Roman Sebastyański curated the City Labs for the Memory of Water project at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk, Poland. He brought together artists, activists, politicians, property developers and other key stakeholders to discuss the future of the former Gdańsk Shipyard area, and the importance of cultural heritage to the identity of the city. In this episode of the Memory of Water podcast, he talks with Mary Conlon about the need for, and the benefits of, this dialogic process, and how he devised key themes as a strategy for collecting the ideas and dreams of citizens.
Roman Sebastyański is an architect, urban planner and urban manager. Since 1995, he has been engaged in urban regeneration of the former Gdańsk Shipyard area, cooperating with the Municipality of Gdańsk and private land owners, as well as local activists’ groups. He initiated and facilitated the Artists’ Colony in the Gdańsk Shipyard for ten years. He is currently completing a practice-based PhD at the University of the West of Scotland focused on the roles of artistic and activist interventions for social participative urban planning.
About Memory of Water:
Memory of Water (2018–2021) is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of community development and urban planning. Over two years, the participating artists and partners from six countries are collaborating on twenty-three interconnected activities including City Labs, an international residency programme, and a filmed documentary.
Funded by Creative Europe, the project is developed and delivered by members of the River Cities Platform Foundation. Ormston House is responsible for the Artistic Direction of the project supported by the Creative Europe Ireland Desk, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Limerick Culture & Arts Office, Limerick City & County Council. Our partners are Stad Ostend in Belgium, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, Fablevision in Scotland, and Intercult in Sweden.