 will be open for visitors during one weekend. With a bit of luck, you can even run into the artists themselves.
At the end of the summer of 2011 Michał Gayer and Szymon Kobylarz spent several nights in room 311 at one of cheap hotels in Warsaw. The short residency resulted in a permanent intervention in the double room on the third floor. The guests to 311 were thought to be a gay couple. They rarely left the room, and the sounds of music and shuffling could be heard through the holes in the walls and downstairs when they were inside. They would go to bed late, and one of them would shower only at lunch time. The other one exaggeratedly polite. Eventually, they packed their belongings, checked out and left the key.

Michał Gayer, Szymon Kobylarz: M311
weekend presentation of the exhibition at room 311 is part of the exhibition

EXPERIMENT CANNOT BE CONTINUED
start: 21.09, Friday, 19:00
time: 22.09.2012, Sunday, g. 13:00-20:00
venue: Warsaw, Hotel Metalowiec, ul. Długa 29, room 311
details+full programme: www.eksperyment-manual.pl

Organiser: Bęc Zmiana Foundation
Project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw






MIEJSKA RZEŹBA WODNA
[2012-09-18]

The urban water sculpture transforms the oligocene water well pavilion in Warsaw's district of Mariensztat into an open venue of meetings, debates, lectures, screenings, dance parties and workshops. The installation relies on the network of free drinking water wells, which has existed in Warsaw for more than a century. The wells are open seven days a week to all inhabitants.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
22.09, Saturday, 15:00 – ‘Discovering the Forgotten City Anew’ or on the Complexities of Interpreting the Architecture, Urban Planning and Visual Programme of Mariensztat– lecture on the history of Mariensztat and guided walk of the area. Lecturer: Aleksandra Stępień
23.09, Sunday, 13:00 – UPGRADE YOUR T-SHIRTS AND BAGS! Bring your own clothes, bags, t-shirts – and use available stencils and paints to give a new look to garments you’re too bored to look at! The workshop involves stencil composition, colour selection, and group practice in adding stencil phrases and graphics on clothes.
26.09, Wednesday, 19:00 – screening of films by Moldovan artist Ghenadie Popescu. Later Teodor Ajder will be available for conversations about Moldovan art.

Detailed schedule of events and activities around the Water Sculpture will be available at woda-warszawa.pl, and it remains open at all times to ideas and suggestions of the users. Everyone interested in co-creating the programme is kindly asked to contact the Bęc Zmiana Foundation – e-mail: bec@beczmiana.pl / tel: 22 827 64 62

URBAN WATER SCULPTURE // www.woda-warszawa.pl
opening: 3.08.2012, Friday, 18.00-21.00
duration: 3.08-30.09.2012, during the opening hours of the public well
venue: oligocene water well pavilion, ul. Furmańska 14, Mariensztat, Warszawa
design: Ewa Rudnicka
realisation: Mariusz Maciejewski and his team
greenery arrangement: Kwaitkibratki

Oligocene water is an urban architectural and geological curiosity. Access to the wells is free of charge and open. 100 years of tapping into the resources of artesian water in Warsaw resulted in drilling over 200 wells. The acquired water is used not only by the city dwellers, but it also played a significant role in the past in the development of Warsaw's industry. Drilled in 1896, the first artesian well catered for the needs of the State Spirit Monopoly Warehouses in Ząbkowska Street, as well as provided the entire district with water during the war.

Mariensztat is one of the smallest residential estates in Warsaw, built in 1948-1949 and designed by a team of architects under the supervision of Zygmunt Stępiński and Józef Sigalin. The charming appeal of Mariensztat is a reference to small town housing from the 18th century. Building the estate and the nearby East-West Route were some of the leading investments of the post-war reconstruction of Warsaw.

Ewa Rudnicka – graduate of Ecole Nationale Supériure d'Architecture de Paris la Villette, involved in interdisciplinary urban development projects in France and Poland. Deals with design and propagating pro-social and artistic actions in the urban space. Cooperates with architectural teams such as Raumlabor Berlin or EXYZT from Paris, and with the Union of Polish Architects. Co-founder, alongside the French collective EXYZT, of the installation UFO, carried out in the summer of 2011 in Warsaw’s Na Rozdrożu Square. The project was awarded by the readers of Warsaw’s 'Gazeta Co jest grane' – supplement to 'Gazeta Wyborcza' – with the award 'Wdechy' as the event of the year 2011.

The project Urban Water Sculpture is organised by the Bęc Zmiana Foundation with a grant from the City of Warsaw.

Cooperation: 
National Film Archive, Syrena Collective, Kwiatkibratki, Solec 44, Mariensztat Inhabitants’ Association, Film Studio KADR, Śródmieście District Council of the City of Warsaw


fot. P. Bujas


fot. P. Bujas


MAP OF THE DISTRICT’S PRECIOUS MEMORIES
[2012-09-12]

The city game GPS-interventions tells an alternative story of the district of Ursus, presenting memories – personal, sometimes nostalgic stories of the dwellers, anecdotes and important places – in the form of urban ‘paper chase’. It stands a chance of establishing Ursus as a significant location on the world Geocaching map – only now gaining popularity in Poland. Geocaching is an internet cartographic platform providing the possibility of leaving your own messages in a given location, which can be found by other players according to geographic coordinates by means of mobile GPS devices.
Do you have your own places or stories related to Ursus, or would you like to create new ones? The inhabitants of the area and all those for whom Ursus matters, regardless of their address, are cordially invited to co-create the game.
www.geocaching.com

GPS-INTERVENTIONS IN URSUS.
game presentation and workshop meeting for the inhabitants
time: 10.09 (Monday), 18:00
venue: Ursus, Public Library of the District of Ursus, ul. Plutonu Torpedy 47
chaired by: SKORO Association

Authors of the project:

Jürgen Lehmeier – architect, author of interdisciplinary research projects. Studied architecture and interior design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Co-founder of the design studio Eyland 07 (alongside René Rissland). Lives and works in Nuremberg. Eyland7: www.eyland.de  www.stadtakustik.de
Magdalena Czarnecka – anthropologist, cultural animator. Founding member of the Association SKORO, active in the area of Ursus in Warsaw. Lives and works in Warsaw.
Marta Gawinek-Dagargulia – graduate of German and European studies. Founding member of the Association SKORO, active in the area of Ursus in Warsaw. Lives and works in Warsaw.

Curator of Culburb Ursus: Piotr Bujas
Organiser of Culburb Ursus: Bęc Zmiana Foundation, Warsaw / www.bęczmiana.pl
Partners of Culburb Ursus: Ursus District Council in Warsaw, Cultural Centre Arsus in Ursus, Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw, Raphael Advertising Agency
Organiser of project Culburb: Centre for Central European Architecture, Prague / www.ccea.cz
Media patronage: Notes na 6 tygodni / www.bęczmiana.pl/notes

The project Synchronicity 2012 is realised with a grant from the City of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Project Culburb is realised with financial support of the Visegrad Fund, EU Culture Programme and European Cultural Foundation, among others






CROWDFUNDING MAKES SENSE
[2012-09-05]

This is the first time we have decided to tap into the potential of crowdfunding. Throughout the next two months you can support our project – publication of the book Polish Stops by Maciej Rawluk – at www.beesfund.com.
 Let’s crowdfund culture!

Available prizes for donations:
30 PLN – copy of the album,
60 PLN – album + Bęc Zmiana mug,

100 PLN – album + mug + book: 365 Trees or To Photography!,
500 PLN – album with a hand-written dedication from photographer Maciej Rawluk and the Book Benefactor Certificate,

15 000 PLN – sponsor of the album, logo on the cover and in all promotion materials + 20 copies of the album.

Beesfund.com is a crowdfunding platform providing authors of projects with the possibility to acquire funds from Internet users. In return, users of the platform become co-participants, commentators and in each case receive unique bonuses for their support.

More about the idea of crowdfunding at www.crowdfunding.pl

Photographs by Maciej Rawluk from the cycle Polish Stops. Grassroots Design of the Fixed-Point Infrastructure Element of Public Transport System bear testimony to the fact that we are living in a country boasting thousands of differently designed bus stops: pointed, modern, fancy or square. Stops on the opposite sides of the road are often entirely different, with another one standing in the vicinity that does not resemble any of the two. This overwhelming variety is the emanation of our style. The ubiquitous bus stop is not only a regular utilitarian element, protecting from the rain, wind and displaying bus timetables, but also a local venue of meetings, conversations and consumption. Stops are especially significant outside the city, and the author of the cycle concentrates mainly on rural areas. They are often the only element of public space, which imbues them with immense significance for the community. The presented documentation manifests the process of their incessant destruction by the forces of nature and, to a much larger extent, by the human factor, including notorious devastation. Currently, the rise in the number of cars and modifications of transport routes lead to a silent loss of function of many of the stops. It is fascinating that many stops have not changed for decades, even against the ongoing processes. These elements of small architecture make their subliminal way through to the consciousness of the Poles, establishing their visual identity. The cycle of photographs by Maciej Rawluk presents an unfinished, non-uniform image of our country and the various faces of local grassroots design styles.

<<< Exhibition opening at Kordegarda, photo by: Ewa Dyszlewicz



EXPERIMENT CANNOT BE CONTINUED
[2012-08-31]

We cordially invite you to participate in the review of approaches and experimental creative activities practised in Warsaw. Apart from the exhibition of objects, audiovisual and musical materials at the Raster Gallery and the neighbouring backyard, the following events have been scheduled:
Cinema Experiment – films with scores from the Polish Radio Experimental Studio;
Disappearance of the memorial plaque on the 3rd anniversary of the experiment Disappear at the Vistula (vicinity of the Copernicus Science Centre).
Sounds of the mechanical body. Experiment in art and music in Eastern Europe in 1957-1984. Lectures: David Crowley, Daniel Muzyczuk.
Experimental set for awareness and work relations research in the art world – workshop of the Free / Slow University of Warsaw.
Weekend premiere of the exhibition Hotel M in room 311.
Eugeniusza Rudnik’s Day.

Full programme HERE

EXPERIMENT CANNOT BE CONTINUED
exhibition opening: 5.09, Wednesday, 18:30
time: until 22.09.2012, 12:00-18:00
venue: Warsaw, Raster Gallery, ul. Wspólna 63
participants: Rafał Dominik, Michał Gayer, Szymon Kobylarz, Komuna Warszawa, Marian Misiak, Zuzanna Solakiewicz, Maryna Tomaszewska, Free / Slow University of Warsaw, Patryk Zakrocki and Eugeniusz Rudnik
www.eksperyment-manual.pl

The exhibition forms part of the project Studio Experiment, which will conclude with a publication, i.e. a subjective lexicon of experimental practice, with a special focus on the activities of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.
Organiser: Bęc Zmiana Foundation | Cooperation: Raster Gallery.

<<<Marian Misiak: visually simplified scores for Bogusław Schaeffer’s piece ‘Symphony: Electronic Music’ 1964. Synthesis 2012





WARSAW USE-IT MAP FOR YOUNG TRAVELERS EDITION 2012
[2012-05-30]

Fourth edition of the map of Warsaw for young tourists, supported by the Culture Department of the City of Warsaw and USE-IT Europe. Available in two languages: English and Polish, download at www.use-it-warsaw.pl or www.warsaw.use-it.travel

The map is a subjective selection of 110 venues, not only the scenes of the city’s cultural life but also the testimonies to its character and top favourite meeting spots for Warsaw’s young generation. In this edition are the notes on selected venues in the most  popular areas: Saska Kępa, Powiśle, Praga, Mokotów, Bródno, Żoliborz and South Central Warsaw. The map includes basic info on Warsaw, public transport, galleries, hostels, city dwellers’ customs. Published in English, it is targeted at tourists in the age of 18-35.


The map is free. It will be available at all hostels in Warsaw, Tourist Information points, galleries, venues with high tourist and football fans visiting Warsw during EURO 2012 traffic, hostels in other cities in Poland and in selected European cities, as well as at www.use-it-warsaw.pl and www.warsaw.use-it.travel, where it can be downloaded in a A4 format home printer-friendly version.

AUTHORS OF THE MAP: texts for the 2012 edition, like in 2008, 2009 and 2011, were prepared by Grzegorz Piątek, architect and architecture critic, collaborator of Bęc Zmiana Foundation. Alongside Jarosław Trybuś, he co-curated the Polish Pavilion at the Architecture Biennial in Venice in 2008, awarded Golden Lion. Co-founder of Centre of Architecture.
Author of graphic design: Dominik Cymer (www.nobdepot.com), awarded numerous prizes, he designs for the off artistic-industrial collective Będzin Beat, among others.

USE-IT EUROPE deals with the production of maps and other information materials targeted at young people who travel across Europe on a tight budget. USE-IT Europe has so far published maps and guidebooks to: Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Dresden, Gent, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, Łódź, Malmö, Oslo, Rotterdam, among others. More: www.use-it.travel

publisher of maps: Culture Departament of the City of Warsaw / www.kulturalna.warszawa.pl
editing and coordination: Bęc Zmiana Foundation / www.funbec.eu
Partner: USE-IT Europe / www.us-it.travel
texts: Grzegorz Piątek
graphic design: Dominik Cymer
Languages​​: English and Polish

 


CULBURB_URSUS: RESULTS
[2012-05-10]

Read full selection report: +TU  

36 proposals, representing 10 Europeans countries, were submitted as a result of our call for urban interventions in the district of Ursus in Warsaw, targeted at architects, artists, urban researchers as well as urban activists. After careful consideration of all proposals jury selected proposals which address the questions and have reference to important problems of the locality. The following two projects are selected to development and implementation under Culburb project framework:

Untitled
(Kwasieborski design)
The use of large scale media at the Ursus train station for the presentation of the survey concerning the identity of the district, conducted among residents.
Ursus District GPS-gardening
(Jürgen Lehmeier)
A strategy based on creating an alternative map of Ursus attractions and interesting artifacts whose location is indicated by the locals. Project providing to make it available through the Geocaching GIS platform.

Additionally Jury have pointed two distinctions:
1952-2012 (Magdalena Prus) Sound installation project relating to the occurrence of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra at the workers club of Mechanical Works "Ursus" in 1952. The Orchastra performed symphonic poem, "Fable" of S. Moniuszko. This event was the basis of the documentary made by famous Polish director Andrzej Munk. The installation is an attempt to recall this significant events at its sixtieth anniversary.
The Cleaning
(Maryna Tomaszewska)
A pragmatic action: cleaning and washing of the Ursus railway station building. Together with 10 local volunteers.

CULBURB
(name merging “culture” and “suburbs”) is a project aimed at infusing life into the urban space of the suburbs of Central European capital cities. The locations of the project have been selected in the suburbs of Warsaw, Budapest, Ljubljana, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava – all characterised by their own site-specific problems and varied potential. The project initiated by Centre for Central European Architecture in Prague is carried out with financial support of the EU Culture Programme, Visegrad Fund and European Cultural Foundation. The Polish part of the project is coordinated by Bęc Zmiana Foundation in the frame of the 5th edition of the festival Synchronicity. Projects for Warsaw of the Future, which pivots this year around promoting cities through architecture.

Culburb Ursus coordinator: Piotr Bujas
Culburb Ursus organiser: Fundacja Bęc Zmiana, Warsaw / www.funbec.eu
Culburb organiser
: Centre for Central European Architecture, Prague / www.ccea.cz
Culburb co-organisers: Soho in Ottakring, Vienna; Kortárs Építeszeti Központ, Budapest; KUD C3, Ljubljana; Verejný podstavec, Bratislava; Centrum komunitného rozvoja, Bratislava
Synchronicity 2012 is carried out with a grant from the City of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.


DIZAJN_WAWA 2013: CO-EXISTENCE OPEN CALL

SYNCHRONICITY 2013: SPATIAL INTERVENTIONS
Alternative title: Eat Rubble, Suck Stones>>>

SYNCHRONICITY 2013: PURIFICATION ISLAND + DANCING
Jazdów>>>

SYNCHRONICITY 2013: JAZDÓW ESTATE AS AN INVISIBLE CITY CASE STUDY
lecture by Maciej Frąckowiak>>>

SYNCHRONICITY 2013. ARCHITECTURE OF COERCION
discussion about the book>>>

SYNCHRONICITY 2013. SOUND THERAPY
musical action>>>

GENTRIFICATION, DISAPPEARING OF THE CITY, COLLECTIVE MEMORY
discussion after the performance Re-wolt>>>

VACANT CITY OF WARSAW
The social map of vacant and abandoned spaces in Warsaw>>>

SYNCHRONICITY 2013. ARCHITECTURE AS A TOOL OF PROGRAMMING THE SENSES
Jazdów>>>

VIEWS OF POWER. GDAŃSK
Next edition photographic project by Konrad Pustoła>>>

FOLKLORE FOR SALE
meetings about the book by Piotr Korduba>>>

TR Laszuk
Design and Revolution in Theater>>>

FOLKLORE FOR SALE. ASSOCIATION FOR PROMOTION OF FOLKLORE INDUSTRY
the book by Piotr Korduba>>>

AND AT NIGHT WE MAKE ART
discussion Notes.na.6.tygodni>>>

TECHNOPAINTINGS / ARTISTS ARE MOSTLY POOR
exhibition at the Night of Museums 2013 in Bęc Zmiana gallery>>>

DOMINIK CYMER / USE IT WARSAW
art exhibition created for applications Use-it Warsaw>>>

SPATIAL FORMS AS THE CENTRE OF EVERYTHING
meeting about the book "Spatial forms...">>>

GLORY OF THE CITY
discussion>>>

POPPOSITIONS
Bęc Zmiana at off-fairs in Brussels>>>

USE IT WARSAW 2013
mobile app with the map of Warsaw>>>

M311
secret exhibition in a hotel room>>>

MIEJSKA RZEŹBA WODNA
The urban water sculpture>>>

MAP OF THE DISTRICT’S PRECIOUS MEMORIES
The city game GPS-interventions in Ursus>>>

CROWDFUNDING MAKES SENSE

EXPERIMENT CANNOT BE CONTINUED
Exhibition on experimental creative activities practised in Warsaw>>>

WARSAW USE-IT MAP FOR YOUNG TRAVELERS EDITION 2012
Fourth edition of the map for travelers and locals, all that we recommend in our city, no-nonsense, not commercial>>>

CULBURB_URSUS: RESULTS
selection report: urban interventions for the Ursus district in Warsaw>>>

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