POPPOSITIONS
[2013-04-04]

Bęc Zmiana cordially invites you to the alternative contemporary art fair POPPOSITIONS in Brussels!

Celebrating the second edition of Poppositions, Bęc Zmiana will presents an installation referring to the stormy past and uncertain feature of the brewery Brass, especially with regard to its relations with the transformations and ghostliness of capitalism. In this context, we are interested in the phenomenon of disappearing, whose energetic potential and phantom traces have been tracked by Bęc Zmiana since at least 2009, when alongside a group of artists, we Disappeared at the Vistula. The key point of the installation is a photomontage of the surroundings of Braas, with the brewery building removed leaving only a reflection in a nearby pond. Next to the photography stands a work by Michał Gayer: ca 300 beer cans with all indications removed as to their content, ingredients, origins, brand and producer. Phantom beer cans are back in market circulation as autonomous works of art. The installation concludes with a sculpture by Rafał Dominik; the elongated form serving as a bar came into being from a merger of profiles of letters C (content) and F (form). 

Poppositions is an alternative art fair operating parallelly to one of the highlights of the contemporary art market – Art Brussels. Poppositions call into question its traditional format by popping up in a different location each year, inviting small not-for-profit organisations without a fixed seat, as well as representing site-specific projects. This year, apart from Bęc Zmiana, the list of invited participants includes 18 independent organisations and galleries from the entire Europe, who will show works that address the building of Brussels-based brewery Brass. After this one of the largest pre-war breweries went bust in the 1980s, the majority of its buildings were demolished, while the rest fell into decay. Only a couple of years ago the venue underwent a thorough revitalisation and was handed over to the local community.

POPPOSITIONS OFF-FAIRS
time: 18-21.04
venue: Bruksela, Brass, Avenue Van Volxem 364, Forest
featured artists: Michał Gayer, Rafał Dominik
curatorial team: Bęc Zmiana (Ela Petruk, Magdalena Roszkowska, Bogna ¦wi±tkowska, Szymon Żydek)
www.poppositions.com / www.beczmiana.pl

Partnership and financial support: Polish Institute in Brussels





USE IT WARSAW 2013
[2013-04-04]

We proudly present a mobile version of the map for young tourists USE-IT WARSAW 2013 for smartphones and tablets!

APP PREVIEW: +HERE

Like its paper version, the abundantly illustrated application features more than 100 subjectively selected locations, which provide valuable insights into the character of the city, as well as indicate the favourite meeting spots of Warsaw’ young crowd. The application also offers basic info about the city, transport, hostels, galleries, city dwellers’ customs. Crafted for tourists of 18-35 years old.
The application is compatible with two most popular systems (Apple iOS, Android). It works offline, but is complete with online GPS and updating functions on demand. The application is free of charge and available via popular services Apps Store and Google Play, and at
www.use-it-warsaw.pl

The mobile version of the map USE-IT Warsaw Map for Young Travellers edition 2013 is a fruit of cooperation of the City Promotion Department of the City of Warsaw, Bęc Zmiana Foundation and the European tourist organisation USE-IT Europe. The application was prepared in English.

AUTHORS:
As in the previous years, the accompanying notes were penned by Grzegorz Pi±tek, architect and architecture critic, collaborating with Bęc Zmiana Foundation on publications in English, such as "Notes.from.warsaw" or "Archinotes"; curator, alongside Jarosław Trybu¶, of the exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2008, awarded the Golden Lion. Co-founder of Centrum Architektury.
The application owes its visual shape to Dominik Cymer, Cyber Kids on Reel, (www.cyberkids.pl), much awarded designer working for, among others, artistic-industrial off collective Będzin Beat. The studio Cyber Kids on Reel was also responsible for implementing the application.

USE-IT EUROPE
Use-it Europe deals with the production of maps and other info materials targeted at young people travelling across Europe on a tight budget. The maps and guidebooks published by USE-IT Europe include: Antwerp, Aachen, Blackpool, Bruges, Bologna, Brussels, Charleroi, Cork, Dresden, Gent, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, Leuven, ŁódĽ, Mechelen, Oslo, Porto, Prague, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, Turin, among others, with many more in preparation. See them all at: www.use-it.travel

Application publisher: Bęc Zmiana Foundation, www.bęczmiana.pl
Texts: Grzegorz Pi±tek
Design & Development: Dominik Cymer, Cyber Kids on Reel, www.cyberkids.pl
Partner: City of Warsaw, www.warsawtour.pl



M311
[2012-09-21]

Please feel invited to visit an exhibition in a hotel room prepared at the end of the summer of 2011 by two artists – Michał Gayer and Szymon Kobylarz.
Throughout the last year their work remained undisclosed, and the hotel guests who stayed at the room were unaware that it had become a gallery, with themselves as visitors. Now, we’ve decided to unveil the effects of the artists’ work within the project ‘Studio Experiment’ – room 311 will be open for visitors during one weekend. With a bit of luck, you can even run into the artists themselves.
At the end of the summer of 2011 Michał Gayer and Szymon Kobylarz spent several nights in room 311 at one of cheap hotels in Warsaw. The short residency resulted in a permanent intervention in the double room on the third floor. The guests to 311 were thought to be a gay couple. They rarely left the room, and the sounds of music and shuffling could be heard through the holes in the walls and downstairs when they were inside. They would go to bed late, and one of them would shower only at lunch time. The other one exaggeratedly polite. Eventually, they packed their belongings, checked out and left the key.

Michał Gayer, Szymon Kobylarz: M311
weekend presentation of the exhibition at room 311 is part of the exhibition

EXPERIMENT CANNOT BE CONTINUED
start: 21.09, Friday, 19:00
time: 22.09.2012, Sunday, g. 13:00-20:00
venue: Warsaw, Hotel Metalowiec, ul. Długa 29, room 311
details+full programme: www.eksperyment-manual.pl

Organiser: Bęc Zmiana Foundation
Project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw






MIEJSKA RZE¬BA WODNA
[2012-09-18]

The urban water sculpture transforms the oligocene water well pavilion in Warsaw's district of Mariensztat into an open venue of meetings, debates, lectures, screenings, dance parties and workshops. The installation relies on the network of free drinking water wells, which has existed in Warsaw for more than a century. The wells are open seven days a week to all inhabitants.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
22.09, Saturday, 15:00 – ‘Discovering the Forgotten City Anew’ or on the Complexities of Interpreting the Architecture, Urban Planning and Visual Programme of Mariensztat– lecture on the history of Mariensztat and guided walk of the area. Lecturer: Aleksandra Stępień
23.09, Sunday, 13:00 – UPGRADE YOUR T-SHIRTS AND BAGS! Bring your own clothes, bags, t-shirts – and use available stencils and paints to give a new look to garments you’re too bored to look at! The workshop involves stencil composition, colour selection, and group practice in adding stencil phrases and graphics on clothes.
26.09, Wednesday, 19:00 – screening of films by Moldovan artist Ghenadie Popescu. Later Teodor Ajder will be available for conversations about Moldovan art.

Detailed schedule of events and activities around the Water Sculpture will be available at woda-warszawa.pl, and it remains open at all times to ideas and suggestions of the users. Everyone interested in co-creating the programme is kindly asked to contact the Bęc Zmiana Foundation – e-mail: bec@beczmiana.pl / tel: 22 827 64 62

URBAN WATER SCULPTURE // www.woda-warszawa.pl
opening: 3.08.2012, Friday, 18.00-21.00
duration: 3.08-30.09.2012, during the opening hours of the public well
venue: oligocene water well pavilion, ul. Furmańska 14, Mariensztat, Warszawa
design: Ewa Rudnicka
realisation: Mariusz Maciejewski and his team
greenery arrangement: Kwaitkibratki

Oligocene water is an urban architectural and geological curiosity. Access to the wells is free of charge and open. 100 years of tapping into the resources of artesian water in Warsaw resulted in drilling over 200 wells. The acquired water is used not only by the city dwellers, but it also played a significant role in the past in the development of Warsaw's industry. Drilled in 1896, the first artesian well catered for the needs of the State Spirit Monopoly Warehouses in Z±bkowska Street, as well as provided the entire district with water during the war.

Mariensztat is one of the smallest residential estates in Warsaw, built in 1948-1949 and designed by a team of architects under the supervision of Zygmunt Stępiński and Józef Sigalin. The charming appeal of Mariensztat is a reference to small town housing from the 18th century. Building the estate and the nearby East-West Route were some of the leading investments of the post-war reconstruction of Warsaw.

Ewa Rudnicka – graduate of Ecole Nationale Supériure d'Architecture de Paris la Villette, involved in interdisciplinary urban development projects in France and Poland. Deals with design and propagating pro-social and artistic actions in the urban space. Cooperates with architectural teams such as Raumlabor Berlin or EXYZT from Paris, and with the Union of Polish Architects. Co-founder, alongside the French collective EXYZT, of the installation UFO, carried out in the summer of 2011 in Warsaw’s Na Rozdrożu Square. The project was awarded by the readers of Warsaw’s 'Gazeta Co jest grane' – supplement to 'Gazeta Wyborcza' – with the award 'Wdechy' as the event of the year 2011.

The project Urban Water Sculpture is organised by the Bęc Zmiana Foundation with a grant from the City of Warsaw.

Cooperation: 
National Film Archive, Syrena Collective, Kwiatkibratki, Solec 44, Mariensztat Inhabitants’ Association, Film Studio KADR, ¦ródmie¶cie District Council of the City of Warsaw


fot. P. Bujas


fot. P. Bujas


MAP OF THE DISTRICT’S PRECIOUS MEMORIES
[2012-09-12]

The city game GPS-interventions tells an alternative story of the district of Ursus, presenting memories – personal, sometimes nostalgic stories of the dwellers, anecdotes and important places – in the form of urban ‘paper chase’. It stands a chance of establishing Ursus as a significant location on the world Geocaching map – only now gaining popularity in Poland. Geocaching is an internet cartographic platform providing the possibility of leaving your own messages in a given location, which can be found by other players according to geographic coordinates by means of mobile GPS devices.
Do you have your own places or stories related to Ursus, or would you like to create new ones? The inhabitants of the area and all those for whom Ursus matters, regardless of their address, are cordially invited to co-create the game.
www.geocaching.com

GPS-INTERVENTIONS IN URSUS.
game presentation and workshop meeting for the inhabitants
time: 10.09 (Monday), 18:00
venue: Ursus, Public Library of the District of Ursus, ul. Plutonu Torpedy 47
chaired by: SKORO Association

Authors of the project:

Jürgen Lehmeier – architect, author of interdisciplinary research projects. Studied architecture and interior design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Co-founder of the design studio Eyland 07 (alongside René Rissland). Lives and works in Nuremberg. Eyland7: www.eyland.de  www.stadtakustik.de
Magdalena Czarnecka – anthropologist, cultural animator. Founding member of the Association SKORO, active in the area of Ursus in Warsaw. Lives and works in Warsaw.
Marta Gawinek-Dagargulia – graduate of German and European studies. Founding member of the Association SKORO, active in the area of Ursus in Warsaw. Lives and works in Warsaw.

Curator of Culburb Ursus: Piotr Bujas
Organiser of Culburb Ursus: Bęc Zmiana Foundation, Warsaw / www.bęczmiana.pl
Partners of Culburb Ursus: Ursus District Council in Warsaw, Cultural Centre Arsus in Ursus, Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw, Raphael Advertising Agency
Organiser of project Culburb: Centre for Central European Architecture, Prague / www.ccea.cz
Media patronage: Notes na 6 tygodni / www.bęczmiana.pl/notes

The project Synchronicity 2012 is realised with a grant from the City of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Project Culburb is realised with financial support of the Visegrad Fund, EU Culture Programme and European Cultural Foundation, among others






CROWDFUNDING MAKES SENSE
[2012-09-05]

This is the first time we have decided to tap into the potential of crowdfunding. Throughout the next two months you can support our project – publication of the book Polish Stops by Maciej Rawluk – at www.beesfund.com.
 Let’s crowdfund culture!

Available prizes for donations:
30 PLN – copy of the album,
60 PLN – album + Bęc Zmiana mug,

100 PLN – album + mug + book: 365 Trees or To Photography!,
500 PLN – album with a hand-written dedication from photographer Maciej Rawluk and the Book Benefactor Certificate,

15 000 PLN – sponsor of the album, logo on the cover and in all promotion materials + 20 copies of the album.

Beesfund.com is a crowdfunding platform providing authors of projects with the possibility to acquire funds from Internet users. In return, users of the platform become co-participants, commentators and in each case receive unique bonuses for their support.

More about the idea of crowdfunding at www.crowdfunding.pl

Photographs by Maciej Rawluk from the cycle Polish Stops. Grassroots Design of the Fixed-Point Infrastructure Element of Public Transport System bear testimony to the fact that we are living in a country boasting thousands of differently designed bus stops: pointed, modern, fancy or square. Stops on the opposite sides of the road are often entirely different, with another one standing in the vicinity that does not resemble any of the two. This overwhelming variety is the emanation of our style. The ubiquitous bus stop is not only a regular utilitarian element, protecting from the rain, wind and displaying bus timetables, but also a local venue of meetings, conversations and consumption. Stops are especially significant outside the city, and the author of the cycle concentrates mainly on rural areas. They are often the only element of public space, which imbues them with immense significance for the community. The presented documentation manifests the process of their incessant destruction by the forces of nature and, to a much larger extent, by the human factor, including notorious devastation. Currently, the rise in the number of cars and modifications of transport routes lead to a silent loss of function of many of the stops. It is fascinating that many stops have not changed for decades, even against the ongoing processes. These elements of small architecture make their subliminal way through to the consciousness of the Poles, establishing their visual identity. The cycle of photographs by Maciej Rawluk presents an unfinished, non-uniform image of our country and the various faces of local grassroots design styles.

<<< Exhibition opening at Kordegarda, photo by: Ewa Dyszlewicz



EXPERIMENT CANNOT BE CONTINUED
[2012-08-31]

We cordially invite you to participate in the review of approaches and experimental creative activities practised in Warsaw. Apart from the exhibition of objects, audiovisual and musical materials at the Raster Gallery and the neighbouring backyard, the following events have been scheduled:
Cinema Experiment – films with scores from the Polish Radio Experimental Studio;
Disappearance of the memorial plaque on the 3rd anniversary of the experiment Disappear at the Vistula (vicinity of the Copernicus Science Centre).
Sounds of the mechanical body. Experiment in art and music in Eastern Europe in 1957-1984. Lectures: David Crowley, Daniel Muzyczuk.
Experimental set for awareness and work relations research in the art world – workshop of the Free / Slow University of Warsaw.
Weekend premiere of the exhibition Hotel M in room 311.
Eugeniusza Rudnik’s Day.

Full programme HERE

EXPERIMENT CANNOT BE CONTINUED
exhibition opening: 5.09, Wednesday, 18:30
time: until 22.09.2012, 12:00-18:00
venue: Warsaw, Raster Gallery, ul. Wspólna 63
participants: Rafał Dominik, Michał Gayer, Szymon Kobylarz, Komuna Warszawa, Marian Misiak, Zuzanna Solakiewicz, Maryna Tomaszewska, Free / Slow University of Warsaw, Patryk Zakrocki and Eugeniusz Rudnik
www.eksperyment-manual.pl

The exhibition forms part of the project Studio Experiment, which will conclude with a publication, i.e. a subjective lexicon of experimental practice, with a special focus on the activities of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.
Organiser: Bęc Zmiana Foundation | Cooperation: Raster Gallery.

<<<Marian Misiak: visually simplified scores for Bogusław Schaeffer’s piece ‘Symphony: Electronic Music’ 1964. Synthesis 2012


POPPOSITIONS
Bęc Zmiana at off-fairs in Brussels>>>

USE IT WARSAW 2013
mobile app with the map of Warsaw>>>

M311
secret exhibition in a hotel room>>>

MIEJSKA RZE¬BA WODNA
The urban water sculpture>>>

MAP OF THE DISTRICT’S PRECIOUS MEMORIES
The city game GPS-interventions in Ursus>>>

CROWDFUNDING MAKES SENSE

EXPERIMENT CANNOT BE CONTINUED
Exhibition on experimental creative activities practised in Warsaw>>>

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