District Images – a Return to the Past
‘District Images‘ is a mini field and archival study that involves looking for old photographs of the neighbourhood and/or selected buildings (e.g. school, community centre, library). Participants will create new versions of archival images and compare what used to be and what is currently there and, in the process, learn about the importance of photography in documenting local history. The activity will also be an opportunity to visit places where one can obtain information about the past, such as the local archive, the city hall and... a meeting with senior residents.
Photographic duos, or fashions in old photos
‘Photographic Duos’ is a fashion-themed activity about the fashions from the different decades of the People’s Republic of Poland. Based on archival photographs from the www.abc.tychy.pl website and from family albums, the activity is an opportunity to jointly explore the meaning of fashions in people’s daily lives, how it is related to politics, and what were some of the characteristic features of the period’s fashions. It also serves to provide participants with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience of working with archival photographs and how to use them as a starting point for collecting memories, or even... organise a fashion show.
What makes a city friendly?
‘Friendly City’ is an opportunity to take a closer look at the public space in your city/town/district. Archival photographs of Tychy will become a starting point to talk about what it is that makes a space friendly and gives its residents and users a sense of well-being. The activity can even be an opportunity to… talk to a local urban planning officer.