Press release

Who is humming in your cabin?

Anna Brag art-work.

Thousands of travelers will this summer get the opportunity to see the latest edition of the exhibition Telling the Baltic on board the ferries Stena Vision and Stena Spirit. A ferry is a place where passengers normally don’t meet contemporary art.

A ferry tour in between Gdynia and Karlskrona is more than ten hours long and travelers are gathered in a confined space. Time is a prerequisite to embrace art.

Telling the Baltic is a collaborative story telling project in which art institutions, academia, museums and sea travelers around the Baltic Sea has converged with storytelling as a base. Stories from fishermen, lighthouse keepers, oceanographers, skippers, ferry personnel, sailors, islanders and shipyard workers have been collected by artists, scholars, museum curators and journalists.

The stories have in turn inspired artists who have created new works for the exhibition. The exhibition has been shown in various guises in Sweden, Germany, Poland and Russia.

Now the exhibition has been renewed and adapted to life on board the ferries. The heading “Who is humming in your cabin?” refers to a sound installation by Laura Stasiulyte that you can experience in your cabin. There are works mostly on deck 9 including the lounge in the spa-department. The floating gallery is onboard the ferries going in traffic in between Gdynia and Karlskrona.

We are honoured that the European Commission appointed Art Line as a Flagship this year.

Hence, the exhibition tour gets a symbolic frame when travelling on board a ship.

Participating artists

Patrycja Orzechowska, Iwona Zajac, Anna Steller, Johan Thurfjell, Astrid Göransson, Anna Brag, Henrik Lund Jörgensen, Anton Zabrodin,

Konstantin Trachenkov, Aleksandr Ljubin Oleg Blyablyas, Paetrick Schmidt, Michael Solltau, Laura Stasiulyte, Irma Stanaityte,

Jurgita Remeikyte, Gintaras Makarevicius.

A documentary about the exhibition tour and interviews with the artists is made by Justyna Zajac and Marek Zygmunt.

The original stories from the Baltic are also on display.

Participating institutions and organisations

Blekinge museum, Contemporary Art Centre Laznia, NCCA Kaliningrad, Vilnius Academy of Arts/Nida Art Colony, Kunsthalle Rostock, Blekinge Institute of Technology/Digital culture and communication, Region Blekinge, Stena Line Scandinavia, European Culture Foundation, Art Mission Kaliningrad, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Art Line is partly financed by the South Baltic Cross-Border Programme.

The international art project Art Line and Stena Line welcomes you to the ferry!

There are many sets of photos at Flickr from the exhibition tour and the workshops:http://www.flickr.com/photos/art_line/sets /

www.artline-southbaltic.eu