7 July – a subsequent edition of the Wyspa. Now is Now will take place

The exhibition at the Wyspa Institute of Art is devoted to the activities of artists in the Gdańsk area in the 1980s and early 1990s. Using archival materials, the creators of the exhibition invite their public to a symbolic reconstruction of a moment from the past (the show Now is Now of 7 October 1988) when the artists’ intuition led to their own definition of one’s relation with one’s surroundings. The creation of a an artistic proto-institution at the Granary Island [Wyspa Spichrzów], embracing its ruins, overgrown nature and environment was the discovery of the environment as a physical medium of their artwork and permitted a gradual recognition of artistic activity as a fragment included in a bigger unit.

Pavel Sterec: Is So Much is Happening Here, I’d Rather Stay at Home.
The first performative action of Wyspa. Now is Now is carried by Pavel Sterec who invites us to participate in events related to the observation of birds. Each of these events will show the relation between an animal and a human from a different perspective.

All events will happen on Saturday, 7 July 2012 at 12:00 hours !

Workshop: The first aid for a wild bird.
The Gdansk Archipelago of Culture "Treasure Island", address: ul. Turystyczna 3, Gdańsk-Sobieszewo area.

This workshop is a step-by-step presentation of how one should act with a found, wounded wild bird. Specialists in veterinary medicine will tell about the basic methods of helping wildfowl and their fledglings under the threat of their lives. The workshop will be run by the veterinarian Karolina Ptak, who works in the PAROTKA Veterinary Centre for birds and exotic birds in Cracow, who initiated the DZIKA KLINIKA Association for help to non-domestic animals. She will be supported by a group of enthusiasts.

Ornithological camp: Learn and help to protect!
The KULING Research Group of Waterfowl

The ornithological camp at the mouth of the Vistula River is just beginning, organised by the KULING Research Group of Waterfowl. The organisers ensure: care and knowledge of experienced ornithologists, accommodation, provisions (camping standard), field equipment, curious birds in hand and in the field, protection against bird flu, happy atmosphere and many more attractions. The number of participants is limited.

Film projection: Skrzydlaci Sprzymierzeńcy Lasu (The Winged Allies of the Forest)

The nature documentary film “Skrzydlaci sprzymierzeńcy lasu” (2007) directed by Przemysław Sujak, PhD, who works at the Institute of Experimental Biology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is a unique and fascinating story about birds. Beautiful shots, shots from special hiding places, show helpless fledglings, which makes the film a breath-taking experience.

Lecture: Migrations of the White Stork
Wyspa Institute of Art, address: ul. Doki 1/145, Gdańsk (the premises of Gdańsk Shipyard).

Wociech Kania, PhD, a worker-emeritus of the Ornithological Station of MiIZ of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk and a specialist in the bird migrations, will deliver an open lecture for all interested people. He will tell us about bird migrations, winter habitats of birds, the dependence of our Polish storks on draughts in Sahel, bird ringing (banding) and satellite radio relays.

Pavel Sterec

Born in 1985. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (including Guest Atelier of Zbigniew Libera). In the years 2008 – 2010, he co-created the Pavilion Gallery. Now, he is a member of an artistic-theoretical P.O.L.E. collective.
He deals with conceptual art. His projects have often been inspired by social-scientific research.