Common Project


„Wspólny projekt” is a to recurring contest organised by the Museum of Art in Łódź and the ING Polish Art Foundation. It’s main goal is to support artists under the age of 30. „Wspólny projekt” emphasises not only the end-result (an exhibition, publication, etc.), but most importantly the sole execution of the project in close cooperation with both institutes. The theme of the first year edition is the “Urban prototype” – understood as an idea, project or tool referring to relations occurring within urban space – perhaps even generating unobvious solutions. The work can be designed in any form, from installation, performance activities, research, audio and film. The winner will be able to finalize his project in Łódź, with the full support of the staff, tools and the infrastructure of the Museum of Art in Łódź and the ING Polish Art Foundation. The contest is open to individuals and groups working as one team.

The Art Museum in Łódź is one of the oldest museums of contemporary art in the world and the only museum in Poland with such an extensive collection of the 20th and 21st century art. The Museum’s mission is to create conditions allowing the contemporary viewer to communicate with art of past and present generations, and to enhance independent perception, understanding and feeling the surrounding reality among viewers.


The project by Tomasz Koszewnik, the lureate of the “Common Project” Competition.

„Deeply lost in the night. Just as one sometimes lowers one's head to reflect, thus to be utterly lost in the night. All around people are asleep. It's just play-acting, an innocent self-deception, that they sleep in houses, in safe beds, under a safe roof, stretched out or curled up on mattresses, in sheets, under blankets; in reality they have flocked together as they had once upon a time and again later in a deserted region (…) Why are you watching? Someone must watch, it is said. Someone must be there.'

Franz Kafka, At Night, included in: Description of a Struggle, The Complete Stories , translated by Tania and James Stern, Schocken Books, 1971

After the dusk, we stop looking. We see but sight is no longer the sense of orientation to us. We quiet down to see that night is never noiseless enough. Through walls, pipes, doors separating and connecting our apartments the sounds of another reality permeate. Unobtrusively and incidentally. Sounds are shared in a discreet, intimate way. Sometimes they flow past, completely uncaptured.
Tomasz Koszewnik and curator Katarzyna Słoboda (Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź) collaborated on the "Night is not dark enough” project with Piotr Gwadera, Ola Kozioł, Marta Kula, Sławas Lewy, Michał Rupniewski and Paweł Sokołowski.

The musicians will give five concerts in private homes, in a rehearsal room, in a hotel and in rooms unavailable to the public which will be listening in and overhearing, tracking the surrounding sounds. The concert listeners will be mainly unaware and random residents and passers-by.

29 October 2014, Wednesday, 20-22.00, 3 Brzeźna Str.
5 November 2014, Wednesday, 20-22.00, 19 Gdańska Str.
16 November 2014, Sunday, 6.00-7.00 (morning), Bałuty, near Żurawia Str.
17 November 2014, Monday, 18-19.00, 63h Częstochowska Str.
19 November 2014, Wednesday, 21-22.00, Światowit Hotel, room 601, 48 Kościuszki Str.

Tomasz Koszewnik is the laureate of the second edition of the „Common Project” competition by Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and Fundacja Sztuki Polskiej ING. This year’s subject was “intimacy”. “Common Project” puts emphasis not only on the effect (exhibition, publication, etc.) but primarily on the process of project implementation by the young artist in close collaboration with the two institutions.

Winner of the 2 Edition

The winner of the second edition of the Common Project award is Tomasz Koszewnik. His project, answering this year’s theme of ‘intimacy’ will take the form of several concerts taking place in unusual venues – spaces of everyday life, such as apartments.

Sounds of instruments will mingle with the sound of everyday life in the neighbourhood, they will become  muffled by walls and air vents, to create the intimate quality of the recording. The audience of the concerts will not only include those who attend deliberately, but also passers-by and neighbours at the venue. A key element of the project will be a discussion on the intimate aspect of sound and hearing. Hearing, an sense underrated  in the art world, will be the key to explore the fine line between what we share and what remains private, intimate. In his proposal, the artist combines his interest in sound, with a subtle, yet complex response to the theme of the project: intimacy.

The decision of the jury was unanimous. The decision-makers were:  Jarosław Lubiak and Katarzyna Słoboda – curators at the Łódź Art Museum, Magdalena Starska- artist, Magdalena Ujma – curator and Maria Rubersz – CEO of the ING Polish Art Foundation. The process of planning the project has already begun, and it is scheduled to be carried out in November 2014. Updates concerning the project can be found on the site of the Łódź Art Museum ( and on the site of the ING Polish Art Foundation (

Tomasz Koszewnik was born in 1986 in Białystok. He now lives and works in Poznań. In the years 2007-2010, he studied anthropology at the Warsaw University. He continues his education at the Art University in Poznań, studying Intermedia. He is currently working on his diploma in Prof. Leszek Knaflewski's studio Audiosfera.

2nd edition of a competition "Common Project" is open for entries

We invite potential participants to submit proposals of projects related to the topic of “intimacy”. The notion of “intimacy” comes from the Latin word “intimus” - “internal, deepest”, metaphorically: “the most secret, clandestine”. However, intimacy is not only that which is concealed inside ourselves, but a kind of discrete relation with the external world. In the area of artistic practices, it is understood as a relationship between the artist and the matter, material and contents of art. The submitted projects can then refer to a personal, global or community context and be placed within art territory or on its margins. We accept proposals in the form of installation, performance, audio and film as well as traditional media.

Common Project is aimed at artists who are no more than 30 years old. It emphasises not only the result (exhibition, publication, etc.) but also, more importantly, on the process of realisation in close collaboration with the curators form Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and ING Polish Art Foundation. Individuals or groups acting as entities can take part in the competition. Entries can be submitted  until march 21st 2014 and should include a set of materials sent through generally accessible file transfer servers to Katarzyna Słoboda


- entry submission deadline - march 21st 2014
- results announced -  beginning of april 2014
- realisation of the winning project – between april and november 2014

- project production - 16 000 PLN gross
- author’s fee - 2 000 PLN gross

Edition 1 - City Factory

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"City factory" will move around the streets of Łódź between 20th and 26th May from 8 to 10 pm.

Katarzyna Baług’s project refers to Łódź industrial heritage: the city reached its prime as the centre of textile industry. Despite many attempts at creating new solutions for contemporary Łódź, it is its history of large-scale industrial production and the present lack thereof has major significance in shaping the inhabitants’ identity. The character and conditions of labour of the people of Łódź significantly influence its urban tissue, social structure and external image of the city.

The artist will organize a happening in the city space disturbing the everyday routine of the inhabitants and their familiarity with the spatial character of their surroundings. Baług will move around the city in a self-designed mobile factory and invite people to participate in a joint production. Time will be the value produced by the "factory”. It will stop in places associated with intense production and labour.

Commonly perceived, labour is human activity aimed at producing specific material or immaterial goods. Performing labour usually takes place within set frames such as place, hierarchy, regulations of performing a task. However, labour set in a city space that combines different functions frequently becomes less obvious and recognisable. It can generate social relations, transform authority and organise communication. How to recognise borders between labour and non-labour? When is work connected with play and when does play become work? Is there the same model of managing time present in shopping or using services as the one imposed by labour? Can you smoke a cigarette productively, or efficiently watch other people?

"City factory" proposes examining activities we could not call “labour” as they are not possible to be described within the standard framework of the definition of the term. Will they be then perceived as a waste of time? Are we slaves to “productivity”? can we afford “doing nothing”?"

Documentation by Bartosz Górka:


  • Monday: ŁDK, Traugutta 18 (car park)
  • Tuesday: ManufakturaWednesday: Rynek Dolny, Bałuty
  • Thursday: Montwiłła-Mireckiego Housing estate (Srebrzyńskiej / Unii Lubelskiej)
  • Friday: Retkinia (Wyszyńskiego / Armii Krajowej)
  • Saturday: OFF Piotrkowska (Piotrkowska 138/140)
  • Sunday: Księży Młyn (Księży Młyn Str.)


“City Factory” by Katarzyna Baług has been announced as the winning project of the first edition of the Common Project competition, with this year’s‘ theme - “Urban Prototype”. The artist intends to travel around Łódź in a mobile machine of her own design, which is “fueled” by the free time of the city’s inhabitants. The artist will invite the public to negotiate how much time and on what conditions they are willing to spend in the “time factory”.

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