Narracje #8 Kingdom 60,8 m a.s.l

Installations and Interventions in Public Space

Location: Biskupia Górka, Gdańsk
When: 21st - 22nd of October 2016
Artists: Zorka Wollny, Kuba Bąkowski, Marcin Zawicki, Karolina Freino, Bartek Buczek, Witek Orski, Honorata Martin, Olaf Brzeski, Norman Leto and Michał Marczak, Anna Witkowska and Adam Witkowskie Borys Lewandowski and Aleksandra Kardaczyńska, Piotr Wysocki and Dominik Jałowiński, Paweł Kowzan, Mariusz Waras, Michał Sosiński, Grzegorz Kozera, Marta Kawecka and Rafał Smoliński, Dagmara Pochyła, Aleksandra Ciapka and Filip Ignatowicz, Martyna Jastrzębska.

Organizer: Instytut Kultury Miejskiej | Co-organizer: Gdansk City Gallery

Eight edition of NARRACJE Festival is a story of Biskupia Górka – one of the most interesting and simultaneously, most separate neighbourhood of Gdańsk. In this story Biskupia Górka is the Kingdom resting on the slopes of the hill rising 60,8 meters above the sea level. The hill is also the protagonist and the narrator: the hidden neighbourhood speaks about itself. Artists participating in the Festival were invited to take roles in their medium-like shape. Their mission is to listen, interpret and articulate the voice of this place, also to write a continuation to the narration developed already by the district itself, the people living there, its architecture, its real and symbolic topography.

One of the main tools used to create the Kingdom is allegory. Behind the term Kingdom there is the picture of the microcosms existing in the cosmos of the metropolis. It is a city inside a city, spreading at the verge of the forest, at the bottom of the hill, topped with a stronghold, a castle and a tower. The title sends us to archetypal construction of tales, to pre-modern urbanistic conceptions, and last but not least to well-known series Kingdom. Its director, Lars von Trier, combines comedy and horror, topical satire and phantasy and puts thick layers of fiction on a real institution, a huge public hospital in Copenhagen, known in the vernacular as the Kingdom.

Similarly at NARRACJE Festival – fictions, speculations and projections are the tools for recognizing the reality and experiencing the city. The Festival and works realized for it are the spotlight, sharing light to Biskupia Górka. We want to throw the light at such angle so that Biskupia Górka shows up as the place set in spacetime of contemporary Gdańsk and simultaneously existing somewhere else in the symbolic spacetime, as a set of signs, an allegory – Kingdom suspended between the order of the Real and orders of imaginations and metaphoric narrations.

Stach Szabłowski, curator

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