Public Decorate Boxes Travelling Between Warsaw & Berlin
The Polish part of the W+B/*-X – Warsaw-Berlin Boxes exhibition opened on a patch of greenery in front of Warsaw's Śródmieście railway station on 13th October 2016.
On a patch of grass near the entrance to the station a mysterious box has appeared. An identical one will stand near the entrance to the Frankfurter Tor metro station in Berlin. These are both boxes of art, presenting projects by artists Łukasz Surowiec and Kurt von Bley which encourage the inhabitants of Warsaw and Berlin to perform their own artistic activities. At the end of October the boxes will switch places.
W+B/*-X is an unusual exhibition which will be shown in both Warsaw and Berlin. In each city, a cube has been installed in a public space. For two weeks spectators will be able to look inside them through small windows. The white walls on the outside of the cubes will act as an interactive platform. Viewers will be able to leave different marks, like graffiti, paintings, or comments, which may be changed, crossed out, or papered over by future users. In this way, original collages will arise. Those behind the exhibition encourage users to break ‘falsely created barriers and the usually closed zones of the city and the street. We offer to make the public space our own, to familiarize it, and to create new meanings in it. To leave our own marks, create interactions with the traces of other pedestrians, spectators, creators.’
The exhibition was realised by the Berlin architectural collective Kollegen 2,3. The Stacja Muranów Association of Social and Cultural Initiatives (Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Społeczno-Kulturalnych Stacja Muranów) is the project's Polish partner. The project was initiated by the Polish Institute in Berlin and is co-financed by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is also a partner of the project.
The project is part of the celebrations of the 25th Polish-German jubilee of Treaty of Good Neighbourliness and 25-year-long partnership between Poland and Germany. The space for the exhibition was provided by PKP S.A.
Source: press information; compiled by AZ, 14.10.2016; translated by BR, 19.10.2016