ARTISTIC CITY TRIPS: Seven Krakow Narrations (the unknown history of a known city)

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October 6-9, 2011
GeoAIR in the framework of IETM Autumn Plenary Meeting in Krakow, 6 – 9 October 2011 presents: ARTISTIC CITY TRIPS

Are We Again Travellers or Still Tourists? An Encounter with the Other or Looking Through Another’s Eyes.
Artistic City Trips is a project featuring artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine.
Curator: Nini Palavandishvili (GeoAIR, Tbilisi)

For many contemporary artists and cultural operators, global mobility is an essential part of their lives and work. The network in which artists operate, which increasingly determines the modern society’s organization and production, also sheds light on the image of globalism – a world of people on the move. The guided trips that artists from 6 countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) will offer in the city of Krakow, without their prior being there, will deal with these issues. This will be an encounter of two aliens when a guest claims to be a guide in a host country. On the basis of their own research and interests, the artists will design their own city tours, referring to the place of their origin and departure. The willingness to delve deeper and to understand better will lead to manifold results. Generally, a tour includes the act of leaving and then returning to the starting point, and therefore, one who undertakes such a journey can be called a tourist. How much of a tourist we will become by coming back to the original starting point or how far we travel, is always up to us, individuals permanently on the move.

Title: Seven Krakow Narrations (the unknown history of a known city)
Duration: 90 min

Have you ever thought to be part of the history of your city? Do you think you are just an inactive, transient element in world history, or do you consider yourself more or less as someone who can contribute to shaping it? Do you believe the history of a certain place can be told or written down?
Discover a part of the city history through the unfolding of its inhabitants’ personal stories: seven narrations from Krakow are drawn together to give a glimpse of the infinite number of life stories a city can enclose.

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