phot. Michał Szlaga www.szlaga.blogspot.com
A SUBJECTIVE BUS LINE
The grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard
a project initiated by Grzegorz Klaman
Open: 1 May – 12 September 2010
Departures: 11.00 / 14.00
The Subjective Bus Line project is a kind of meeting with committed people, witnesses, participants in history, those less well known but equally important. The project aims to extract the muted voice, the echo, impressions, whispers, fragments of reminiscences and accounts, and to write them into the current situation and the space of the place. Gdańsk Shipyard is a reservoir of collective memory and individual memory. Historical memory is visualised in the shape of the “Roads to Freedom” exhibition and in monuments in the shape of the Three Crosses and the Gates and, in future, the European Solidarity Centre. Subjective memories are practically absent and are often perceived as incorrect and are marginalised.
The grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard are undergoing transformation and reconstruction into a new district called the Young City – many constructions and buildings will be demolished, the industrial surroundings are changing dynamically and the project allows participants to become living witnesses of the transformation and its active subjective bearers of remembering into the future.
The first version of this project took place in 2002 within the framework of the International City Transformers Project and in a month it attracted more interested people than a small bus could hold, which clearly convinced us how great the need was to open the former shipyard to visitors. One of Gdańsk’s greatest attractions – the shipyard – is inaccessible and surrounded by a wall. The Subjective Bus Line will open the grounds and bring them closer to being a public space.
“A SUBJECTIVE BUS LINE” – an action in the grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard initiated by visual artist Grzegorz Klaman.
Lasting about 90 minutes, the tour of the shipyard will begin at a special bus-stop near Gate no. 1. The itinerary will include several selected important places connected with the history of Solidarity and the shipyard. The places and the events will be selected jointly by the visitors and the “guide” escorting them on the day of the trip. The guides include selected former shipyard workers:
Paweł Zieńczuk– long-time worker at Gdańsk Shipyard from 1962, retired shipyard bosun, participant in the strikes, repressed for opposition activities
Jarosław Żurawiński – now tourist guide, jurnalist, author of books about Gdańsk
Małgorzata Mazur – guide, tour courier, former employee of Gdańsk Shipyard's construction office, connected for many years with the maritime economy
There are stops in front of: the Historic Gate – the gate to the “Roads to Freedom” exhibition – the former Health and Safety at Work Hall – the former Shipyard Director’s building – the Imperial Dockyard and the waterfront – slipways – Wałęsa’s workplace – the place where Wałęsa jumped over the shipyard wall – the exhibition at the Wyspa Art Institute.