Michał Mioduszewski fot. Wojciech Skrzypczyński
Mateusz Kowalczyk, fot. Wojciech Skrzypczyński

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5. Mateusz Kowalczyk, Michał Mioduszewski, Merry-Go-Round, 2019



The artists found a skeleton of a disused merry-go-round in one of Siedlce’s greens. By cleaning this element, they brought it out from the district’s (non-)memory. Removing old layers of paint and uncovering the original texture symbolizes rejuvenation. The simple gesture of highlighting an object within the space that surrounds it – and us – acts as a catalyst. We begin to notice what is usually hidden: elements of the environment we live in that we pass by every day.

On top of the old merry-go-round, the artists installed a lamp that switches on when the structure is moving. The rotation releases energy and illuminates the lamp. Light shows direction and sends a signal – to those standing right next to us, into the distance, into space. Light heralds the experience of passage.


Mateusz Kowalczyk is a visual artist, performer and activist studying at the Faculty of Media Art of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. His artistic practice is rooted in creating interactive experiences on the basis of public installations and objects, performance and music. Since 2015, he has actively contributed to creating the Sculpture Park in Warsaw’s Bródno district. Since 2018, he has run the Szaman Polski (Polish shaman) project. Kowalczyk is currently interested in virtual reality (VR) and working with 3D technology.


Michał Mioduszewski is an artist, social psychologist and animateur of space. He graduated from the Faculty of Media Art of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and in Social Psychology from the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities.  Since 2009, the artistic events he initiates are focused on meetings, exchange, and collaboration in creating the final effect. He creates situations and tools for observing and experiencing public space. He contributes to the functioning of cultural institutions, e.g. Wola District Cultural Centre or the Teahouse located in Bródno’s Sculpture Park.



The Socialist Realist estate

Spring 1945 was a tragic time for the architecture of Gdańsk: a substantial part of the city’s buildings succumbed to wartime destruction. However, the post-war reconstruction endeavour – apart from posing a tremendous challenge for architects and urban planners – was also a modernization opportunity.

In the early 1950s, urban planning work in Siedlce was in full swing. One of the largest Socialist Realist estates in Gdańsk was built along Kartuska St. Its initial variants greatly differed from the finally constructed version – they had assumed, for instance, that parts of Zakopiańska and Malczewskiego Streets would also be built up. Four residential buildings were to be erected along the southern side of Kartuska St., and a vocational school was meant to appear at the junction with Ciasna St. The steep escarpment from Suchanino side was designed as a park. Ultimately, the plans had to be scaled down and a much more modest version was built.

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5. Mateusz Kowalczyk, Michał Mioduszewski, Merry-Go-Round, 2019

green area near 56 Kartuska St.

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