The international art- and culture project ART LINE has gathered speed. The end of this month saw the public entrance of the very website you are currently using- project Art Lines´ website. It is from here that the main body of information regarding the project will get communicated to the public. Browse its content to learn more about Art Line.
The 7th of March Art Lines first project will take place in the city-park of Kalmar, Sweden. Between the 23d and 25th of May an international art-seminar will be held within the framework of Art Line, in Gdansk, Poland. Many more seminars, workshops and exhibitions, both in digital and “real space, are planned.

Art Line is an international art- and culture project in collaboration between 14 partners from 5 different countries in the South Baltic region; Sweden, Poland, Germany, Russia and Lithuania. The project is part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund), South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme, and will run from 2011 until December 2013. The Lead Benificiary of the project is Blekinge County Museum, situated in Karlskrona, Sweden. All the other partners can be found in the list to the right. The aim of project Art Line  is to create a collaborative network between art institutions and academia in the region, as well as involve the public in discourse regarding contemporary art. Art Line is unique in that it is the very first art- and culture project to be granted funds from the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme.

Contemporary art in all its shifting shapes and forms is a major tool for regional growth. The aim of the project is to makes use of these shifting shapes and forms to bring both institutions and people living in the South Baltic region closer, or – to phrase it differently – create a common South Baltic identity that is communicated to the public through the project and its resulting artifacts.

The Baltic is not what separates us, but what connects us. This actual geographical closeness is as of yet an untapped source of potential collaborative networks between art institutions and academia; a source that Art Line is about to tap dry. The primary focus of the project is on digital art and art in the public space. This focus implicitly highlights the importance of internet, and how internet has impacted on and changed the view of the concept of the public space.
These days the digital terrain that is the internet has increasingly come to replace the “real” physical space as a site for interaction and exchange of ideas, allowing instant points of contact between people spread all over the world. The quite recent creation of the concept social media as a descriptive term for computer-based information and communications tools – such as twitter, facebook and Youtube – goes to show that the internet is not to be seen as a passive receiver and giver of information, but as a social space through which individuals exist together; a social space in which individuals in an constant process of interaction co-exist. The internet has become a public, social space.

Within this project we ask ourselves how one can employ this new public space for both the creation and the communication of and about art; as well as how one can mesh the digital space and the “real” physical space – i.e utilising a cross-medial aspect – in interesting ways that´ll involve the general public. During a series of workshops and seminars participating partners will in joint collaboration with artists from the region give rise to artifacts to be showcased on the internet and in the public space in the South Baltic region.

Components of project

The project consists of two overarching components entitled the Digital Art Platform and Cross Media. During its three-year period a myriad of interesting things are planned to happen within each of these  components; seminars, workshops and exhibitions.

Within Cross Media we will investigate how one can go about meshing the digital and the real through the process of cross-mediation, as well as arranging workshops that will lead to the creation of artifacts to be showcased in the public space and right here on our digital exhibition venue.

The beginnings of project Art Line

As with anything, Art Line started with a single idea; its edges rough, and not yet fully formed, but continuously growing in the mind of Project Leader Torun Ekstrand whom before Art Line worked on a cross-border project entitled – in English – Neighbours, in Polish - Sąsiedzi.

At the end of project Neighbours Ekstrand wanted to continue the work on tying together art institutions in the South Baltic region. She was striving towards shaping a larger collaborative network between art-institutions, as well as academic institutions, in the South Baltic area. The idea started with this single seed and grew up to become Art Line- a cross-border, jointly developed, art-project involving as many as 10 art- and academic institutions as well as 4 associated partners from 5 different countries in the South Baltic region; the outlook – this time – substantially widened, now not only including Sweden and Poland but Germany, Russia and Lithuania as well.
Municipal Institution of Culture