The Research Centre
for Participatory Art and Design

Rhizome. Project Bazaar #1

10 November 2019

14.11.2019, 5:00 pm-7:30 pm

City Culture Institute, Gdańsk, Długi Targ 39/40


“Rhizome. Project Bazaar ” It is a new formula for working meetings of artists, designers and cultural activists involved in participatory forms of art creation and design. As part of them, invited guests publicly present their activities and discuss them.

The first event of this series will be attended by:
Grete Aagaard (Denmark) presenting the “Sigrids Stue” project

Sigrids Stue is an art project and a platform active in the neighbourhood  Gellerup, Aarhus, Denmark. It develops projects in cooperation with both local, national and international partners. It is based on a long-term collaborative project that includes international artists, theoreticians and local culture organizations and institutions. Furthermore it runs the Drawing School for children in the district.

Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum (Denmark), presenting the “Growroom” project and other projects in the field of engaged design

The Growroom is a spherical urban farm that enables people to grow their own food right on their doorstep. It strives to support our everyday sense of well-being in cities, creating a small oasis or architecture enabling a break in our dynamic social scenery, allows people to contact nature. Staying in Growroom we feel and taste the abundance of herbs and plants. The pavilion, built as a sphere, can stand freely in any context. Indicates the direction of development of contemporary architecture created for shared use.

Samuel Kalika (Portugal), presenting the project “Critical Concrete”

Critical Concrete is an educational and social initiative that stands out of the regular dynamics of real estate development. It promotes new mechanisms to rehabilitate affordable housing and improve public and cultural spaces shared by low-income communities. It advocates a fundamental right to adequate housing, that is often disregarded due to lack of public resources or political regulation. Critical Concrete offers another dynamic to architecture: instead of building for, we build with.


Inês Cavaco (Portugal), presenting project “Identidades – Movimento Intercultural”

Identidades is a movement initiated in 1996, realized in partnership with institutions operating in former Portuguese colonies. It includes a group of current and former students and teachers from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP), GESTO Cooperativa Cultural, other institutions, groups, and artists who actively identify themselves with its purposes.

The movement has a track record that gives meaning and support to its objectives, establishing a framework of continuous relationship with various entities in Mozambique, Northeast Brazil and Cape Verde. It is a condition that influences the direct communication with the people and their culture. The activities developed in this project have been diversified, in a spirit of interdisciplinarity, promoting artistic exchanges.


“Rhizome. Project Bazaar ” is an element of the RHIZOME – Center for Research on Participatory Art and Participatory Design project. The meeting is co-organized by the “Cultures Beyond Culture” Foundation, the City Culture Institute in Gdańsk and the Danish Cultural Institute in Warsaw.


The event is implemented as part of the international UrbCultural Planning project, co-financed from INTERREG BSR sources.


UrbCulturalPlanning is an international project dedicated to cultural planning in cities. It is attended by 14 partners and 36 associated organizations from 7 Baltic states. In Gdańsk and the region, the City Culture Institute, the Pomeranian Government and the Baltic Sea Culture Center are involved in UrbCulturalPlanning. These entities will jointly develop methods of participatory spatial planning using cultural and artistic tools.

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