Gdansk second artistic residency (14 to 19 October 2019)    

Memory of Water is an artist led project that explores the impact artists can have on post-industrial waterfront heritage planning.

Memory of Water: Shipyard

From 14 to 19 October, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre hosted the second artistic residency curated by Agnieszka Wołodźko and produced by Katarzyna Szewciów for the Creative Europe project, Memory of Water. Artists from Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Sweden carried out artistic actions and interventions related to local cultural heritage: the former Gdańsk Shipyard was both the subject and location of their work.

Following a research visit in June, the artists tested the potential of the post-industrial area on the quays in response to the rapid redevelopment of this part of the city. The thematic threads of their productions reflected the topics discussed by local stakeholders during a series of Urban Labs held at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre on the future of the Shipyard: Memory, Art, Water & Public Spaces, Production, Green Spaces & Ecology, and Dialogue.

Irish artist Mary Conroy focused on the tools used by shipyard workers. She made casts and molds of these industrial materials to create seed-bomb sculptures that contributed to the on-going rewilding of the Shipyard. The sculptures were be located on Martwa Wisła quay where the Forge was originally sited following the purchase of farmland. By next Spring, the sculptures will disintegrate as flowers will grow from the seeds restoring biodiversity and green habitats to the area.

Scottish-American artist ts Beall also explored the natural environment of the Shipyard; this time, the vegetables and flowers that were grown there by workers. In a symbolic gesture, she outlined with coloured chalks the footprint of a greenhouse which, in the 1950s, was located next to the building of the Directorate. She also replanted the flower beds on Toolmakers Street and invited the public to take part in embroidering napkins with floral motifs. Through these activities, she wanted to commemorate the women workers of the Shipyard who were employed in pipe insulation. This work was carried out using toxic asbestos-containing materials, which resulted in illness and many early deaths. As a mark of respect, the artist has identified and visited the graves of the women.

Iwona Zając from Gdańsk  presented The Broadcast in reference to the pirate Radio Solidarność (Radio Solidarity) which operated during martial law in the early 1980s. At Gate No. 2, she organised an audience with Piotr Jagielski, who supervised the technical equipment of Radio Solidarność, and with Maciej Pawlak, who was its editor and author of the book “Radio Solidarność in the Tri-City”. Over three hours, the public could listen to selected archival programmes and recordings. The artist shared her recordings of former shipyard workers from her Stocznia w eterze website, as well as access to recordings collected as part of the “Stocznia w eterze”, “Radio Solidarność Gdańsk” and “Stocznia jest kobietą” projects.

Swedish documentary filmmaker Jonas Myrstrand screened his film VR in Shipyard of Gothenburg at the Baltic Sea Cultural Center. Once one of the largest shipyards in the world, nothing remains of Gothenburg’s shipbuilding past as regretfully all traces of this industrial heritage have been lost. Through his virtual reality film, viewers could get a sense of the sights and sounds of the former Shipyard in Sweden and became acquainted with both mistakes and successes of redevelopments in post-shipyard areas. During the residency, he also made film recordings of the activities of his fellow artists.

Siegfried Vynck from Belgium created a bespoke mural inspired by the interior and exterior industrial spaces of the Shipyard. He repurposed shipping containers as his ‘canvas’ to create scenes from the shipyard past and present using spray-can paint. These containers will then be exhibited by Crane M3, a new destination for locals and visitors to engage with the history and heritage of the site.

Greek artist Ira Brami worked with a retired Shipyard employee in a performance telling the story of her personal and professional life as a light crane operator to local school children. The goal of this project was to find creative ways to engage younger audiences with stories about the legacy of the Shipyard and the ethics of the Solidarity movement.

 

 

PROGRAMME

13 October 2019, Sunday

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
5:00 pm -7:30 pm Embroidering the Shipyard. Tribute to women pipe insulators.
Workshop embroidery, European Solidarity Centre
registration: warsztaty@nck.org.pl

14 October 2019, Monday

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
Preparatory gardening works
Narzędziowców St.
3.00 pm -4.00 pm
Embroidering the Shipyard. Tribute to women pipe insulators.
Joint embroidering
Crane M3, Nabrzeże 17A

15 October 2019, Tuesday

10:00 am-6:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
10:00 am-2:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
Planting flower beds
Narzędziowców St.
3.00-4.00 Embroidering the Shipyard…
Joint embroidering
Crane M3, Nabrzeże 17A

16 October 2019, Wednesday

10:00 am-6:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
10:00 am-5:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
Planting flower beds
Narzędziowców St.
3.00-4.00 Embroidering the Shipyard…
Joint embroidering
Crane M3, Nabrzeże 17A


17 October 2019, Thursday

10:00 am-6:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

10:00 am -5:00 pm SEED CHANGE, Mary Conroy (Limerick, Irland)
closed workshops – sculpting – seed bombs (shipbuilders’ tools)
WL4 Milk Peter, Popiełuszki St.

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
3.00-4.00 Embroidering the Shipyard…
Joint embroidering
Crane M3, Nabrzeże 17A

2:00 pm-5:00 pm BROADCAST: RADIO SOLIDARNOSC, Iwona Zając, (Gdańsk, Poland)
Wydział Remontowy Bar
Doki 1 St.

10:00 am -6:00 pm PROJECT PARTNERS’ MEETING – MEMORY OF WATER (closed for public)

18 OCTOBER 2019, Friday

10:00 am -1:00 pm SEED CHANGE, Mary Conroy (Limerick, Irland)
open workshops – sculpting – seed bombs (shipbuilders’ tools)
WL4 Milk Peter, Popiełuszki St.

10:00 am-1:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

10:00 am-1:30 pm CITY LAB: DREAMS TO FULFILL
Morning session „Heritage for Future”
Key-note speech Trevor Davies (Metropolis.dk)
Project summary: curators and project experts
BSCC/ Old Town Hall

3:00 pm-5:45 pm CITY LAB: DREAMS TO FULFILL
Afternoon session „Beyond Borders”
Key-note speech prof. Katarzyna Kosmala (The University of the West of Scotland)
presentations of MoW’s artistic interventions – meeting with artists residents of MoW
meeting with experts and artists from Georgia and Ukraine
BSCC/ Old Town Hall

6:00 pm-6:30 pm „VR in Shipyard of Gothenburg”, Jonas Myrstrand (Sweden)
films screening
BSCC/ Old Town Hall


19 October 2019, Saturday

10:00 am-3:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
11:30 am-1:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
Planting flower beds
Narzędziowców St. (a meeting at the former fire station building)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
The old garden’s boundaries’ marking with chalk-paints,
near The Director’s Office, Doki 1 St.

2:00 pm-3:00 pm SEED CHANGE, Mary Conroy (Limerick, Irland)
Seed-tools setting
the Vistula canal waterfront, next to Milk Peter, Popiełuszki St.

3:30 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium)
Mural’s “Baptising”
Narzędziowców St.

4:00 pm-5:45 pm CityLAB “Shipyard a/New. Dreams to fulfill”
registration: rsebastyanski@gmail.com
ESC, auditorium 3.36

6:00 pm-7:00 pm AS ABOVE, SO BELOW, Ira Brami (Levadia, Greece)
Performance,
Drizzly Grizzly, Elektryków St.

Accompanying event:
8:00 pm BURNING WOMAN (Ukraine)
Live Act concert

For more information and event details, you can visit the Memory of Water website (www.memoryofwater.eu)

The Project Manager in Gdańsk for Memory of Water is Magda Zakrzewska-Duda (magdalena.zakrzewska@nck.org.pl)

For more information, you can visit the Memory of Water website here.