Julia Draganovic, the jury member of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk and Dominik Lejman, the author of “Staging Anonymous” installation will be special guests of a conference on art in the public domain and digital media which will be a part of the international Art Line project: Art in Public Space – Festival or Not?
The role of art in the public space is frequently discussed in the Tri-City artistic circles. One thing that has recently stirred up the discourse is the growing number of festival like projects with a more or less populist profile appearing in the urban space. The festivals vary in form and purpose, but what they all share is the common air of an ephemeral event.
Often dubbed interventions in the public space they aim to familiarize the average viewer with art. What about the responsibility to local communities involuntarily exposed to and involved in such activities? What strategies, if any, could be employed to initiate cooperation with those locals who experience thousands of strangers flooding their streets in a quest for artistic projects? Should such interventions in the public space be represented by institutions? Isn’t it then a contradiction? And last but not least, what is the public domain as such since it no longer belongs to an urban space alone?
The conference organized by the Gdansk City Gallery and the Baltic Sea Culture Centre will address these and other issues. The curators and artists invited will share their experience of performing in the public space. However, it is the inhabitants invited by the organizers who will remain at the centre of the discussion, both those accepting and rejecting such projects.
Participants: Martin Schibli (SE), Dominik Lejman (PL), Michał Bieniek (PL), Kuba Szreder (PL), Michaela Crimmin (GB), Julia Dragenovic (IT/DE), Julita Wójcik (PL), Agnieszka Wołodźko (PL), Torun Ekstrand (SE), Bettina Pelz (DE). Moderator: Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz (PL)
Date: 17 – 18 May, 2013
Venue: The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, 33/35 Korzenna St., Gdansk
Organised by: Gdańska Galeria Miejska and The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre
More info: www.facebook.com/GdanskaGaleriaMiejska