ZAMEK Culture Centre


SMAK stands for Stowarzyszenie Młodych Animatorów Kultury (Association of Young Animateurs of Culture). The Association, Founded in 2014, the Association works towards activating inhabitants of Poznań to become involved in culture, taking into account the needs and the ideas of young people and local communities. The group gathers students, PhD students and graduates of Poznań’s higher schools: Adam Mickiewicz University and I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music. SMAK’s foremost projects are two editions of the Opera Know-How Festival, taking place in August and September (in 2014 and 2015) as well as Off Opera, a regional undertaking which brought culture-oriented activities to towns across Greater Poland. SMAK also organized workshops and concerts on St. Martin Street Name Day (2014, 2015) and the concert/intervention Larum Zegarum, taking place as part of the Night of the Museums in May 2015. The Association collaborates closely with ZAMEK Culture Centre in Poznań and Children’s Art Centre, having contributed for instance to the 20th Biennial of Art of Children.

Members: Karolina Brzezicka, Zuzanna Maria Głowacka, Monika Kąkolewska, Marcin Kluczykowski, Michał Mroczkowski, Daniel Stachuła, Joanna Żygowska.


This was a series of expressive and expressionist music in less-than- obvious locations, combined with ex-pression workshops for adults, teenagers and children and a series of “no pressure” lectures. Ex- pression was addressed to the inhabitants of St. Martin street and all people from Poznań. However, our undertakings were not intended only for those who love music and take lively interest in what is on; the project also aims to those involved in the cultural life of the city, those who are looking for new experiences on the juncture of art and social and animation activities. The project comprised a series of short chamber concerts in somewhat unlikely places (private apartments, courtyards, streets), ex-pression workshops and a series of “no pressure” lectures in un- lecture-like spaces. Our undertaking explored three major themes – expressionism, expression and ex-pressure. Expressionism as a current in art (music, theatre, drama, literature, visual arts) of the early 20th century, its reception as well as references made in the later years became an inspiration for the residency. We asked questions about how expressionism is understood and how it is received in contemporary art. Above all, however, we were interested in how expressionism related to forms of expression of the individual and the meaning of the very word: ex-pression (which would denote eliminating pressure, a departure from it). The encounter of both meanings was discussed in the course of five meetings. The latter featured music associated with expressionism and currents dating from the same time (barbarism, vitalism, symbolism). We succeeded in breaking away from the habits of listening to the so-called classical music. We offered the astonishing and the surprising, as we intended elicit specific responses and emotions. St. Martin street connotes motion, pressure and hurrying pedestrians, from whom the space is only a communication route. Meanwhile, we aimed to engender a perception without pressure and an experience of the street as a place of encounter – also of people who in fact live close to one another.