For the year 2010, MARE ARTICUM, a cultural co-operation project in the Baltic Sea region which is granted with the ARS BALTICA logo, is curating and producing the project "Creative Geography – Mental Landscapes". It is a program of exhibitions, presentations, lectures and workshops that aims at revealing the mechanisms of shaping identity through a critical examination of the artistic output of a given country or population group. It shall reveal the intellectual attitudes that rise from them, as well.
The program includes the following events:
29 October to 28 November 2010 – Museum of Contemporary Art, Szczecin: Exhibition by Radek Szlaga Droga, a Poznan-based painter whose work unites Polish history with Western consumerist icons.
2 December 2010 – Szczecin’s University (Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology): Lecture by Prof. Michał Buchowski approaches the topic of dramatization of difference and personal identity from a universalist perspective based on his work in theory and methodology of cultural anthropology.
9 December 2010: Willa Lentza, Szczecin: Animated Dreams, the newest trends in Estonian animation. Presentation by Eha Komissarov, curator of Kumu Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn.
9 December 2010: Exhibition by visual artist Wojciech Doroszuk, who offers an insight into city’s society and a critical observation about Otherness, exclusion and xenophobia.
10 December 2010: Paul Cole and the Great Outdoors, concert. Original project by Estonian performance artist and musician Raul Keller, focusing on the myths of the American West and its musical genre.
16 December 2010: Willa West Ende, Szczecin: Lecture by Dr. Dariusz Skórczewski on the topics of creative identity and creation of national myths in Polish culture.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)