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The Promised City
April 7, 2010 By W.¯.    
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The Promised City is the name of a project that concludes two years of efforts by a group of artists from several countries. The result is a series of unconventional interdisciplinary
productions and artistic campaigns.

The project was organized and launched by Germany's Goethe-Institut in association with the Polish Institute in Berlin and Warsaw City Hall. The Promised City brings together three cities, Warsaw, Berlin and Mumbai, India. The cities represent different places around the world that have witnessed similar political and economic events and have similar ideas on how to foster the development of the media and entertainment industries. The cities also reflect specific social movements, lifestyles and artistic experiments.
The Promised City was launched March 27 in Berlin during the opening of an exhibition entitled Early Years at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art. The exhibition was mounted by Warsaw's Museum of Contemporary Art. In Warsaw, the project will begin April 23 with the opening of 10 shop windows entitled Exhibition and prepared by the Kunst-Werke Institute. The two exhibitions are the first joint project by the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kunst-Werke Institute.
The Promised City comprises a series of events that combine disciplines such as visual arts, cinema, photography, literature, music, urban planning and theater. Most events in Warsaw will be open to wider audiences, but there will also be some low-key projects including unconventional one- and two-day tours of Warsaw guided by German artist Boris Sieverts.
The trademark of the project is The Knot, a "mobile unit" to be used for artistic presentations and productions, developed jointly by curators from Berlin, Bucharest and Warsaw. Residents of the three cities will be invited to contribute to the artistic projects as part of the idea.
The Promised City project involves a look at large cities as seen through the eyes of Indian artists. The Raqs Media Collective in New Delhi will show a video installation called The Capital of Accumulation, which deals with the social and economic aspects of the development of Warsaw, Berlin and Mumbai.
High school students from Berlin and Warsaw will stage a theater production entitled Ideal City. Urban Life in Utopia and Dystopia, telling viewers about their everyday life, dreams and urban legends. Last but not least, The Promised City includes a series of international lectures delivered by scientists and experts who research the phenomenon of cities and the relationships between migration, tourism, urban planning and architecture.
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