The empty spaces along the former Augustastrasse (contemporary Szczęśliwa Street, Radosna Street, Pabianicka Street, Marek Petrusewicz Street and Wesoła Street) and the gaps in their architectural structure – including the remains of destroyed houses – have been gradually filled and patched in compliance with the urban plans and thanks to the actions taken up both by the residents and time. While the ruins and the rubble of the houses disappeared from the surface, paving the streets, the empty squares turned into markets, car parks or green promenades.

One of the biggest rubble – contemporary Anders Hill – has become a vantage point from which a vast panorama of Wroclaw can be seen. It is also a perfect place for picnics and cycling. It constitutes an exceptional place on the map of the city. Its character is hard to define, since it is an emptiness filled with the rubble from Augustastrasse and other streets. Consequently, it has become the symbol of all the other empty spaces, ruins and scars covering the body of the former Breslau.

What is the mnemonics potential of Wroclaw’s voids and rubble? What do these place remember and how do they remind the contemporary residents of their past? What kind of memorial sites are Wroclaw’s voids and what kind of memory do they refer to? The lecturer will strive to give to answer these questions.

Renata Tańczuk, PhD – a culture expert and an assistant professor at the Institute of Cultural Studies at Warsaw University. Her recent fields of interests include the relations between people and objects. She is a co-editor of “Aksjotyczne przestrzenie kultury” (2005) and “Do rzeczy. Szkice Kulturoznawcze” (2011) and an author of “Ars colligendi. Kolekcjonowanie jako forma aktywności kulturalnej” (2011).

After the meeting, you are kindly invited to join the discussion with the speaker and the curators of the project.

The following meeting in the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum will be held in July.

The organizers_Wroclaw Film Foundation (www.wrocff.com.pl ) and Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (www.muzeumwspolczesne.pl)