If the fall of communism was indeed a revolution, what kinds of organisation of the space of cities does it propose or imply? How has the fabric of the city responded to the promises of post-communism? What role does art play in the new urban configuration? Can art change anything in the life of contemporary cities?
Our aim in the project Another City, Another Life was to use art as an experimental tool to try to uncover more about cities in the region referred to as Central and Eastern Europe, and in particular Warsaw. This book is a record of works by artists from Poland and other countries, primarily from Eastern Europe. It is a documentation formed in the course of an experimental project that ran from April — September 2008. The majority of the works were created in Warsaw, while another section is comprised of an archive of artistic interventions from other cities in this region. The book is thus a record of a series of events and very varied interventions through which artists attempted to explore the nature of the contemporary city and test strategies for bringing about change. The results of their endeavours shed new light on the “other city” that is contemporary Warsaw.
The exhibition was supported by ERSTE Foundation.