selected projects

the shipyard take over

installation / public program / site of learning
The Alternativa 2016 Damage and Los
Gdansk, Poland

The Shipyard Take Over is initiated by Anton Kats and developed in collaboration with Aneta Szylak, Malgorzata Misha Szura Piwnik, Natalia Wisniewska, Robert Sek and community groups in the course of the exhibition.

Shipyard Take Over proposes both an interactive though analogue map to practically address current questions of damage and loss experienced as a result of privatisation and unclear redevelopment plans of the Shipyard premise. It is designed to provide a collaborative learning platform at the Alternativa exhibition and an open invitation to act in its space with the use of the mobile objects. The modes of use are to be developed collaboratively with hopes they will facilitate future self-organisation and participatory planning at the location.

During Alternativa (June 24-September 15, 2016) the space of the exhibition hosts a series of meetings and workshops, transforming the space into a dynamic and playful model of the Shipyard and simultaneously a platform of studies over space. The Shipyard Take Over invites neighbourhood groups, initiatives and local organisations to host joint meetings using the exhibition space and the provided models for planning and action.

Shipyard Take Over proposes a space to explore methods of collaborative research and artistic investigation, in which the role of art practice is to bridge everyday questions of access and infrastructure with these of knowledge and cultural production. The project carries a form of an open workspace. The possible event is activated through local actors and initiatives in which collaborative work counters standardised relationships between "redevelopers" and the "redeveloped" suggesting new ways to approach forms of local organisation practically and from the bottom up. 

The work commissioned for Alternativa 2016.


Malgorzata Misha Szura Piwnik