Saturday 20.05.2017

10:00 Registration
10:30 Curators’ Welcome
11:00 Keynote by Charles Landry, writer and urban planner *: The civic city in a nomadic world
Followed by a Q&A session
* Charles Landry is currently a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy and invented the Creative City concept in the late 1980s

12:00 – 19:00 Reclaiming public space – Art as urban activism and vice versa

Urban public space is a site of conflict, where different interests collide and different forces meet.
But at the same time it is a stage for broadcasting ideas and reaching goals which often contradict public interests and ‘the right to the city’. Urban activism movements emerge as a reaction to the iniquitous appropriation of public space and in search of alternative ways of governing. But how can artists take on the role of ‘urban activists’? Given the peculiar cultural and political specificities of the post-socialist states of Eastern Europe, how if this conflict experienced and resolved? What principles for collaboration with local governmental structures and communities can be drawn from this experience?

12:00 – 13:30 Katarzyna Anna Klimowicz, academic and social activist:
The new network models of governance and the paradigm of citizen-centered politics
Art Group ZIP: Self-organisation as a means of changing the local environment.
Nataliia Neshevets, project manager and curator Dana Kosmina, architect and artist:
Emergency architecture as a tool of sensitive interaction of locals in Kyiv.

Discussion: Katarzyna Anna Klimowicz, Art Group ZIP, Nataliia Neshevets, Dana Kosmina
Moderation: Barbara Anna Bernsmeier, culture manager 

14:00 Lunch break

15:00 – 19:00 Maciej Łepkowski, Wojtek Matejko and Anna Wilczyńska,
group of urban activists: Bottom-up management of public spaces. Case of Jazdow Settlement.

Anton Valkovsky, curator and culture manager: Participatory Art: from stranger towards community.
Aleksandra Nenko, sociologist, urban researcher:
ARTS4CITY. Socio-cultural strategies in the urban space of St. Petersburg.
Gohar Smoyan, artist and curator: Domik. Gyumri city project by self-organized and artist-run initiative 5th floor cultural group. 

Discussion: Maciej Łepkowski, Wojtek Matejko and Anna Wilczyńska, Anton Valkovsky, Aleksandra Nenko, Gohar Smoyan
Moderation: Barbara Anna Bernsmeier, culture manager 

Sunday 21.05.2017

10:00 Registration  
10:30 – 18:30 Spontaneous artistic interventions into public space as a means of “blowing up” everyday urban life
Art has an advantage in breaking conventions, ‘exploding’ traditional, coordinated systems, shaking up urban mundanity, provoking, criticising, testing and analysing. Such acts often take form of actionism or performance, but may also be caught up in protest and activist movements. They may also be silent symbols or messages left on the texture of the city. This section will explore spontaneous interventions in urban environments as a means of communicating with the public, a mechanism for creating alternative spaces and a form of general freedom of expression.

10:30 – 13:30
Arseny Sergeev, artist and curator: Unauthorized artistic practices – Problems and solutions in the realisation of art projects.
Joanna Kocemba, cultural animator: Politically engaged participatory theatre in the public space.
Alexandra Portyannikova (Isadorino Gore), dance artist and performer: Dance Interventions in the City. Site-Specific.
Ivan Pantelić and Wojciech Kostrzewa, artists: VERBOTEN, what might that mean? Think Fast, Act Faster: Spontaneous actions in off-limits spaces.

Discussion: Alexandra Portyannikova, Joanna Kocemba, Arseny Sergeev, Ivan Pantelić, Wojciech Kostrzewa
Moderation: Kristina Semenova (Бükü), curator 

13:30 Lunch break

14:15 – 18:30 Recode. Creating new spatial identity by means of (temporary) art events
Often, the inhabitants of a city don’t identify themselves with the space they share, and therefore do not actively advocate for positive changes in their living urban space. This raises a number of questions. How can art promote the creation of a new cultural code – the identity of a city or place – and what tools are available for achieving this? How do temporary public art events make an impact on the process of constructing local identity? Does it help to create a relationship between a space and the citizens who inhabit it, or could the outcome have unintended consequences? Difficulties in collaborations between artists, curators and local governance will also be explored.

Artur Wabik, artist and curator: The role of the curator in public spaces.
Jekaterina Lavrinec (, urban anthropologist and curator: Participatory development of public spaces: art-based communication tools.
Kadri Lind, urbanist and curator: Site-specific festival as a tool for changing the relationship between locals and the city. The case of Urban Festival UIT and Stencibility.
Annamária Nagy, art historian and curator: From temporary to constant: Steel Sculpture Workshop, within the frame of sculptural exhibition in the public spaces of Dunaújváros, Hungary.
Artem Filatov, artist and curator: Public Art Festival ‘New City: Ancient’ (Nizhny Novgorod) & documentary screening ‘Warm walls’

Discussion: Kadri Lind, Annamária Nagy, Artem Filatov, Artur Wabik, Jekaterina Lavrinec
Moderation: Kristina Semenova (Бükü), curator

18:30 – 19:00 Closing Remarks