ArtGenda 2000 working project City of Szczecin

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rtGenda 2000

orking project – City of Szczecin

Stowarzyszenie OFFicyna

Szymon Flader administration contact:

Piotr Klimek Slawomir Szafrański

Wojciech Kokowski

Jerzy Tadeusz Lipczyński Marlena Chybowska

Agnieszka Rek





In the middle of impassioned discussion about the city – its purposes, goals and meanings – we have discovered, that within our interdisciplinary group there are at least two completely different approaches and ways of looking at any subject – including the subject of the City, which brought us together to create this project. Our decision was to explore this duality of our visions. We have agreed upon the common thread of this presentation: crossroads as a quintessence of the City, as a symbol of the clash between Material and Mind, between Reality and Poetry, between Old and New, and – last but not least – between our own visions of the World surrounding us – the City we live in. We do hope, that facing our non-unanimity can possibly create a new quality, based on honesty of our vision and a new choice given to the Receiver.

Szczecin 1999


Perception has always been a representation

Moving a certain space into the art gallery becomes immediately a form of exploring and observing the nature of that space. In this case it will be the space of the city aglomeration. The concept of „exploring the nature” of the City is obviously ironical. It offers nothing but material observation. There is no place where the Observer can be free from the artist – the Medium and the Presentator. The archetype of a city’s crossroads is used to explore subject of the Communication at two different levels: movement of thoughts and ideas in our urbanized society and variability of events in the city. The basic idea of a crossroads is also a keyword and symbol for all the dynamic processes happening in every aglomeration.


The project is based on the idea of transfering the city’s crossroads into the gallery – with its characteristic elements and multiple meanings. The audio-visual interpretation of this project is divided into 4 main phases:

Phase I: visualisation of the cars’ movement passing the crossroads.
Phase III: visualisation of the pedestrians passing the crossroads.
Phase II & IV: visual presentation of individuals (cars and people) performing their individual goals and duties.
The audio background for Phases II and IV is going to be an abstract multi-channel installation as opposed to the simple sound quotations in Phases I and III. Each Phase lasts ca 1 – 3min., so the whole cycle is ca 8 min. long.
The cycle is looped and lasts until the end of the Festival.

Old Railway Warehouses ‘Makasiinit’ at the Mannerheimintie, the left wing (same as the Jangva gallery, but at the opposite end)

Technical requirements:

  • 2 white slung screens for diapositive projection 2x4m

  • Black curtains for covering the gate to the space and two entrances to the next division of the building

  • A few pieces of a black fabric to cover windows & holes

  • Ropes for screens and curtains

  • AC plug + prolongation power cord (220V)

supported by us:

  • 4 computer controlled diapositive projectors

  • PC computer

  • 4 speakers & 3 amps (rented)

  • OCTOPUS speakers system (owned)

  • CD player (rented)


An artist stops being a creator of objects. He becomes a creator of social and symbolic events.”

Jean Paul Thenot

In our opinion the concept of the ArtGenda Festival is not only based on combinig many different disciplines of art and science, but also on confronting the effects of our interdisciplinary work with the society of the city. From that point we have derived our interest in particular social space – its problems, relations and cultural situation. There is a big, one-storey building in the very center of Helsinki, in the neighbourhood of the Parliament House and the Museum of Contemporary Art called by Helsinki citizens „Makasiinit”. It has been used as a storage facilitity by the Railway company. Now its function has changed into the flea market place as well as it is used by the Jangva art gallery and for some other art related purposes. It is the very last relict of the XIX-th Century wood&brick architecture in the center of Helsinki, which could easily become a Scansen museum, or a space where an alternative art is happening. Its location, however, makes this building condemned and it has been considered as redundant and exploied. There is an official plan of building here a concert hall. A few months ago an international competition for the concert hall project has been anounced. In two years from now this serene place will become another prestige and representative building in the center of the capitol. The moment of transformation was for us the main reason and impulse to create our symbolic project-situation.


Our project is based on the idea of creating a multimedia spacial installation, which provoques an unpredictable sociologically and artistically situation. We would like to seperate a 200m2 place in the yard of the Railway Warehouses by fixing there a fence. In that way we will create there a symbolic construction-place. For a few days (2 –3) it will be a playground for the construction-play. We would like to fill this place with sand, construction machines toys, building blocks etc. and invite children to play and try to build some structure. Observers will witness then a complicated, surprising and somehow funny situation. Additionaly, our construction yard will be filled with sound coming from 4 speakers. The sound installation will consist of excerpts from opera & classical music mixed and synchronised with sounds of construction work, machines, buildings pulled down etc. All the elements of our happening-installation will interfer with each other giving a partially unpredictable, yet very meaningful effect. Our project combines the issue of modelling the city structure as well as some sociological, artistic and educational aspects of the spacial management in the city.


Old Railway Warehouses (Makasiinit) at the Mannerheimintie, the yard, probably in its „U” corner, so the viewers can look at the happening from the arcades of the building

Technical requirements:

Wood (modules) for bulding a ca 2 m high fence (rented)

Clean sand

4 speakers 80 – 100W (rented)

2 stereo amps 80 – 100W (rented)

Information/invitation for children about the „building a concert hall” project

(maybe in the cooperation with some kindergarden or primary school?...)
supported by us:

2 CD players, lighting installation, additional toys

Railway Warehouses – localisation of the object in Helsinki

akkasiinit – general overwiev and placement of both parts of the Xroads project.


Position of the fence for the „Requiem for Makasiinit”.

Authors and Participants of the XROADS project:
Szymon Flader – born in 1974 in Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland

computer specialist, programmer, internet artist

studying at the Informatics Department of the Technical University in Szczecin, Poland

3 years of studies at the Pomeranian Medical Academy in Szczecin

co-operating with the „Grupa Nieformalna” association of young artists

working on the artificial intelligence and life simulating projects

author of many web sites and publications related to this subject
in 1997 created the „Life Sim” – a game-of-life computer implementation
Piotr Klimek – born in 1973 in Szczecin, Poland

composer, musician, artistic co-ordinator of the ArtGenda project

graduated at the Composition Department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands

and at the Composition Department of the Music Academy in Poznan, Poland

studied also in Gdansk and Warsaw,

Secondary Musical School in Szczecin

writes electronic music and music for traditional instruments as well as music for film, theatre and radio; his music has been played in festivals and concerts in Holland, Poland, Switzerland and Germany; since 1997 composing music and sound for theatre and teaching
The most important performances:

  • „If you don’t turn off the water well enough...” for tape and saxophone, The Hague, 1993

  • "Archetypes" for double bass and tape, Amsterdam, 1994 / Rotterdam, 1995

  • "Tren" for countertenor and chimes, The Hague, 1995

  • „Alive”, an interactive sound installation, Schroder Gallery, The Hague, 1995

  • „Through Moria Land”, Amsterdam, 1995

  • opera "The King of Spades", The Hague, 1996

  • "Lice Tuge" for orchestra and soprano solo, Szczecin, 1996

  • soundtrack for the moving picture "The Little Prince", The Hague/Amsterdam, 1997

  • "Kantata o Aniolach", The Hague, 1997

  • „Soundsculpture I”, Szczecin, 1999

  • „Ostatnia Wieczerza”, Szczecin, 1999


  • Artistic Grant from the „Szczecin’s Friends Society” and „13 Muz” club, Szczecin 1994 / 97

  • 1997 grant from the „Burgemeester van Kolfschotenfunds”, The Hague

Wojciech Kokowski – born in 1974 in Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland

student, architect, mutimedia artist

studying at the Architecture and Urban Science Department of the Technical Universty in Szczecin

member of the „Grupa Nieformalna”

co-initiator of the „OFFicyna” association and the „OFFicyna” gallery in Szczecin
participated in many group exhibitions, performances and art festivals in Poland and Germany
Grants and awards:

  • Two artistic grants from the City of Gorzow in 1996 and 1997

  • Group award and commission for the Independence monument in Szczecin, 1998

  • II-nd prize at the City of Gniezno Symbol Competition

  • Group award at the December’70 Protest monument competition, Szczecin 1998

Jerzy Tadeusz Lipczynski – born in 1965 in Tychow, Poland

visual artist, sculptor

Graduated at the Sculpture Department of the Art Academy in Gdansk, Poland in 1993

Secondary School of Art in Koszalin, Poland

Recently working as a teacher at the Technical University in Szczecin

Initiator of the „Grupa Nieformalna” – a group of young artists working in Szczecin

Individual exhibitions:

  • „Zak” gallery, Gdansk, 1994

  • Opatow castle, Gdansk, 1994

  • „13 Muz” club, Szczecin, 1995

  • „Teraz” gallery, Szczecin, 1995

  • „EMPiK” gallery, Szczecin, 1996

  • „Kierat” gallery, Szczecin 1996

  • „SUBMEDIUM” agency, Gorzow wlkp., 1997

  • „Galeria Poludniowa”, Szczecin, 1997

  • „Kaplica” gallery, Oronsko, 1998

Group exhibitions:

  • „SKALA DLONI”, Sopot, 1992

  • „WASKIE GARDLO”, Koszalin, 1992

  • „Young Sculpture from Gdansk”, „ZAR” gallery, Gdansk, 1994

  • „Autumn Salon’94”, Szczecin

  • „VII-th Biennale of Sacral Art”, Gorzow, 1996

  • „Buk’96” workshops, Szczecin 1996

  • „Polimedia” – „Amfilada” gallery, Szczecin, 1997

  • „Trawnik’97” – „L” gallery, Szczecin

  • „Sculptue in the public space” – „Amfilada” gallery, Szczecin, 1998

  • „100 Tulips” (with Agnieszka Rek) –„Amfilada” gallery, Szczecin, 1999

Exhibitions and performances with „Grupa Nieformalna” 1994 - 1999

Awards and commissions:

  • Group award at the AK monument competition, Szczecin 1995

  • Group award and commission for the Independence monument in Szczecin, 1998

  • Commission for the „People of Goleniow Land” monument, Goleniow, 1995

  • Group award at the December’70 Protest monument competition, Szczecin 1998

Agnieszka Rek – born in 1975 in Radom, Poland

student, visual artist

Secondary School of Art in Radom, Poland

studying Architecture at the Technical University in Szczecin

Exhibitions and awards:

  • „Komin-Schorstein”, „OFFicyna” gallery, Szczecin, 1998

  • „100 Tulips” (with Jerzy Lipczynski) –„Amfilada” gallery, Szczecin, 1999

  • Group award at the December’70 Protest monumet competition, Szczecin 1998

Additional remarks:
Many things, such as common information for both elements, „marketing” for this production as a whole and common presentation of the authors will be provided. It is essential to understand, that both parts of the Xroads project can exist only together.
There is a possibility of introducing some temporary events, such as happenings or performances during – for example - the opening of the instalation, or in some other particular time of the festival.
Having an internet artist in our team we would like to create an „internet mirror” of the Xroads project as it comes into being.
Piotr Klimek – the artistic co-ordinator of this project can be reached at the following address:
ul. Bandurskiego 87/16

    1. Szczecin

+48 91 4534745

+48 602 787677 (mobile)

ArtGenda 2000 – Xroads

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