On 8-9 October 2016 the second edition of free design workshop entitled “Art of the City. About a square on a square” took place. It was organised by the Sztuka w Mieście Foundation in cooperation with Mazowsze branch of Polish Society of Landscape Architects.
The attendees of the workshop entitled “How many steps does a square have? How much time does a square have?” learned about unusual methods of “measuring” space. Feeling the city means submerging oneself in its rhythm, scents and sounds which in turn enriches the process of experiencing the space. During the workshop, actions focused on non-standard field observation and recording techniques took place. The exercises helped the attendees to learn how much time does a square “have”? How does the scale of a square affect the understanding of it” Does a square have its own rhythm and tempo? Do they align with the rhythm of the street next to it?
The workshop was conducted by Beata Rothimel and Jakub Słomkowski.
Beata is a landscape architect, a traveller, a doctor at the Department of Landscape Art at SGGW. She focuses on the matters of landscape design and the idea of biophilia in art, architecture and urban city planning. She also runs a design-realisation office called Sztuka Krajobrazu (the Art of Landscape). She is the editor of the Art of Space section of Arché magazine. She runs space design trainings In Pylon S.C. training company, as well as classes at SGGW’s Open University. Beata is also the co-founder and vice president of Akademia Sztuki Architektury Krajobrazu society.
Jakub is a visual and performance artist and a musician. He combines these three areas in his artistic practice. Together with Damian Karaś, he established an audio-performance project entitled “Two people with…”, while for “KubaTwiceImprovise” project (with Kuba Dykiert) he performs sound improvisations. Together with Krzystof Herman and Maciej Łepkowski, he acts as “Parque-no” collective. The collective performs projects and events in public space and examines the possibilities of broadening the interaction with the users. Since 2007, together with Nie Z Tej Bajki Society, he has been organising the social and art event entitled “Kolacja na Hucie” (Dinner at the Ironworks) which was supposed to draw attention to the disused and neglected 19th century ironworks in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski.