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Dock's Docs Gdańsk Remix

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The theme was not chosen by accident: the Gdańsk Shipyard is a truly legendary place. Here, in 1980 following strikes and social protest against the communist regime, the “Solidarity” movement was born – the symbol of freedom recognised all over the world. Those events influenced directly the European transformation of '89: the first free election in Poland, and three months later – the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Dock's Docs Gdańsk Remix is the follow-up in the project initiated by the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA). This French institution is the largest TV&radio archive in the world. Since being formed in 1974 it collected 4 million hours of recordings; the number increases every day as INA records all the programs broadcast by French radio and TV channels. Three years ago INA enabled ordinary people to use small fraction of its collection: archives of everyday Paris from the turn of the 20th century up to modern times (“Paris Remix”). The following year “Berlin Remix” competition was held. Its subject: the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Materials provided by our archives come from different sources, including fragments of French evening news from the 1980s, when Poland was still situated on the Soviet side of the Iron Curtain. French reporters had to dug deep to establish facts about current events, as the official news were falsified by the censorship and communist media.

Other recordings come from the biggest film archive devoted to “Solidarity” and Gdańsk Shipyard: Video Studio Gdańsk. This foundation has been created by the people that took part in the historical events of 1980. Documentaries had been recorded with a camera smuggled into the shipyard by foreign reporters. People involved in recording of those materials can be counted among the founders of Polish independent media.

Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation with the city of Gdańsk, the Gdańsk Metropolis European Capital of Culture 2016 Candidate, we present contemporary videos by PGR Art – a duo of artists who until recently resided in the post-industrial shipyard warehouses. In 2000 some of the historic facilities had been adapted for art studios. It was a part of the revitalisation plan which included accommodating artists in this area. A group of creators and animators formed an art collective called Kolonia Artystów (Art Colony). They lived in the dock facilities while organising exhibitions, concerts, and screenings. The project fell apart when the new owner of the shipyard took control of the site. The legacy of Kolonia Artystów collective – revitalisation of the shipyard and docks – is carried on by Instytut Sztuki Wyspa (Wyspa Institute of Art) and its director Aneta Szyłak.

Last but not least we provide you with sound recordings carried out by Adam Witkowski, the audiovisual artist from Gdańsk who used the Shipyard as the theme of some of his works.

Project team: Agnieszka Berlińska, Agata Ners, Katarzyna Głogowska.

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