The third residency of the project in Kaliningrad in November 2014 included the following activities:
Explorations of the city and beyond, including the area of Forest Krasny in the vicinity of Lake Vyshtynets, led by a variety of cultural experts; workshops with comics, amber, collage; presentations and seminars from participants and our guides; visits to cultural venues and events, along with an evening of poetry. More details in News Updates…
The second residency of the project in November 2013 included the following activities:
Explorations of the town and beyond, including the environs of the Issa Valley led by our cultural experts; workshops in wood carving, fabric and print making, paper cutting; music, traditional song and dance sessions; presentations and seminars from participants and our project guides; film showings and historical quizzes; along with forward planning for Kaliningrad residency in 2014. More details in News updates…
During the first residency of the project the following activities took place in July 2013.
The aim of the workshop was to design and build new objects that will decorate the locality and be used for geocaching along the cultural trail. Their shape and form is designed by the participants of the workshop, made of chamotte clay and fired in a ceramic kiln.
Our guide: Wieslaw Szumiński .
Nature and landscape
Sightseeing and to stimulate the imagination and expanding landscape view, or its components. A journey into the local landscape to learn about different elements of the natural and cultural landscape, visiting little known places in the area.
Our guide: Piotr Malczewski
Drawing, graphics, illustration, printing, considering the rules for creating publications. The task of developing calligrams and pictograms to guide us. Activities focused on printmaking basics and composition.
Our guide: Darek Korbański
Form and colour
We looked for inspiration in the glacial area rocks of the region, creating soft objects and shapes, and colourful banners. Introducing young people to methods of performing a mixed technique drawing, oil pastel, watercolour, they made prototypes of fabric and filled with smaller and larger forms of sawdust hay. Workshop aimed to show young people how the design, cutting, working with fabric, working with a sewing machine, hand sewing, sewing with different stitches.
Our guide: Mirka Korbańska
The repertoire used during the workshop consisted mainly of lyrical songs of the Suwalki region and surrounding areas.
Our guide: Monika Mamińska – Domagalska
An introduction to the fundamental processes of digital photography, making images of the local area and portraits of each other,
Our guides: Jola Kozińska and Marek Skorupski
Presenting the idea of geocaching.
Our guide: Julia Luterek
Discussing the work of Czeslaw Miłosz, Antanas Baranauskas and Moris Rosenfeld .
Our guide: Krzysztof Czyzewski
Integration workshop based on drama exercises - exploring the concepts of meeting, borders, community
Our guide: Bozena Szroeder
During the residency there were presentations from both travellers and guides. At the Borderland House in Sejny, one evening we attended the opening of the exhibition ISRAEL-TAGS, photographs of Paul Figurski from his trips to Israel. After the opening of the exhibition the author showed images from other travel,s including to Ukraine, where he photographed the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, and ritual grandfathers in Vilnius.
In the White Synagogue, Bozena Szroeder told the story behind the theatre project with children, ‘Sejny Chronicles’ and the development of Sejny stories into animated films.
There were other evening presentations from: Wieslaw Szumiński, who talked about paintings made from scanning old family photographs and incorporating text from local stories; Piotr Malczewski who showed his slides from the series ‘My Heaven From Earth’, images made from a hot air balloon travelling over the Suwalki region, including Wigry, Black Hańcza, Rospuda; Małgorzata Sporek-Cyzewska shared the story of a theatre performance and film project about the Issa Valley.