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Texts, projects and materials about German-Polish cultural exchanges between 2004 and 2006
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Mobile Academy in Warsaw: “Ghosts, Spectres, Phantoms, and the Places Where They Live”

Berlin - Warszawa: Metropolis

Why is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence? What are Poles looking for in Berlin and what have Germans found in Warsaw? Both the proximity and the distance of the two neighbours can be seen best in their biggest cities, in the way they view themselves and how they see the others, and in the cultural projects they attract.

Ewa Partum: The Legality of Space

Life on the Edge

Besides the obvious borders, such as the line stretching between Poland and Byelorussia, there are also invisible boundaries to be found within the culture, infrastructure and economy of a society, as the tourism boom along the Baltic coastline shows. Some representatives of the arts scene debate these rifts.

Elektropopklub - Electronic music and art in Bytom and Wolfsburg

After the Coal: new-old Upper Silesia

Derelict areas of the coal industry have become playing fields for architectural experiments which invite us to examine the similarities and the differences of structural changes in both Upper Silesia and the Ruhr Valley. The interesting projects are those happening within the upheavals and which stay on in the location to have a greater effect.

Unwanted Heritage/Moderne Heimat Leipzig

Dream Cities and Ghost Towns

There is no doubt, Gdansk - Danzig - is a dream city, though sequestered somewhere between the traditional and contemporary. At the other end of Poland, an author visits the suburban town of his childhood, the socialist city of Nowa Huta. What are the relationships between dreams and ghosts?

Skarbek - Theatre between visual arts and dance

Working or not Working?

The negative image of the “Polish economy” is a hard one to change in Germany; a 1987 dictionary of colloquialisms called it a synonym for “unimaginable chaos”. Is that just a prejudice of yesteryear? In the arts, people also understand the economy as a symbolic exchange.

Mobile Academy in Warsaw: “Ghosts, Spectres, Phantoms, and the Places Where They Live”


Polish political theatre has been discovered by the media - and vice versa. Another polarising debate in Poland is emancipation. There are many projects revolving around the discussions of ‘now and then’, ‘East and West’ and or focussing on cultural, urban and economic issues.

Logo: Kulturstiftung des Bundes
A project initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation between 2004 and 2006

German-Polish Year 2005/2006
Büro Kopernikus participated with its projects in the German-Polish Year 2005/2006 #Deutsch-Polnisches Jahr 2005/2006#.