The Wielkopolska: Revolutions program, initiated in 2012 by the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region, was born out of dissatisfaction with a centralist vision of culture. Its aim is to integrate and creatively provoke local societies, to bridge generations, to define identities through places of residence, but also to break the stereotype that there are no potential viewers (and co-creators) of avant-garde and critical art outside the city centers. At present the third edition of Revolutions is underway, being organized, as in the previous year, in the framework of Cultural Alarm Clock: A Program of Activities to Promote and Activate Wielkopolska Culture, carried out by the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region with funds from the European Regional Development Fund, as part of the Wielkopolska Regional Operation Program for 2007-2013. The Alarm Clock coordinator is the Culture Department of the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region.
Wielkopolska: Revolutions is an encounter between two distant socio-cultural systems or realities, both functioning according to their own laws. Experimental artists, stars in their circles, travel to small communities to work with the local inhabitants. Without condescension, without letting them off easy. Sometimes these meetings turn worlds upside-down – but these "worlds" can be a single village, a town, or only one person. It is hard to say who changes more in this process – the artists, or the people working with them. The majority of the projects continue on long after the Revolutions have finished.
We are wiping out the boundaries between teacher and student, we are far from trying to set up "educational booths" which assume a hierarchical division between elitist art and a countryside that is unprepared to digest it. Seniors from Zakrzew danced their performances in Poland's finest cultural institutions – in Krzysztof Warlikowski's Nowy Theater, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw, and at the Malta Festival; children from the Szamocin Orphanage and young people from the Stacja Szamocin Theater were invited to perform at the National Stary Theater in Krakow; in Rzgów the Culture Day Room was designed by an architect who works mainly in France and in Belgium, while the Volunteer Firefighters' Brass Band in Słupca received long standing ovations at the Poznań Philharmonic.
Like the protagonists in the Wachowski brothers' film Matrix: Revolutions, to which the project title alludes, the artists and inhabitants of Wielkopolska's villages and towns are changing the reality we live in. They are thinking creatively, stepping outside of the system to show that there is no such thing as an impossible encounter in art. (Agata Siwiak, program curator)