Praga Lab Praga Lab

12 January 2022

Praga's heritage is not only about monuments and conservation practices. It is also a heritage of work, repairs and production plants. So let's experiment with crafting things locally!

In PragaLAB heritage laboratory (OpenHeritage and OW SARP), especially in the frames of Made in Praga activity, we are interested in creating heritage led innovations and enabling the multi-voice and community character of identifying, interpreting and creating new values in (creative) activities. As part of the cooperation between the PragaLAB and the Dom Kultury Praga (Praga’s Culture House), we invite you to a series of workshops and creative activities, during which participants, under the guidance of experts, will follow the three paths of Made in Praga (Production, Art, Craft Cafes). The cycle will end with an open seminar as part of the fourth path, Repair. All workshops will be held at the Pałacyk Konopackiego (Konopacki Palace).

Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi supported the preparation and implementation of the workshops, for which we are grateful.

As part of the Made in Praga activity, together with the invited craftspeople, manufacturers and artists, we will introduce you specifics of a selected profession and activities related to the local context of Praga’s working community. Also we will touch the area of tangible and intangible values and try to create innovations driven by the identified heritage values of work in the contemporary settings of Praga district and new wave of craftspeople coming to this area. It is important to emphasize that we do not shy away from the traditional approach to the protection of heritage and monuments. Yet, we are also interested in the contemporary interpretation and new meanings of existing heritage manifested as new products, services and concepts.

The workshops are aimed both as an experiment and training focused on people are interested in heritage and its contemporary meaning in everyday life, but not necessary work professionally in this filed. In this way, we will look at the potential of Praga’s heritage for shaping the contemporary work environment deeply rooted in local specificity.

Participation in workshops and meetings is free of charge, however, it requires registration and the number of places is limited. The selection of participants will be based on the evaluation of applications. Due to the on-going state of the pandemic, the workshop may be attended by participants who hold the EU vaccination certificate (COVID passport).

Workshops paths:

PRODUCTION – Goods don’t have to be anonymous, impermanent, and mass-produced. Small-scale and local production of things is less banal, less repetitive, but more durable and usually more beautiful than mass-production. It does not have to mean luxury production. Local production builds the identity of places, allows us to build relationships with customers and colleagues, and thanks to the Internet, it can also reach clients from the other side of the world. In this context the

challenges of the circular economy raise the question of value creation and effective upcycling strategies. We will focus on the production of what we wear. We will deal with the topic of circular tailoring.

Workshop CIRCULAR SEWING will by lead by: KOMPROMIS

ART – It speaks for itself. We are particularly interested in how art or the process related to its creation can affect an environment as characteristic as Praga district, and vice versa, how the context of the place where art is created affects it and its creators. As part of the workshops and confrontation with the phenomenon of „monumentomania”, we will construct an unusual „monument”. In reference to the monument and creative process will try to say something important about Praga’s heritage, join us to find out what it will be!

Workshop PRAGA’S MONUMENT will by lead by: sculptor Józek Gałązka

CRAFTS CAFE – We decided to focus on this type of cafes, which in addition to the basic functions also provide an added value – local, micro production including cakes and pies baked on the spot. In cooperation with Muzeum Pragi and inspired by Edward Manitius work we will create edible toys.

Workshop will be conducted thanks to the support of Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi.

Workshop PRAGA’S BUNNY will be lead by: confectioners from Tadam!

REPAIR – Repair in many countries of the world gains an importance and even a new splendour. It allows to save money and to protect environment, it also creates a sense of durability in our lives. It is nice to like the things that surround us, and if we like them, why should we get rid of them easily? Repairing is a good habit. As part of the meeting, we will consider the challenges of the circular economy, creating and, above all, maintaining the value of things and what it means for the space and environment in our cities.

Meeting will have a form of a seminar with invited guests. Participation will be free of charge.

To take part in the events please see the regulations (in Polish) available at:

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