Open City | Lublin

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Open City / Otwarte Miasto, Festival of Art in Public Spaces, Lublin 2011

From the Curator

June in Lublin – the perfect time and place to meet and to open, for the third time now, the city to art; time for artists to open to the city and for our minds to open to their ideas – all this just days ahead of the closing of European Capital of Culture competition.

The festival, as defined three years ago by Waldemar Tatarczuk, the author of the Open City project, alludes on the one hand to the military strategy of keeping city gates open, and on the other to Oskar Hansen’s Open Form in architecture. This year’s edition follows these axes.

The city is above all the architecture. We seek to foreground it by “constructing” Elvis’s House or The Site; by commenting on Lublin’s existing architecture; by conquering that architecture in a performative gesture.

The city is above all the people. We seek to build a meeting space for the people of Lublin by offering them places that will captivate them, liberate them from their daily routines, encourage playful interaction. For it is impossible not to be captivated by the summer in a beautiful city and not to yield to the pleasures of music, of movies screened in courtyards of old tenement houses, of games and slingshot competitions.

These two axes sometimes intersect, and then we listen to music in Elvis’s House or make our way through the openings of The Site.

We always move in the shared space of art.

Monika Szewczyk

Organizers: Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives “Crossroads”

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