Action Pack and take away, 2012, Lodz, Poland, Culture in Action, following our program assumptions, organized an action in the City of Lodz. It took place in the public space. Our main goal was to convince people who live in Lodz and those who govern the city that a huge mistake had been made while designing and creating several „sculptures” on Piotrkowska street. What is more, we wanted to pay attention to the controversial issue concerning the mechanism of selection and the way of locating such „sculptures” on the main artery of the city. Culture in Action considers several „sculptures” on the Piotrkowska street as being not valuable enough to represent the city. They represent both: poor artistic level (in their form) and poor content. That makes them completely anti-educational in artistic way. We are disgusted and deeply disappointed that such objects destroy (already poor in fact) condition of one of the longest commercial thoroughfares in Europe changing Piotrkowska street into provincial ‚street gallery’ made without participation and opinion of experts. We postulate to the city authorities responsible for visual appearance of the city to remove aforementioned „sculptures” from Piotrkowska street as soon as possible. Curators: Paula Strugińska, Paweł Hajncel, Participants: Ewa Błaszczyńska, Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Michał Fryc, Paweł Hajncel, Dogmara Horab, Marlena Jaworska, Kasia Jędrzejczyk, Marcin Kułaga, Katarzyna Majsner, Marcin Malecki, Sebastian Rozpara, Rafał Sobiczewski, Elżbieta Stańczak, Paula StrugiNska, Kamila Turkowska, Marcelo Zammenhoff.
Intervention Łódź straight ahead, 2012. It took place during the Euro 2012 Championships, on a newly built part of motorway connecting Warsaw, Lodz and Poznan. One of the aims of the tournament was to promote Poland. Foreign guests were encouraged to travel to visit interesting places. Unfortunately not all the places were easily accessible to them. Stupefy, nothingness, agony. Have we forgot ourselves? We are lost and fail to understand ourselves and this city. We don’t see the signs that aren’t there. Could we make a virtue out of this? Lodz is the third biggest city in Poland right after Warsaw and Cracow. Nevertheless you won’t see the city on weather maps or on road signs on main motorways. In Warsaw they say: Lodz is a dead city! Local hip hop artists say: Even the purest heart will get slimy here! Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Agnieszka Żebrowska
Come back breed in your country, Poland needs your eggs and your queens, 2013, Birmingham, Uk, Discount tickets to the swimming pool, sports club and to the cinema – ones a month – but only for large families. Or maybe £250 for giving birth? The demographic situation in the country is poor. The birth rate is one of the lowest in Europe. The population is aging and the young are leaving with their families abroad. The government is constantly generating absurd solutions and ways of helping the families. In the meantime the young poles breed on the green islands. Anna Katarzyna Domejko
lodzizm, 2012, Lodz, Poland, Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Ula Skrok-Wolska, An artwork created for New Avant-garde exhibition during Łódź of Four Cultures Festival 2012. Lódzizm is a neologism created form the words: Łódź – name of the city, ludzie – people and the suffix –izm(ism) that forms the manes for art trends like expressionism or cubism… Lódzizm was created as a signature for city paintings that emerge spontaneously on the walls of the city centre. This paintings are usually 200 cm high. As the painter cannot reach higher. Lódzizm is an fictional name for the new avant-garde art of Lodz. This paintings emerge due to the fact that the building supervisors constantly over-paint spray writings – chronically recreated by hooligans. This random process creates surprising and sophisticated visual effects. City officials, administrators, property owners and building supervisors jointly contribute to the transformation of the city into a great art gallery. This new type of city art resembles the art of Mark Rothko and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Praca wykonana w ramach Festiwalu 4 Kultur w Łodzi na wystawę Nowa Awangarda. Lódzizm to neologizm, który powstał jako podpis pod malarstwem miejskim, tworzącym się samoczynnie na murach w centrum miasta Łodzi. Malarstwo to sięga zazwyczaj do wysokości 200cm, ponieważ człowiek z przyrządem do malowania nie sięga wyżej. Lódzizm to fikcyjna nazwa nowej awangardy malarskiej miasta Łodzi. Zarządcy nieruchomości w centrum miasta na zlecenie Urzędu nieustannie zamalowywują chuligańskie napisy chronicznie powstające na elewacjach kamienic. Dobierając tym samym z niesamowitym wyczuciem wizualnym i wrażliwością kształty i temperaturę koloru, który zostaje namalowany do wysokości 200 cm. W efekcie urząd miasta, zarządcy, właściciele nieruchomości, administratorzy, dozorcy i gospodarze chwalebnie przyczyniają się do powstawania w całym mieście wielkiej galerii malarstwa . Po głębszym wglądzie w dzieła miejskie możemy doszukać się wpływów abstrakcjonistów takich jak Mark Rothko czy Jean-Michel Basquiat, co czyni Łódź niepowtarzalną w swoim wyglądzie.
Culture does not pose the risk of deadly poisoning, 2012, 18.07.2012 – Lodz 18th of July 2012 Ewa Partum was irwited by Museum of Art and Political Critique and visited Lodz to re-enactoneof heractions. Culture in Action took part in the event. We created the following signs: Culture does not pose the risk of finger amputation. Culture does not pose the risk of deadly poisoning. Culture does not pose the risk of asbestos. Culture does not pose the risk of death. … In 1971 on the main square of Lodz – Plac Wolności (Freedom Square)- artist created installation called Legalising Space and hang signs bringing people to do or not to do all kinds of actions. ‘Don’t Touch!’, ‘Don’t Enter’, ‘Everything Forbidden’, ‚Banning Ban’. Signs forced and forbade and a forest of signs covered the streets, squares and pavements. After 30 years Ewa Partum together with younger artists and activists tried once more to work with public space and reinterpret political transformation that took place since the eighties in Poland. Two decades of political, cultural and social changes gave impulse to create new action. Strict control of social realism was replaced with new, more alive and more influenced with democratic rules. In times when discussion about what is public and private, about road regulations and city restrictions this artistic action tries to make public space into common, you could say, cozy place to be in and to travel through. Participants from ‚Culture in Action’ Association: Ewa Błaszczyńska, Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Michał Fryc, Dagmara Horab, Katarzyna Matoszko, Elżbieta Stańczak, Paula Strugińska.
Action Piotrkowska 58 Łódź, 17.09.2012 – Action took place in Lodz, on 17th September 2012 and during this artistic action Culture in Action joined forces with another initiative, called Piotrkowska 58. Purpose of this action was to turn attention of the city authorities to the situation of the building at 58 Piotrkowska (main street of Lodz), which was demolished to make way for a new building, that was to be an identical reconstruction of the demolished one. However mothing has happened since. The developer, PGE (Polish Energy Group), despite of all kinds of activist actions hasn’t made any decisions to rebuild the old, beautiful building. Culture in Action and other local groups try to initiate public discussion regarding the recless actions of developers that result in mindless destruction of oldest and historical parts of Lodz. Coordinators: Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Mateusz Dziuba, Paula Strugińska. Uczestnicy I Participants: Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Mateusz Dziuba, Dagmara Horab, Adriana Lisowska, Piotr Słomczewski, Elżbieta Stańczak, Paula Strugińska, Kamila Turkowska, Bartosz Zimny.