Symposium: Who do you work for?

Lublin, Poland

13 — 14 December 2018

This symposium creates a platform to talk about artistic practices that leave the gallery and theatre to work with local communities, and to try to redefine the notion of public art and space. Together with artists and curators from Ljubljana, Cluj, Sofia, Groningen, Manchester, Béthune, Marrakech, Szczecin and Warsaw, as well as Lublin residents, we will try to answer the question: who does public space actually belong to nowadays.

On the first day of the symposium we will have a walk through Osiedle Słowackie (Słowackiego Settlement), designed by Zofia and Oskar Hansen, in partnership with The Museum of Housing Estates.

Meet the Neighbours addresses questions around changes in city environments, comparing five different yet comparable urban locations. How are cities changing shape and what is the role of artists in the process? How can artists have a progressive and critical voice in relation to urban regeneration and development? How is access to cultural provision affected by the presence of artists in neighbourhoods? How can artists create space and relationships where conversations and action might occur?

How does mobility of artists relate to migration and the mobility of people in a changing Europe? How can working with neighbouring countries develop artist mobility beyond and to Europe?


13 December 2018: Closed session for project participants – LSM district and Museum of Housing Estates

10:00 – 12:00 Across LSM – walk with Rafał Lis

12:15 – 13:00 Architektura Od Środka – presentation of project by Barbara Gryka

13:00 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 18:00 Re-defining Peripheries – workshop by Museum of Housing Estates, hosted by Paulina Paga

14 December 2018: Open session (Polish-English translation)

9:30 – 11:00 Institution leaves institution – Sebastian Cichocki (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw), Weronika Fibich (Kana Theatre Center, Szczcin) and Waldemar Tatarczuk (Labirynt Gallery, Lublin), hosted by Grzegorz Reske

11:15 – 12:45 Who do you work with? – Oana Hodade (Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj) Kathrin Hrusanowa (ACT, Sofia) and Mojca Jug (Bunker, Ljubjlana), moderated by Marta Keil

12:45 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 16:00 What we know so far: artists’ experience of Meet the Neighbours – Cecile Backers (Comedie de Bethune), Niek vom Bruch (Grand Theater, Groningen), Richard Gregory (Qarantine, Manchester) and Francesca Masoero (LE 18, Marakesz), hosted by Florian Malzacher

16:15 – 17:15 Activist, curator, researcher – Cezary Hunkiewicz (Brain Damage Gallery, Lublin) and Franek Sterczewski (Open Center, Poznań)

17:30 – 18:00 Presentation of research project within Meet the Neighbours – Ben Dunn (University of Manchester)

Find out more Video recording of 'What we know so far' session


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