- Published by: FUNDACJA WYSPA PROGRESS and FUNDACJA ALTERNATIVA, GDAŃSK 2015
- Editors: ANETA SZYŁAK, KAROLINA SIKORSKA
- Languages: Polish and English
- Graphic Design: Tomasz Beresz
“Garden of Everyday Errors. Alternativa book of practices” is a methodology book with labyrinth-like structure. It is formally binding the content of exhibitions, publications, a dictionary of Alternativa and other performative elements of the project. Thanks to this publication concerning years 2010-2015, which spine consists in headwords of the Alternativa Dictionary, we can demonstrate Alternativa as a coherent project. The content is partly set not in chronological order but according to tags of ideas recurring in Alternativa projects. The pages of the book will not be read successively but according to key words, individuals or ideas, thus according to meanders of the “Garden of Errors” – the garden of forking paths. “Labyrinthitis”, the garden of errors (lrr-gar-ten) is the name of the first public garden in XVII century Gdańsk, which only sign in topography of the city, survived in the name of a bridge. It was the garden in the form of a labyrinth, on which paths one could easily get lost. It brings to mind associations with J.L. Borges’ “the garden of forking paths”, the ideal book, a hypertext labyrinth, where various plots seemingly unrelated are in fact in strictly interrelated.
The book we have prepared is like a map for thoughts, a bit like a container, a field of events. Apart from the headwords of the dictionary it consists of texts and interviews. Bilingual publication reveal contexts of our actions, meaning and impact of the exhibited art-works, projects and new productions realized by Alternativa. On one hand it is a summary documenting and archiving the program for years 2010-2015, on the other it is a critical analysis of our achievements and a compilation of theoretical plots. “Garden of Errors” contains key performative moments of the project undocumented in other publications, as well as the theoretical plots of the Festival.
The publication was financially supported by: City of Gdansk, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Network of East-West Women, Erste Stiftung/Erste Group, Austrian Cultural Forum