The publication forms a collection of short urban stories – articles and visual essays emulating a guide, it was created thanks to the commitment of an international group of artists, urban professionals and enthusiasts. This guide is part of a series of subjective guides we have been making in Beirut, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, every time in collaboration with various local institutions, as well as the residents of the A-I-R Laboratory Programe / CCA Ujazdowski Castle in 2014.
At the core of this subjective guide to Warsaw is the passion to own the city and live in, to make it yours. How to live in Warsaw, and feel at home in it? How can one, through one’s own engagement and prism of experiences, discover and inhabit urban culture?
The book (release in a Polish and English edition) is the result of the Tuning Warsaw that took place a year ago from the 5th to 15th of November 2014. During this workshop the first outlines of the book’s themes and contents were produced. The work took effect at Studio MDM on 9/15 Marszałkowska Street, Warsaw. But knowledge about the city was also gathered through city trips, walks, and observations “in the field.” The book is co-created with locals who joined the open editorial workshop and proposed their own ways for narrating the city experience. The workshop was been attended by students, artists, architects, urban planners, sociologists, anthropologists, writers, and institutions. In addition to the Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, also the Faculty of Visual Culture Management at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology, and the Bęc Zmiana New Culture Foundation were involved in the realization of the guide.