BIP ERASMUS KRAKOW / schedule and map for participants

Natalia Mecnarowska-Legutko

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  • A complete / detailed schedule
  • A detailed description of the City Tour
  • A description of the workshop theme
  • Other relevant information


The city of Kraków, former capital of Poland has a distinct individuality and a rich history. It is a common tourist destination with records of well over 14 million individual visits per year. If we consider tourism as the industry of perception, then its product – mass produced individual memory – has a certain profile. First, the perception of the city by its guests is bound to somewhat schematic, point-to-point programs. These idiosyncratically include the Main Square (Rynek), the Jewish Neighborhood (Kazimierz), the Royal Castle (Wawel) and – possibly –excursions to the medieval salt mines (Wieliczka) and the German concentration camp (Auschwitz). Secondly, just as “history is written by the victor”, historical tours are made by the present. History and its tours are maps that show and validate, exclude, and omit. Thus, the first step in experiencing the city in a less algorithmic way is to look past the standard rhetoric and into its dualities. There might be further steps, but this BIP program proposes this first one:

Experience Krakow’s dualities

One could speculate that Kraków’s personality was always split. Examples:

• the parallel existence of the Jewish and Gentile cities for the best part of the last millennium,

• the urbanization of the Podgórze area, corresponding to the Austro-Hungarian occupation and the Industrial Revolution,

• the addition of the utopian satellite city of Nowa Huta, designed from scratch and build during communist times.

The cities dualities are not bound to these three directions. When creative and reflective practice comes into play, many other perspectives can be imagined or searched for. These reverberate into the psyche of its visitors, its inhabitants and into the fabric of its culture. Charting them alone could be a research field. Furthermore, it is not clear whether deep knowledge and connection to Kraków are assets or hinderances: coming from outside the phenomenon will provide new, unique viewpoints. It is clear that a multilayered nature leads to multiple memories and histories, which in turn results in contested histories, mobile histories, the contestation of memory and finally into the political instrumentalisation of memory. It is clear that the memory of the city consists of distinct yet coexisting layers. One of the forms of this coexistance is embodied in artistic practice. Your open discussion about the basis and methodology of artistic practice and research is the main expected outcome of our week-long meeting. We invite you to explore these topics, together with our students and lecturers during an intense, five-day program in Kraków, from 27 to 31 May 2024.

The World Cafe method / explanation


26-May-2024 / Sunday / Arrival

  • Morning Activity: Participants’ arrival in Kraków
  • Afternoon Activity: Accommodation and logistical arrangements
  • Evening Activity: free time, arrivals continue

27-May-2024 / Monday / Day 1

  • Morning Activity (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Welcome address by the faculty, Presentation and discussion on program methodology; Group formation.
  • Afternoon Activity: free
  • Evening Activity (7.30 p.m.): Welcome dinner

28-May-2024 / Tuesday / Day 2

  • Morning and Afternoom Avtivity (10 a.m. – between 4 and 5 p.m): Thematic city walks

    Details of the walk:



    III. WAWEL HILL + 20 min break


    V. LUNCH BREAK – 1 hour (the lubch break will start at Plac Nowy, where there is „Okrąglak” – an iconic place with zapiekanki (Polish street food / PLN 10 to PLN 30 / vegetarian and meat versions) / for vegans: there is a lot of street food and restaurants in the area that also serve vegan dishes / cover the cost of lunch on your own



    VIII. CRICOTEKA / The Tadeusz Kantor Museum and a modern cultural institution / time for coffee, summary of the tour and discussion about NOWA HUTA (especially important for people who want to go on a trip to Nowa Huta the next day)

29-May-2024 / Wednesday / Day 3

  • Morning Activity: free
  • Afternoon Activity (12.30 p.m – 6 p.m): World Café conference in groups (about World Cafe’s working method) / our studio at 15 Karmelicka Street
  • Evening Activity: free

30-May-2024 / Thursday / Day 4

  • Morning Activity (10.30 p.m – 12 p.m): lecture by Adla Isanovic
  • Afternoon Activity (from 12 a.m. depending on how much time you need): space activation (working on your own through activities in the studio or research in the city)
  • Evening Activity: (optional, for people who want) Nowa Huta sunset trip

31-May-2024 / Friday / Day 5

  • Morning Activity: (from 10 a.m. depending on how much time you need): space activation (working on your own through activities in the studio or research in the city)
  • Afternoon Activity: disclosure to the group
  • Evening Activity: Farewell party

1-Jun-2024 / Saturday / Departure

  • free / departure


  • pink / our studio Karmelicka 15 and welcome dinner
  • purple (dog footprints) / most important WalkingTalk places (chronological numbering in the name)
  • navy blue / list of selected Krakow museums and galleries


Project Manager: Bogdan Achimescu / bachimescu@asp.krakow.pl

Organizer from our PhD Student Union: Natalia Mecnarowska-Legutko / nlegutko@asp.krakow.pl

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