The aim of the ZAKOLE (Meander) project is to explore new ways of storytelling and experiencing places such as Wawer Meander, as well as to bring closer the perspective of the beings that inhabit and co-create this area. We also want to emphasize the importance of similar places within the cities, primarily for environmental and climate reasons.

To get to know the Wawer Meander better, we set up a camera obscura - a pinhole camera, which is not only a cognitive experiment, but also a place for meetings and a way to exchange experiences and reflections on the Meander. As a kind of intermediary between the environment and the observer, camera obscura’s inverted image raises questions about our ability to understand other organisms and the network of relationships they create. We also addressed these questions during experimental walks with artists and biologists, which were forms of exercises in mindfulness and empathy towards nonhuman beings. Activities within ZAKOLE are an opportunity to produce and exchange various types of knowledge – both historical and scientific one, as well as personal, embodied knowledge and the one based on sensory experience. We collect the produced knowledge on our ever-expanding website.


ZAKOLE is carried out within the European MediaActivism project conducted in Poland by Krytyka Polityczna. Original members of the group working on the project include Zuzia Derlacz, Krysia Jędrzejewska-Szmek, Ola Knychalska, Olga Roszkowska i Igor Stokfiszewski, however, we treat ZAKOLE as an open project - broad alliances and cooperation with actors interested in the future of the Wawer Meander are important to us. We want to create and develop a new language and cognitive tools around it. We hope that these efforts will help to shape a community that cares about this place.


Rita Müller