The Baltic House Lab 2015, 4-27 September 2015, Gdańsk, Poland

The Baltic House Lab 2015 is an international cultural project consisting of the exhibition and accompanying interdisciplinary events. The main exhibition is arranged in St. John’s Centre displays works of Polish artists togther artists from the Baltic Sea Countries. The accompanying events are planned next to water-tram stops in Gdańsk.

The exhibition “The Baltic House Lab 2015" with the accompanying program oscillates around “vulnerability” interpreted in context of areas relating to the Baltic Sea and the countries in its basin.  Drawing from rich tradition of Gdańsk the event's organisers will most of all, turn to water, on the one hand to the Baltic Sea, on the other to Motława river. By emphasising the relationship of the city to the water, they will try to bring it closer to the hearts and minds of Gdansk inhabitants. Furthermore the public space on the waterfronts will be used as a specific laboratory, where we carry on a number of artistic experiments and debates

Artists participating in the exhibition:
Danil Akimov (RU), Stine Avlund & Oleg Koefoed (DK), Serina Erfjord & Magnus Oledal (NO), Hanna Husberg (FIN), Linda Konone (LV), Anton Krohn & Daniel Petersson (SE), Jekaterina Lavrinec (LT), Maja Ratyńska (PL), Joanna Rajkowska (PL), Chili Seitz (DE), Anna Shkodenko (EST), Dominika Skutnik (PL), Piotr Wyrzykowski (PL).

Members in Gdańsk, Poland

The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk, Poland, established in 1992, aims at enhancing cultural diversity in the Baltic Sea Region by realizing projects of European significance.
The Centre’s goal is to implement multilateral artistic projects, which in terms of structure and concept are more than the traditional form of bilateral cultural exchange. The Centre, through its activities, aims to connect artists, curators, cultural operators, researchers and policy makers who are interested in creating a new quality for cultural cooperation in Europe.

The Centre's activities focus on nearly all fields of arts. It organises interdisciplinary projects such as scientific and literary seminars, conferences, debates, contemporary art exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, new media presentations, festivals and concerts. The Centre administrates also St. John's Cultural Centre (Gothic church in Gdansk Old Town). The BSCC is a public institution subsidised by the Regional Government (Office of the Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodship).

The BSCC’s seat is the 16th- century Old Town Hall in Gdansk situated on the canal of the Radunia river - the town’s oldest hydro-technological monument. The Centre’s membership in the international network "River//Cities" shows its long lasting interest in waterways. Several of the Centre’s international projects such as: SEAS (meeting of the Baltic and the Adriatic: conference and artistic actions); international conference "Riverbanks as a space for inhabitants integration" and smaller, local ones e.g. historic walks “Gdańsk Fortifications”, "Zuławy" about the area in the Vistula delta or multidisciplinary "Gdańsk the city on water" have been inspired by water and took place on the water or river/canal banks. There are many more similar projects planned in the years to come.

Although today just a distant reflection of its past glory, Gdańsk picturesque network of canals, with the biggest Motława River, still constitutes a great attraction for the inhabitants and tourists alike and should serve as an inspiration for the town’s contemporary spatial and cultural development.


Gdańsk University of Technology, Archit. Faculty