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More information about the participants in Hydro Active City

Little Ice Age, Olga Warabida & Mariusz Samól (Poland)

Little Ice Age is a sound installation that serves as a surreal intervention into the fabric of the city. Artists drew inspiration for their work from historical records according to which the past, winters in our climate were so severe that it was possible to travel between Sweden and Poland across the frozen Baltic sea. Therefore, at the height of a spring time in Gdansk pedestrians walking on the footbridge over the Radunia canal, connecting Rybaki Dolne and Górne Streets, will have the opportunity to experience a truly winter-like situation and revive feelings accompanying the act of crossing the frozen Baltic Sea. Participants’ bodies will serve as interfaces, which bring installation into life, and the triggered sound will change the perception of reality.

Sound: Anna Suda.

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Message in a bottle.

Message in a bottle, Maciej Wojnicki (Poland)

“Message in a bottle is a project based on a custom designed social interaction tool combined of a dedicated mobile app and a website. User is given virtual bottle where one can drop messages (sentences, questions, short stories, images). Message is instantly and virtually packed into a bottle and dropped into the river. Bottle floats down the river (Radunia canal) until it gets stranded somewhere by the shore populating the riverside. Visitors walk along, discover messages of unknown authors, answer them, put back into bottles and send further, throwing back down to the river. Soon the bottle gets stranded again, another visitor finds it in a different place with original message and it`s replies, if he joins the conversation the bottle flows further.“

Water Memory, Piotr Wyrzykowski (Poland)

“Water memory” is an interactive art project that uses a specially designed app for tablets through which the viewer is transferred into a virtual world – “augmented reality”. The inspiration for this art piece was a pseudoscientific hypothesis stating  that water has an ability to collect and store information. “Water memory” offers viewers a sentimental journey into the history, which will be rediscovered, when wandering streets of Oslek. By using the programmed application, the real image captured by the tablet camera layers with an imaginary underwater world, full of memorabilia and signs of the past. Water becomes a perceptual filter through which the wiever is visually and audibly “immersed” in a non-linear narrative created by the artist.

Water Memory.

Application for Android: Toucan Systems / Audio: Krzysztof Topolski – Arszyn / Narrative path: Mieczyslaw Abramowicz.
Post-Fishing Post, Justinas Gaigalas and Rytis Urbanskas (Lithuania)

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Mozemorze is an installation based on the analysis of language and its onomatopoetic aspect, on the image of the sound of the sea. The project moves and emphasises conventionality and delusion of a created situation, and, at the same time, the power of imagination, suggestibility of human voices that carry us into the world of individual’s imagination. It is meant to bring relief from the hustle and bustle of the city, focus attention on the voice of other people, but also to move to an imaginary world. Abstract rush, an attempt to appeal to the real sound of the sea, deepens the conventionality of an event. However, it is to stir up the imagination, enter into the realm of dreams of a blue vastness, close to your eyes and believe that it is the sound of the sea.

May 31 – June 2 20.00 Baltic sea cultural centre, Korzenna 33/35 street, Gdansk.

Dowody – Honorata Martin

An installation for voyeurs. A video trapped in a darkroom like a photograph. A fleeting moment. A moment of ecstasy. A moment of terror. Emotions in a box. Water has cleansing properties, gives peace, tranquility. Water, dark water, arouses fear, hides secrets. “I can soak for hours in a lake but I never swim out too far where I cannot see a lakebed.”

May 31 – June 2 20.00 (8 p.m)/BSCC Parking lot, Bielanska street, Gdansk.

OKNA – WINDOWS  Kamila Chomicz, Krzysztof Topolski

The theme of the audio-visual projection is water, its structure and presence in nature. The film is accompanied by a soundtrack, composed in the sounds of water. Projection, both on a visual and sound layer remains for a period of time invisible and inaudible. As it gets darker, there slowly emerge shapes and sounds.

May 31 – June 2 20.00 (8 pm) at theBSCC Parking lot, Bielanska street, Gdansk.

More Kamila Chomicz information

More Krzysztof Topolski information

Hertzschmertz & Ebola Ape – the tresures and shipwrecks – marine audio-visual stories

Treasures and shipwrecks is an audio-visual tandem comprising of Agata Krolak (Hertzschmertz) and Ebola Ape. In the course of a performance the artists will submerge us deep  in the dense images and sounds to show a sea full of anxieties, dark secrets, broken hearts and promises. There will be a lot of contrasts, contradictions and idiosyncrasies, because the sea is variable and treacherous, and its bottom await treasures and shipwrecks.

May 31 21.30 (9.30 pm) BSCC Parking lot, Bielanska street, Gdansk

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Link to sound from Ebola Ape

Shipyard on air – the famous (now demolished) mural.

Shipyard On Air, Iwona Zając
1-2 June 2013, 4.00-8.00 pm / corner of Jana z Kolna street, Gdansk

On the 18th of January 2013 a wall with the „Shipyard” mural (2004-2012) on it was demolished. As a result of that I felt an urge to revisit this project.
I searched out 8-year old tapes with testimonies of shipyard workers. Recorded in the halls of the shipyard using the most basic dictaphone, their audio quality wasn’t the best.
Restored, but not completely stripped of distortions and shipyard noises, they will be broadcasted as a recorded voice of the people that have by and large left the shipyard.
Thanks to co-operation with Radio Gdansk we will be able to listen to these recordings on the grounds of the non-existent shipyard wall.
I would like the transmitter artwork to remain in the city space permanently.
The „Shipyard” mural is a work of art that became strongly associated with Gdansk city scape. I’ve been approached by people who asked for the mural-related materials to be publicly accessible. The result was a website in both Polish and English. It contains transcripts, recorded testimonies of the workers as well as a photographic documentation of the „Shipyard” mural and a free digital „Shipyard”catalogue. This way I’d like to preserve a part of history of our city and of the people that live in it.

June 1-2 2013, 16.00-20.00 (4.00-8.00 pm) / corner of Jana and Kolna street, Gdansk

Hydro Laboratory

“Hydro laboratory” is an opportunity to discover and explore the fascinating world of nature and technology. The artistic duo wtih a scientific flair will demonstrate dry ice and warm ice, how a cloud is formulatied, what shape and colour water has, why some objects sink while others float on the surface. We encourage adults and children to participate in the experiments.

June 1, 17.00-19.00, on the square behind NOT, Wodopoj street, Gdansk.

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Liquid video session by the one minutes

In BSCC gallery a unique relaxation space will be created, where soothing images will roll spectators in the rhythm of waves. In this space visitors will be invited to have a spirit purifying audio-visual bathe, relax, take a break and collect thoughts. The Liquid video session thematic compilation is a journey through one-minute stories with “liquid” element, selected specially for Digital Forms Festival.

June 1 20.00 (8 pm) BSCC Gallery, Korzenna 33/35, Gdansk.

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Evening, outdoor audio-visual show will submerge in the harmony of clarinet and analogue visualizations. The performance of Jerzy Mazzoll and Ebert brothers will be connected by a water theme, which will exist both in music and visualizations. Spectacular methodology used in the artists’ work makes not only sound and image fascinating, but also the creative process itself. Fluidations is an analog visualization arising from liquids created to live music. In their performance, Egbert brothers extracts beauty arising on the borderline between fluid and light. Using a variety of substances, the take advantage of their chemical and physical properties. In this way, the analogue limitations become a mean to achieve unique animation.

June 1 21.30 (9.30 pm) BSCC parking lot, Bielanska street, Gdansk.

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The audio-visual project Total Sound Space is all about creative converting, “recycled” reality in the visual and audio space, using commonly available objects. The project is inspired by the city space and water motif, whose presence in the structure of the city fills the limited space with a discrete sound. It pulses, vibrates, interferes. We’ll look it and listen. The Radunia channel will become a point of reference for our actions. We will attempt to incorporate in educational activity to creatively transform the image of sound.

June 2, 21.30 (9.30 pm) cape by a Small Mill Wielke Mlyny Gdansk.

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Coloroscopes Alina Zemojdzin & Artur Trzcinski

Coloroscopes is the easiest way to put an analogue visuals created live to music. Artists use techniques of mixing colorful liquids and oily substances giving unique visual effects. This time they will take us on a journey to distant an unknown corners of the universe in search of water and life. Images will be accompanied by intriguing sounds of nature: from gurgle from the bottom of the earth to vibrations from interstellar space.

June 2 21.30 (9.30 pm) 17 Rybaki Gorne street 17, Gdansk.

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Press release

Realized this weekend in Gdansk: Hydro Active City

The Radunia canal in Gdansk, where it all will happen 31st of May – 2nd of June.
Photo 2012 by magro_kr

“Hydro Active City” is an innovative exhibition in public space, using the latest tools and mobile technologies (tablets, smartphones, wi-fi), which will be held in Gdansk, Poland on 31st May – 2nd June.

Water is an element that both connects and divides all partners of ART LINE project, in which frames the contest was conducted. This motif has become a natural source of inspiration for artistic exploration of hydroactive art works, understood as inspired by water in the broadest sense of the term – geographical, chemical, hydrological, literary or symbolic. An “active” element requires the artists to create works that engage the viewer and not just put them in the passive situation of a viewer. The artworks in a natural way will weave into the urban fabric and will revitalise the passage, running along the Radunia river canal, between Heveliusza and Krosna street.

The competition was organised by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre within the international art project, ART LINE. Out of 50 proposals from Poland, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania, Russia and Denmark, an international jury panel chose 4 projects that have been completed and will be presented at the exhibition:
the Little Ice Age, Olga Warabida & Mariusz Samól (Poland)
Message in a bottle, Maciej Wojnicki (Poland)
Water Memory, Piotr Wyrzykowski (Poland)
Post-Fishing Post, Justinas Gaigalas and Rytis Urbanskas (Lithuania)-honorable mention.

Preparing for the festival connected to the HAC, Iwona Zajac, Piotr Jagielski and Marek Iwanowski.
Photo Magda Małyjasiak.

The post-contest exhibition “Hydro active city” will be accompanied by a Digital Forms Festival, presenting in public space interactive installations inspired by water. To participate in this event we have invited: Iwona Zając, Marcin Dymiter & Franczak Ludomir Franczak, Honorata Martin, Alina Zemojdzin & Artur Trzcinski, Kamila Chomicz & Krzysztof Topolski, Hertzsmertz & Ebola Ape. Mazzoll and Fluidations, C4030.

The exhibition opens in the afternoon on 31st May, 2013 and lasts until 2nd June, 2013 . The work will be presented to viewers in the afternoon, and each day will end the evening surprise. We encourage participants to bring their own tablets and Smartphones (prepared applications will work on Android). For viewers who do not have such equipment, the organiser will provide to enable them participation.

Read the programme here.

Art Line presented to Euroregion Baltic

Project leader Torun Ekstrand presenting Art Line for representatives from Denmark, Poland, Lithuania and Russia.

Some 30 representatives from Euroregion Baltic Executive Board gave project leader Torun Ekstrand their full attention as she presented the Art Line project to them, Monday afternoon the 27th of May. The meeting took place in Karlskrona.
Euroregion Baltic (ERB) was established in February 1998 and is a cooperation in the south-east of the Baltic Sea region, consisting of eight regions of Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. It was the first Euroregion to have formally included a partner from the Russian Federation. ERB works for improving life conditions for its inhabitants, promoting bonds and contacts among local communities, and providing measures for a more sustainable development within the region.
Torun Ekstrand told the board about the good cooperation within the Art Line project, and how much activity this has lead to, making the South Baltic region a more attractive place to live and work.
She also took the opportunity to invite the audience to take advantage of the Art Line exhibitions and the project network.

Report from the international mixed media festival

Full house in Blekinge museum when Art Line and BTH event #MIXITUPFEST started Friday 24th of May.

During three days – and one night – Swedish city Karlskrona was the arena for mixing art forms and realitites, May 24-26. The #MIXITUPFEST with performances, art installations, marathon reading, seminar and workshops, enhanced the knowledge of the possibilities AR (augmented reality) now gives museum people aswell as curators and artists. Guests from not only around the Baltic but also around the world participated during the event. This was an arena where both scholars and artists met the public, all in the spirit of the Art Line project.

Maria Engberg at BTH made the keynote speech at the seminar on Friday the 24th.

The first event was a daytime seminar and workshops, Friday the 24th at Blekinge tekniska högskola BTH in Karlskrona where the concept of Augmented reality (AR) was explained, first and foremost by Maria Engberg of BTH (and Georgia Tech). After that, several examples of this were presented from representatives from the BTH, Malmö högskola and Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology). Presenters included: Melissa Foulger & Rebecca Rouse (Digital Media and Performance, Georgia Tech), Matthew Rouser (AR and Urban Space, Malmö), Daniel Spikol (Computer Science, Malmö University), Trish Harris (Curator and Journal Editor, USA), Talan Memmott (Digital Artist and Researcher, BTH), Maria Engberg (AR/MR and Digital Culture Researcher, BTH), Lissa Holloway-Attaway (AR/MR and Digital Culture Researcher, BTH), Elektro Moon Vision: Elwira Wojtunik & Popesz Csaba Láng (Media Artists, Poland), Mateusz Pek (Media Artist, Poland), Jesper Norda (Media Artist, Sweden), Astrid Selling Sjöberg and Kristin Borgehed (Musicans and Culture Heritage Researchers, Folk Practice Academy). In the afternoon of the AR/MR day there was also a “poster session” presenting projects from students in Digital Culture and Computer Science at Blekinge Institute of Technology and Malmö University and other researchers. Among the projects are cultural heritage and tourist applications, games, and art and narrative projects. Due to unforseen circumstances the keynote speaker of the seminar, professor Jay David Bolter, was not able to attend, but could later during the #MIXITUPFEST take part in the different activities.

Friday evening, there was a series of performances and three installations were started – all at the Blekinge museum, Karlskrona. They all in one way or another could be said to be mixing realities – the digital and the physical. Music, dance and theatre were some of the traditional art forms that were in different ways “augmented” by technical devices. The performances were part of educational programs about using digital technology in an art context.

The artist installations were made by Jesper Norda, Mateusz Pek, Elektro Moon Vision (Elwira Wojtunik, Popesz Csaba Láng with the assistance of Magdalena Pińczyńska), and the screening of the Re-Making Moby Dick Project with Project Curator and Director Trish Harris and Lissa Holloway-Attaway.

The Barbarum fretum installation(video)

From the marathon reading of Moby-Dick. The light was on the readers of Moby-Dick, though a lot of devices were used in order to broadcast and to connect the participants from overseas.

Saturday, the public in Karlskrona got the opportunity to experience the different installations, which many of them did. By noon it was time for a marathon reading of the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick. This was done in real time on the internet, and with participation from all over the world via Skype. The marathon reading took place in the Blekinge museum auditiorium which was transformed into a broadcast central during the (as it all came down to) 25 hour reading.

Press release

# MIXITUPFEST international art festival with augmented reality in Karlskrona

Smart phones, tablets and apps gives artists new opportunities to create realities we have not seen before. What was science fiction in the morning is a reality for lunch. The future of culture presented to the public for three days in Karlskrona in two different realities, the physical and the digital meet.

From Friday to Sunday, Karlskrona residents and anyone else who visits the city to have the opportunity to experience how the digital and the physical world are merging. In a three-day festival called # MIXITUPFEST with most varied elements – both tangible and dreamy – everybody is welcome to view or participate in a variety of activities in different locations in central Karlskrona and at BTH college.

The event has attracted participants from all over the world. Among them are drama scholars from Georgia Tech University in the U.S., as well as one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of “augmented reality” Professor Jay Bolter.

The international art project Art Line, part-financed by the EU and with partners in five countries around the Baltic Sea, is behind this digital festival together with Blekinge Institute of Technology. Whoever moves in central Karlskrona during the weekend will be able to take part in various installations and performances, but also take an active part in the creation.

Examples include the use of digital technologies in contemporary performing arts, an advanced digital room where you can take a “bath” without water, dance, music, video in various formats where the different realities meet.

Applications and more information about the three-day festival is the Art Line website:


We include also a “short program” with descriptions of the festival’s content.

Questions about # MIXITUPFEST to Art Line Communications Ingemar Lönnbom:

Mobile: 0708 310392

email: ingemar.lonnbom @
Ingemar Lönnbom
Information officer
Art Line

ingemar.lonnbom @

telephone: +46 708 310392

Art Line

Lead partner Blekinge Museum
Borgmästaregatan 21
SE-371 35 Karlskrona, Sweden

South Baltic Cross-Border Programme
Part Financed by the European Union (ERDF)

EU politician visited Art Line

Cecilia Wikström, Annika Thelin, Anna Ekström

Member of the EU parliament Cecilia Wikström (to the left in picture) visited international art project Art Line on May 17. Ms Wikström was greeted and informed by financial manager Annika Thelin (middle).  Art, cooperation and regional development were some of the meetings topics. Ms Wikström says she will gladly advocate the Art Line concept and help the project expanding its network in Brussels.  To the right Anna Ekström, chair of Folkpartiet Liberalerna in Karlskrona.

Trojmiasto Art Tours – happy participants

A number of art tours are made to the Tri-city area in Poland as a part of the Art Line project. This is a cooperation with project partner Stena Line and Swedish art associations. One of the art tours took place in mid May 2013. Participants Solgerd Bussenius, Mira Mathesdotter and Björn-Åke Zetterberg all went back to Sweden with a lot of impressions and expressed their contentment both with the arrangement and the art itself.

Art in a public space – summary of day 2

The roundtable discussion on the 18th of May.

Day two of the conference Art in a public space – festival or not was just as full of impressions as the first. There was a enlighting mixture of concrete examples of art projects and more in depth analysis.
The speakers were Julia Draganović, Julita Wójcik, Agnieszka Wołodźko, Torun Ekstrand and Bettina Pelz. As day one there was a roundtable discussion as a conclusion. The arranging part got well deserved praise as did the interpreters and the technical staff at the Baltic Cultural Center in Gdansk, where the conference was held.

See pictures from the conference day 2 here:

Morning day 2
Afternoon day 2

(high definition pictures are avaliable, just get in contact with the Art Line information officer, Ingemar Lönnbom)

Exclusive interview with Michaela Crimmin from the Royal College of Art in London. She shares her thoughts on the conference and how to continue. Don’t miss!

Art in a public space – summary of day 1

The first day of Art Line conference Art in a public space – festival or not? presented five devoted and interesting speakers. Martin Schibli, Dominik Lejman, Michał Bieniek, Kuba Szreder and Michaela Crimmin, from different countries with a variety of thoughts on the concept of art and – not in the least – on the concept of public space!

The day ended with a Roundtable Discussion with all five participants.

Sound has been recorded from the speeches and will be published at a later time. As of now we have pictures – and an exclusive eight minute interview with artist Dominik Lejman, who among other things say that artists should be just as respected for their professionals skills as, say, a doctor or a lawyer.

Listen to the interview with Dominik Lejman!

Press release

Conference about art in the public space, May 17-18

There is more and more of them: art projects that appear in the public space, engaging – or in some cases annoying – a broad and sometimes unprepared audience. It is time to reflect on this. The conference on art in the public space and digital media forms is held May 17-18, 2013 at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk.

One thing that has recently stirred up the discourse in the Tri-City (Gdynia-Sopot-Gdansk) area 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, their aim is to familiarise the average viewer with art.

The conference will penetrate questions like: 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 all those locals who experience thousands of strangers flooding their streets in a quest for artistic projects? And last but not least – what is the public space as such, since it no longer embraces merely the urban space?

The invited curators and artists will share their experience with projects in the public space.

However, it is the inhabitants invited by the organisers who will remain at the centre of the discussion, both those accepting and rejecting such projects.

Art in the public space – festival or not ?

A conference on art in the public domain and digital media will be a part of the international Art Line project.

17 – 18 May, 2013

Venue: the Baltic Sea Culture Centre, Korzenna Str. 33/35, Gdansk

The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

You can join the event on Facebook

More information:

Ingemar Lönnbom, information officer at Art Line:

cell phone +46 708 310392

Within Sweden: 0708 310392

Links to more information:

Read what the speakers reveal on beforehand!

Information in Polish.

Newsletter 12

Read our newsletter here!

Piotr Wyrzykowski: Water Memory, one of the winners of the contest Hydro Active City.

  • Mid May: Conference in Gdansk – what about festival-like art events?
  • Late May: Digital art – #MIXITUP festival in Karlskrona
  • May/June: Winners of contest Hydro Active City will present their work. Gdansk.

Read more in Newsletter No 12.

Art Line present when culture became a priority area

Art Line participated at the Kick-off for culture as a priority area, PA, in Berlin. The Swedish Cultural Attaché in Berlin, Ms Marika Lagercrantz , showed great interest in the Art Line project, which was one of the longest running culture projects that were present.

There is now a Priority Area Culture in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The official Kick-Off for this new area took place on April 18 in the Representation of Land Schleswig-Holstein in Berlin.

At a separate meeting for the Flagship project leaders in the presence of the appointed co-coordinators for PA Culture, Art Line’s project leader Ms Torun Ekstrand gave a short orientation about the recently appointed flagship project. Other leaders for the Flagship-to-be projects were also there, presenting ideas for future collaboration.

Listen to soundbites!

The Kick-off event gave numerous opportunities to meet representatives of projects, officials and politics from the countries around the Baltic. Art Line took the opportunity to collect live interviews with some of the participants, e.g Marika Lagercrantz:

The moderator for one of the discussions, professor dr. Gernot Wolfram (Publicist, Member of European Commission’s Team Europe as cultural expert) also made a statement for the Art Line website. Listen to the interview with him here:

Art Line also spoke with Ragnar Siil, undersecretary for fine arts at the Estonian ministry of culture. He has some interesting views of how the people from the culture sector in society can convince the economic people it is wise to support culture:

Comment from the project leader

- I am very pleased that we from Art Line got the opportunity to inform about our Flagship project. We also got a confirmation that the PA Culture co-coordinators has good knowledge about us and will be our “ambassadors” in the future, says Torun Ekstrand, project leader at Art Line as she is summing up the Berlin meeting.

Art Line – project prolonged until 2014!

Art Line continues until March 31 next year. The Steering Committee of the Programme South Baltic Cross Border Co-operation has approved an extension.

The decision was based on conclusions from the project assessment, such as:

“The project enhances the dissemination of the already achieved results, and improves their durability. It is valuable contribution to the South Baltic area in the context of enriching the cross-border cultural arena. The proposed activities, in majority, are innovative, have logic of intervention, and positively impact the situation of the target group.

The Art Line project is valuable for the Programme area and symbolizes good practice example in terms of management, partnership and progress of implementation. The project is represented by the small institutions with a large dedication to the development of the culture/art field in the Programme regions. Within the project lifetime high ambition level and commitment are observed by the JTS, resulted in the appointment to the Flagship project for the EUSBSR. Following the assessment criteria the proposed extension should be considered as deserved prolongation, chance to reinforce impact of activities and networks development for durability in the future.”

Newsletter 11

Newsletter 11

Some of the artists participating in “Telling the Baltic” gathered in Kaliningrad.

Read our newsletter here!

  • Art Line extended!
  • Listen to what VIP:s say about Art Line (sound bites).
  • Read about the opening for Telling the Baltic in Kaliningrad.

Programme and participants in the Art Line conference May 17-18

Art Line Gdansk 2013 | Conference
Art in the Public Space – Festival or Not?

Friday, 17th May 2013
9:45 – 10:00
Contexts, spaces and commissioning
10:00 – 10:50 Martin Schibli,
What is it with Public Art that Makes it so Hard to Love it?
10:50 – 11:40 Dominik Lejman,
The Right to Space
11:40 – 12:30 Michał Bieniek,
Curator-Orderer: from the Context and Medium to a Curatorial and
Organisational ‘Failure’
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
Economy, funding and institutions
13:30 – 14:20 Kuba Szreder,
The political Economy of Public Art Projects
14:20 – 15:10 Michaela Crimmin,
Art for All? Observation, Participation, Collaboration and
Opposition in Contemporary Art Practice
15:10 – 16:00
Roundtable Discussion
Saturday, 18th May 2013
9:45 – 10:00
Dialogue, conflict, site-specificity and the role of an artist
10:00 – 10:50 Julia Draganović,
Note on Time Based Public Art
10:50 – 11:40 Julita Wójcik
Daily Life of a Festival
11:40 – 12:30 Agnieszka Wołodźko,
Discuss, not Decorate!
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
Festival, regionalisation and the public
13:30 – 14:00 Torun Ekstrand,
What and where is Art in the Public Domain?
14:00 – 14:50 Bettina Pelz,
Visual Seismographs
14:50 – 16:00
Roundtable Discussion

pdf:s for downloading and printing:

Art Line Gdansk 2013 | Conference
Art in the Public Space – Festival or Not?

Michał Bieniek, studied at the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in
Wrocław; head of the Managing Board of the Foundation for Contemporary Art ART TRANSPARENT,
creator and general curator of the SURVIVAL Art Review; originator and coordinator of the
contemporary art gallery Mieszkanie Gepperta (Geppert’s Apartment). Twice, in 2006 and 2010, he
was granted scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and in 2004 was awarded
the Marshal of Lower Silesia Prize. In 2009 and 2010, nominated for the ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’ WARTO
Award, which he received in 2010. Since 2010 he has been a Research Student by Project at the
Curating Contemporary Art Department of the Royal College of Art in London. In 2011, he was granted
‘Młoda Polska’ scholarship.
Michaela Crimmin, curator, co-founder and director of Culture+Conflict. Her ongoing research
explores the relationship between the arts and societal issues, particularly artists’ perspectives on
environmental and other contemporary challenges, and artists’ engagement with public space. She is
a course tutor on the Curating Contemporary Art masters programme at the Royal College of Art,
programming two courses in 2013: ‘Art in the Public Domain’ and ‘Art and Globalisation’.
Her current work with Culture+Conflict aims to build support and recognition for arts and cultural
activity specifically in conflict and post-conflict situations. She has also recently been working with the
artist Joanna Rajkowska on a commission for the UK city of Peterborough as part of a programme
exploring how ‘citizen power’ can shape civic and democratic renewal.
She was previously Head of Arts at the RSA (1997-2010), a role that included commissioning the first
phase of the Fourth Plinth series in London’s Trafalgar Square, directing the Art for Architecture award
scheme, and latterly initiating and directing the Arts & Ecology Centre on behalf of the RSA and Arts
Council England. This five-year programme supported, promoted and debated artists’ responses to
current environmental challenges through a range of activities including artist commissions, a book,
and a series of events and international residencies. Prior to this she worked with artists in the public
sphere for over fifteen years of commissioning art with the pioneering public art agency, The Public Art
Development Trust. She is a member of the Higher Education Academy and lectures frequently
nationally and internationally.
Julia Draganović, a curator for contemporary art whose interest is focused on new artistic strategies
including art in public spaces, socially engaged practices and new media. She has curated shows in
Germany, Italy, Spain, the USA and Taiwan, including the curatorial projects of Bologna Art First 2010
- 2012 and at Art Miami since 2009. Draganović is a member of the committees of the Outdoor Gallery
in Gdansk (Poland), a board member of No Longer Empty, New York and a member of the Scientific
Committee of Mudam, Luxembourg. As founding member of the curatorial collective and platform for
contemporary art LaRete Art Projects, she is in charge of the International Award for Participatory Art
launched by the Legislative Assembly of the Italian Region Emilia-Romagna.
Institutional positions covered by Julia Draganović include Artistic Director of the Chelsea Art Museum
New York (2005-2006) and of PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (2007-2009).
Torun Ekstrand, project leader of Art Line which just received a Flagship status from the European
Commission. It is now part of the Action Plan for the Baltic Sea Strategy, the first Macro-regional
strategy in Europe. Culture is a part of the plan for development of the regions and Art Line is an
example of a South Baltic art cooperation network. Torun Ekstrand is a freelance since 2002, working
as curator and as project leader for public art projects in Artland. In 2011 she was awarded the
Honorary Award the Knight’s Cross of Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for promoting Polish art
in Scandinavia for many years. Torun Ekstrand has earlier worked at Art halls, museums and as
program manager of Crossmedia at the Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Dominik Lejman, visual artist, graduate of the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Gdańsk, Faculty
of Painting and Graphic Arts; and the Royal College of Art in London with the title of Master of Arts.
Lives and works in Poznań and Berlin. Awarded numerous Polish and international awards, including
the ‘Polityka’ Passport Award in 2001 for ‘art that innovatively combines traditional painting with
contemporary media technology’. Deals with painting, which he merges with video projections; carries
out video-frescoes and works in the form of large-scale photo-wallpapers. Besides individual and
group exhibitions, he also contributes with many works presented in public space at, including Burn
Festival, Cracow, (2012);
It hurts, I can’t feel anything, Grand Theatre – National Opera, Warsaw
(2011); 60sec. Cathedral, SkyWay Festival Toruń and Valgus Festival, Tallinn (2011); Lumiere,
Durham (2011); Light Move Festival, Łódź (2011); Double Layer. Fossils and Gardens, European
Parliament, Brussels (2011); Second City, video frescoes Śródka, (cooperation: Galeria Starter)
Poznań (2010); Panoptical Machines, SkyWay Festival, Toruń, (2010).
Bettina Pelz, since 2000 the curatorial work of Bettina Pelz has been dedicated to interdisciplinary
projects in urban space, postindustrial environments and world cultural heritage sites. Internationally
she has been involved in projects in the arts in Australia, China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany,
Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, South-Africa and Switzerland, among others, since
2000 with focus on light as material and media in the arts. She is the founding curator of the awarded
festival formats “Lichtrouten” (Germany, since 2002), “Glow” (Netherlands, 2006 to 2009], “Narracje”
(Poland, 2009 to 2011) and “Lichtstroeme” (Germany, since 2011).
Martin Schibli, curator, critic and lecturer based in Sweden. Between 2006 and 2102, as a curator
and director of exhibitions, he transformed the Kalmar konstmuseum into one of the top institutions in
Sweden. During the last decade he curated about 80 exhibitions in eleven countries, including
Sweden, Russia, Germany, Lithuania and Poland, organised at museums, art galleries and biennials.
Last year Kalmar konstmuseum was also an official partner to the Berlin Biennale. His exhibitions
include individual displays of works by Artur Żmijewski, Marina Naprushkina and Georg Baselitz. He is
one of the main curators for the upcoming Shiryaevo Biennale in Russia, with other exhibition projects
planned in Russia, China and Chile. In Sweden he is also known for the book How to become a
contemporary artist in three days, a survival guide to the art world. Besides curating, he also lectures
regularly at universities and art schools.
Kuba Szreder, a graduate of the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University (Cracow). Curator of
the Free / Slow University of Warsaw. As part of his curatorial practice he organises public art and
research projects, convenes seminars and conferences, writes articles and edits publications. His
interdisciplinary projects actively engage in public the sphere, combine artistic practices with other
formats of cultural production, critical reflection upon the art world and thorough examination of
society. In the autumn of 2009 he started his PhD research at Loughborough University School of the
Arts, where he scrutinises the apparatus of project making and its relation to the independent
curatorial practice.
Agnieszka Wołodźko, studied at the Faculty of Painting and Graphic Arts of the State Higher School
of Visual Arts in Gdańsk between 1980-1986. Currently, her PhD Thesis is in preparation on
participation art in Scandinavia between 1990 and 2010 at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Adam
Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Works as an artist (dealing with painting, photography, installations,
sound, actions, artistic workshops for various social groups, and formulating ideas), curator and author
of texts on art, architecture and contemporary urban design, as well as topical problems faced by
modern cities. Participant in a plethora of exhibitions and artistic projects in Poland and abroad. Held
residencies in New York, Reykjavik, Helsinki, Graz, Bremen, Japan and Berlin. Published the
photographic album Japan 2002-2003. Photographic Diary (Ryszard Ziarkiewicz Publishing, 2005).
Since 2000, she has worked as an exhibition curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia in
Julita Wójcik, sculptor and initiator of artistic actions. Gained renown as a chronicler of provincial
domestic aesthetics. Addressing daily activities, her works blur the borders between reality and art.
Her vivid actions achieve effects through a minimum of involved means, such as peeling potatoes in a
gallery or reading Strzemiński’s Theory of Vision to grazing cows in the fields (Unistic Landscape,
2007), while her sculptures representing pre-fab housing appear as products of the allegedly feminine
activity of crocheting. Crocheting, sweeping the floor, gardening, building ponds in public spaces and
bird feeders, flowing kites – all this does not evoke immediate associations with art, but rather with the
experience of the everyday, as if from an already somewhat bygone era. Simple activities only gain
proper rank in their artistic context, which nobilitates them on the one hand, while deprives art of its
elitism on the other. Obfuscating the difference between the everyday and the artistic, Wójcik paints a
humoristic portrait of the human condition.
Graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk in 1997. In 2012, shw was
awarded the “Polityka” Passport Award and Storm of the Year Award. Multiple scholarship holder of
the Ministry of Culture in 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, and in 1995/6. Scholarship of the Foundation for
Culture in 2001. Resident at, among other places, Art in General in New York in 2006, the Visegrad
Fund 2010. Works in public collections: Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Museum of Art in
Łódź, National Museum in Warsaw, Arsenał Gallery in Białystok, Society for the Encouragement of
Contemporary Art in Szczecin, HorseCross in Perth, Scotland, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz, (born in 1987 in Wrocław), art historian and curator. Studied art history at
London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, where she graduated from the MA seminar run by Prof Sarah
Wilson and Prof Boris Groys with her thesis devoted to the early days of Polish mail-art and strategies
of breaking isolation in the face of a specific social-political realm. PhD student at the Courtauld
Institute of Art, where she explores alternative artistic exchange networks in Eastern Europe and
South America. Writes on contemporary art and neo-avantgarde movements in authoritarian states in
the context of the idea of solidarity, cooperation and dialogue. Editor of the catalogue Exhibitionism,
co-curator of the international show EastWingIX, and the project Active Poetry devoted to Polish art in
public space. Miśniakiewicz has collaborated with, among others, the White Cube Gallery in London,
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Santa Cruz in Bolivia, Contemporary Muzeum in Wrocław, and
Biennale de Santa Cruz dela Sierra.

Telling the Baltic has opened in Kaliningrad

“Telling the Baltic” has opened in Kaliningrad

The International Art Exhibition “Telling the Baltic” is now officially opened in Kaliningrad. Telling the Baltic is a unique art project that links the countries around the Baltic Sea together. As from April 19 this is now the fourth time it opens, but in a entirely new context at the BB NCCA Kaliningrad.

The exhibition is based on different personal stories from people who live around the Baltic sea travels to it and those who works on the Baltic Sea itself. The stories has then inspired artists from the participating countries to create contemporary art works.

What is shown in Kaliningrad is in big parts the same art that was previously shown in Karlskrona, Gdansk and Rostock, but here it has been placed in an existing museum, The Museum of the World Ocean, and the historic fort Kronprinz Tower with its contemporary art center. The works are shown in a new context such as the museum ship Vityaz or with museum exhibits, in departments like shipbuilding and fishing.

The exhibition reflects the common historical roots of the people around the Baltic Sea in contemporary art. Fishermen, lighthouse keepers, mechanics, sailors and islanders, dock workers, rescue workers and scientists, they have all contributed to the collection of stories that are the basis for the exhibition. A part of the project was the collecting of stories whose contents were raw material for further work and inspired artists in several workshops in Sweden and Lithuania.

Nearly 30 project participants from Lithuania, Russia (Kaliningrad), Sweden, Germany and Poland have been working with photography, video and sound, installations and objects. Everything is held together by a common factor – The Baltic Sea. The exhibition was inaugurated at Blekinge museum in the summer of 2012, went on to CCA Laznia in Gdansk and by March 2013 the Kunsthalle Rostock.

Artists: Poland: Patrycja Orzechowska, Iwona Zając, Anna Steller, Łukasz Szałankiewicz, Anna Zaradny, Agnieszka Wolodzko, Marek Zygmunt. Sweden: Astrid Göransson Anna Brag Johan Thurfjell Denmark: Henrik Lund Jørgensen Russia: Anton Zabrodin, Oleg Blyablyas, Katerina Cherevko, Konstantin Traschenkov, Aleksandr Ljubin, Evgeny Umansky, Aleksey Tchebykin, Danil Akimov, Aleksey Chebykin, Vasiliev Kolesnik, Alexander Lubin, Alex Trotsak Vadim Chaly, Vadim Chaly Germany: Katrin Roeber, Paetrick Schmidt, Michael Soltau Lithuania: Laura Stasiulyte, Irma Stanaityte, Jurgita Remeikyte, Dainius Dapkevicius, Gintaras Makarevicius

Telling the Baltic has been implemented as part of the art project Art Line, which is partly financed by the EU’s South Baltic Cross-Border Programme. Art Line was recently appointed a flagship project in the EU by the European Commission and is included as a part of a part of the action plan for the Baltic Sea Strategy (EUSBSR). This summer, the exhibition Telling the Baltic will travel on Stena Line ferries between Karlskrona and Gdynia.

Participants Telling the Baltic are: Nida Art Colony & Arts Academy (Vilnius, Nida / Lithuania), Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad NCCA) (Kaliningrad / Russia), NGO Art Mission, Museum of Contemporary Art Laznia (Gdansk / Poland), Kunsthalle (Rostock / Germany) and Blekinge Museum and Blekinge Institute of Technology (Blekinge / Sweden).

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam / Netherlands), EU (European Development Fund).
Partner: Museum of the World Ocean (Kaliningrad / Russia)
The countries participating in the project: Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Kaliningrad / Russia, Sweden.
The project website:
Curators and initiator of the project: Karlskrona / Sweden – Torun Ekstrand, Gdansk / Poland – Agnieszka Wolodzko
Curators: Kaliningrad / Russia – Julia Bardoun, Elena Tsvetaeva, coordinator Zinaida Shershun, Nida / Lithuania – Race Antanaviciute, Rostock / Germany – Ulrich Ptak.
More information about the exhibition Telling the Baltic:

Link to page with short information in Russian.
Torun Ekstrand, Project: 0709 30 49 71
e-mail: torun.ekstrand @

Ingemar Lönnbom, Information: 0708 31 03 92
e-mail: ingemar.lonnbom @

Newsletter 10

  • Art Line – Flagship project in the EU!
  • Three projects wins Hydro Active City
  • Telling the Baltic opens in Kaliningrad

Read our newsletter no 10 here!

Press release

Art Line is now a Flagship project in the EU

The art project Art Line with partners from the countries around the Baltic Sea has now been officially appointed a Flagship project in the EU. This is very rare, not  least since Art Line is a cultural project. This is also the first time that a cultural project achives this status in the South Baltic Cross-Border programme.

Art Line is now also a part of the action plan for the new Baltic Sea Strategy – “Action Plan for the Baltic Region”. Through Art Line culture has been acknowledged as an important part of the developement power in the region. (EUSBSR The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the first macro-regional strategy in Europe). Art Line is one of six Flagships projects in the South Baltic Cross-Border programme.

- The appointment is a statement that culture plays an important role in the joint efforts for making the south Baltic region an attractive place to live, work and visit, says project leader Torun Ekstrand. We and our partners around the Baltic sea are very happy about this, and we are convinced that this type of project is a good way to cooperate.

Art Line is an international art project. No less than 14 partners from 5 countries around the Baltic Sea have created a co-operative platform for art and academia in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Russia and Lithuania. One of the important achievements so far is a growing network between the institutions. The project has also led to opportunities for artists, who have been able to present themselves in new contexts, interacting with people in public space, on the internet, in exhibitions, and on the Stena Line ferries between Gdynia and Karlskrona. Thus the public in the participating countries has been given new opportunities experiencing contemporary art of high quality. The project period is 2011-2013, but the network and the platforms the project has created will live much longer than that.

Art Line is a Flagship-project in the EU and also a part of the Action Plan for the Baltic Sea Strategy. Art Line is seen as a high quality project with a focus on contemporary art and will serve as a role model for art co-operation in Europe. Art Line is establishing a platform for future collaborations in between art and academy and for artists.

Criterias that have been taken into consideration in the nomination process are:

  • partnerships are based on mutual learning.
  • how cooperation has made the results stronger.
  • that the results achieved are applicable/of interest beyond the specific local and national context.
  • the project focuses on ”life after the end of the project” aspects.

Links to more information:

Information in English, Flagship projects.

Action plan, word document.

Artline Partners

Associated partners

Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad NCCA)

Nida Art Colony

Stena Line Scandinavia AB

Region Blekinge

Hydro Active City – the winners are…


For the contest “Hydro active city”, organized by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in the frame of Art Line project we have received 47 applications from: Poland, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania, Russia and Denmark.

On February 19-20th, 2013 the jury of The Hydro Active City contest, comprising of: Anna Zalewska-Andruszkiewicz (PL), Jacob Lillemose (DEN), Ryszard W. Kluszczyński (PL) and Peter Hagdahl  (SE) chose 3 equal, winning projects (alphabetical order), which will be realized and exhibited in Gdansk in spring 2013:

  •  „Little Ice Age by Olga Zofia Warbida & Mariusz Samól (Poland)
  • „Message in a bottle” by Maciej Wojnicki (Poland)
  • „Water Memory” by Piotr Wyrzykowski (Poland)

The jury panel decided to give also a honorary mention to project “Post-Fishing Post” by Justinas Gaigalas and Rytis Urbanskas (Lithuania) and recommended it for production if the Art Line project’s budget permits.

We congratulate the winners!

The Organiser will contact them directly in order to set the dates of the working meeting and precise the realisation schedule of the chosen works.

The jury verdict as pdf-file.

Newsletter 9

Telling the Baltic opened in Rostock.
Art & New Technologies
– seminar in Elblag

Read Newsletter 9 here.

Newsletter 8

Telling the Baltic opens in Rostock on February 7 and in Kaliningrad on April 12.
Markus Sandekjer is new director at Blekinge County Museum.

Read Newsletter 8 here.

Flagship in EU!

We are proud to be nominated to become a Flagship-project in EU! Art Line is seen as a high quality project with a focus on contemporary art. Our project will be a role model for art co-operation. Congratulations to all hard-working and engaged people!

Press release

Telling the Baltic in Gdansk

18 October – 2 December 2012
Venue of the exhibition: Gdansk Science&Technology Park
Organizer of the exhibition: Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art
Curated by Torun Ekstrand, Agnieszka Wolodzko

Pressrelease Telling the Baltic Gdansk Eng

Telling the Baltic – the documentary

Telling the Baltic – the documentary

Take part of the story collecting, the work shops, the artists working and the setting up of the exhibition in Karlskrona.

Telling the Baltic in Gdansk

Telling the Baltic has moved on to Gdansk. Watch the movie and take part of the move, the setting up and the opening.

Newsletter 7

Art Line is nominated to be Flagship in EU!
Telling the Baltic opened at Gdansk Science and Technology Park.
Digital book of stories produced and published.

Read Newsletter 7 here.

Newsletter 6

Art connects the cities around the Baltic. Visit the exhibition Baltic Goes Digital at Gdansk City Gallery.
Hydro Active City-contest – call for entries!

Read Newsletter 6 here.

Press release

(Svenska) Art & Apparatus konstnärsworkshop II

Under 5 dagar mellan den 17-21 oktober kommer ryska, litauiska, polska, tyska och
svenska konstnärer till Ronneby och Karlshamn för att under ledning av Ronneby
Kulturcentrum och Art Line få experimentera med vattenskärning och 3D modellering,
vilket ska leda till en konstutställning på bland annat Ronneby Kulturcentrum under
mitten av 2012


The Baltic Goes Digital − AudioElsewhere

Experience interaction across the Baltic!
AudioElsewhere by Marek Dybuść is one of the winning contributions to the contest Baltic Goes Digital. The robot will be installed at Blekinge Institute of Technology today. The headphones are placed in Gdansk City Gallery. Listen, see, interact!


Telling the Baltic – take part of the stories

Click on the link and take part of some of the stories from the storytelling project Telling the Baltic.

You can also leave your own story directly on the You Tube site.

Telling the Baltic on You Tube.