congress / events

Art for Social Change:
House of Change

discussion / meeting, workshop / interactive, exhibition / installation, concert / sound art, theatre / performance

2011-09-08 - 2011-09-11

informacje o biletach

photo: Wojtek Ziemilski

One of eight winning projects selected in the Art for Social Change competition conducted by the National Audiovisual Institute as part of the preparations for the European Culture Congress.

Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) will organize a series of artistic events that will take place in Dzieduszycki Family Mansion, at Kampinoska Street in Wrocław. A café and a Krytyka Polityczna Publishing House bookstore will be operating in the house.

Does contemporary art have any visible social impact? Can the effects of an artist’s work be seen and verified? Is it possible to engage in a discussion with art – and is it worth doing so? – these were the questions asked by Artur Żmijewski – art editor of the review “Krytyka Polityczna” in his famous manifesto “Applied Social Arts”, issued by our organization.

The House of Change is a project focused on providing a connection between the artistic work and the world. It will allow renowned artists to put their art to work within a significant social context.

The project will take place at the mansion at Kampinoska 23, a house with an artistic tradition, that belongs to the Dzieduszycki family since 1946. The house played an important role in the city's cultural history, as a meeting-place of Wroclaw's artists and intellectuals, and later a living symbol of Poland's difficult reworking of its identity. In the autumn of 2006 it was found out that the host of the house, Count Wojciech Dzieduszycki, a notable member of the city's cultural milieu and Honorary Citizen of Wroclaw, was for many years a collaborator of the communist secret police. The house closed its venues.

The family, and the whole Poland, took a long time to recover from the shock. Now is the time to confront the spirits of the past. Within the project we will try to re-construct and de-construct the history of the house, opening it to the public - and to some of the most renowned and socially engaged contemporary artists.

The House of Change will bring together a new generation of artists who believe change is possible, combining their work and energy to show how art can participate in history.

HOUSE OF CHANGE - timetable


18.00 inauguration of the “House of Change project”- opening of the “House of Change” exhibition
The idea behind “House of Change” is to use the interiors and overall feel of the Dzieduszycki Family Villa to construct a fictional narrative. Artists from Wroclaw will enter the Villa space with their creations, blurring the boundaries between that which could be found in the building already and that which was added as part of the project. “House of Change” intentionally misleads the viewers' attention and plays with that which is left unsaid in a game where images, objects and installations serve as pointers and clues – traces left behind by (apparently) imaginary characters. The interiors and the garden grounds, filled with original objects as well as those placed there by the participating artists, all act as marks of history which happened or could have happened, as a record of events which could have taken place there.

Curators: Michał Bieniek, Anna Kołodziejczyk
Production: Karolina Bieniek, Fundacja Art Transparent
Artists: Beata Wilczek, Piotr Skiba, Anna Kołodziejczyk, Grzegorz Łoznikow, Łukasz Paluch, Łukasz Huculak, Ewa Żuchnik, Ziemowit Fincek, Dy Tagowska, Piotr Kmita.

19.00 performance “A Minor Narrative” (Studio Theatre in Warsaw)
In the autumn of 2006, Wojtek Ziemilski's grandfather, the distinguished Wroclaw Count Wojciech Dzieduszycki, was exposed as a former collaborator with the secret state police. Wojtek's response to this news took the format of a lecture, linking personal reaction, historical facts, contemporary choreography and finally grand and minor scale narratives. His performance is an exploration of the choices an artist makes in creating their work and its historical context, something no artist has ultimate influence over.

story, direction and performance: Wojtek Ziemilski

20.00  “Write oneself out of grand narratives! Memory, art, history”- discussion with Wojtek Ziemilski, Olga Tokarczuk and Cezary Michalski
hosted by Michał Sutowski

22.00 night-time discussions in the garden
Guests are invited into the garden for talks with artists and cultural animators, while artists from Wroclaw provide visual and musical accompaniment.


12.00 breakfast on the grass and the open meeting of the Krytyka Polityczna Club

15.00 meeting with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – Polish premiere of her book “The Post-Colonial Critique. Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues”, published by Krytyka Polityczna)
hosted by Jakub Majmurek

17.00 meeting with Chantal Mouffe – Polish premiere of the book „The Challenge of Carl Schmitt”, published by Krytyka Polityczna)
hosted by Michał Sutowski

18.00 screening of the video programme “WRO on Tour”: Anri Sala, „Intervista”, Albania, 1998, 25 min, wideo
Courtesy: the artist and Johnen Galerie, Berlin,

Continually growing since its inception in the Eighties, the WRO Collection contains over 6 thousand items, comprising of a selection of Polish and international contemporary art – dating back from the earliest media exhibits of the Sixties right up to the latest works. Digitalised resources are now available off-line in the WRO Arts Centre Media Library. They will be made available on-line as of June 2013 by the portal Europeana. WRO is the only Polish institution taking part in the DCA project (involving the digitalisation of contemporary arts collections), aiming to make European arts collections open and easily accessible to all.

As a part of House of Change project we will show the video made by an Albanian artist Anri Sali „Intervista”. This work is focused on the problem of individual and collective memory, subjective experience of ideology, performative power of collecting documents and archiving, and the the role they play in the private sphere, yet potentially in the public sphere as well.

18.30 discussion “Arts for all? / the digitalisation of contemporary art”
Guests: Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka and Jarosław Lipszyc
hosted by Sebastian Liszka

Contemporary art available in the web? What kind of problems are involved during the process of digitisation of art? Is digitised art still an art? Are the traditional museums going to die out after all art is tranferred to the web? How all these processes affect copyright held by the artists?

20.00 performance “A Literary Evening with Mikołaj Stawrogin”
The creators of this unique event – the director Natalia Korczakowska and actor Piotr Głowacki – have selected “At Tichon's”, a chapter meant for but ultimately not included in Dostoyevsky's “Demons”. The performance is a staging of “Stavrogin's Confession”, which the hero of “Demons” unsealed abroad and then brought to Russia. This mono-drama performed by Piotr Głowacki is a continuation of the play originally shown on the 15th of January 2007 in the “mała litera” literary café.

direction and musical production: Natalia Korczakowska
stage design and effects: Marcin Cecko
Stawrogin: Piotr Głowacki

22.00 night-time discussions in the garden
Guests are invited into the garden for talks with artists and cultural animators, while artists from Wroclaw provide visual and musical accompaniment.


12.00 family picnic on the grass – “Books Factory” workshops for children and adults
The leaders will help all participants to make their own unique books. Well-known artists will assist in the creative process.

16.00 meeting with Gianni Vattimo – Polish premiere of the book “Not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography” (Gianni Vattimo, Piergiorgio Paterlini), published by Krytyka Polityczna)

18.00 performance “The Guns of Mr Youde. A Good Man from Hubei”
The action takes place in China, meaning the East. Now, meaning the present day.
When property developers want to acquire land, the farmers of the world shake in their boots.
This young playwright from Wroclaw gives voice to those whose land is bought out for next to nothing and whose homes are knocked down. There. And here.

script, direction, music: Michał Kmiecik
set design, costumes: Natalia Burzyńska
production: Aleksandra Henglewska
cast: Wiesław Cichy, Aneta Bronś, Kazimierz Krasicki, Jolanta Mikulska, Ewa Nowak
This project is staged in partnership with Teatr Polski in Wrocław.

20.00 “Chopin Chopin Chopin” – a concert by Profesjonalizm
An unusual concert inspired by Chopin's music in the Dzieduszycki Family Villa, which was once home to the Wroclaw Chopin Society.
Professionalism is a new jazz sextet set up by Marcin Masecki. Masecki diggs deep into his roots and leads a dialogue with American jazz music from the period from 1920 to 1950. The first CD of the band, Chopin Chopin Chopin, was recorded almost in the pre-war audio technics.  

Marcin Masecki – piano/musical score
Kamil Szuszkiewicz - trumpet
Michał Górczyński - clarinet/saxophone
Tomasz Duda - saxophone
Piotr Domagalski – contrabass
Jerzy Rogiewicz – percussion

22.00 night-time discussions in the garden
Guests are invited into the garden for talks with artists and cultural animators, while artists from Wroclaw provide visual and musical accompaniment.


12.00 breakfast on the grass

16.00 Polish premiere of the book “Im Weltinnenraum des Kapitals: Für eine philosophische Theorie der Globalisierung” (Polish title: “The Crystal Palace”) by Peter Sloterdijk, published by Krytyka Polityczna

18.00 performance “Mt 9,7”
A solo performance based around the concepts of Catholic mercy and representations of disabilities in our culture. This powerful statement by the Strzępka & Demirski Duet’s choreographer and student of the Drama Direction Department at the Theatre Academy in Kraków challenges taboos centred around religion and our thinking about the body.

direction and performance: Rafał Urbacki
Poduced by Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk

20.00 night-time discussions in the garden – the closing of the project

Venue of all the events: Dzieduszycki Family Mansion, 23 Kampinoska st.
Organizer: Stanislaw Brzozowski Association/ Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique)

How to get to the MANSION?

From the Market: by trams: 6 (direction: KRZYKI), 7 (direction KRZYKI), 17 (direction KLECINA); All the trams go from the stop RYNEK (Market) (Kazimierza Wielkiego street), get off on the stop ORLA ( Powstańców Sląskich street) duration of the journey: 18 min;

From the Centennial Hall? Tram 2 (direction KRZYKI) from the stop Centennial Hall (Wróblewskiego street); get off at ORLA stop (Powstańców Śląskich Street); duration of the journey: 32 min.

From ORLA stop go along Kutnowska street. Pass Park Południowy (Southern Park) to the croosroad with Januszowicka street. Turn left and go along Januszowicka steet until the crossroad with Kampinowska street. Turn right and go until Kampinowska street. Dzieduszyccy's Villa (Kampinowska 23 street) is the penultimate house on the right hand side.

Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) is a circle of Polish left-wing intellectuals gathered around a journal of the same title founded by Sławomir Sierakowski in 2002. From the outset the activities of “Krytyka Polityczna” have focused on three main fields: social science, culture and politics to show that the social sciences, the arts and politics differ only in their means of expression, whereas what they have in common is the impact they have on social reality. The fundamental aim of “Krytyka Polityczna” is to prepare and introduce into the public sphere a project of struggle against economic and social exclusion. Another goal is to spread the idea of deep European integration.