FAREWELL – meeting with Iwona Zajac


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Meeting with Iwona Zając and presentation of ”Farewell” and ”The Shipyard Nike Is Leaving”, films about the ”Shipyard” mural.

Gdansk City Gallery/Gunter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk

Thursday September 25th 18:00

Blekinge museum Saturday October 4th at 13:00

She will talk also about project ”Patience”

18.07.14 – 22.09.14 – Patience in Blekinge Museum

Iwona Zajac’s project Patience tells us about the patience of work. The artist presents three canvases. The work consists of stories of shipyard’s workers and traditional Swedish embroideries.

The triptych came back to the Baroque garden at Blekinge Museum after two years of travel around the Baltic Sea.

This project has been supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the Self-Government of the Pomorskie Voivodeship and culture.pl

Partners: Blekinge Museum, Gdańska Galeria Miejska, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej „Łaźnia”, Stocznia w Eterze

Media partners: Radio Gdańsk, Obieg


Art Line was presented in Brussels

The international art project Art Line, with five Baltic Sea countries and 14 institutions as partners, has presented itself in Brussels. Tuesday the 18th of March visitors and artists gathered in the Belgian art institution iMAL’s premises. The Art Line project was presented through lectures and screenings. Several works of art created during the project were also presented.

“Art makes people and regions grow” was the heading for the invitation to the Art Lines presentation. The project has apparently been able to attract many fans, as evidenced by the fact that during this afternoon and evening was spoken German, Polish, Swedish, and due to the local presence also French and Flemish along with the predominant project language English.

The project leader Torun Ekstrand presented the project, which in retrospect have been very successful. Art Line is partly financed by the EU and started partly because there was a need for a cultural infrastructure between the countries around the Baltic Sea. After three years networks and numerous personal contacts have been established. Art Line project is soon officially ended, but it will live on the web – and of course also in the networks that have been established.

Art Line chose iMAL as setting for this presentation partly because it is conveniently located in the center of Brussels, partly because this is an institution that integrates outreach, exhibitions, performances, with a medialab where artists can experiment and interact with the help of modern technology.

Art created with modern technology was also a major theme during the event. Among other participants were able to try Piotr Wyrzykowskis award-winning works “Water memory” that combines art, poetry, history, music with a modern presentation technology on tablets. This was done outdoors. Inside the premises there were giant presentations of web pages, for instance the comprehensive catalogue on the web that contains essays and presentations of Art Lines in projects and exhibitions. There was also a small exhibition that featured Ronneby-based Swedish Waterjet lab’s activities. It combines art and modern water jet technology and the business has been a part of Art Line.

Photos of Art Lines presentation available on Flickr – free for use:



The Art Line catalogue – all you need to know

Art Line – A Baltic Co-Operation

A catalogue with two lives – printed and Online

2014. English. Size: cm. 264 pages. Design of the printed and the online versions of the catalogue Mateusz Pęk and Klaudia Wrzask. ISBN 978-91-978807-4-6 www.artlinecatalogue.eu

The essays in the catalogue reflect upon the wide range of art projects executed within the multi-year project Art Line(2011-2014) where fourteen Baltic institutions worked collaboratatively to investigate and challenge the concepts of public space, particularily the relationship between the digital and the physical realms. The catalogue responds to the mixed media content of the project and hence exists in two formats, in print and in an extended digital version with more essays and artworks included. In the online catalogue the visitor has access to Art Online, videos, sound works, lectures, documentaries and to an online gallery exhibition about the storytelling project “Telling the Baltic.” An artistic rendering of all projects, “A Message From Another Shore” by Nicola Bergström Hansen concludes the project in the form of a playful examination of the visual traces of creativity and collaboration.

Art in our public spaces, both in the digital and within the “real” venues, has been one of the overarching topics as well as experiments in art and digital technologies within the international collaboration Art Line. The project itself derived from the need for a stronger cultural infrastructure in the Baltic region. Art Line was a long-term interdisciplinary cooperation anchored in 14 art institutions and academies and as a result had created a collaborative platform between Poland, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania and Russia.

Art Line worked on different arenas and locations to meet new audiences through workshops, exhibitions, public space projects, interactive art works, online projects, contests, storytelling activities, conferences and workshops about art and science, art and technology, art and digital media and about art in public space. Artists showed works in gallery/museum settings & in re-located settings at other types of museums and in technology parks. Works were presented outside of the gallery and museum context in the public spaces of our cities: in housing areas; in parks, outside shopping centers and in more unconventional settings: on the sea; by the seafront, as art works on our website and on smart phones or tablets; Art Online and the Mobile Art Applications and in crossmedia-projects combining digital and real space: as artists’ experiments in technology laboratories on the ferries moving between Sweden and Poland, and in arenas beyond How often does a ferry turn into an art gallery, and how often does an art gallery cast off and leave its’ comfort zones to travel beyond its walls?

The European Commission appointed Art Line a Flagship project, and it is now 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 digital media technologies. The initial project period was 2011-2014, but the network will be developed geographically and conceptually during this year.

The catalogue contains texts by art critics, curators, artists and researchers: Michaela Crimmin, Julia Draganovic, Michał Bieniek, Kuba Szreder, Julita Wójcik, Jacob Lillemose, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Agnieszka Wołodźko, Bettina Pelz, Torun Ekstrand, Catharina Gabrielsson, Oscar Guermouche, Agnieszka Kulazinska, Gernot Wolfram, Martin Schibli, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski, Nina Czegledy and Rona Kopeczky, Monika Fleishmann and Wolfgang Strauss, Luca Farulli, Jakob Ingemansson, Izabela Zolcinska, Jarek Denisiuk, Krzysztof Topolski, Joanna Warsza, Lissa Holloway-Attaway, Nicola Bergström Hansen, Pau Waelder, Iwona Bigos, Jay Bolter, Maria Engberg, Joasia Krysa & Geoff Cox, Rebecca Rouse, Dan Jönsson, Elena Tsvetaeva, Luca Farulli, Rasa Antanaviciute, Lisbeth Lindeborg, Ola Carlsson, Frank Schloesser, Karin Nilsson, Erika Deal and Maria Björkman and Larry Okey Ugwu.

For more information about the project: contact project leader Torun Ekstrand torun.ekstrand(at)artline-southbaltic.eu

The printed edition is limited. If you would like a free copy of the printed catalogue, please mail. There is a cost for postage. The digital catalogue will be sustained until 2019.

The catalogue was made possible through the South Baltic Cross-Border Co-Operation Programme.Part financed by the European Union (ERDF). Additional financial support: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Poland; European Cultural Foundation, the Netherlands; Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation; NGO ArtMission, Kaliningrad, Russia.
Partner institutions: Blekinge museum; Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Laznia CCA, Gdansk;Gdansk City Gallery; Galeria EL, Elblag; Blekinge Institute of Technology; Kalmar konstmuseum; Karlskrona konsthall; Baltic Sea Cultural Centre; Kulturcentrum Ronneby; Kunsthalle Rostock; Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad; Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania; Stena Line Scandinavia and Region Blekinge.

260 page Art Line Catalogue celebrates cross border cooperation

This is Art Line – Catalogue with 260 pages celebrates cross border cooperation

The cross-border art project Art Line is presented in a catalogue, an impressive 260 pages book. It was officially presented at the Art Line final conference, February 4 in Gdansk, Poland. But a printed catalogue is not enough, there is another one on the net!

The catalogue that describes the project is extensively illustrated and contains several essays on the subjects that have been addressed in the different subprojects and events of Art Line. The contents page reveals what this might be: Art in public space, Art in digital and physical space, Digital art platform, Telling the Baltic, collaborative storytelling project and The culture tourist. There is also an concluding text by Larry Okey Ugwu of the Baltic Cultural Center in Gdansk who stresses the fact that culture now is a priority area in the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Art Line is a cooperation between five South Baltic countries and 14 partners. It is partly EU financed and includes art galleries, museums, academy and a shipping company. It started in 2011 and during its existence, a number of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other cultural exchanges of different kinds have taken place in Poland, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany and Russia (Kaliningrad).

But the printed catalogue is not all. There is also a digital version of it, with even more material, links to video, online artworks, documentaries, lectures etc. This will be possible to enjoy at least until 2020.

Many different people can benefit from this catalogue: those who wants to get new insights about the contemporary art scene in this part of the world, scholars who are interested in what is going on in the field where art and technology aswell as art and science meet, city planners who need feed for new thoughts on the use of public space, museum people in need of inspiration to take new daring steps in their work… Yes, anybody who wants to know more about contemporary culture in the countries around the Baltic Sea can find the two catalogues very useful.

Of course, Art Line will live on after March 31. The website, including the web version of the catalogue will live on for five years, at least. The new connections and the friendships that are a result of all the good work will last even longer.

Do you want the printed version of the Catalogue? Order it from Blekinge museum, Borgmästaregatan 21, 37135 Karlskrona, Sweden. There is a postage fee.

The online catalogue can be found at: www.artlinecatalogue.eu


Come see us in Brussels March 18

If you happen to be in Brussels in March, don’t miss Art Line. The project management will make a presentation on Tuesday March 18 at the iMAL Center for digital cultures and technology. There will also be great opportunities for networking and hands on art experiences.

Art makes people and regions grow!

  • Welcome to an innovative afternoon for brain and mind in Brussels!
  • Art Line proudly presents a Flagship project – An art collaboration between 5 Baltic countries and 14 art institutions, museums, academies and a shipping company (2011-2014).

 Major topics:

  • Art and digital technologies
  • Art and the Baltic Sea
  • How to continue building a Baltic infrastructure for art, culture and digital media

 Date: Tuesday March 18th at 15:00 – 20:00

Where: iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, 30-34 Quai des Charbonnages.

  • A presentation of Art Line, an international Art collaboration and a European Commission Flagship.
  • Experience and try an innovative mobile art applications and Augmented reality-projects by the Canal Bruxelles located  outside of iMAL
  • Mingle with a buffet
  • A catalogue with texts by more than 40 scholars, curators and artists is given to all participants.
  • Meet some of the artist involved in Art Line – they presents their art works in a special exhibition at iMAL (see a short presentation below)
  • What about future scenarios for art and culture in the Baltic region?

We plan for a continuation and work for an extended partnership geographically and thematically. Art Line is in the Action Plan for the European Union Baltic Sea Strategy. Culture is now officially seen as an important factor for development in the Baltic region.

Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art and Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk, Poland, and Lead Partner Blekinge museum, Karlskrona, Sweden will be present.


There are limited seats so we need you to register your participation to

torun.ekstrand@artline-southbaltic.eu at the latest March 11th.

A special thank you to the Småland-Blekinge South Sweden-office in Brussels.

Art Line has built  a cross-border network of 14 art institutions, museums and academies in Sweden, Poland, Germany, Lithuania and Russia. Art in public space, both in the digital and physical locations, has been one of the overarching topics, as well as experiments in art and digital media technologies. Art Line has arranged exhibitions, workshops, seminars and projects produced for art institutions as well as for urban spaces, parks, at sea, Online and the Stena Line ferries going in traffic between Karlskrona-Gdynia.

The presentation will be held at 15:00 to 19:00 on Imal Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, 30-34 Quai des Charbonnages, Brussels.

For more information about the project: www.artline-southbaltic.eu


See slideshow about the Telling the Baltic experience

Saturday, March 1st 2014, the exhibition “Telling all about it” opens at Blekinge county museum in Karlskrona. One of the features is this slideshow which gives you an idea about the richness and diversity of all the art works that came out of the project “Telling the Baltic”. Now we are summarizing, with focus on the storytellers that willingly participated and told us their stories.

(Read more about the exhibition here)

Personal stories and art – a fruitful meeting

Starting in March 2014, Blekinge museum opens an exhibition summarizing one of the many ventures of the project Art Line, namely Telling the Baltic ( TTB ). TTB began back in 2011 when Art Line was brand new and has been a very exciting way to interact. People who rarely have had a voice in the art scene is here inspiring a group of artists. These have then created a joint exhibition which has been touring in the five countries included in the project Art Line.

TTB is a unique collaboration between museums, art institutions , academies, nearly 30 artists and hundreds of storytellers . There were several phases in this work: 1) collection, interviews 2) Workshop in Blekinge and Nida Art Colony in Lithuania 3) A touring exhibition . Participating institutions included the Blekinge Institute of Technology , Kunsthalle Rostock , Vilnius Academy of Art , Centre for Contemporary Art , Gdansk ; NCCA Kaliningrad. Stories were submitted by journalists, scholars and artists. With the exhibition at Blekinge museum 2014 the circle is closed. For it was here that the first exhibition opened in the summer of 2012.

It was a fantastic show with a variety of expressions. No one involved will forget the performance by the Polish artist Anna Steller held in the museum’s Baroque Garden – “unrelenting beauty of disaster” . It’s a performance about one of the worst maritime disasters ever. The German refugee ship Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed in 1945 and 9000 people died in about an hour.

It is also worth mentioning that the TTB when it appeared in the Russian region of Kaliningrad, the exhibition was cleverly integrated with the regular permanent exhibition on The Museum of the World ‘s Oceans in Kaliningrad. It was very successful , although one or other visitors to the museum may have been surprised to find contemporary art among the “ordinary” objects . Simultaneously, this meeting between museum objects and contemporary art is a reminder that the line between “truth” and fiction is not in any way obvious .

The exhibition wandered around to all five countries involved in the project Art Line. In the summer of 2013 it was divided into two equal parts that could be experienced on Stena Line ferries Vision and Spirit , which operates the Karlskrona- Gdynia line – a true “art line”.

The idea of the stories was that they would serve as sources of inspiration. But pretty soon it turned out that they could live their own life. They will appear in an on-line exhibition which will open in March. So if you want to read stories, watch movies , listen to interviews , soon it will be possible! Look at Art Line’s website ( where we , among other things, that a link to this virtual exhibition):


Torun Ekstrand, project manager

An international art project – in a county museum?

The question is not so often outspoken, but it is there just the same: Why is Blekinge museum lead partner in an international art project ? There are many answers – the simplest is perhaps that it is actually included in Blekinge Museum’s responsibility to protect and present even contemporary art and also to maintain a Baltic profile. Already there Art Line beats two birds with one stone.

Art Line began in 2011. It feels like yesterday, but now that we are facing closure and summing it all up, we realize that so much has been accomplished. We have created a natural and highly appreciated cooperation between people and institutions on both sides of the Baltic Sea, a new infrastructure that was not there before. In addition, cooperation locally in each region , such as between institutions in Blekinge, has gotten better. The project includes no less than 14 partners, art museums, academia and a shipping company. Talk about broad variety!

In retrospect it was most certainly a wise decision when Blekinge museum dared to undertake the role as lead partner in this partly EU-funded project. The county museum could, without sacrificing its local soul, play a role in a larger region – in this case, parts of Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Germany. The return of the input efforts was good. This was also observed by the European Commission which in 2013 appointed Art Line a flagship project within the EU.

Right now we are running the finishing stretch of Art Line. On March 31 this year the project comes to an end and in early February there was an eventful Final Conference in Gdansk. Documentation was offered in the form of a comprehensive catalogue, video and vivid artwork created within Art Lines frameworks. The catalog contains 260 pages with flashbacks of everything that happened in the past three years and is supplemented with an online catalog of films, lectures and more texts.

Although the Art Line project ends, Blekinge museum continues to have contacts with the other countries, not in the least Poland. In connection with the closing conference, the museum manager Marcus Sandekjer signed a document on cooperation between Blekinge museum and the National Museum in Gdansk. And there is a strong will in Blekinge to continue in the next programming period of the EU.

Ingemar Lönnbom, information manager Art Line

This blog post was originally published at the Sveriges museers website, January 2014, it has been translated and edited by the author.





Art Line Final Conference – summarizing and looking forward

Gdansk, Poland. The Art Line Final Conference February, 4, 2014, was attended by more than 80 invited guests, representatives of the five countries and 14 culture institutions participating in the project. There were also people coming from other countries around the Baltic, as this was a great opportunity for networking and discussing future cooperation.

The Final Conference was opened by the director of the hosting Laznia CCA, Jadwiga Charzyńska, who warmly welcomed all the guests. After this, Anna Czekanowicz director of the Director of Office for Culture in Gdansk praised the Art Line project, saying “this is not the end, since the experiences you have gained will enable you to face new challenges”. She also foresaw future involvement from the City of Gdansk.

The author and Director of Culture at the Marshall of Pomeranian Region Office Władysław Zawistowski represented the Pomeranian district. He drew parallels between the Art Line project and the art projects initiated after the cold war and expressed great joy that such a cross border cooperation has been possible. He expressed hopes for continued contact and cooperation and inspiration. “My wish is that Art Line is a line that connects us”, he said.

Anna Ceynowa from the Polish Ministry of Culture expressed her joy to be able to be present at the Final Conference and stressed the fact that Art Line is not just any project, but a Flagship in the EU. She also reminded the audience that her ministry, along with the authorities in German district Schleswig-Holstein last year succeeded in their efforts to make culture a priority area in the Baltic Sea Strategy.

Communication and information manager Vassilen Iotzov respresented the South Baltic Cross-Border Co-operation Programme. He underlined the value of all the experience gathered during the Art Line years and the good cooperation. Art Line, he said, can serve as a model for other projects. It has made a long lasting impression on the Joint Technical Secretariat. He regarded Art Line as a treasure chest for ideas for future cooperation. He mentioned the from their perspective very interesting part where Art Line arranged exhibitions and projects on board the Stena Line ferries and hence reached many people. He thanked the project manager Torun Ekstrand for her work and especially mentioned the catalogue which was presented this very day.

Torun Ekstrand started her presentation of the Art Line project by showing a short video, made by the artist Nicola Bergström Hansen. “I want you to tell everybody about dreams for the future”, said Torun Ekstrand. She also had an example of such dreams: a ship, touring the Baltic Sea, which is an art center, interdisciplinary laboratory and an artist’s residence at the same time. She also said that the Art Line project is far from over: “there will be workshops tomorrow and different types of activities during the following weeks.” Torun Ekstrand concluded with the hope that everybody could feel that they through this project belongs not only to one, but to several countries. Her thank you to all participants in the project was followed by the longest and warmest round of applauds during the whole conference.

Now the Art Line catalogue was presented by the designers and artists Klaudia Wrzask and Mateusz Pek. The online version drew a lot of attention. Klaudia Wrzask commented that the project is graphically presented and that several hundreds of artists and other participants are there, and that more will be added soon since there are many more lecturers, theorists and people in this large project. Klaudia Wresk also told how impressed she was after having made the acquaintance of Art Line and its cooperation for example with science. She also spoke warmly about the fact that Art Line has been very open and friendly to “ordinary people”, and strongly hoped that the idea will live on.

The program continued with a presentation of the artwork Baltic Agora, where you as a website visitor becomes a builder of an Online Baltic Agora. The artwork is made from a topographic map of the Baltic Sea in reverse, where the deepest bottom of the sea is the highest peak. Documentaries from Art Line-projects were shown. The participants were invited for a walk and a bus tour to the Art Line partner institutions Gdansk City Gallery in several locations and to the new Laznia CCA in Nowy Port to see the exhibitions, among them artworks produced during Art Line. There was a performance at St Johns church with the artists Barbara Konopka and Weronika Kami who performed Pentarosa. Later in the evening the audiovisual event “Baraka” was performed. This is a combination of the film “Baraka” by R. Fricke and a mind blowing musical performance by Pawel Nowicki, vibraphone, percussion, synth; Jacek Buhl, drums: Wojciech Jachna, trumpet, electronic devices and Marcin Dymiter, electronic devices.

Photos free for use on Flickr:



See pictures from the Final Conference!

The Final Conference in Gdansk the 4th of February 2014 was a success, with meetings, networking and a lot of art – gallery visits, performances…

Here is the set from Flickr.com with pictures from the conference.

And this is a set from the Workshop, February 5.

Get some of the feeling at this photo gallery on Facebook:



Welcome to the Final Conference in Gdansk

Gdansk: Welcome to the Final Conference! Art Line comes to a formal end by the end of March 2014. Already the 4th and 5th of February the project will conduct its Final Conference which takes place in Gdansk, Poland.

The conference presents an impressive program with works of art, speeches, workshops etc. The Flagship project Art Line will also be duly celebrated and presented in a brand new catalogue, which will be released at the conference.

There will also be formal meetings and workshops with discussions about a possible future Art Line extension. Art Line itself will of course live on via the catalogue IRL and online together with the website, which will be maintained at least to the end of this decade.

The participants at the conference will experience not only works of art, but also a brand new video documentary about Art Line. Art works will be seen in three different venues, at Laznia CCA, Gdansk City Gallery and St. John’s church.

The Art Line catalogue is a 260 pages book which extensively describes the whole project and all of its subprojects. There is also an extended version online with even more essays and artworks. They will both be on display.

Seasons greetings from the Art Line office!

To all our partners and friends all around the Baltic Sea – and around the world!


Swedish government commends Art Line

The Swedish government has commented on the new strategy for the Baltic region, and mentions the Art Line project in a favourable context. Art Line helps linking people of the Baltic Sea Region together, states the document. Below is a quotation, translated to English.

Projects that help to link the people of the Baltic Sea Region

Flagship project Art Line led by Blekinge County Museum and is an international art project with several partners around the Baltic Sea. As the name indicates, the project includes exhibitions at sea on board ferries . The project creates a common platform for art and academia in Poland, Sweden , Germany, Russia and Lithuania.”

Newsletter from Region Blekinge (in Swedish)

The newsletter below has been distributed to all the followers of Region Blekinge. It gives information about the Art Line project. Region Blekinge is one of our associated partners. The newsletter is only available in Swedish.


Art Line skapar nya möjligheter för Östersjösamarbete

Det internationella konstprojektet Art Line har sin bas i Blekinge och omfattar fem länder, 14 kulturinstitutioner, mer än hundra konstnärer och har nått en halv miljon människor i området runt södra Östersjön.

Det inleddes 2011 och utnämndes i våras till flaggskeppsprojekt och är en del av Östersjöstrategin, där kultur numera är ett prioriterat område.
Art Line har brutit ny mark genom att bygga upp ett gränsöverskridande nätverk av konstinstitutioner, museer och högskolor runt södra Östersjön i Sverige, Polen, Tyskland, Litauen och Ryssland. Samarbetet har gett konstnärer i länderna möjlighet att nå ut på ett nytt sätt och i stor skala. De genomförda konstevenemangen har en publik på en halv miljon människor.Våren 2013 utsåg Europakommissionen Art Line till ett flaggskeppsprojekt inom EU vilket innebär att det står som modell för kommande kulturprojekt. Kultur har för första gången blivit en del av handlingsplanen för Östersjöstrategin och Art Line finns med som ett exempel. Kultur ses nu som en viktig faktor för tillväxt och utveckling i våra regioner. Art Line söker nu nya vägar för att ta vara på de möjligheter som utnämningen till flaggskeppsprojekt har öppnat.

Art Line har producerat utställningar som turnerat genom Östersjöländerna och många andra utställningar i fem länder. Projektet har också arrangerat workshops, seminarier, konferenser, öppna tävlingar för konstnärer, storytellingprojekt och producerat skräddarsydda konstresor tillsammans med Stena Line. Genom denna breda representation i olika sammanhang har många målgrupper kunnat nås och interagera. Närmare 200 artiklar och TV-inslag har gjorts.

Alla partners vill fortsätta arbeta i nätverket efter projekttidens slut och ett beslut om att arbeta vidare för nya samarbeten är taget i projektets internationella styrgrupp. Ett framtida drömscenario inbegriper en Östersjöbiennal, recidencies runt Östersjön och ett fortsatt samarbete om konst, digitala medier och teknik.

Alla historier insamlade från människor runt Östersjön i Telling the Baltic-projektet kommer att finnas på maritima museer runt om i Europa. En omfattande katalog kommer att finnas Online och i tryckt format. Konstrese-paket finns färdiga att användas.

- De många kontakterna mellan institutioner, företag och konstnärer har redan börjat ge resultat som ringar på vattnet, säger projektledare Torun Ekstrand, och en fortsättning av projektet kommer att ge oss möjlighet att fördjupa vårt samarbete.

Art Line är delfinansierat av Europeiska Unionen (Europeiska Regionala Utvecklingsfonden). Region Blekinge är en av fyra associerade partners.

Bilder från Art-Line

Se mera information, bildbank, konstverk online med mera på Art Lines webbplats. Bilder från projektet finns också på Flickr.

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Open lecture about metadata

As a part of the Culture Week in Karlskrona, and within the framework of Art Line, dr Cheryl E Ball, held an open lecture Wednesday November 20. The lecture took as its starting point the american online publication Kairos, which is described below by Cheryl E Ball.

Kairos, which began publishing online in 1996, is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal in digital writing studies. It has a readership of over 45,000 readers a month from over 180 countries and an acceptance rate of 10 percent. The journal publishes three sections of full-length scholarship (Topoi, Praxis, Inventio) and three professional development sections (Reviews, Interviews, Disputatio), which are editorially reviewed by their respective section editors. Issues are openly available on the Web at http://kairos.technorhetoric.net, and are published twice a year, in August and January, with special sections occasionally occurring as a third issue in May. In December 2008, Kairos was recognized by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for its redesign (the journal’s third look in 13 years), which garnered the CELJ Best Design Award.

Kairos has a longstanding reputation for theoretical and technological innovation, collaborative authorship, editorial mentoring and outreach, and collaborative review processes, all of which support the unique scope and practices of the journal: publishing digital media scholarship that incorporates web-based media to make meaning. The majority of the scholarship Kairospublishes cannot be printed because these web-based articles (i.e., “webtexts”) use interactivity, multiple media including video and audio, and other nonlinear elements to make their scholarly arguments.

Cheryl E Ball presented some results of an extensive investigation of the use of metadata in the publication. 800 texts with 30 000 metadata were examined. The investigation showed that the types of metadata used changed a lot through the years.

The title of the lecture was “The Kairos of Scholarly Multimedia: Examining the History of Webtexts through Metadata” and was presented like this:

Cheryl E. Ball (Associate Professor of New Media Studies, Illinois State University, USA)

As editor of the journal Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Dr. Cheryl E. Ball will speak about the journal’s nearly 20-year history as a scholarly, peer-reviewed venue for publishing interactive multimedia. In its archives, the history of Web design is present, revealed through the interfaces of the webtexts it publishes as well as through the metadata of those webtexts. This talk will focus on a metadata-mining project recently conducted by the journal that reveals much about its history and future. This lecture is sponsored by the Digital Culture and Communication Program at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola and the EU-funded Art Line project. The lecture is in English and is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Dr. Cheryl E Ball is an Associate Professor of New Media Studies in the English Department at Illinois State University. Her areas of specialization include multimodal composition and editing practices, digital media scholarship, and digital publishing. She teaches writers to compose multimodal texts by analyzing rhetorical options and choosing the most appropriate genres, technologies, media, and modes for a particular situation. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. She has published articles in a range of rhetoric/composition, technical communication, and media studies journals including Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Fibreculture, Convergence, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, and Technical Communication Quarterly. She has also published several books and textbooks about digital and multimodal rhetorics, including RAW: Reading and Writing New Media with Jim Kalmbach (Hampton, 2010); The New Work of Composing with Debra Journet and Ryan Trauman (CCDP/USUP, 2012); and Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects with Kristin Arola and Jennifer Sheppard (Bedford, 2013). During the 2013-14 academic year, Ball will be a Fulbright scholar in Norway, at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). Following, she will take up a position as Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University. Her online portfolio can be found at http://ceball.com/.

Art Line at Helsinki symposum

Art Line project manager Torun Ekstrand was one of 30 speakers at the international symposium Globe How in Helsinki last week. The symposium brought together scientists and art professionals from eight countries around the Baltic Sea in order to tighten networks and explore the possibilities for further cooperation.

Torun Ekstrand, presented the Art Line project: “creating an infrastructure for art and transdisciplinary crossborder projects around the Baltic sea”. An international audience listned in Ateneum, the National Art Museum in Helsinki and at the Design Museum in the same town. The symposium was held November 19-20.

Torun Ekstrand was not the only Art Line representative at the symposium. Art Line partners like Martin Schibli, independent curator and critic former of Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden, Iwona Bigos, Gdansk City Gallery and Vytautas Michelkevicius, Artistic Director of Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Art, Vilnius also took the stage during the two days. See the full program here.

Other speakers were the curator, publisher and gallery director René Block, Berlin/Moen; Taru Elfving, Head of Program, Frame Visual Art,  agata Zbylut, Artist, curator, Professor at the Art Academy of Szsezecin, Anders Härm, Curator and Co-founder of EKKM, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Estonia, Tallinn. There were also anastasia Kuryokhina, Director of Kuryokhin Art Center, St Petersburg,  Anette Hüsch, Director of Kunsthalle Kiel, Henna Paunu, Curator of Rauma Art Museum, Maija Tanninen-Mattila, Director of Helsinki Art Museum. The symposium was curated by Marketta Haila.


Torun Ekstrand addressed the Region Blekinge board

Art Line project manager Torun Ekstrand adressed the board of Region Blekinge, Wednesday November 13, in Karlshamn. She was invited by the board due to the regional politician’s interest in the project and its status as a Flagship project in the EU.


Workshop foundation for future cooperation

The future is bright for culture cooperation around the Baltic Sea. That is one conclusion to draw from the two day workshop in Karlskrona, when Art Line invited potential partners and inspiring lecturers to Karlskrona, October 22 and 23. It all ended with a concluding workshop around the future topics Baltic residencies, Baltic Biennale, Art and digital media technologies; Art and science.

Among the participants were Chris Torch, from Intercult and also board member of Culture Action Europe; Rikke Luther from the Jutland Art Academy in Aarhus; Martin Koplin, director of M2C Institute for Applied Media Technology in Bremen, Sanne Kofod Olsen, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde and John Peter Nilsson, director of Moderna Museet Malmö. There were also people who could contribute in a most concrete way, like Marie Wik from Region Blekinge, talking about European funding, and the latest development in this field and the Art Line management presenting the achieved projects and what is expected to be done in the nearest future.

The two day meeting included presentations of the invited potential partners. The workshops addressed issues like South Baltic-Residencies, a Baltic Biennale and Art, digital media, science and technology-cooperation. The subjects were chosen as a continuation and renewal of the subjects we have already been working on, and also from concrete wills to continue for instance the history of arranging Baltic Biennales at Kunsthalle Rostock, a topic which has been discussed since the beginning of Art Line.

Chris Torch is founder and Senior Associate at Intercult, a production and resource unit focused on culture, ideas and the arts. Torch among others serves on the Board of Culture Action Europe, Europe´s most important platform for cultural policy development and as expert following the EU Method of Coordination group on Intercultural Dialogue and Cultural Diversity. He contributed with inspiring examples of how culture can make a difference; his lecture was called “The necessity of culture”. The necessity of culture – is often forgotten, said Chris Torch, life is culture, and it is not economics!

His main message to Art Line and other art projects are not to be scared and to start with what you really want to do, not shaping the project with the goal to adapt as much as possible to the framework of the funding institution.

Chris Torch saw a lot of possibilities for coming projects. Among other things he declared that the Baltic Sea is the perfect place to start addressing the environmental challenge. In our urban environment, says Chris Torch, we have lost our relationship to water. Concentrate on the water, where city meets culture.

He also talked about how art and culture can increase the citizen engagement in current questions, thus helping restoring the democratic participation, something that is needed, especially in Europe. “The more people are engaged in art, the more engaged citizens we get!” he said.

http://www.cultureactioneurope.org/ and http://www.intercult.se/

Rikke Luther is associated Professor at the Jutland Art Academy in Aarhus and an artist who has investigated the notion of “public space” in her work. She presented The Learning Site which focuses on the local conditions in which its art practice is located and their interdisciplinary work with art, architecture, history and site-specific work. Some very interesting examples of this can be seen here: http://learningsite.info

Trust, friendship and expertise are three factors in cooperation that Martin Koplin underlined as very important. According to him trust is most important. Martin Koplin, is the Director of the M2C Institute for Applied Media Technology and Culture at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. Martin Koplin is also researcher in Residence at the BxmC Brooklyn Experimental Media Center of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and Director of the think tank “Think Beta – Evolution of Smart Cities”. He gave an inspiring lecture under the heading “Smart, Clever, Creative – Instruments to improve innovative cooperation systems”. He was very clear in his desire for all kinds of cooperation, inviting all the present representatives of different institutions.

Koplin also introduced the projects Art Muse, eMuse, Betaville, which all has obvious kinship with projects performed within the Art Line framework. http://www.m2c-bremen.de/index.php?lang=en

John Peter Nilsson expressed his great joy, experiencing the result of the Art Line project. He advocated more, not less, of cooperation in the cultural field of our regions. John Peter Nilsson is the Museum director of Moderna Museet Malmö, his headline was also a question: “Why is the neighbor often a stranger?”. One of his conclusions is that we can learn so much from our neighbors and that it is a waste not to do it. http://www.modernamuseet.se/malmo/

Sanne Kofod Olsen, is the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde. She has been part of one Art Line project earlier, in a conference about public art held on Öland and arranged by Kalmar konstmuseum. She talked about the project Museum in the City (Museet går i byen). The main intention of the project apart from bringing cutting edge contemporary art into public space and eye is to present these often unknown forms of art to a broader audience. This too, has many similarities with the activities in Art Line. Sanne Kofod Olsen described how her museum has been able to reach new audiences and also create an open debate in Denmark. http://samtidskunst.dk/

The last lecturer was Per Håkansson, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, lecturer and maker focused on the business of emerging technologies and business transformation. He talked about “Maker Culture – When Art & Technology Converge!“ – and it all was inspired by an old bicycle. http://www.perhakansson.com/

The first workshop arranged by Chris Torch was connected to the main subjects of the Art Line future in some overarching questions about process and capacity, public encounters and politics and cross-sector work. The second workshop continued in a more concrete and also tactile way to explore and discuss collaboration about a Baltic Biennale, Baltic residencies and the interdisciplinary work between art, digital media technologies and art and science.


Video: Augmented Reality storytelling in Gdansk

17 South Baltic projects – among them Art Line – inspire more than 400 school students from Denmark, Lithuania and Poland with the idea of cross-border co-operation. Here you can watch a video from The South Baltic Edutainment Day 2013, which took place on 18th September 2013 in Gdansk.

This day was the pivotal contribution of the South Baltic Programme to a series of events all over Europe to celebrate the European co-operation. 17 South Baltic projects came up with compelling ideas how to inspire young people to pursue the virtues of maritime cross-border co-operation. Hundreds of school students aged between 12 and 19 immersed themselves into the world of cross-border maritime mobility and affinity, education and culture, innovation and sustainability, prosperity and unity.

Art Line can be spotted in the first minute of the video, where students use laptops and Ipads in order to experience a new dimension of storytelling:

Read more here!


Cooperation with Art Line awarded

Karlskrona municipality has received a prize for cultural cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. The reason for this award is the cooperation with the project Art Line.
It is the network “Union of the Baltic Cities” that has chosen Karlskrona to be this year’s winner in the cultural field. Karlskrona municipality receives the award for his participation in the art project “Art Line”. Art Lines involves 14 partners from 5 different countries around the Baltic Sea. One of the aims is to provide a creative platform for art and academia. The collaboration will strengthen participating institutions, creates opportunities for artists and acts with citizens in public spaces and digital media. Art Line runs from 2011 until 2014.


AR Workshop in Karlskrona

European Cooperation Day was celebrated in several ways whithin the Art Line project. In Karlskrona, students from Blekinge Institute of Technology at a workshop collaborated with pupils from the local high school Mikael Elias. The scene of the workshop was Blekinge County Museum and the task was to re-imagine the past via augmented reality.

This was the first of two planned workshops, and started with an introduction and a guided tour through the central parts of Karlskrona, which is a World Heritage. Ola Palmgren from Blekinge County Museum gave the students a lively picture of what life was like for the people here in the hay days of the naval city.

Back at the museum, work groups were formed and the new knowledge about the city was supplemented with old photographs, provided by Jonas Eckerbom, photographic antiquarian. The groups worked with different ideas how to use modern technique in order to re-imagine the past.

A second part of the workshop is planned for October 14.

More pictures from the workshop can be found at the Art Line Flickr’ account.


Art Tour in November – sign up now!

 The new program here! (only in Swedish)

Sign up for the autumn edition of our popular art tours to the tri-city area in Poland! Do it now, last date is 15th of October.

Trojmiasto, or the tri-city area including Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot, are filled to the brim with contemporary art. There are numerous galleries in the area. Together, Art Line partners sat down and composed a tailor made art tour directed at art-organizations in the South Baltic area. The tour will be held on the 15th of November, 2013. Full programme will be posted later on.

We will visit the art festival Narracje “Interventions and Installations in Public Space”.
Read more about Narracje here.

Tailor-made art-tour
Are you interested in a tailor-made art-tour of the tri-city area? Contact Art Line project leader Torun Ekstrand for more information.


Art in a public space – watch the video!

Art projects that appear in the public space are engaging – in some cases annoying – a broad and sometimes unprepared audience. The conference on art in the public space and digital media forms was held May 17-18, 2013 at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk. Now you can watch the video.

The conference penetrated 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 shared 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 ? is a part of the international Art Line project.

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

More information:

Day 1 summary.

Day 2 summary.

Programme and what the keynote speakers said!

The event on Facebook


Augmented reality celebrates EU coop day

Augmented Reality and Playing with History
A Workshop for EU Cooperation Day
September 30th (and October 14), at Blekinge Museum and historical Karlskrona locations

On September 30th, in celebration of EU Cooperation Day, students in the Digital Culture and Communication Program at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, in collaboration with local high school students in Karlskrona, will meet in a practical hands-on workshop to explore the ways that history may be re-imagined using mixed media applications and tools, including Augmented Reality. Working with an historian and photo archivist from Blekinge Museum, along with BTH Digital Culture faculty, they will use smart phones, tablets, and old photographs of the city spaces and architecture to blend fact and fiction and re-imagine the past. How can historical photographs and digital images come together to reveal the “ghosts” of the past living among us? How can we re-map historical spaces using user-experiences of spaces and places as central to learning our cultural heritage? How can we play with the past to discover, uncover, and recover something new? These are our goals as we move forward and work together to explore our past and present in Karlskrona.

The first workshop will be followed up with other collaborations and results will be posted on the Art Line website, so check back for further information.


New video about art on board

This summer thousands of travellers on the Stena Line ferries between Karlskrona, Sweden and Gdynia, Poland have been able to enjoy tailor-made versions of the cooperative art exhibition Telling the Baltic. Polish artist and documentary-maker Marek Zygmunt now presents a short video about this much appreciated event. (If you read this in September 2013, there is still a chance to see the exhibition!).

See pictures from the exhibition on Flickr!

Who is humming in your cabin (about the exhibition).

More information here.


Trojmiasto Art Tour in November

Marketed by Stena Line and composed and organized by Art Line- the Trojmiasto Art Tour.

Trojmiasto, or the tri-city area including Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot, are filled to the brim with contemporary art. There are numerous galleries in the area. Together, Art Line partners sat down and composed a tailor made  art tour directed at art-organizations in the South Baltic area. The first tour was held on the 10th of May, 2012. The next one will take place in November 2013.  Are you interested in a tailor-made art-tour of the tri-city area? Contact Art Line project leader Torun Ekstrand, torun.ekstrand@artline-southbaltic.eu, for more information.


Press pictures

Art Line now offers a mini portfolio of pictures from the project’s three years. The photos aim to help anybody who quickly wants to get a picture (pun intended) of what Art Line is all about.

Go to our Flickr set with pictures!

Video contest about South Baltic

Catch the vibe of South Baltic is the name of a new competition for amateur and professional video producers. Read more here.


Who is humming in your cabin?

Anna Brag art-work

This summer the touring exhibition “Telling the Baltic” will be a floating art gallery. The exhibition will travel on board the Stena Line ferries in between Poland and Sweden July-September 2013.

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 /



Professor Jay David Bolter on augmented reality

Professor Jay David Bolter of Georgia Tech on augmented reality and other mixed media. The interview was made in Karlskrona, Sweden the 25th of May 2013. Professor Bolter attended a “mixed media festival” with seminars, workshops, art installations and performances. The festival was a cooperation between Blekinge institute of Technology BTH and Art Line.