LAZNIA 1 2012 - Symposium:
In Search Of a Possible Paradigm.
23–24 November 2012  

Event location:
Fabryka Batycki
Kamienna Grobla 28/29
Gdańsk, Poland

In the seven years of its existence, The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk has invited thirty-one artists to propose interventions in the public realm, has judged eight projects worth to be realized and has produced five of them. Adam Budak, Jacek Dominiczak, Julia Draganović, Enrico Lunghi, Bettina Steinbrügge and Norbert Weber are the curators and architects invited by Laznia CCA and its Director Jadwiga Charzyńska to be involved in the long term development of the Lower Town area of Gdansk. They felt the need to present the first results of their activities to a broader national and international audience and to bring together debates from varied perspectives and practices in an attempt to evaluate which roles artists, curators, designers and architects can actually play in revitalizing and regenerating urban space. On behalf of Laznia Centre for Contemporary Arts Adam Budak and Julia Draganović have called international artists, critics and curators to discuss THIS troublesome, uncomfortable and questionable RELEVANCE of Art in Public Space at Fabryka Batycki in Gdansk on 23-24 November 2012.

After a keynote speech by Chantal Mouffe on Friday night and a performance by Maria Papadimitriou, on Saturday the symposium will be divided into two parts: The first session will be opened by a lecture from Mika Hannula, followed by a panel discussion entitled Close Encounters. Strategies of Collaboration. Participants (Mel Chin, Fulya Erdemci, Tone Hansen, Barbara Holub, Aneta Szylak, Joanna Warsza) will present their public art practices, focusing on questions like: what are the strategies to access existing knowledge systems and to foster collaboration between different stakeholders? Which are the current best -practice models?

The afternoon session will start with a lecture by Simon Sheikh, followed by a panel discussion entitled Museum without Museum. Tactics of Emancipation and Autonomy. Panelists: Cecilia Alemani, Claire Doherty, Maria Papadimitriou, Bert Theis, Mirjam Varadinis will ponder the question, how far public art can be a complement or an alternative to museums and reflecting on strategies of enhancement for self-organization.

Friday, 23 November 2012

17.00– 18.00 guided tour to Outdoor Gallery projects


18.30 key-note speech by Chantal Mouffe: Critical Artistic Practices as Counter-Hegemonic Interventions


19.30 Presentation of the winning project of Pomorskie Metropolitan Rail competition

20.00 opening performance “Over! Leftover” by Maria Papadimitriou


Saturday, 24 November 2012


10.00 – 11.00

Lecture by Mika Hannula: Politics, Identity and Public Space –Critical Reflections In and Through the Practices of Contemporary Art


11.00 – 13.00

Panel Discussion: Close Encounters

Strategies of Collaboration

Mel Chin, Fulya Erdemci, Tone Hansen, Barbara Holub, Aneta Szylak, Joanna Warsza



Lecture by Simon Sheikh: Intervention, Interruption, Disruption, Pause. Possible Approaches to Artistic and Curatorial Strategies and Tactics to Public Art in the Post-Public Condition


16.00 -18.00

Panel Discussion: Museum without Museum

Tactics of Emancipation and Autonomy

Cecilia Alemani, Claire Doherty, Maria Papadimitriou, Bert Theis, Mirjam Varadinis



Conference registration: / closes on 19 November, 2012.
Admission Free!

Curators: Julia Draganovic & Adam Budak
Coordination: Anna Szynwelska,
Press contact: Katarzyna Steńczyk,

For more information on the symposium, contributors and lectures' abstracts please check our webiste:

Project supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Arts
Ul. Jaskolcza 1
80-767 Gdansk, Poland

Municipal Institution of Culture