2008 Spaces of Remembrance – Intercultural Places

The students were exploring the former Jewish district Kazimierz and the socialist planned and ideal city of Nowa Huta in Krakow in the context of an interdisciplinary intensive workshop. The eleven day workshop offered the possibility of intercultural exchange and the opportunity to tear down boundaries. The potential of urban spaces for the creation of Spaces of rememberance was examined. Artistic concepts, ideas and visions were displayed in a public exhibition in the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.

This is the retrospective of the 2008 international student-art project Spaces of Remembrance - Intercultural Places. The annual event provides an artistic look on European historical and cultural developement. This year's setting was Cracow / Poland. 55 Students and 23 teachers from 7 Universities were involved.

Description of the overall project

Start off point of the project is the border crossing discussion of historical, political and cultural sites.

The first international student project Architecture of War was focused on the former military spaces in the greater region of Lorraine-Wallonia-Rhineland-Palatinate (between France, Belgium and Germany). After a one year work phase at the Universities of Metz, Liège and Trier all resulting projects had been exhibited in October 2007 in Trier.

In spring 2008 the focus upon remembrance will be put on the East European space. Cracow/Poland offers two specific districts covering different aspects within the historical, political and cultural context.

The Jewish district Kazimierz originally was an independent unit, separated from Cracow city by a tributary of the river Vistula. The majority of the population had been Yews before they were deported to the ghetto of Cracow by the German occupiers in 1941. After World War II the district and its history was forgotten and was rediscovered only by the fact that the movie “Schindler´s List” was partially produced in Kazimierz. Today many of the buildings are renovated and the quarter became a sight for visitors of Cracow.

Nowa Huta was planned and developed as a socialist city right beside the then biggest metallurgical plant in the entire world. Up to date Nowa Huta is the workers district of Cracow and starts to get into the focus of Cracow’s visitors…

Targets of all participating partners

  • To develop sustainable structures within the European cooperation
  • To foster the sensibility for historical and cultural processes
  • To explore common future opportunities for designing spaces in our countries
  • To join together experts in cultural sciences and arts as well as institutions of cultural, social and political discussion and education
  • To create a sustainable network between the participating universities: FH Trier, EMSA Metz, University College Dublin (UCD) and the academies of Fine Arts: ASP Cracow, ASP Gdansk, ARA Liege with regard to the establishment of a future European Master Programme in the field multi media, design, space

Specification

Workshops with students of all participating universities will be based on discussions of themes of specific regional and design orientated relevance. In this context the interdisciplinary and border crossing implementation of the IP signifies an improvement compared with other actions and programmes so far and can be regarded as most valuable for the education in designing disciplines.

Students will be learning from one another and together with the teachers of the all participating universities they will be able to explore and enlarge their educational horizon. At the same time students will be offered the opportunity to investigate the social relevance and the concrete application of their proposals and projects in discussions with representatives of different sections within the City Council and also via the public exhibition/documentation of the projects.
All these are important aspects referring to the future professional expertise of a “designer”.

Method

The core of the IP consists in the development of design orientated projects reflecting the theme “Spaces of Remembrance – Intercultural Places” within the scope of the overall programme. Under the guidance of teachers from international universities different workshops will take place in the studios of the Academy of Fine Arts Cracow. In stage 1 of the IP the two chosen districts, Kazimierz and Nowa Huta, will be explored. Depending on the demands of the work groups and the progress of the following design process, stage 1 can be extended by further fieldtrips, lectures and discussions.
Precise contents and a schedule will be set up after the visit of chief-coordinator Prof. Anna Bulanda-Pantalacci in Cracow in February 2008.

Program Coordination and Organisation

Prof. Anna Bulanda-Pantalacci, FH Trier
Christoph Lex, International Office ,FH Trier
Ass. Şelâle Serter, FH Trier

Pedagogical guidance and internal coordination
at the participating universities

Prof. Anna Bulanda-Pantalacci, Communications-Design, FH Trier from Germany
Prof. Marion Goerdt, Architektur, FH Trier from Germany
Prof. Èleonore Bak, EMSA Metz and Ecole d’Image Epinal from France
Prof. Jerzy Nowakowski, Prorektor, ASP Krakow from Polen
Prof. Jan Pamula, Rektor, ASP Krakow from Polen
Prof. Ludmila Ostrogorska, Prorektor, ASP Gdansk from Polen
Prof. Zbigniew Gorlak, ASP Gdansk from Polen
Prof. Andre Dellaleau, Academie Royale d’Art de Liége from Belgique
Prof. Michael Heurich, University College, Dublin from Irland

Pedagogical Guidance with respect to an Europeen Master Degree

Prof. Eléonore Bak, ESAM, Metz
Cooperation : Blandine Wolff, International Office Metz

Workshops and studios ASP KRAKOW, PL

Sculpture, Platz Matejki 13

Prof. Jerzy Nowakowski, ASP Krakow
Prof. Josef Murzyn, ASP Krakow
Prof. Ostrogorska, ASP Krakow

Painting

Prof. Andrzej Bednarczyk, ASP Krakow
Prof. Adam Wsiolkowski, ASP Krakow
Prof. Andree Dellaleau, Academie Royale Liege

Experimental Design und Placard, alternative Design

Prof Zbigniew Görowski, ASP Krakow
Prof. Anna Bulanda-Pantalacci, FH Trier

Visual Activities, Experimental Art and Design

Prof. Andrzej Zieblinski, ASP Krakow
Ass. Mgr. Milosz Pobiedzinski, ASP Krakow
Prof. Anna Bulanda-Pantalacci, FH Trier

Intermedia

Prof. Antoni Porczak, ASP Krakow
Prof. Artur Tajber, ASP Krakow
Prof. Eleonore Bak, EMSA Metz

Graphic Print

Prof. Henryk Ozog, ASP Krakow
Prof. Roman Zygulski, ASP Krakow
Prof. Zbigniew Gorlak, ASP Krakow

Photography

Adj. Agata Pankiewicz, ASP Krakow
Dozent Zbigniew Zegan, ASP Krakow
Dozent Michel Dreistad, EMSA Metz

Skulpture, Space, Architecture, Landscapearchitecture

Prof. Andrzej Getter, ASP Krakow
Prof. Marion Goerdt, FH Trier
Prof. Michael Heurich, UCD Dublin

Kuratorium Galerie“Treppe“, Smolensk 9

Ass. Mgr. Milosz Pobiedzinski, ASP Krakow

Computerpool , Smolensk 9

Alexy Pawluczuk, ASP Krakow