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Inspiration Guide of Krak贸w



1st edition 2012 Sonia Gallart Murcia Gustavo Gili, SL Editorial Rossell贸, 87, 89 08029 Barcelona www.ggili.comw Print in Spain

We need inspiration to inspire. EDENSPIEKERMANN Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it. BRE PRETTIS&KIO STARL

Work hard and be nice to people ANTHONY BURRILL



Introduction 8


About inspiration 9

Drink coffee 58

Go to a new place 14

Listen to new music 68


Be open Looking 48 for InsAlways piracarry a tion note24 book 20


Go out for a walk Go to 84 the cinema 88

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Kraków, Small big city that has traditionally been one of the artistic centers of the country. A city full of life, to enjoy, and soak up culture. The rich intellectual, spiritual and artistic city has received worldwide attention because of the choice of Krakow in 2000 as one of nine European cities of culture. Krakow has traditionally been the cultural capital of Poland, but it was from that year when the city’s cultural offer and the number of visitors increased. If you live in Krakow this guide it´s also for you. Maybe you can rediscover krakón with this tips. If you are not from Krakow this city will your open your mind.


Stand on someone’s shoulders. You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better. By Bruce Mau

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ALWAYS CARRY A NOTEBOOK ! know t ’ n o d u o ough y Draw alth

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Often ideas come to mind at the silliest moment, and in the office,with work up to the eyebrows and stress up to the temples, we can hardly think of new ideas. Picture yourself in a cafe reading the newspaper and an article makes you “Zash” and gives you an idea. With the hand-book, you can develop it at that time. If, however, you wait until you get home or to the office, surely you will miss some of the content of the initial idea. We are surrounded by things that can inspire us, from a building to a park,that´s why it is always worth carrying a notebook where you can jot down ideas that arise. By Sandra Sanmartí

This guide will make it easy for you to put this in to practice, since you will find space at the end of it where you can practice this advice immediately..Now no longer valid excuses!

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3 MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY Cracovians care a lot about photography. Not least because most people you meet here happen to be artists of one kind or another. It comes as little surprise then to find that Cracow has a museum of a photography. That said, sadly, not half as many people do find this place as we imagine would like to do so. This museum is small, but anyone with a soft spot for photography will be charmed by the old photographic contraptions and the one-off exhibitions from the museum’s archives. Also look out for less Cracow-centric exhibitions - the museum has held shows of figures such as Eric Lessing, Cecil Beaton and Man Ray, besides many others. The permanent exhibition, indicates the issues from the history of Polish photography. It presents works of Polish photographers from 1850s to 1939. Exhibited photographs range from portraits to landscapes, ethnographic pictures, architecture images, press illustrations, photo reportages and to art photography. The exhibition concerns technique and technology, embellishment and use of photography as well as collecting and preserving it. Enjoy the collection of old cameras and the former presentation of goods for processing. Feel the evolution of graphic design and photography.

16 Józefitów St. Tel: (+48) 12 634 5932 Wednesday-Friday Wed- fry 11 am - 6 pm Sat- Sun 10 am - 3 pm Regular ticket 8 zł Discount ticket 5 zł


Beware, before you start to work, clear your mind of references. And here comes the question: How do we clear our minds of references? Well, this requires explanation. Our mind will keep what we like most , which is a big problem in developing our work, for we have in our mind what we have seen and in the end our work could all be very similar. Quite simply, we must dedicate some of our time to another type of “art”, and not as creators, but as consumers, for example we can relax listening to music for 40 minutes this way, we fill our short-term memory with new references that have nothing to do with the action we have to perform. But music may not be enough, we can also watch a film, and perhaps find an idea in it, etc (Don´t worry, this guide will also show you where to practice all of these things)

GIVE AWAY THE TEMPTATION Its advisable to see similar works right before our work by Esteve segura

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You can drink coffe in a different way and enjoy something else than a coffee in some cafes In Some cafes have expositions, concerts or even buy books in the same place. In this kind of places normally are so interesting people, maybe is the time to enjoy with a good conversation. Maybe he can offer an collaboration with your work or give you some advices. Take each moment. This is a subtext of number one. There was in the sixties a man named Fritz Perls who was a gestalt therapist. Gestalt therapy derives from art history, it proposes you must understand the ‘whole’ before you can understand the details. What you have to look at is the entire culture, the entire family and community and so on. Perls proposed that in all relationships people could be either toxic or nourishing towards one another. It is not necessarily true that the same person will be toxic or nourishing in every relationship, but the combination of any two people in a relationship produces toxic or nourishing consequences. And the important thing that I can tell you is that there is a test to determine whether someone is toxic or nourishing in your relationship with them. Here is the test: you have spent some time with this person, either you have a drink or Collaborate. The space between people go for dinner or you go to a ball game. working together is filled with conflict, It doesn’t matter very much but at the friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and end of that time you observe whether vast creative potential. you are more energised or less energiBruce Mau sed. Whether you are tired or whether you are exhilarated. If you are more Some people are toxic, avoid them. tired then you have been poisoned. If Milton Glasser, Kesselskramer you have more energy you have been nourished. The test is almost infallible Life is too short to spend it with assholes. and I suggest that you use it for the Kesselskramer rest of your life. Milton Glasser

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Is an independent English language bookstore, of both used and new books, located in Krakow’s old town. Massolit is specialized in popular and academic books, most at significantly discounted prices. You can browse the shelves and read their books or periodicals in the café or in the furnished bacwk rooms.w There are enough English books to build a bridge to Bali. A fine place to spark up a conversation. Massolit also rustles up some irresistible cakes and cookies , and one-off violin concerts and poetry readings all add to the magic.You can see their stock searching, or browsing by subject category, on the website.

Felicjanek 4 Tel (+48) 12 432 41 50


23 LOKATOR If you really want a different place, you should visit Lokator. In an environment where besides coffee you can enjoy literary conferences see ex27 Krakowska St. hibitions and concerts. It is the epicenter of indeTel.(+48) 12 481 31 37 pendent art, film, and music. The space features an outdoor garden completed with a pond, a large inside area with stage, piano, and an underground theatre showing cult and independent films.

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Krakow is a good place to practice this, because you have many sites that offer live music of all sorts of styles,even Jewish. You can also enjoy special evenings listening to music while having a beer or dinner and it does not cost too much money.

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In Kraków’s Old Town you’ll find several popular jazz clubs that offer live music every night


28 Rynek Glówny Sq. Tel.(+48) 12 421 57 41 Price: 10-20zl

Harris Bar is a trusty place to head for if you’re in search of an evening of quality jazz. Many local talents have cut their teeth here, whilst a host of established stars regularly drop by to have a jam. Jaroslaw Smietana, Krzysztof Scieranski and Marek Balata are all loyal performers here - its a popular place with a loyal following. A small cover charge is the norm, but there are no heavies at the door to cast a surly air over proceedings. On Tuesdays you’ll find classic jazz, then jam sessions on Thursdays, whilst Fridays its the Blues. On Saturdays there are big concerts from well known Polish and international names.

30 PIEC ART JAZZ Cracow has a real reputation for some of the finest jazz in this part of Europe, and Piec’Art plays host to some of the best groups around. Expect a knowledgable, relaxed but smart crowd in this cellar club - details of upcoming jazz concerts can be . All in all one of the smoothest clubs in Cracow. In PIEC’Art you can listen mainly to acoustic jazz, but sometimes there are some border-crossing improvisations, blues and ethno music played. Everything in unique and intimate atmosphere of old Cracow cellar. Live jazz concerts weekly on Wednesdays at 8.30pm. 12 Szewska St. Tel. (+48) 12 429 64 25 Price: 10-20 zl






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