Artist-in-residence and interdisciplinary programme and exhibition. The sixth edition of the festival, themed Space Absorbency, will be devoted to analysing Wrocław as a special urban-social case. The artist-in-residence programme of the OUT OF STH International Urban Art Festival will include interdisciplinary research of phenomena resulting from limited absorbency of urban areas, as well as local conflicts arising from it.
According to Zipser’s paradigm of spatial decisions – one of the key categories of mathematical perception of urban planning and settlement processes – absorbency is a feature defining the amount of activity possible to be carried out within a given area. It is no coincidence that the term is associated with soil water retention. In the course of intensive rainfall, after exceeding a limit value, the ground no longer absorbs water, which results in minor local flooding. If the absorbency of an area is low, its attractiveness high, and the number of those keen on accomplishing their activity – considerable, then the space becomes scarce for some of its users. This leads to local conflicts – minor flooding. Or sometimes floods.
The sixth edition of the festival, themed Space Absorbency, will be devoted to analysing Wrocław as a special urban-social case. We want to emphasize the necessity for a continuous narrative revision of the city and encourage to use mathematical models of human behaviour in processes preventing social antagonisms. What generates a spatial conflict? Can we pinpoint the characteristics of urban areas which increase the likelihood of its occurrence? Can we identify the phenomena which precede it? Or predict when it will break out and whether it will spill over larger areas?
The artist-in-residence programme of the OUT OF STH International Urban Art Festival will include interdisciplinary research of phenomena resulting from limited absorbency of urban areas, as well as local conflicts arising from it. A simulatively generated Map of Wrocław’s Absorbency will be our exploratory signpost – a mathematical model representing conflicts of activities among city dwellers, a simulation study marking ten critical areas reflecting the key spatial problems of European cities. Inventories of critical areas, urban planning documentation, conflict characteristics, demographic data, photographic and video materials will serve as starting points for the Artists. During their two-week residencies, they will each analyse a selected flashpoint with its respective conflict. The effects of their work – diagnoses, proposals for coexistence models, interventions, gestures and documentation of their work process – will be presented at the post-residence exhibition.
Artists/artists: Yuriy Biley, Piotr Chuchla, Gabriela Kowalska, Karina Marusińska, Jarek Słomski
Researchers/researchers: Karolina Domańska, Ganna Grudnytska, Ewelina Jatczak, Paweł Rajca