SURVIVAL 15

The Auditorium of the Faculty of Chemistry of Wrocław University

Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 14, 52-007 Wrocław

The SURVIVAL Art Review – one of the largest reviews of art in public space in Poland – was held in Wrocław for the 15th time. 

The 15th edition of the SURVIVAL Art Review was held in the modernist building of the Auditorium of the Faculty of Chemistry of Wrocław University, which was designed by Krystyna and Marian Barski in 1964 and has been out of use for many years now.

The motto of the 15th edition of the Review was “Stratification.” In art history, this term is applied to the analysis of the structure of a given architectural object by breaking it down into strata. During the jubilee edition of SURVIVAL, this term will be borrowed in order to conduct a study of the symbolic “stratification of the city” with reference to not only architecture, but also in the context of social and economic transformations.

After all, the history of Wrocław’s expansion is not an easy one. By tracing examples of changes that have taken place in the city we can witness not only its development and growth, but also its destruction, disintegration and collapse.
Among the essential aspects of the idea of SURVIVAL 15 are the notions of tectonics and atectonics, which in regard to works of art (or architecture) pertain to the congruity and uniformity of a construction, or their absence. These terms are crucial in the context of the venue: the Chemistry Auditorium, which retains its original state with hardly any alterations (from the body of the building to the smallest details: chairs, desks, lighting, etc.), and its twin Mathematics Auditorium, which has lost its architectural and artistic cohesion due to a renovation.
The very notion of “strata” can be interpreted by means of art on many levels, especially with regard to social issues, in the context of migration (mixing and overlapping of identities), as a process of identity building (including national identity), or in combination with purely formal artistic notions.
Among other threads that were relevant to the idea of SURVIVAL 15 are those connected with modernism itself as well as with chemistry and chemical reactions, in the context of the connections between science and art, and with reference to interpersonal relationships.

The exhibition featured over 40 different art projects: objects, sound installations, performances and video projections. This year’s edition of SURVIVAL will also provide an opportunity to remember Roman Pawelski, an artist who designed Atom – a sculpture in front of the auditorium, which is known to all inhabitants of Wrocław.
As always, the programme also included debates, workshops and film screenings.

The actions carried out as part of Sound Art Forum focused on the connections between sound and architecture. Taking into account the fact that the lecture rooms of the Auditorium have retained the original acoustic features, the programme will include performances drawing on these unique properties. There was also be a series of lectures and sound walks devoted to the individual sonic aspects of Wrocław’s architecture.

Of particular importance for the 15th edition of SURVIVAL was the project Chemistry Is Here, curated by Jednostka Architektury (and SARP Wrocław), a foundation popularising architecture. Itwas based on a series of actions intended to restore the former splendour of the auditorium. The audience could support it by making donations to carry out the individual actions (such as restoring the original illumination of the auditorium ceiling or recreating flowerbeds).

ARTISTS:
Monika Aleksandrowicz / Karolina Balcer / Maciej Bączyk / Agata Ciastoń i Paweł Bąkowski / Maks Cieślak / Róża Duda, Michał Soja / Krzysztof Furtas / Michał Gdak / Centrala Group (Simone De Iacobis, Małgorzata Kuciewicz + Aleksandra Kędziorek) / ETC Group / Silesium Group (Maciej Albrzykowski, Grażyna Jaskierska-Albrzykowska, Anna Kołodziejczyk, Anna Kowalska-Szewczyk, Kamil Moskowczenko) / Łukasz Huculak / Joanna Janiak / Anastazja Jarodzka, Patrycja Sap / Jednostka Architektury (Patryk Kusz, Marta Mnich, Mikołaj Smoleński) / Paweł Karpiński / Małgorzata Kazimierczak / Monika Konieczna / Kasper Lecnim / Grzegorz Łoznikow / Agnieszka Mastalerz / Iwona Ogrodzka / Dominika Oleś, Jędrzej Borowski / Łukasz Paluch / Alicja Patanowska, Beniamin Głuszek / Łukasz Patelczyk / Roman Pawelski / Pracownia Badań Pejzażu Dźwiękowego UWr / Kasia Proniewska-Mazurek / Paweł Romańczuk, Małe Instrumenty Samoróbka / Tomasz Skórka / Aleksandra Sojak-Borodo / Grzegorz Stefański / Tytus Szabelski / Michał Szota / Karolina Szymanowska / Sabina Wacławczyk / Marek Wagner / Maja Wolińska / Marcelo Zammenhoff / Ewa Zwarycz

CURATORS: Anna Kołodziejczyk, Anna Stec, Michał Bieniek
Sound Art Forum curator: Daniel Brożek
external curators:
Jednostka Architektury (Marta Mnich, Mikołaj Smoleński, Patryk Kusz)
Kamil Moskowczenko

 

23.06. 2017, FRIDAY
7 PM-12 midnight
exhibition
7 PM-…
festival club

7 PM
Opening of SURVIVAL 15 Art Review

8 PM
performance: 1-butterfly-2-phenylethan-1-anima / Monika Konieczna / auditorium hall

8.30 PM
performance: Chlorophyll Pump / Joanna Janiak / large auditorium room

24.06.2017, SATURDAY
11 AM‒12 midnight
exhibition
7 PM-…
festival club

11 AM
workshop for children: Laboratory of Modernism / lecture + walk / start: large auditorium room / prior registration required: hello@stowarzyszeniepakt.pl

2 PM
curator-led tour / start: auditorium hall

18.00
tour of the auditorium building / leader: Krzysztof Ziental / start: large auditorium room

25.06.2017, SUNDAY
11 AM‒12 midnight
exhibition
11AM-23PM
festival club

12 noon
lecture: Sound in architecture ‒ natural resonators and interactive multimedia projects (listening lesson #25 of Wrocław University Soundscape Research Studio) / lecturer: dr inż. arch. Ewa Cisek / large auditorium room

1.30 PM
sound walk: The acoustics of Wrocław’s public spaces / leader: dr Robert Losiak (Wrocław University Soundscape Research Studio) / start: auditorium hall / prior registration required

2 PM
curator-led tour / start: auditorium hall

4 PM
performance: George Brecht Eventscores / ETC Group / large auditorium room

6 PM
curator-led tour in English

6 PM
workshop: From DIY to a whale. Sound art critique workshop (part 1) / leader: Jan Topolski (Glissando) / start: auditorium hall / prior registration required

7 PM
performance: Triple Layers / Paweł Romańczuk / large auditorium room

26.06.2017, MONDAY
11 AM-10 PM
exhibition
11 AM-11 PM
festival club

2 PM
curator-led tour / start: auditorium hall

5.15 PM
lecture:The district of four challenges – higher education buildings designed by Krystyna and Marian Barski / lecturer: arch. Ewa Barska (Wrocław branch of the Association of Polish Architects) / large auditorium room

6 PM
film: Competition / director: Angel Borrego Cubero / Spain, 2013 / large auditorium room

7.45 PM
debate: Competition – the perfect solution? moderator: arch. Beata Stobiecka (Wrocław branch of the Association of Polish Architects), panellists: Hanna Wróblewska ( Zachęta – National Gallery of Art), arch. Jacek Lenart (member of the Szczecin branch of the Association of Polish Architects, Deputy President of the Executive Board of the Association of Polish Architects in charge of legal affairs), dr arch. Maciej Hawrylak (Chairman of the Competition Jury of the Wrocław branch of the Association of Polish Architects, member of the Executive Commitee of the Association of Polish Architects), arch. Piotr Fokczynski (Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of Wrocław Municipal Office, member of the Wrocław branch of the Association of Polish Architects, Deputy Chairman of the Lower Silesian Chamber of Architects), arch. Michał Gdak (Institute of Design Kielce) / large auditorium room

6 PM
workshop: From DIY to a whale. Sound art critique workshop (part 2) / leader: Jan Topolski (Glissando) / start: auditorium hall / prior registration required

27.06.2017, TUESDAY
11 AM-10 PM
exhibition
11 AM-10 PM
festival club

2 PM
BAW! Baby Art Walk ‒ tour of the exhibition for parents with small children / start: auditorium hall

6 PM
film: The Pruitt-Igoe / director: Chad Freidrichs / USA, 2011 / 1.19 h / large auditorium room

7.45 PM
debate: Is chemistry really here? / moderator: Michał Duda, panellists: Agata Chmielowska (City Historic Preservation Officer), dr hab. Rafał Eysymontt (Wrocław University), dr Agata Gabiś (Wrocław University), arch. Marta Mnich (Jednostka Architektury foundation, Vroa architectural studio), dr arch. Łukasz Wojciechowski (Jednostka Architektury foundation, Vroa architectural studio) / large auditorium room

 

ARTISTS:
Monika Aleksandrowicz / Karolina Balcer / Maciej Bączyk / Agata Ciastoń i Paweł Bąkowski / Maks Cieślak / Róża Duda, Michał Soja / Krzysztof Furtas / Michał Gdak / Centrala Group (Simone De Iacobis, Małgorzata Kuciewicz + Aleksandra Kędziorek) / ETC Group / Silesium Group (Maciej Albrzykowski, Grażyna Jaskierska-Albrzykowska, Anna Kołodziejczyk, Anna Kowalska-Szewczyk, Kamil Moskowczenko) / Łukasz Huculak / Joanna Janiak / Anastazja Jarodzka, Patrycja Sap / Jednostka Architektury (Patryk Kusz, Marta Mnich, Mikołaj Smoleński) / Paweł Karpiński / Małgorzata Kazimierczak / Monika Konieczna / Kasper Lecnim / Grzegorz Łoznikow / Agnieszka Mastalerz / Iwona Ogrodzka / Dominika Oleś, Jędrzej Borowski / Łukasz Paluch / Alicja Patanowska, Beniamin Głuszek / Łukasz Patelczyk / Roman Pawelski / Pracownia Badań Pejzażu Dźwiękowego UWr / Kasia Proniewska-Mazurek / Paweł Romańczuk, Małe Instrumenty Samoróbka / Tomasz Skórka / Aleksandra Sojak-Borodo / Grzegorz Stefański / Tytus Szabelski / Michał Szota / Karolina Szymanowska / Sabina Wacławczyk / Marek Wagner / Maja Wolińska / Marcelo Zammenhoff / Ewa Zwarycz

The Chemistry Auditorium was designed by Krystyna and Marian Barski as one of three objects (alongside the ten-storey tower building and the three-storey laboratory) making up a design that took the first place in a competition for the development of Grunwaldzki Square that was organised by the Association of Polish Architects in 1964.

The buildings were erected in the years 1970-1971. Together with the buildings of the Faculty of Mathematics (and its twin auditorium), situated in close proximity alongside the Odra river, they constituted a modern academic complex.
The two-storey building of the Auditorium, with a terrace facing the Odra, is almost completely glazed, which emphasises the lightness of its body. What attracts the viewer’s attention from the outside is the massive “pot” used to collect rainwater from a gargoyle situated on the roof as well as Roman Pawelski’s sculpture titled Atom (1975), which is located opposite the Auditorium.
The interiors (comprising a spatial hall and two lecture halls forming an enfilade) convey a stunning impression due to the selection of the materials (wood, granite, marble, terracotta) and the architects’ attention to detail. Most of the furnishings and other small elements (chairs, desks, the lighting system) were also designed by the architects especially for the Auditorium, which makes all the parts of the building form a coherent and harmonious unity.

In spite of the passage of time, the Chemistry Auditorium is still regarded as a special place on the architectural map of Wrocław. It is an outstanding example of total design and a unique manifestation of post-war modernism, in which form follows function.

More photos can be downloaded here.

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF SURVIVAL 15 ART REVIEW

§ 1 – General provisions

  1. SURVIVAL 15 Art Review, hereinafter referred to as the Review, is organised by the ART TRANSPARENT Foundation, hereinafter referred to as the Organiser.
  2. The Review will be held on 23-27 June, 2017, at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Chemistry of Wrocław University, at ul. Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 14 in Wrocław.

§ 2 – Selection of works

  1. The Organiser will choose the artworks to be presented during the Review from the submitted projects. The form and range of presentation shall be agreed upon with the Artist by 31 May, 2017.
  2. The Organiser reserves the right to freely choose the artworks according to their artistic value and the principles of the Review.
  3. Each Artist (individual artists or a group of artists) can submit maximum three projects.
  4. Priority is given to projects that have never been publicly presented before and were made especially for the competition.
  5. A visualisation of the proposed project and, optionally, the artist’s CV or portfolio should be attached to the entry form. The files should be submitted in the jpg, png or pdf format and their size should not exceed 25 MB. Project visualisations can be based on the Organiser’s photographic materials published on survival.art.pl (in the tab SURVIVAL 15 – DOWNLOAD).
  6. The field “Technical specification” should list all the materials necessary to produce the work and the estimated cost of producing the work.
  7. The field “Description of work” should contain max. 1,500 characters. This is where the artist describes the general idea of the project.
  8. The Entry Form is available in an electronic form at www.survival.art.pl, in the tab HOME – ENTRY FORM.
  9. The deadline for submitting the entries ends on 14 April, 2017.
  10. Qualification for the Review is two-stage: in stage 1, the entries are evaluated formally; in stage 2, they are assessed on their artistic value.
  11. In justified cases, the Organiser reserves the right to present selected projects solely in the form of submissions, drafts or documentation.
  12. The artworks to be presented during the Review will be chosen in accordance with two principles adopted by the Organiser: by competition and by individual invitation of the curators. After an artwork has been selected or invited, the concept of displaying the artwork will be devised by the artist in agreement with the curators.

§ 3 – Production of artworks

  1. Returning the artworks after the Review is subject to separate arrangements with the Organiser.
  2. The Organiser provides technical and organisational assistance with the assembly by previous arrangement.
  3. The Organiser guarantees partial reimbursement for the costs of preparing the artwork for the Review, up to the pre-arranged amount specified in a separate civil law contract, basing on this contract or separate invoices.
  4. The artworks displayed during the Review must be prepared according to the production schedule set by the Organiser.

§ 4 – Organisation of the Review

  1. During the Review, the Audience Award competition will be held. Its rules are specified in a separate document available at www.survival.art.pl. The Artist has the right to decide whether he/she agrees to take part in the Audience Award competition.
  2. In order to take part in the Review, it is necessary to sign a contract with the Organiser that specifies the character, range and date of producing the artwork, and details cost settlements.
  3. The Organiser reimburses travel expenses up to the amount of TLK train fare in second-class car. Artists are asked to provide information about their city of departure for the Review.
  4. The Organiser provides free accommodation to artists from outside Wrocław for the duration of the assembly by previous arrangement (maximum 2-3 nights, at a hostel or similar standard; please contact us if longer stay is necessary).
  5. The Organiser provides security on the premises of the Review where the works will be displayed but does not guarantee full protection and does not insure the works displayed during the event. In particular, the Organiser shall not be held liable for damaging, destroying or stealing the artworks by third parties.
  6. The Organiser ensures the promotion of the Review.

§ 5 – Copyrights

  1. By submitting an artwork to the Review, the Artist grants the Organiser a license to present and promote the artwork as part of the Review, and to include it in the photographic and video materials documenting the Review.
  2. The Artist shall retain all the copyrights and related rights to the displayed works, and the works shall be returned to the artist after the Review has finished. The artworks shall not become the property of the Organiser, but after the expiry of a period specified in the individual contract, the Organiser has the right to destroy uncollected works.
  3. By submitting an artwork to the Review, the Artist guarantees that it is free of legal claims from third parties and assumes all potential financial and legal responsibility connected with third parties’ claims.
  4. If the artwork is presented by the Artist after the Review, during other exhibitions, festivals, events etc., the Artist will inform in all materials that the artwork was commissioned and financed by SURVIVAL 15 Art Review and the ART TRASPARENT Foundation, and inform the Organiser each time the artwork is publically presented.

§ 6 – Final provisions

  1. Completing and submitting the Entry Form is tantamount to accepting these Rules and Regulations.
  2. By completing and sending the Entry Form on the website www.survival.art.pl, the Artist gives consent for their personal data to be processed by the Organiser for the purposes of the competition and organisation of the Review, under the Data Protection Act of 29 August, 1997 (i.e. Journal of Laws no. 101 from 2002, item 926 as amended).

 

15TH edition of SURVIVAL Art Review

Stratification

OPENING: 23.06 (Friday), 7 PM

The Auditorium of the Faculty of Chemistry of Wrocław University

Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 14, 52-007 Wrocław

director of the Review: Michał Bieniek

curators: Anna Kołodziejczyk, Anna Stec, Michał Bieniek

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