Hydro Active City − an open contest


Hydro Active City, the open contest for an art work using digital media technology in public space, launched by The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, is a success. It has received no less than 50 entries. The jury has now met and made a final decision. The winning art works will be realized during spring and shown in Gdansk city during an international seminar on art and public space, held 17-18 May, arranged by Gdansk City Gallery.

If interested, please read the jury verdict and follow the information on pages: www.nck.org.pl and www.artline-southbaltic.eu.

“HYDRO ACTIVE CITY” is an open international contest searching for art projects to be presented in the public space. We are looking for art works using digital media technologies in a creative approach to public space. Interactive art works involving people in the Baltic countries are looked upon as especially interesting. The winning art works will be shown presented in Gdansk during an international seminar on art and public space, held in between May 17-18th 2013.

The contest is organized by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk as part of the international ART LINE project, which is co-financed with funds from the European Regional Development Fund operating within the South Baltic Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2007-2013.

Thematic Approach:

Water is an element that both connects and separates all the partners of the ART LINE project. This theme has become for us a natural source of inspiration to embark on a quest in search of  “hydro-active” works of art. In our understanding, hydro active projects are those inspired by water, to the fullest extent of the term – geographical, chemical, hydrological, literary or symbolic. They either artistically explore the term or use water as a material. “Active” element of the contest requires the artists to create projects that engage viewer into an active experiencing of art. The projects should in a natural way correspond and enliven the area of Gdansk running along the channel of the Radunia river (from Wielkie Młyny Street to Krosna Street). They should serve as a hard to resist invitation for local residents to go out and stroll in the rays of the May sun. All works are expected to be based on new means of expression and should be entirely or partially realized in digital technology.

Target Group:

The contest is open to individual artists as well as teams from the Baltic states – i.e. Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Germany and Denmark. The teams need to be composed of a maximum of three people. The contest also welcomes collaborations between artists researchers, scientists and technologists.


The authors of the 3 winning projects chosen by an international jury will be invited to cooperate with us and complete their works. Each winning contestant will receive remuneration of EUR 2000 (gross) and a budget of EUR 2000 (gross) to realize the concept. The organizers will also cover the costs of accommodation and travel to Gdansk connected with production and opening of the exhibition (spring 2013).

The chosen projects shall be completed and presented in the Gdansk city space, in a virtual gallery available on ART LINE’s website and may also be presented in partner regions.

HAC call for entries



The Baltic Goes Digital − JURY VERDICT!

On July 23rd, 2012 the jury of The Baltic Goes Digital contest, comprising of: Iwona Bigos (PL), Andreas Broegger (DEN), Martin Koplin (GER), Ryszard W. Kluszczyński (PL) and Anna Zalewska (PL) chose 3 equal, winning projects (random order), which will be realized and exhibited in Gdansk City Gallery in Autumn 2012 and on Art Line web page:

  • Baltic Agora by Klaudia Wrzask & Matuesz Pęk (Poland)

“The plan of the imaginary Baltic Digital City is based on a 3D topographic map of the Baltic Sea bottom. The project will function as a web platform. Any network user can become a builder of the city and his or her contribution to the construction will depend on his or her location relative to the centre – the agora of the Baltic City. The optic centre of the image of the inverse bottom is the Landsort depth (North West of Gotland). On its top, or in fact in its very bottom, we located the agora of the Baltic City.” Check it out here!

  • Audio Elsewhere by Marek Dybuść (Poland)

“Audio Elsewhere Project is an attempt to provide a casual listener with an opportunity to audibly experience a place where he/she is not present. The remote place within the Baltic Countries region will be hearable and experienced by means of a live binaural recording transmitted to the visitor’s headphones. The signal will be sensitive to the head movements of the listener – thus enabling him/her to focus the ‘artificial ears’ on a chosen sound source. The project aims at providing the audience member with an entirely realistic audiosphere of a distant place and the ability to audibly.”

  • Baltic Sea Radio by Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet Sola (Estonia)

“We would like to make use of the sea traffic for artistic purposes and offering a novel sonic experience to the audience. We propose a sound installation that reflects upon local ships’ movements in real-time. We aim to make use of these relevant factors of the sea traffic and apply them as a score for a sound composition. Moreover, the real-time composition or then current flux of sea will be broadcasted online. It constitutes, the artistic content will be shared and constantly present in the form of a radio. Thus, the art project will expand beyond a gallery environment.”


Baltic Agora by Klaudia Wrzask and Mateusz Pęk

The jury was struck by the creativity of the proposal. The idea of seeing the Baltic Sea as a city, using a 3D topographic map of the sea bottom and inversing it distinguishes the project from other proposals. The artists present us with a possible model for an imaginary city which can be automatically processed. The future city is being developed by internauts from countries taking part in the project. It is built up through our connectivity and in that way it points to issues that are already happening or will be unavoidable in the future.

Audio Elsewhere by Marek Dybuść

The project mixes an interesting technological concept with a youthful  dream of not being in only one place at the same time. The proposed sound installation plays with the senses through an immersive audio experience that evokes a remote place which is visually inaccessible. The experience is parallel to the situation today where a part of our consciousness and senses are already in other places through media that we use on a daily basis – social networks, skype, mobile phones etc. This project in an original way elaborates on the phenomena. What is more, listeners are invited to create their own urban visions and interact with the work.

Baltic Sea Radio by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet Sola

In the project there is an exciting mixture and a dialogue between well-known media, like radar and radio, combined with opportunities offered by geopositioning and the use of internet. What distinguished the project is the idea of drawing a parallel between marine and city traffic and a presentation of Baltic cities being networked via ships. Baltic Sea Radio makes the fascinating yet hermetic world of sea communication accessible to everyone.   All three projects outstand remaining applications with their visionary character and the fact that they all include information processes and networks. The chosen projects engage the audience to take active part and therefore influence the shape of the works. Due to the use of locative media, these real-time based art works transgresses the local place of presentation by including one or more remote locations which unites the Baltic states.