An audiovisual installation The Tower is a live, mechanical instrument, designed using the method of hacking the hardware. It is synchronized real-time to the recipients’ activity, which leads to a spectator-machine interaction.
‘Baszta’ Gallery is a new place on the contemporary art map of Cracow. It came to be in May 2018 and is located in ‘Dworek Białoprądnicki’ Cultural Center at 2 Papiernicza street. Artur Wabik, a visual artist, took the role of the curator. Unique location and form of this gallery allows the creation of one-of-a-kind, site-specific installations. Most institutions like this in Cracow are white cubes, simple spaces that make exposing objects easier. ‘Baszta’ is supposed to invert this relation – a difficult room might influence the shape and the theme of presented works.
The place had been built by the Great Crown Chancellor, Cracow’s bishop Samuel Maciejowski. In the second half of the XVIth century the object gained a simple defence system – a wall with towers, however this didn’t stop it being damaged during the Swedish Deluge.
The ruined palace complex had been re-built according to Jakub Fontana’s project, and was destroyed again during the Bar Confederation. It was finally taken over by the city government and then renovated and dedicated to cultural activity.