At high noon on inauguration day, Warsaw’s Mariensztat square becomes a creative hub for kids, letting loose their imaginations while exploring the mysteries of the senses. The square hosts a series of installations designed by Polish artists, each forming a piece of the face of a character named EUGENIUSZ.
The square hosts a series of installations designed by Polish artists, each forming a piece of the face of a character named EUGENIUSZ. Children will be encouraged to climb into (and onto) his NOSE, tug on his HAIR, twirl his MUSTACHE, apply makeup to his LIPS, look him straight in the EYE, and - following a quick rest break in his enormous HANDS - lean into his EAR to listen to some tunes.
The installations are designed to help children explore the mysteries of the five senses. They might start by jumping into the HAIR (created by: Beza Projekt), which they can comb or tussle. Of course, some of the kids may want to head straight for the MOUTH, made out of scrapped cars (created by: Adam Plackowski) to paint whatever their limitless imaginations come up with. Those who find their way into the middle of the square are sure to take a peek at the NOSE (Mothers of Design), where they’ll hear some rather surprising sounds (created by: Marcin Emiter Dymiter).
Adventure-seekers are sure to be drawn to the EYES, which will transform into a large-format board game resembling a comic book (Mothers of Design). Kids who come poking around in the MUSTACHE (Marek Happach) will have a chance to hear the story of the Biggest Museum in the Galaxy and model tiny sculptures out of Play-Doh (concept: Sebastian Cichocki). Unless, of course, they choose to take part in Lomography workshops (Dzieci Dobrze Rockują) or a music-theater happening (Drekoty). Who knows, perhaps the adults just might follow in their children’s footsteps? Enjoying art in such an uncommon fashion can be fun for everyone, big, small, and tiny. The baby section will feature a BESTIARY (created by: Ola Wasilkowska), where younger children can take their first steps or bite, rumple, and taste to their hearts’ content.
Other attractions prepared by local designers and kid-oriented companies include culinary games (by Justyna Marczewska), a chance to kick back in huge sofas shaped like HANDS (by Mysikrólik), and trips into the EAR, where everyone is encouraged to dance (by Kajetan Luteracki).
The EAR features several musical performances. Małe Instrumenty (The Small Instruments) will build one-of-kind instruments just for EUGENIUSZ. There will be an appearance by Czech group DVA, who describe themselves as “non-existent radio pop.” The band Showman will perform along with the Lumikulu children’s choir, and later with a group of six young musicians and Bartek Bunio, as a part of the Efterklang – Efterkids project. Finally, Asia Mina and her 50-piece wind orchestra perform songs from her album, which premieres the very same day.
Curators: Asia Bronisławska, Iza Rutkowska
This event is part of Attention Culture!, the Cultural Program of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency, which comprises a six-month series of exceptional events and artistic projects, including the European Culture Congress, held as a part of the Polish presidency in the EU Council.
Executive producer Fundacja Form i Kształtów
Organizers National Audiovisual Institute, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland