Art in public space in Gdansk
Close Stranger/Art in public space 2013
Julijonas Urbonas, Walking on the Wall: an introduction to the field of design choreography
Where: Klubogaleria BUNKIER’s Wall, ul. Olejarna 3
Let’s do it together (Monika Waraxa, Kuba Budzyński, Bartek Bartosiński)
27-29 September 2013
Where: Billboards in the city space of Gdańsk
Theatre in the Window, ul. Długa
Wybrzeże-Malarnia Theatre, ul. Teatralna (near Targ Węglowy) – screening between 21:00-24:00
Gentle women, Memories of happiness
28 September – 29 December 2013
Where: ul. Korzenna not far from the Lovers’ Bridge (opposite the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, ul. Korzenna 33/35)
Roman Klemencov, Dialogue, installation in the public space
07.10.2014– 31. 12. 2014
Where: corner of Szopy and Długie Ogrody streets
Piotr Wyrzykowski, Self-immolation, application
available for download from
Yevgeniy Umansky, Rainbow for everyone
The realizations in the public space of Gdańsk carried out as part of the Close Stranger project appeared with no warning, suddenly marking their presence in the city space. We have given up the Festival formula on purpose and the first fiddle was played by the response of the viewers, surprised by the unexpected guest.
Surprising billboards summarizing the seventh edition of the Let’s do it together campaign organized by Polish duo Kuba Budzyński and Monika Waraxa appeared in various places in Gdańsk in September 2013. The edition carried out as part of the Close Stranger project had a contest-like form. Everyone who took part in it had the chance of having their entry published on the billboards. The campaign focused around questions concerning art in the public space. The contestants were asked to finish sentences concerning that kind of artistic activity – how it is perceived, what is artistic work in an easily available space, has its exit made it closer to the recipient?
Russian group Gentle women invited the residents of Gdańsk to take part in a new ritual. There are many so-called love bridges in Europe. Newlyweds hang padlocks with their names written on them as a sign of happiness, duration of the marriages and love. Then, they throw the keys to the river. A cage was placed not far from the Gdańsk “bridge of happiness”. Every woman could leave her dress, connected with her reminiscence of an important event, a strong emotional shock, there. Being kept in the artistic object, the clothing was exposed to atmospheric conditions and passage of time and was gradually destroyed paradoxically becoming a symbol of fading and transience of happiness.
Walking on the Wall: an introduction to the field of design choreography, the performance prepared by Lithuanian artist Julijonas Urbonas was a recreation of the work of American pioneer of contemporary dance Trisha Brown. In her choreography, the artist used the space of the wall with climbing equipment. With her project she created not only a new alphabet, she opened new space for move and showed that inventions in modern dance often result from conditions and surroundings. The approach turned to be close to the works of the Lithuanian artist who is interested in creating choreography through design. Contrary to the original, Julijonas Urbonas invited the public to take part in his project.
A Dialogue, a spatial composition authored by Lithuanian artist Roman Klemencov appeared on the corner of Szopy and Długie Ogrody streets in early October 2014. The work which consists of twelve modules with round, colorful lenses invites the passerby to interact with it. Sunrays which pass through the lenses create the “colorful shadow effect” which changes depending on the position of the sun. They offer a possibility of an alternative look upon the surrounding space, landscape or architecture.
Piotr Wyrzykowski’s work Self-immolation appeared in the public space of the Internet. The project is offered in the form of an application which can be downloaded onto mobile devices from Google Play free of charge. The application will allow the user to make a virtual, one-off self-immolation. Self-immolation appears in the works of the Polish artist as one of the most radical forms of political protest.
With his intervention entitled Rainbow for everyone, Russian artist Yevgeniy Umansky will familiarize the residents of Gdańsk with one of the most precious exhibits of the National Museum in Gdańsk, i.e. the Judgment Day by Hans Memling. A part of it will appear as a light-box on the wall in the close surroundings of the institution, inviting viewers to look at the picture. The work will change the context of the painting’s functioning and its fragment, taken out of the museum context, will become part of the everyday life.