The project „When is a neighbor a stranger?” raise questions about art in public space, it will present works by both Polish and international artists, focusing on strategies and opportunities for audience involvement in art pieces realized outside of the confined gallery space. Art has become an indelible part of our cityscapes, appearing almost literally on our doorsteps. Do we see it as a pleasant neighbor or rather as a stranger speaking with a funny accent? What should art of this kind be like? Should it entertain, criticize or raise doubts?
A work of art in public space changes the space, redefines it and draws attention, and thus inadvertently engaging the locals. What is the artist’s responsibility towards the local community? Does an artist working in open space program his/her audience, or hand over some of the authorship of his work to them?
Eradication of the border between a work of art and its audience seems to be one of the key issues of contemporary art. Is art in urban space an answer? On the one hand, “When is a neighbor a stranger?” project will pose questions about transgressing the boundaries between a work and its audience, on the other – it will analyze the current state of affairs. Does art outside of the Gallery really engage its audiences?
Five artistic interventions comprising the project will present different attitudes towards audiences that are adopted by artists working in public space, from ludicity to critical approaches. The project will be an attempt to present existence of art from the audience’s point of view and to catalog available artistic strategies..
Works presented as part of the project will embellish public space, provide critical analysis of their surroundings, require audience intervention to be called into being and employ new technologies. The theme the project will analyze will be ownership of urban space – who is its actual keeper. Our city centers are more and more often suiting the needs of global tourism. Can artists help preserve local character of a given site? What are the tasks that art in public space should fulfill?
The artistic intervention will be focused around an empty flat in the Lower Town, the district of Gdansk undergoing intensive transformation. What is the role of art in this metamorphose?
The artistic interventions around empty flat in The Lower Town:
Artists: Art Mesh (Kuba Budzyński, Monika Waraxa, Stephan Bourgeois), Elżbieta Jabłońska, Andres R. Londono, Andrea Mastrovito, Joshua Schwebel, Dominika Skutnik, Justyna Wencel & Marcin Chomicki. 03.10.2014, 6 p.m – guided tour in Polish (start: CSW Łaźnia, ul. Jaskółcza 1) 03.10.2014, 7 p.m – guided tour in English (start: CSW Łaźnia, ul. Jaskółcza 1)
Art Mesh (Kuba Budzyński, Monika Waraxa, Stephan Bourgeois)
Venue: Gdańsk Günter Grass Gallery, ul. Szeroka 34/35
Presentation of documentation from action taking place in an apartment at ul. Owsiana 1/3, first floor
Venue: ul. Owsiana 1, works outside the building
Andres R. Londono
Action with the residents of ul. Owsianej 1
Drawing installation in an apartment at ul. Owsianej 1/3, first floor
Sculpture ul. Owsiana 1 – the work outside the building
Justyna Wencel, Marcin Chomicki
installation on the bridge / moving image in space / land art
Venue: Bridge between the Lower Town and Olszynka
We thank for the support from the Lambda Group
4. 10. 2014, 5:00 pm Art in Public Space Seminar
Venue: Łaźnia Contemporary Art Centre, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdansk Down Town
Presentations: Søren Dahlgaard, Carmen Einfinger, Tania Ruiz Gutiérrez, Zróbmy to razem (Kuba Budzyński, Monika Waraxa)
Discussion: Christine Buhl Andersen, Elena Forin, Claudia Löffelholz, Ula Tornau
The project is developed within the framework of THE OUTDDOR GALLERY OF CITY OF GDAŃSK.
The project was supported by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland.