TAKK! URBAN INTERVENTION
TAKK! photo provided by organizer
A project by Matylda Sałajewska and Jan Körbes in urban space. The artists will implement one of the three following ideas:
Making deserted or unfinished buildings in the center of Katowice come to life by installing light and sound add-ons. The artists will attach elements to the façade which will truly breathe by means of air being inhaled and exhaled, thus changing the total shape of the structure. Some parts of the buildings will be adapted to interact with the public. Details of this project will be further developed depending on the building chosen.
The idea is to reuse the material from obsolete advertising banners by giving it a different shape and function. It will take place in combination with already existing structures or as independent objects in public space. The aim is to transform the character of this extrovert communication medium into introvert space and ambience. Appearing in unexpected places, micro-architecture made of billboards will function as ‘bonus’ space for reading, relaxation, performances, power-nap, sit-and-talk to a stranger, eat what you never tried before, and so on.
An idea of pushing this architectonical ‘gap-filler’ to another level by giving it a more cultural character. Re-functionalizing old disused kiosks, placing them in unusual contexts and giving them unexpected functions within the minimal space they provide. A kiosk can become an art gallery, club with DJs, silent room, micro tropical park (biosphere), restaurant, gym, screening room, meeting place with a different culture, billboard turned inside-out, smoking room, fix-your-own-bike place, warm-up-your-own-food... The artists even envision that small kiosks could be moved from place to place and surprise passers-by. They could be used as modules (put on wheels and moved around the city, stacked, turned upside down, serve as building blocks) – then kiosks would become an artistic medium.
Matylda Sałajewska – born in 1983, hailing from Częstochowa. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice at the Faculty of Design, specializing in the New Media. She received her diploma with distinction in 2008 at the studio of Professor Marian Oslislo. Artist working in video, installation and street art. She creates interactive projects, often on social issues. She took part in many exhibitions in Poland and worldwide, including London, Tel Aviv, Zagreb, Strasbourg, Prague, Cologne, and Hamburg. Member of the Haja collective (www.haja.com.pl). Both her artistic and commercial work can be seen at: www.skin-kace.pl.
Jan Körbes is interested in architecture, photography, creating prototype installations, production, organization and management. He worked on various projects, including education workshops and international projects based on his own pioneering concepts. Some of his projects are: Containosaurus – realized in the Netherlands in 2009, it was a large installation using the wings of a windmill and containers for solar energy; Antw Open (Belgium, 2009) was a mobile architectonic installation made of water tanks and fish crates. Pmp My Bin (RSA, 2008) consisted in giving a new function to old garbage bins, making them into mobile musical instruments, toys, bicycles or furniture.
Organizer: Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, City of Katowice, Rondo Sztuki Gallery in Katowice
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.