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Project team, curators: Mleczko Małgorzata, Musiał Patrycja, project substantive consultant: Sowa Jan

curator: Mleczko Małgorzata
Art historian (the Jagiellonian University), art critic, curator. From 2006-2008 worked with the Bunkier Sztuki Modern Art Gallery in Krakow. In 2008, together with Patrycja Musiał, she established the No Local Foundation, she has worked in since. A curator of numerous artistic projects: Art In Cinema (2008), Art In Cinema In Tour (2009), Arctic Lights (2009), Sorrow Conquers Happiness (2009) and A Place That We Could Go (2010) as part of the OFF Festival. The organiser of such events as Ulica Smoleńsk 22/8 (2010) and Fragile Boredom (2010). She has published articles in different Polish and foreign magazines. The Balthus Foundation scholarship holder (2005). Works for the Ha!art publishing company (the Ha!art Corporation Foundation Council).

curator: Musiał Patrycja
Art historian (the Jagiellonian University), curator, cultural and social journalist (connected with the Krakow division of Gazeta Wyborcza), photographer. Since 2008 she has been conducting, together with Małgorzata Mleczko, the No Local Foundation. A curator of numerous artistic projects such as: Art In Cinema (2008), Art In Cinema In Tour (2009), Arctic Lights (2009), Sorrow Conquers Happiness (2009) and A Place That We Could Go (2010) as part of the OFF Festival. The organiser of such events as events as Ulica Smoleńsk 22/8 (2010) and Fragile Boredom (2010). Works for the Ha!art publishing company (the Ha!art Corporation Foundation Council).

project substantive consultant: Sowa Jan
Studied Polish, philosophy and psychology at the Jagiellonian University and at the Paris 8 University in Saint-Denis. Has a Ph.D. in Sociology, co-founder, board vice-chairman of many years’ standing, and, currently, the chairman of the Ha!art Corporation Foundation. Editor of Linia Radykalna, senior researcher at the Culture Institute of the Jagiellonian University, co-founder of the Goldex Poldex Cooperative. He has worked as a journalist in the Polish Radio, and a curator in Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow. He has written and edited a couple of psychology, sociology and social criticism books. He published a collection of essays Sezon w teatrze lalek (2003) and a book Ciesz się, późny wnuku! Kolonializm, globalizacja i demokracja radykalna (2008). He has published a dozen or so texts in Poland and abroad in the following magazines: Ha!art, Praesens, Lampa, Kresy, Krytyka Polityczna, Gazeta Wyborcza, Philosophie Magazine, Przegląd Anarchistyczny and 2+3D.

Project team:
Antoniszczak Malwina
(1977) – Graduate of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle - Les Ateliers in Paris. She designs items, furniture, interiors and exhibition spaces. She is a founder of the – Polish Shop project, an exhibition in the form of a store (Weimar, 2005). She has participated in such exhibitions as: Desir, Designers Days in Paris (2007), Design Pl, Polish industrial design, Warsaw (2006), Young Polish Designers and Consumerism, Cieszyn and Budapest (2005), and the International Design Biennale in Saint-Etienne (2004).

Czupryński Kuba (1980) – Co-founder of the Insiders’ guide collective, a holder of MA in Tourism and Recreation from the elite University School of Physical Education in Krakow. A guide, genealogist and detective exploring uncharted layers of the contemporary history of Poland, especially its peripheries. For the last several years, in the town of Krak, he has slowly matured to confess his love for it.

Dąbrowiecki Łukasz (1975) – Philosopher by training (University of Gdańsk, Jagiellonian University),
a proletarian by profession (the last three years as a printer/graphic designer), and a townee by interest (an organiser of and participant in informal civic initiatives). Formerly an editor of underground publications, an editor of the A-tak magazine. An organizer of the exhibition Klinowanie kultury - zaangażowana sztuka ulicy as part of the Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences. A co-author of a pioneering collection of texts on urban character titled Moje Miasto (My City).

de Barbaro Jakub (1977) – Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, he teaches at the Raffels Design Institute in Shanghai; a co-founder of the Krakow-based Goldex Poldex Co-operative, dealing with publishing graphic design, information systems and graphic marks. He works with Galeria Raster, Korporacja Ha!, Laura Palmer Foundation, Warsaw's New Theatre, No Local Foundation, Znak Publishing House, Krakow Film Festival, and the 2 +3 D magazine; also a VJ and curator of Pimpek dog's exhibition (Goldex Poldex, 2011).

Dutkowska Agata (1979) – City guide, creator of games, an artist and sociologist. She likes to combine different ways of looking and walking. A creator of the performance Śladami Allena Ginsberga po Krakowie (In the footsteps of Allen Ginsberg in Krakow) showed as part of the last year's ArtBoom Festival (FreshZone, 2010). She co-creates the Insiders guide collective.

Gorczyca, Michał (1975) – Musician and composer, since 1996 he has performed as DJ Dokuro; works with the Muzyka Centrum group and co-creates the Fractal Beats group. A president and founder of the Krakow-based Commbo Association committed to creating and promoting audio-visual culture in Poland and abroad. He has collaborated on a number of art projects with such artists as: Jan Simon, Karolina Kowalska and Marta Deskur. In collaboration with Joanna Warsza, he created a post-futurist action Bżuh Mózeum (MN, Krakow, 2009). A creator of music for Maja Kleczewska's plays Tales of the Vienna Woods (2008) and Twilight of the Gods (2010). Along with Edward Gil-Deskur (Edee Dee), he worked on music for such theatrical performances as Werther in New York (2006) and Leonce and Lena (2007). As a child he debuted as an actor by playing Piłsudski as imagined by young Tadeusz Kantor (Niech szczezną artyści, 1988).

Maniak Katarzyna (1985) – Graduate and doctoral student of the Faculty of Ethnology and Anthropology of Culture at the Jagiellonian University. A photographer, a graduate of Szkoła Kreatywnej Fotografii (School of Creative Photography). She has been working with the No Local Foundation since 2009. Previously, she had worked with the NADwyraz Foundation on the Fotokulturalna mapa Polski (Photocultural Map of Poland) programme, as well as the netbird web portal and the Biuletyn Fotograficzny photographic magazine.

Maziarz Michał (1983) – In the intervals between playing violin and hitchhiking, he works as a guide. He listens passionately to rural Obereks and Mazureks. For over 2 years, he has also learned to play them from rural musicians. Together with his friends he co-created the Krakow-based To.pole Association, concerned, among others, with traditional culture, dance and non-formal education.

Morawska Anna (1974) – Graduate of Psychology at the Jagiellonian University, she also studied at the Camera Obscura School of Arts in Tel Aviv and at the Paris Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; a photographer, visual artist, she exhibited her work, among others, in the Museum of Contemporary Art and Limbus and Kalisher Galleries in Tel Aviv, in the Cinemateque Gallery, Jerusalem, and the Project 101 Gallery in Paris; she is interested in the issues of identity and cultural differences.

Sadowski Krzysztof (1982) – An escapee from the corporate world – after a few years spent in an office
he realized that he was missing something in his life and joined the Insiders guiding group without a second thought. He loves travelling across Krakow by bike and eagerly enthuses his friends and tourists with this passion. A veteran stock exchange trader specializing in buying shares on the day before the company goes bankrupt. He is most delighted to reflect upon the city and its inhabitants over a glass of dark beer. An advocate of the philosophy that the city is an adventure to experience.
WUR: Remember the gardens

“There are no more than 1,000-1,100 houses in the whole city, besides, taking account of the area of the city, their number cannot be bigger. That is why it is all the more violent when you hear that there are 72 churches and 30 monasteries here.”
Friedrich Zöllner’s account, 1791

“The inhabitants of Krakow were constantly pestered by collectors or monks from the so-called mendicant orders and other monasteries; they all begged for alms under different pretences, whilst characterised by obtrusiveness and unpleasantness.”
Eugeniusz Barwiński about a situation of orders in the 18th century

A discussion on the subject of the right to a city has been going on in many places in the world – from the Latin America through the Western Europe to India. Whom and to what purpose should the city public space serve – private or particular interest or the needs of all inhabitants? Who and how should decide on it? What does it mean in practice that the city space is public? Is the private ownership of few a more important value than fulfilment of basic everyday needs of most of the inhabitants, such as provision of meeting places, recreation environment, comfortable and environment-friendly transport?

The problem also concerns Krakow. Apart from typical and universal matters connected with the right to the city, we are dealing with another, Krakow-specific problem. In the crowded and constantly jammed centre, where, apart from the Planty, there are hardly any parks and recreational spaces, huge green areas have been excluded from the city tissue – monastic gardens are surrounded by walls and unavailable to the average inhabitant.

The project concerned the problem of walled-in monastic gardens in the Krakow city centre – it was to inform the inhabitants about the existence of these areas, about the fact that big green areas, unavailable to citizens, can be found within the second ring road.

The project included extensive historical, legal and economic research, conducted by a specialist dealing with the subject, which defined the current use of the monastic green areas. Collected information had been available in full in the form of leaflets and display boards in the Monastic Gardens Information Point and in buildings and artistic intervention places rented for the needs of the project, from which it was possible to see the gardens (without violation of ownership), which was to highlight the distance and unavailability of these areas.

Pictures: Weronika Szmuc


WUR: Monastic Gardens Information Point

Remember the gardens is an information project envisaging extensive historical, legal and economic research that will set forth present use of the monastic green spaces within the area of the 2nd Ring Road. During the festival all information collected will be available in the Monastic Gardens Information Point between Tuesday and Sunday from 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

The Information Point will be opened on: the 10th of June at 2.00 pm

WUR: Rights to the city

The festival will also include a debate revolving around the Remember the Gardens project, regarding the citizens’ right to the city.

Jan Hartman – philosopher, ethicist, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
Przemysław Pluciński – urban sociologist, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
Agnieszka Tarasiuk – curator, last director of Dom Pracy Twórczej (Artists’ Retreat) in Wigry

Hosted by: Jan Sowa – sociologist, Institute of Culture of the Jagiellonian University and Spółdzielnia Goldex Poldex, representing residents’ rights to the city.

Picture: Weronika Szmuc

WUR: Gardens – trips accompanying the project

During the Festival, daily trips run by the Insiders collective departed from the Monastic Gardens Information Point. The trips headed to places where you can see the monastic gardens. The trips were run in a non-invasive manner, without breaching property rights, which was to highlight the situation of distance and inaccessibility of those spaces.

10/06/2011 - 24/06/2011

WUR: Remember the gardens

12/06/2011 - 24/06/2011

WUR: Monastic Gardens Information Point


17:00 WUR: Rights to the city


17:00 WUR: Gardens – trips accompanying the project