For most people the prevalent idea of art in the public domain is a bronze sculpture in a city’s main square, but can a temporary art project in a public space be called public art? Can interventions by artists using digital media technologies, actions, interactions and processual work be called public art? Can an artwork that is commissioned for the internet be called public art?
In the Baltic project Art Line we investigated and challenged the concept of art in public space to expand the boundaries. Public art can be a diversity where hybrids of social work, political acts, sculptures, activist actions, subversive ideas, collaborative projects, risk-taking, site-specific installations, new urban landscaping and temporary and permanent artworks mingle.
In Art Line we focused on temporary projects in different arenas, and concentrated on the links between the digital and the “real” public space. Works using digital media technologies and works shown on our digital art platform were presented as public art.
Art in the public domain has different traditions and histories in our regions and countries around the Baltic Sea. This was one of the starting points for Art Line. What can we learn from one another and what practices can be employed, and what new methods can we instigate? Projects were made in Poland, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania and Belgium.
The Online interactive catalogue
Read more about the public art projects that were produced 2011-2014
Finally, a woman on the horse! Art in the public domain – where?
Below the cover for the printed catalogue.
Art Line was a cooperation between five Baltic countries and 14 partners. The project partners included art halls, museums, academies and a shipping company. It started in 2010 and during its existence, a number of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other cultural exchanges of different kinds have taken place in Poland, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany and Russia.
Art Line was appointed a Flagship project by the European Commission.
Art Line was part of the Action Plan for the Baltic Sea Region Strategy.
Art Line was financed by the South Baltic Cross-Border Co-operation Program.
Torun Ekstrand intiated the project, made the application to the EU-program and was the project leader 2010-2014, including a prolongation.
Contemporary Art Centre, CCA Laznia http://www.laznia.pl
Kaliningrad Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, NCCA Kaliningrad
Vilnius Academy of Arts http://www.vda.lt/en/
Nida Art Colony http://www.nck.org.pl/en
Gdansk City Gallery http://www.ggm.gda.pl
Blekinge Institute of Technology www.bth.se
Kalmar konstmuseum http://www.kalmarkonstmuseum.se
Rostock Kunsthalle http://www.kunsthallerostock.de/starGaleria
Blekinge county museum
Art centre Galeria EL, Elblag http://www.galeria-el.pl
The Baltic Sea Culture Centre http://www.nck.org.pl/eKarlskro
Karlskrona konsthall, Kulturcentrum Ronneby and Stena Line
Baltic Agora by Mateusz Pęk and Klaudia Wrzask
This project about an imagined Baltic City is based on a 3D topographic map of the Baltic sea bottom and works as the Internet platform.
Any website user can become a builder of the network agglomeration but their creative input into the city construction depends on their geographical location in relation to the centre – the agora of Baltic City.
The inverted image of the sea bottom reveals the optic centre, namely the Landsort depth (459m) situated in the North-West off the island of Gotland. The agora of Baltic City was located by Mateusz Pek and Klaudia Wrzask on its peak - or actually the lowest part.
The moment of logging in and entering the site starts the building process thanks to the commonly used IP data base. At this moment the location of the user is transmitted to the server. The application created uniquely for the project allows the sending of an impulse, that connects the user’s city with the agora by an axis. As a result the Baltic sea coastline will be covered with a multicolored mosaic of the “lynchpin arches” of the Baltic Sea Agora.
"Water memory" by Piotr Wyrzykowski is an interactive art project that uses a specially designed app for tablets, through which the viewer is transferred into a parallel reality. The inspiration for this art piece was a pseudoscientific hypothesis stating that water has an ability to collect and store information. "Water memory" offers viewers a journey into the history of Gdansk, Poland and area of Osiek, which will be rediscovered, when wandering its streets. With the resulting applications, the real image captured by the camera tablet layered with an imaginary underwater world, full of memorabilia and signs of the past. Water becomes a perceptual filter through which the viewer is visually and audibly "immersed" in a non-linear narrative created by the artist.
Presented and tested in public space in Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Karlskrona and in Belgium.
The Unrelenting Beauty of Disaster, Performance by Anna Steller in Gdansk 2013.
Here is a link to the performance when presented in Karlskrona 2012.
The performance is based upon the disaster of the ship Wilhelm Gustloff, which was torpedoed and sank in the Baltic sea. 9 000 people died in the disaster.