ART AND PUBLIC SPACE The First Gdansk Outdoor Gallery Symposium

Organizer: Laznia Center for Contemporary Arts,

Partners: Studio for City Interiors Design, The Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway S.A.

Coordination: Jacek Dominiczak

The First Gdansk Outdoor Gallery Symposium initiates a series of professional exchanges and debates focused on synergies that raises from the encounters of arts, publics, and spaces. The challenge is to clear a specific path towards the advancement of both theory and practice of arts in/of public spaces.

The intention of The First Gdansk Outdoor Gallery Symposium is to reflect on the 5 years of the Gallery’s activity; is to outline its specific theoretical discourse; is to connect it with the current discourse of the field.

Post-functional approach to the city continuously advances towards the idea of urban sustain-ability. Today, from space we are expecting not only its instant functional response, but also a thorough, slow if necessary, action to help sustain the world. This change results in raising public re-cognition, that streets, squares and other city spaces are not only the zones for permanent movements and rapid commercial or political propaganda. Public spaces are also the areas for continuous re-thinking and slow re-evaluation of culture codes. Gdansk Outdoor Gallery is eager to monitor and stimulate these processes.

Gdansk Outdoor Gallery was established in 2005 and is already running a fourth edition of its international program. Four artworks created and selected during the previous editions are already built within public space of the Lower Town in Gdansk. Following projects are under development in design offices. Finally, the Gallery is preparing for the next fifth edition, which will be linked to a large-scale construction of entirely new public spaces: a sequence of eight Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway stations and urban spaces associated with them.


11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. the panelists’ introductory statements (10 minutes each)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. the panelists’ discussion

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. open discussion with invited audience

The Symposium will be translated simultaneously. Languages: Polish and English.

Sounds and images of the Symposium will be recorded for documentation and preparation of a book documentary edition.


Members of Gdansk Outdoor Gallery:

Adam Budak, a curator of Museum-Joanneum in Graz, Austria

Jadwiga Charzyńska, a curator, the director of the Łaźnia CCA in Gdańsk, Poland

Jacek Dominiczak, an architect, teoretician, educator, the Fine Arts Academy, Gdańsk, Poland

Julia Draganovic, an art historian and a art critic, independent curator, Modena, Italy

Enrico Lunghi, a curator, the director of Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg

Bettina Steinbrügge, a curator, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria, a curator of the Forum Expanded – Berlinale, Berlin, Germany

Norbert Weber, a curator,an expert, a lecturer, a member of the interantional board of experts of the Museum of Lativian Modern Art in Riga, Latvia

Advisors of Gdansk Outdoor Gallery:

Jiyoon Lee, the director of Suum Academy & Projects, , a curtor of Global Cultural Leadership, International Exhibition Project, Seoul, South Korea / London, UK

Joanna Orlik, the director of Małopolski Instytutu Kultury, Krakow, Poland
br>Halina Taborska, an art historian, profesor, , the director of Europejskiego Instytutu Kultury, Akademia Humanistyczna, Pultusk, Poland, The Polish University Abroad, Londyn, Anglia