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Romik Natalia and Rudnicka Ewa, curators: Ruksza Stanisław and Szreder Kuba

Romik Natalia
Graduated from political studies at the Warsaw University, a two-time Berlin Freie Universität scholarship holder. Co-founder of the Warsaw Reform Synagogue. She has been involved in numerous artistic and architectural activities, a creator of videos, installations, performances. Connected with the Nizio Design International, with which she has implemented many architectural projects, such as reconstruction of a synagogue in Chmielnik and the Zoom Natury eco-park, since two years.

Rudnicka Ewa
Graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure D'architecture de Paris-La Villette, involved in interdisciplinary city development projects in France and Poland. She designs and popularises pro-social and artistic actions in the city space. She organises educational programmes and architectural workshop and is especially engaged in popularisation of temporary and self-construction architecture. She works with architectural groups such as raumlabor_berlin and EXYZT from Paris, as well as the Association of Polish Architects.

curator: Ruksza Stanisław

Art historian, curator of exhibitions, author of texts on contemporary art. Lecturer of the 20th century history of art. Connected with the Kronika Centre of Contemporary Art since 2006, the art manager of the institution since 2008. Member of the Krytyka Polityczna team. His actions focus on merging of art and policy, practice of alternative tourism and exploration of Land Art methods and activist actions.
Curator of such exhibitions as: Katolicy w Kronice (2010), Alternatif turistik czyli uśmiech z destrukcją w tle (2009), Muzeum Historii Nienaturalnej (2008, together with Sebastian Cichocki), Alfabet Kroniki w Berlinie (2008, together with Sebastian Cichocki), the Śląsk active series (2005-2008 ), Signal box (2004), Katowicki Underground Artystyczny po 1953 roku (2003). Apexart resident in New York (2009). He lives in Tarnowskie Góry.

Szreder Kuba

Graduated from sociology at the Jagiellonian University and worked as an independent curator of interdisciplinary projects combining art, pseudo-artistic activities, reflection on the society and public activity. His projects often involve experiments with different forms of city space production and test the potential of art in social practice. In his theoretical works he combines sociological thought concerning society with critical analysis of current forms of art and culture. He has been a Ph.D. student at the Loughborough University School of the Arts since 2009, his scientific work includes research into public potential of contemporary curatorial methods and art practices.


RUMB is a mobile, easy to transport and use, multifunctional city platform. In navigation, a rumb (compass point) is an angular measure used to define places on the horizon – it is an instrument of public cartography, which enables us to examine social possibilities of recovery and use of a city. RUMB is laid out on the wind rose plan – a colourful tent is spread over its eight corners, which creates a temporary shelter for a group of city nomads. The convoy moves through the city like a critical mass, transported on a dozen of bicycles pulling small trailers with equipment necessary to put up the tent, organise a meeting, a picnic or a discussion. RUMB works as a portable centre of city activity, an unplugged cultural institution. All that is needed to put it up is human muscle strength and enthusiasm of the participants. They can set off on city explorations together and put up the RUMB in any place in a very short time with the use of very small amount of work. RUMB does not need any external sources of energy, only minimum outlays are necessary in order to make it work. For the first festival days RUMB will be operated by Zarząd Kuratorski ZOM and selected Krakow organisations, after which he will be handed over to public service, local artists, enthusiasts and activists, non-government organisations, free teams and groups of friends.

RUMB is a collective system of city survival
RUMB can be transported and used only thanks to (team) human muscle strength
RUMB can be put up anywhere where it is possible to enter or get by bike
RUMB has its aesthetic identity, it is a formal intervention in the city content
RUMB is a way of arranging of urban, educational and cultural situations in every corner of the world
RUMB protects from weather conditions
RUMB is operated by curators and invited festival guests in cooperation with local groups
RUMB answers with enthusiasm to all invitations and ideas
RUMB may be used by city initiatives, depending on their needs and operational potential, after the end of the festival

Initiators: Kuba Szreder, Stanisław Ruksza, architects: Natalia Romik and Ewa Rudnicka

Pictures: Weronika Szmuc

WUR: Picnic and opening of RUMB

Curators, artists, friends and acquaintances of Workshop for Urban Re-appriopriation invited you to an open, public picnic in RUMB. A lazy Saturday afternoon was the perfect moment for the first instalment of our nomadic vehicle – urban relax, unassuming get-togethers and informal conversations, a moment of respite before the intensive Festival programme ahead. Refreshments was provided by Bomba and music by Dj Edee Dee.

WUR: RUMB as part of Święto Cykliczne (Cyclic Holiday)

The RUMB mobile bicycle platform and Miastoprojektor (CityDesigner): an open debate on the reform of public transport

Święto Cykliczne (Cyclic Holiday) was a social initiative, whose main goal was to promote the bicycle as the best means of transport in the city. Święto Cykliczne is a one day-long festival of cycling, alluding to the tradition of annual bike rides held in the 1990s in many Polish cities.

The event was organised by the Kraków Miastem Rowerów (Krakow – A City of Bicycles) Initiative and the EkoMost Foundation.

Miastoprojektor (CityDesigner) – a series of four open meetings on collective planning for Krakow. Anybody who would like to share their own vision of the city and city living was welcomed to take the floor. Miastoprojektor was an opportunity to confront the views of residents, social campaigners and visionaries with expert knowledge and artists’ imagination. It was an opportunity to present bold visions regarding the whole city.

Miastoprojektor was launched by Magda Mosiewicz, Tomasz Lelek, Marta Skowrońska and Małgorzata Radkiewicz.

Picture: Weronika Szmuc

WUR: RUMB as part of the Poltwór Festival

POLtwór – a creative form of recycling, was a project which aimed to bring together artists and environmentalists in a joint effort. It sought to emphasize that we do not have an open credit for exploiting the Earth, as well as to underscore the global problem of an excess of waste generated in our homes. The project was carried out through applied arts and original design.

Art-recycling workshops had place.

WUR: Men and women walk along the same streets

A trip within the framework of the Remember the Gardens Project.

The walk took on the form of public storytelling, with stories revolving around princesses, mystiques, artists and other female characters from Krakow. Hosted by: Agata Dutkowska – city guide, artist and sociologist, who graduated in Intermedia from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Author of the performance entitled: Śladami Allena Ginsberga po Krakowie (Around Krakow in the Footsteps of Allen Ginsberg).

Pictures: Weronika Szmuc

WUR: Book promotion event with authors - Kraków kobiet

Kraków kobiet (Women’s Krakow, published by Ha!art Corporation) – an alternative guidebook describing six walks: the route of queens and princesses, the route of female saints and mystics, the route of Jewesses, the route of suffragists and two routes dedicated to female artists. The book is a collective work, edited by Agata Dutkowska and Wojtek Szymański. Authors: Elżbieta Sala, Dominika Buczak, Aleksandra Jach, Aleksandra Szczepan and Jakub Czupryński.

Pictures: Weronika Szmuc

WUR: RUMB, rap, jazz, folk, experiment – a musical picnic in Nowa Huta

Performers: Tropajn (Paweł Kulczyński), Tater, Chłopcy kontra Basia, Bohater and Ryszard Feliks Styla

Tropajn (Paweł Kulczyński) – an artist using a broad range of tools, mainly including sound, video and photography. Under his stage name, Tropajn gives concerts in the public space, in brown fields and wastelands, moving within the sphere of improvised electronics and electro-acoustics, intertwined with the odd sweet tune. He draws on algorithmic structures and prepared guitars in a context of modular synthesis. He has performed at many festivals in Poland and abroad. In 2010 he was the curator of the Fragile Boredom project.

Tater – a rapper working for the local stage for over a decade. He has three unofficially released records under his belt, along with several additional projects performed solo or in collaboration with other artists. He is now working on a new project.

Chłopcy kontra Basia – their music is the result of folk and jazz ideas of people with different fascinations, who share the same energy and a drive to work together. For clarity’s sake – the “kontra” in the title has more to do with the “contrabass” than with any conflicts.
"ChkB" includes: Basia Derlak - clarinet, jaw harp, vocals; Marcin Nenko – double bass; Tomasz Waldowski - kontrabasiowa przeszkadzaja (special drum kit), futujara, fujara wielkopostna (great Lent pipe).

Bohater and Ryszard Feliks Styla – a clash of Ryszard’s guitar with the vocalises, rhymes, poems and drills wielded by Bohater. Through its diversity, the project has been very well received by audiences of all ages. In February, the artists also created the music for a performance by Jarosław Tochowicz -“Rura” (“Pipe” - adaptation of a short story by Sławomir Mrożek). The concerts are highly improvised and lively. There’s jazz, rap, Różewicz, Norwid and a battle between a guitar and a drill.
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Ryszard Feliks Styla – counts among the most versatile Polish guitarists. He is a composer as well and he gives concerts in Poland, Canada and the US. He has been part of the Krakow jazz stage for the last thirty years.

Bohater - Bohtr - Paweł Dróżdż – guitar player, author of lyrics, performer, vocalist and MC, as well as composer. He occasionally plays the electric drill. He started his artistic career in the Nowa Huta hip-hop underground as an MC and producer. He currently moves within various musical genres, ranging from jazz, rock and blues to hip-hop and industrial elements.

Pictures: Weronika Szmuc

WUR: Club Unplugged

A year and a half ago, on the last day of September 2009, the club relocated from the Pavilion in ul. Czarnogórska 10 to the building of the middle school in ul. Malborska 98 (the contract terminates at the end of September 2012 –what will happen next?) Does The Club, i.e. its employees and partners, prefer to be open towards the future? Or would we rather live submerged in our memories and create a museum of the Pavilion? Do people still need culture, art and social life among their towering blocks of flats? We talked about this in the RUMB nomad tent, in the field adjacent to the remains of the former Pavilion in ul. Czarnogórska. The discussion had been fuelled by performances by those who began their artistic lives in the Pavilion and the new forces from ul. Malborska. The tent also accommodated the remaining props and devices from the Pavilion and photographs. We re-enacted some of the events from the Pavilion. Arts and skills workshops were held. For a while, the nomad tent had become a cultural centre – and maybe someday we will use it again as another shelter for the club…

Hosted by: Jarek Gawlik (Osiedlowy Klub Kultury Wola Duchacka Wschód)

WUR: Orgy – an artistic action by Roman Dziadkiewicz

The Orgy was a workshop of radical (etymologically from Latin radicalis - rooted; from radix — root, radish, source) techniques of psycho-physical influences. The author forsaked his role as an authoritarian subject in favour of becoming an object/subject of a series of experiments. Alone or/and accompanied by interested participants, he embarked on a long-lasting conscious and unconscious journey – hypnotic, trans-dance, psychological, psychedelic and multi-sensual. If the word rave could come in handy (again), his work was its hermetic, multi-level hybrid, with the ghost of Witkacy (and Dionysia) languishing against its backdrop, and radishes, candied ginger and other spicy treats was served as refreshments.

10/06/2011 - 24/06/2011



13:00 WUR: Picnic and opening of RUMB


17:30 WUR: RUMB as part of Święto Cykliczne (Cyclic Holiday)


17:00 WUR: RUMB as part of the Poltwór Festival


17:00 WUR: Men and women walk along the same streets


19:00 WUR: Book promotion event with authors - Kraków kobiet


17:00 WUR: RUMB, rap, jazz, folk, experiment – a musical picnic in Nowa Huta


16:00 WUR: Club Unplugged


15:00 WUR: Orgy – an artistic action by Roman Dziadkiewicz

meadow between Centralny Sqaure and Nowohuckie Meadows
meadow near ul. Czarnogórska 10
place of the former OKK Wola Duchacka Wschód Pavillion
Skałki Twardowskiego, Zakrzówek