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Before the closing of the gallery season, Gallery Weekend Kaunas on 11-14 May will draw a cultural sky-map with the city’s cultural initiatives. The coordinates will lead through the network of independent, temporary and institutional spaces, and encompass exhibition openings, performances, immersive creative activities, lectures.
ART BANK 11-14 May will have exhibitions, GWK information desk, contemporary art and theory bookshop SIX CHAIRS BOOKS, Caffeine Roasters lounge, educational program and creative workshops.
ART BANK program:
2017 05 11
Gallery Weekend Kaunas 2017 Opening
Exhibition openings, participants: Valentyn Odnoviun, Maria Kapajeva, Petro Pyrohov, Vika Pranaitytė, Džiugas Šukys, Matas Janušonis, Donatas Stankevičius, Dominykas Canderis
2017 05 12
Contemporary art and theory bookshop “Six chairs books” is open
Exhibition openings, participants: Conceptual Drawing 3rd year students of Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts; Alvydas Urbietis, Donara Manukian and Lina Morkūnaitė-Vilkelienė, Karolina Latvytė, Simonas Kuliešis.
Performative action: Blue Mouth Performance (Ingrida Ce, Kristina Marija Kulinič, Ieva Savickaitė, Milda Vyšniauskaitė), „infinitus SOONless’as" (45 min.)
2017 05 13
Contemporary art and theory bookshop “Six chairs books” is open
Auction-perfrormance: “Art Value: Auction”
Authors: Das Vegas, with host of auction-performance Daina Pupkevičiūtė
2017 05 14
Creative workshop: Printmaking workshop for family
Creative workshop: Maria Kapajeva “You Can Call Him Another Man”
Welcoming of contemporary art and theory bookshop SIX CHAIRS BOOKS + screening of “Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival" (2016, 90 min.) by Fabrizio Terranova (in English)
Contemporary art and theory bookshop “Six chairs books” is open
Presentation of book “mažoji a” (“lowercase a”) by Tautvydas Bajarkevičius
Lecture and screening: “Guide to Bad Cinema II”
18:00 GWK 2017 closing
PARTICIPANTS OF THE EXHIBITIONS IN ART BANK:
I sometimes give a thought about how much significant or insignificant things I do in my daily life. "Set #3" and "Set #7" could be one of the examples. It is a work that took around half a year to be done, since there was no purpose for it to actually be done. Without a clear purpose, concrete cube casts were transferred to different locations. By doing so they became significant, when the meaning inscribes in every different set.
VALENTYN ODNOVIUN (UA)
Traces of Memory
Basement external walls of the Berlin School of Industrial Arts and Crafts were built in 1901-1905. The broad light shafts with the white glazed slotted bricks were designed to improve the light in the basement.
In 1933 the Secret State Police Office moved into the building. Walls of the Berlin School of Industrial Arts and Crafts basement became the Gestapo prison and place of unspeakable crimes. 39 cells became a place for Jewish people, opponents of regime and other objectionable “unwanted” persons.
The Gestapo had the right of preventive arrest and imprisonment without trial. “Intensified interrogation” of prisoners in the Gestapo prison could last from several hours or days to many weeks and months.
The Gestapo was responsible for implementing the so-called “final solution to the Jewish question” in Poland, the Soviet Union and to the deportation of the European Jews. After interrogations and tortures “final solution” were implemented, to be executed or being sent off to death camps...
From 1933 to 1945, approximately 15,000 persons were held in the “house prison” at the Gestapo headquarters.
The rooms for those under investigation remind of a movie theater, but the theater of films that were projected by the eyes of those awaiting another interrogation, more tortures, and death. The project is an attempt to play back those traces of memory.
MARIA KAPAJEVA (EE)
You Can Call Him Another Man
(An experimental lab of narratives)
This is an experimental lab of narratives created by Maria Kapajeva, an artist from Estonia, who lives in London. Maria was invited to Kaunas Photography Gallery Residency to realize her idea of experimenting with possibilities to create as many various narratives and stories as possible in collaboration with local people. To do that she uses photographs from her father’s archive, photos brought by local participants and quotes borrowed from Italo Calvino’s book “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller” or any other sources brought by people.
The project started with a box of negatives Kapajeva found at her parents’ house a few years ago. There were about 200 processed and unprocessed films, shot by her father. Maria excavated their contents, delving deeper into the lost images of her father’s life, to create her own stories by using these photographs he took before his marriage to her mother and her birth.
Maria says: “I continue to work with questions and matters about found images and archives: how a coincidence can lead to a new narrative that does not relate perhaps to the real events documented in these photographs. It is my way to build up ‘a possible portal between an unfinished past and a reopened future’, as Hal Foster described”.
Mapping my mother
This work travels together with Maria Kapajeva: she recreates it at locations, which resonate with the ideas of the work. It has started back in the artist’s hometown in Estonia, where Maria develops a new body of work about social heritage of the famous textile mill, which closed down in 2008 (The solo show of this work will be opened in Narva in September, 2017). The artist revisits a collection of her mother’s designs, which she created while she was working for the mill. The first piece Maria made is located on the wall of Narva Art Residency, a building, which used to belong the textile mill. Stamping one of her mother’s designs, Maria explores the ideas of heritage, history and temporality of their existence. In Kaunas, Maria was inspired by the design on the wall appeared under the layers of the various old paints. Here she creates a new pattern by adding her mother’s design to the existed one on the wall.
WHAT IF I AM YOU
Plato and a child‘s conversation.
- Imagine a world where everywhere is a mist. Such mist, where seems to be nothing, - said Plato.
- What a sad world, - gloomed child.
- I would say melancholic. But. In fact, in the fog where is something – where is a structure floating in the air, above the mist. Tower. And it isn‘t simply tower.
- What is wrong with it?
- First of all, it‘s not clear why tower is floating above the mist. Secondly, the roof of tower is full of people.
- Strange tower and strange people.
- Imagine then, that these strange people while living on that strange roof is playing a game. Some of them have beds and sofas, where they can comfortably lie; others have armchairs or simply chairs, where they can sit; and the rest have nothing, so they are standing all the time. And the goal of the game is one - to preserve their good position or try to get better one.
- Why don‘t they just get down from the roof? - the child did not understand.
- They forgot. Moreover they were afraid of unknown mist. Over the years, people forgot how they appeared on the roof and why they started to play that game. It was easier for them. But you know what?
- One of the standing people after looking to the mist climbed onto the roof and jumped.
- Nooo, did he die?
- No. No one knew what was in the mist, - Plato smiled.
Exhibited illustrations are fragments from on-going book.
It talks about and unites lot of topics - ideological city and architecture, utopian structures, sociology, mass society, consumerism, the philosophy of Plato, self consciousness, meditation. Surreal parallel world is creating with its own rules, spaces, the essential thing here gets minimalist symbolic forms, codes - the keys to the silent questions of images.
It is both a sculpture and a video. Sculptural element sticks out a bit in a black plain. I am interested how it can represent sculpture. Other aspect of the work is video. It is like a flat screen where a circle in being drawn and a hole is being drilled. It is a so-called loop. It talks about absurdity, repetition, wait for something happens, and, also, absence of culmination. There is no culmination in my work, the hole is being drilled, but not done.
ART FM is a speedy demo version of an installation that was created to present the results of a survey by making them into sounds. The respondents all answered the same question with a YES or a NO, having a brief chance to expand on their answer with the condition that it wouldn’t affect specifying the response.
One famous (as he tends to believe) artist noted about the “inner something” of yourself: “There aren’t many carefully hidden clear points in art, even though most people might think there are. This case has no clear idea”. That leads us to considering whether we still need people who explore this field, and if so, how many of them do we need? Maybe the institutions convinced us of that need? Or maybe that’s not a problem at all, and it’s rather a great topic for discussion?
The installation was created exclusively for Gallery Weekend Kaunas in 24 hours, including sleep and all current and unplanned work.
Ribba & Rovatto
Folding bed, cockrings, framed image, photo print on fabric, night table
This piece consists of three parts, a folding bed, a mat of cockrings and a framed image. For me, this is my new visual construct. With this I am trying to express my relationship with shopping for interior products. Continuing through my hybridic creative stage incited by my previous work on ?Perverting, I am talking about human sexuality and its relation to artwork as a commercial object.
The bed, cock-ring mat and IKEA image are meant to create fabricated “interior” invoking the sense which is given in a retail space. I am comparing these objects with sexual and lustful feelings which are conveyed through elements of graphics and design. This design renders the piece incapable of taking part in the commercial market, but with its simulacral qualities it is meant to give the sense of realism, or genuinity.
My body becomes a tool to express light and attractive reaction, also questioning about the moral representative human body exposition. I am levitating between contemporary kitsch and mass production residue. Converting a product to the sensation, sexual fantasy. The aspiration of human body depiction and pornographic image are intentions to embody that pornography could be more impact than an artwork itself. With series of works I am looking for the answer about compatibility and assured spiritual and moral stage of contemporary human.
DONARA MANUKIAN ir LINA MORKŪNAITĖ-VILKELIENĖ
Exhibition is just a small moment of an unending process, noticed shortly and then released again. It is a closer look to artists’ activity, getting to know their thoughts. It is a notice of ongoing process, but not the end, there is no start nor the ending point. And then everything goes on as usual – paint, brushed, canvases, sketching, thoughts, painting, painting again, more paint, canvases, brushes, sketching, painting, painting, PAINTING… Exhibition is just a short stop for the artist as well as the viewer who comes to the exhibition, an his life goes on after it.
Unending process is known for every person, not only artist: alarm clock, breakfast, work, lunch, work, chores, dinner, sleep, alarm clock, breakfast, work… Even being immersed in creative work, one feels this circle of past, present, future. Our artwork is half opaque and represents two sides – confrontation with the present, with what we see and feel and with what touches our mind as a compilation of past artifacts. Human consciousness is constantly traveling time – to past, to future and just for a moment theoretically stops in present. Our experiences, fears and feelings are in constant flow – from past to present, from present to future, from future to past, etc. This is how everything we experience travels time. Always. Talking about the artworks, it usually comes from past experiences connecting with present moment, inspiration then goes to future to the viewer. From this point we can see how past, present, future are connected, how human mind is not dividable and trapped in time and unending process. This is how the process can manifest in object and philosophically and becomes an independently existing object. Between object and human a difference is only one – human is always changing, but an artwork is unchanging. But in case of our artwork, process is almost the same as human – always changing, depending from where you look at it. And there are millions of combinations. Every time you get among the artworks, you can see different occurrences, compositions, thoughts, creations. To connect it with yourself and your experiences differently. And again and again…
Time Is An Illusion
Author has a deep interest in the topic of time. By doing research on this subject, she found out about concept of Eternalism and this idea became her main source of inspiration.
Eternalism is view that each spacetime moment exists in and of itself.
We live in the world governed by time, from the tinniest of cell to the most distant of stars. Our entire universe is subject to the beat of the constant clock. And because time is everywhere we think we know it. Most of use see time as a river – constantly moving and changing. But Karolina sees time as a frozen river, in which all each moment are frozen in ice. The main idea that the past and future do not exist and are only concepts used to describe the real, isolated, and changing present.
But for this exhibition she also uses video to reveal her perspective of this subject of time. The minimalistic video shows moving image of sky, in which you can feel the motion of flowing time, but because of non- changing images, you are trapped in the present moment.
In winter, while walking across the beach, I have found a frozen inflated ball. I smashed through the ice and took the ball home. Placed at the studio, ball‘s ice covered surface started to melt and areas of lands and oceans began to emerge. The ball was a world globe. Quickly, I filled the ball with shape supporting foam, as due to heat it began to get loose. Under the ball puddle of water was present. I carefully copied shape of the puddle and reproduced it on more durable material. I think decay process was stopped.
I have purchased an old house and in one of the rooms I have found a strange cargo. Packaged boxes seemed to be ready for transportation, but due to unknown reason they were left behind. As I have inspected content of my finding, I concluded that boxes contained memories related items. Suddenly I immersed into strange and uncomfortable thoughts and stories related to the items I have found. My thoughts became more and more fearsome and I put the items back into the boxes, although I could not bare the pressure and rushed from the room.
PETRO PYROHOV (UA)
Being at a great distance you see little information and it seems clear to you, but as you consume and increase its quantity, you are more and more blind. The word "information" comes from the Latin "informatio", which in translation means mixing, clarification, familiarization. When a person knows little, he thinks he understands this topic but when he starts to get used to getting knowledge he gets more and more information, losing his initial perception. It's so light that a person is blinded and he doesn't see the picture of the world he had before studying or another topic. The Italian word "informa" in Dante's Comedy is no longer simply a formless, but a process of formation, education, creation. Moreover, notes Baudrillard, the more information becomes, the less sense …
In this paper, light is an allegory of knowledge since the electric light according to Marshall McLuhan is pure information.
When you are at a great distance you see a certain easy to understand glow, but as you approach, the brightness increases to intolerable dimensions for the eye.