Event at Linkuva fortifications

We are working together with Kaunas interdisciplinary heritage festival ‘Battery’ to bring you to one of the most beautiful off of beaten track places in Kaunas – Linkuva fortifications (Kėdainių str. 23), not far from Fort no. VIII. Join us 27 October 4-6pm at this special place, have a look at some artworks, listen to poetry and admire panoramic views.

More info on Facebook event page.

[Lithuanian]

Festivalio ‘Baterija’ uždarymas spalio 27 d. 16:00 – 18:00 val. vyks poetiškai – tai lyg atsvara karinei tvirtovės prigimčiai. Renginys „Baltoji trispalvė“ pakvies į Linkuvos įtvirtinimus (Kėdainių g. 23), netoli VIII forto.

„Atsisakant militaristinės materinės terminologijos, bei ikonografijos apie pralaimėjimą, virš karinių objektų sodrios psichologinės – istorinės juodai raudonos rustikos iškeliamas didžiulis baltas, švarus ir naujas laukas kaip mistinis balto vėjo kūnas ar Baltoji trispalvė. Ta, kuri dar nepatyrė prizmės lašo lūžio, o talpindama pirminę grynos idėjos galią neša neužrašytus ir nespalvintus, bet tikrus burtus į eterį, bei skelbia kitokios pergalės metą“, – taip savo idėją pristato architektas, tapytojas Mantas Maziliauskas.

Renginio metu vyks poezijos skaitymai.

 

Evelina Šimkutė creative practice in 2018 is funded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture artist stipend. Thank you.

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Talk in London

Join artist and curator Evelina Šimkutė, along with Rūta Stepanovaitė, to discuss the Šilainiai Project, as well as other socially engaged practices.

As the Curator for the Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022, Evelina will also discuss her plans to develop a community platform for Kaunas.

Hosted by the Central Saint Martins Foundation Programme. This event was made possible by the Lithuanian Culture Institute. the Lithuanian Embassy in the United Kingdom, the Lithuanian Culture Council and Kaunas 2022.

Arrival from 16:30, start time 16:45.

Directions to our Archway Campus can be found here.

Further Information:
Evelina Šimkutė is an artist, founder and creative director of Šilainiai Project. She is also curator of Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022 community platform.

Rūta Stepanovaitė, art manager, director of art management platform, ‘Arthesis’ and recently appointed director of Kaunas Artists’ House.

The Šilainiai Project is one of the first to engage with the community in the Šilainiai micro-district – a residential area of multi-story blocks which is culturally separated from the city centre. Since 2016, artists have been invited to stay with Šilainiai residents within the micro-district to develop and create new artworks. The artists are encouraged to make further connections with the local community by exhibiting their work publicly, working with local schools/ community groups and by participating in open meetings at the public library of Šilainiai.

The project engages with the local community, across the various generations living in the Šilainiai micro-district, through open creative social platforms, community and participatory arts and more.

International artist residencies are one of the many activities led by Evelina Šimkutė in Šilainiai, which try to reveal the cultural identity of Šilainiai, one of the last micro-district developed in the Soviet era.

Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 is focused on communities and is currently preparing projects that aim to discover, train and empower local creatives, as well as encourage both local and international artists to engage with community-based practices.

Event is free, but please book tickets on Eventbrite here.

Šilainiai Project exhibition 2017

Please save the date for Šilainiai Project artist residency exhibition.

It will happen at Vytautas Magnus University Gallery 101, Muitinės g. 7, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Exhibition opening 24 November 18:00.

Visiting times I-V 11:00-17:00

24 November – 8 December

 

This years’ exhibition is

In memoriam Algirdas Radvilavičius

 

Thank you to Public Institution ‘Meno vadybos platforma’ ARTHESIS, Lithuanian Culture Council, Kaunas Vincas Kudirka library Šilainiai department, Kaunas street art festival NYKOKA and our amazing volunteers for making this year’s residency happen.

Fieldwork conference, UK

This summer staff and students from the University of Central Lancashire came to Kaunas for a week-long research project based around the theme of ‘transition’. We spend some time together engaging with the area of Šilainiai. We will be meeting again this autumn to continue our conversation in the UK.

15 November I will be speaking at the conference in Preston, which is an annual photography event called ‘Fieldwork’. This year the theme is contemporary documentary practices in photography.

You may read about the trip on their blog: https://photouclan.com/

All photographs ©PHOTOUCLAN

Interview ‘Need an Architect’

Few weeks ago I spoke about creative placemaking on ‘Žinių radijas’ radio station programme ‘Reikia architekto’ (‘Need an Architect’). You may hear the full recording here: (In Lithuanian)

http://www.ziniuradijas.lt/embed/78854

Daugiabučio kiemas – mano kiemas
08.24 Ketvirtadienis 14:35
Rūta Leitanaitė

XX amžiaus antroje pusėje Lietuvos miestus užpildę daugiabučių rajonai šiandien sulaukia daug priekaištų: dėl nuobodžios architektūros, pasenusio išplanavimo ir taip toliau. Tačiau, palyginus su daugeliu naujos statybos gyvenamųjų rajonų, šie senieji turi nenuginčijamą privalumą – didelius bendrus kiemus, kurie buvo planuojami kaip žalios zonos gyventojų laisvalaikiui.

Deja, šiandien šie kiemai yra daugiau gyventojų konfliktų, negu bendravimo erdvės. Vieni čia nori ramiai ilsėtis, kiti – triukšmingai žaisti, treti – vedžioti augintinius, dauguma – tiesiog saugiai ir patogiai palikti savo automobilį. Galų gale daugiabučio kiemas tampa neprižiūrima erdve, kurioje niekas pernelyg neužsibūna. Ką daryti, kad sovietmečiu statytų daugiabučių kiemai taptų gyvomis, kaimynus buriančiomis erdvėmis, laidoje kalbėsimės su architektu Vytautu Buinevičiumi ir menininke Evelina Šimkute.