Director: Bartek Frąckowiak
The list of co-creators of the programme Let’s organise our future!, the first edition of Biennale Warszawa, is long. It includes over 400 names, and new ones are added each day. The list features researchers, intellectuals, theatre creators, visual artists, composers and musicians, curators of performative and visual projects, representatives of activist communities from Poland and abroad, and residents of Warsaw, including children, youth, and foreigners working and living in Warsaw. In May and June 2019, all these people invited to join the collective preparation of the Biennale programme by curators of various programming blocks will organise and participate in 56 events: theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, conferences, workshops, tours, film screenings, congresses, and conventions which will be presented 108 times in 16 venues across Warsaw.
The presentation spaces will be located in the Biennale Warszawa headquarters at Marszałkowska 35/40 as well as on scenes and in locations of partner cultural institutions: Nowy Teatr, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Teatr Powszechny, TR Warszawa, U-jazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art, Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN, Museum of Praga. Our activities will be organised also in places in Warsaw which may be less obvious for the audience: an empty school building on Skaryszewska street, on the marketplace on Namysłowska street, on Kijowska street, on the route from Muranów to Śródmieście, at the Castle Square, the W-Z Route and the Constitution Square. 41 out of these 56 events were planned especially for Biennale Warszawa.
For over a year we have been wondering together what our future should look like, how it can be organised, what institutional forms would be the most appropriate in order to go beyond the apocalyptic visions of the future which dominated our political, social and cultural life. During this year’s edition of Biennale we make another step, and through artistic activities we begin to collectively create alternative organisations and institutions which will be able to propose a different view of the future, based on such values as democracy, progress, solidarity. Therefore, the list of programme collaborators and existing partners institutions which work with us already should be expanded to encompass the list of newly-designed organisations. These will include: a new artistic cooperative, an international organisation of women eco-farmers, a different university, a new socio-educational facility, a transnational union, an organisation for the cooperation between Eastern Europe and MENA countries, a community choir, a grass-root cultural institution, a transnational artistic ensemble and a social forum. Creating an entire range of organisations capable of continuous, permanent work in various areas of our lives is not easy even for an interdisciplinary institution such as Biennale Warszawa. Organisations and institutions will emerge which will have to be supported and developed. A small institution with a small team will not be able to achieve that on its own. This is why the programme motto Let’s organise our future! is also an encouragement and invitation to collaborative action.