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THIS TROUBLESOME, UNCOMFORTABLE AND QUESTIONABLE RELEVANCE OF ART IN PUBLIC SPACE
The Symposium “This Troublesome, Uncomfortable and Questionable Relevance of Art in Public Space” was held in Gdansk on 23-24 November 2012. Julia Draganović and Adam Budak curated the event and on behalf of Laznia Centre for Contemporary Arts have called international artists, critics and curators 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.

In 2013, on the anniversary of that event, Laznia CCA published a book by the same title summarizing the symposium. The essays included in the book are elaborated versions of the oral contributions of those lecturers who were able to participate in this publication project. Chantal Mouffe, keynote speaker of the symposium, accounts for a reflection about “Critical Artistic Practices as Counter-Hegemonic Interventions”. Mika Hannula agreed to reprint chapter two of his book Politics, Identity and Public Space (Expodium 2) entitled “Social Imaginaries”. Hannula’s contributions serves background for a series of texts dealing with “Close Encounters. Strategies of Collaboration” for which artists Mel Chin and Barbara Holub as well as curators Julia Draganović, Aneta Szylak and Joanna Warsza give examples of best practice models regarding questions like: what are the strategies to access existing knowledge systems and to foster collaboration between different stakeholders?
In the second section entitled “Museum without Museum. Tactics of Emancipation and Autonomy” curator Claire Doherty and artists Maria Papadimitriou and Berth Theis 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. Moreover, Jadwiga Charzyńska, The Director of Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, introduces the work of The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk from its start to the current state. Agnieszka Wołodźko presents a survey of public art in Gdansk of the last decades.

Authors of the texts: Chantal Mouffe, Mika Hannula, Jadwiga Charzyńska, Mel Chin, Claire Doherty, Julia Draganović, Barbara Holub, Maria Papadimitriou, Aneta Szylak, Bert Theis, Joanna Warsza Agnieszka WołodźkoSee details
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54º 4 min. Thorsten Goldberg
the catalogue of the exhibition
The 54º 4 min. catalogue tells about imaginary trips to paradisiacal worlds and places marked by nostalgia. It presents the rich body of work of a specialist in art in public spaces, Thorsten Goldberg, a German artist living in Berlin. The book contains texts by the art critics Martin Hentasch and Eulalia Domanowska, analyzing the extremely varied works of this German artist, including a light installation on the Oberbaum Bridge, a cloud in the courtyard of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in Berlin, and a project along a tram line in Bergen, Norway. The Director of the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Jadwiga Charzyńska, will show a project the artist has designed for Gdańsk.
Thorsten Goldberg’s work represents an important contribution to the development of art in public spaces, and has included a wide range of artistic reflections, from a utopian Land of Milk and Honey and virtual voyages to distant islands, to clouds that the artist brings to the ground.
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ART AND PUBLIC SPACE
This publication is a recording and material proof of the first symposium of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, which took place on 26 February 2011 at the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk.
The symposium, entitled Art and Public Space, was the first attempt at reflecting on the actions of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, which resonate on an international scale. Speeches given by members of the jury and the Gallery’s advisors, which form the gist of the present publication, demonstrate the various aspects of the presence of art in the public space, touching upon the problems and challenges created by this difficult and fascinating relationship. Their common context was a specific area of the city: the squalid Dolne Miasto district surrounding Laznia and actions undertaken there. It is precisely there that the artworks selected in the first four editions of the closed international competition are being implemented. The publication is enriched by texts, which, albeit not directly connected with the symposium, pertain to the transformations which occur due to the mutual relationship between the public space and art shown there.See details
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Wonderful Life
Laurent Mignonneau+Christa Sommerer
Wonderful Life is the newest book in the series entitled Art&Science Meeting. Wonderful Life is dedicated to the art practices of Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer. Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau have been creating interactive works of art together for twenty years now – installations, objects and environments – constituting one of the most important strands of contemporaty new media art. Their work, on the one hand, is characterised by extraordinary invention and innovation in shaping artistic interfaces and strategies for an interactive experience, combined with a gift for the spectacular on a scale rarely encountered in the field of avant-garde art, in which these artists must be included. Yet, on the other hand, it is distinguished by systematic action and penetrating considerations of problems in the field of reflecting on life and its current transformations.See details
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Crude Life The Tissue Culture & Art Project. Oron Catts + Ionat Zurr
Catalogue of "Crude Life" exhibition - a Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr) retrospective, that took place at Laznia CCA in April 2012. The Tissue Culture & Art Project was established in 1996 to explore the possibilities offered to artists by growing living tissue. The idea of growing objects rather than manufacturing them has been researched and critiqued through the notion of the Semi-Living by TC&A. The artists construct objects using regenerative abilities of the biological body. By growing skin, muscle, bone, nerve cells over various materials TC&A has explored the philosophical and practical aspects of the creation of semi-living. This retrospective exhibition explored the trajectory of artistic experimentation, from growing replicas of prehistoric stone-tools; critiquing the fetish in new approaches to life; growing meat, leather and extra ears… to abstracting the Golem. The TC&A project was central to the establishment in 2000 of SymbioticA - The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. The book includes theoretical texts concerned with Tissue Culture & Art Project and Crude Life exhibition written by Joanna Zylinska, Monika Bakke, Maciej Ożóg, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński and the artists - Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr.See details
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Towards the third culture The Co - Existence of Art, Science and Technology
The contemporary forms of relations between art and science may be perceived and interpreted in the context of the 20th Century’s discussions on the transformations of culture, which received momentum and publicity as a result of the intervention of C.P. Snow in 1959. Snow […] noted the deepening indifference […] between the world of traditional culture founded on the values of the humanities and the world of science, which focuses mainly on cognitive values. […] The postulated way of overcoming the perceived conflict has received its name in Snow’s discourse of “the third culture”. This term came about in 1964 […]. At that time however, it had an abstract nature, not filled with clear content. Snow […] indicated only an undefined group of social science researchers that would be a beginning of the emerging third culture, thus giving hope of overcoming the otherness dividing the humanities and science. One can argue that Snow did not propose the notion of the third culture but only the term and very general conceptual framework, opening the field for further reflection. He also proposed something very important, namely the perspective of intercultural dialogue as a platform on which the third culture should be formed.See details
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Gilbert & George 'Jack Freak Pictures'
Emily Butler i Markus Hartmann
Catalogue of the individual exhibition of Gilbert & George „Jack Freak Pictures“ wich will take place at Laznia Center for Contemporary Art from 10.11.2011 to 05.02.2012. According to the writer Michael Bracewell, Jack Freak Pictures comprise the single largest group of pictures that Gilbert & George have ever made. It is a monumental presentation of art, at once thematically episodic, confluent in motif and temper, and densely layered with emotional meaning. One pictorial element, however, the red, white and blue design of the Union Jack flag (itself an abstract, geometric pattern) appears to dominate this vivid and disquieting group. Strident, even jocular, this internationally recognized symbol, in all its connotations, from national pride and pageantry to Pop-cultural cool and civic disobedience, transmits its resonance across myriad social and cultural frequencies. Its historic and symbolic presence serves as both heart and spine of the Jack Freak Pictures, at once declamatory, iconic, multi-layered and irrefutable.See details
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Performing Data. Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss
Catalogue of an exhibition produced jointly by the National Centre for Culture and Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in the scope of the “Art&Science Meeting” project. The exhibition presented at Laznia between April 15 – June 26, 2011was a retrospective of Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss. The artists are pioneers of interactive media arts. Since the beginning of their artistic and scientific careers they used computers as means and medium. Their experimental work is centered around the notions of interactivity in art and in science, and the web as interface.Beside texts by Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss, the catalog includes articles by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Derrick de Kerckhove and Luca Farulli.See details
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The Pleasure of Light. György Kepes and Frank J. Malina on the Intersection of Science and Art
Catalogue of an exhibition co-produced by the National Centre for Culture, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Museum in Gdansk, Ludwig Museum in Budapest and Gdańsk 2016, in the scope of "Art&Science Meeting" project.Both Malina and Kepes tried to find a balance or harmony between art and exact sciences. Work with light – both in private and public spaces – became an important means to change the attitude of inhabitants of cities towards their environment. A creative approach to light is the common feature of the artists’ work and thus has become the key concept of the project "The Pleasure of Light". The exhibition presented at the Green Gate – department of the National Museum in Gdańsk between April 29 – June 26, 2011, showed the parallel lives and the evolution of ideas of the two artists. The catalog includes articles by: Nina Czegledy, Róna Kopeczky, Roger F. Malina, Márton Orosz, Attila Csaji, Fabrice Lapelletrie, Oliver A. I. Botar, Elizabeth Finch, Frank Popper, Barnabás Bencsik and Jadwiga CharzyńskaSee details
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LAZNIA - THE BATHHOUSE. ART IN SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECTS
The book edited by Małgorzata Cackowska is the next project realised after the publication „Laznia – the Bathhouse. Architecture, Art and History” published in 2008 on Laznia CCA 10th Anniversary. The idea of the book is to show only one but very important field of Laznia CCA intrests – the educational idea and Laznia CCA educational projects presented in wide social, cultural and educational contexts. The aim of this publication is – apart from the cognitive function – its utilitarianism. The examples of actions described in the book and selected theoretical references can be useful for a wide spectrum of people (social sciences scholars, cultural animators, reflective educators, teachers, tutors, cultural institution workers) for educational aims and learning how the cultural institution can influence the social changes, and for deepening own reflections. See details
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