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    „Attuned to Zablocie” is a self-initiated and social project in a form of retro-radio website aimed at popularizing the cultural and industrial h… Read More
    „Attuned to Zablocie” is a self-initiated and social project in a form of retro-radio website aimed at popularizing the cultural and industrial heritage of district Zabłocie – a postindustrial and creative part of Krakow, Poland. Read Less
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Website „Attuned to Zablocie” is a self-initiated and social project in a form of retro-radio website aimed at popularizing the cultural and industrial heritage of district Zabłocie – a postindustrial and creative part of Krakow, Poland.
Website „Attuned to Zablocie” is a self-initiated and social project in a form of retro-radio website aimed at popularizing the cultural and industrial heritage of district Zabłocie – a postindustrial and creative part of Krakow, Poland.   

Website in a form of old radio receiver; an interactive transposition of a retro-radio-receiver's desktop. Retro radio can be regarded as a symbol of the old, industrial Zabłocie. Zabłocie is famous for the production of the „Unitra“ radio components in Poland in a communist era. In addition, the building where the production took place, visually resembles the vintage radio desktop. For the residents of Krakow, this really huge building called Telpod-Unitra, is still a symbol of an industrial Zabłocie. 

The page contains radio – contemporary audio-recordings of people associated with Zabłocie: historians, guides, residents, representatives and persons related to culture and art of Zabłocie, artists, galleries’ owners and others. They comment on: Zabłocie, history of Zabłocie, art, murals and other places and ideas important for people and community of Zabłocie. These categories are arranged on a radio desktop – instead of typical radio frequencies. Except radio recordings (only in Polish), the site contains also photographic and video documentation, synthetic descriptions in Polish and English, and locations of places in the form of interactive maps. 

This is a showcase site, containing and broadcasting the most important information concerning Zablocies' identity, history, heritage and contemporary problems. It is also an authentic record of current moods and trends of the local community. 

The target audience of the page is mainly the local community, but also tourists and people interested in places in the phase of radical transformation and gentrification. 

This social project activates a local community and has no commercial value.  

The website is designed only for desktop computers, not for mobiles. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 
Instead of radio frequencies for desktop radio there are thematic categories such as: Zabłocie history, art, spots, murals and generally about Zabłocie district. Each category contains several „objects" placed on the horizontal green boxes arranged on the appropriate radio frequency. To make page more similar to old radio I used radio noise / tuning effects. After pressing or moving the vertical red line on the selected object, the audition begins broadcasting. The interviews were carried out by me and Sylwia Misiak, specially for the project with ca. 30 persons associated with Zabłocie. Each such element is an authentic story, a source of knowledge and history in a nutshell on the topic, e.g.: in a HISTORY category there are broadcasts and other documentation about some signifcant for Krakow and Zablocie historical places like: Telpod, Ziarno Mill, Oskar Schindler’s Factory, Miraculum Factory, Old Salt Storehouse or Wawel Chocolate Factory.  The project was realized thanks to a scholarship funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland. 

What is Zabłocie? 
Zablocie is a post-industrial part of the Podgorze district in Krakow. In the past it acted as a site for numerous factories and manufactures and nowadays this industrial heritage adds to the artistic character of the area, which now serves as a preferred habitat of various creators, creative companies, and institutions aiming at transforming the face of the city. Not many people realize just how much goes on in the old buildings where well-established companies alongside newly created start-ups, and budding artists thrive and create. It is the industrial character of Zablocie that makes it really stand out from among the Cracovian districts. The many production halls of the area have been transformed into bars and cafés or such institutions as art galleries and museums without any unnecessary alterations to the shape and form of the original buildings, thus providing the steel constructions, vast spaces, and old structures which fill the neighbourhood with a breath of new life. Numerous murals located in this part of Podgorze further enhance its artistic personality. Sadly, for the past few years Zablocie has been undergoing a transformation into a district of luxury apartment buildings and costly companies, gradually becoming the ‘bedroom’ of Krakow. Those changes are met with both protest and enthusiasm, however what is undeniable is that Zablocie slowly loses its industrial individuality for the sake of contemporary architecture.