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.

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Street Art in Šilainiai

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Calling all street artists!

Šilainiai Project is collaborating with Kaunas street art festival NYKOKA and inviting you to produce work in Šilainiai! There are five buildings to choose from, images and more info can be found on NYKOKA website: http://www.nykoka.lt/silainiai/en/

We are waiting for your sketches until August 20th via email labas@nykoka.lt ,please put ‘Šilainiams’ in the title.

It is going to be the first legal street art project in the neighbourhood and we are very excited!

Important: Please message us if you need contextual information about the site. We can meet up and show you around! silainiai@outlook.com

Šilainiai Project team

Šilainiai [Fortas] Project

July 15, 14:00-16:00

Address: Kaunas VIII Fort

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/120071465250072/?active_tab=about

Event partners: Kaunas Fortress Park and „Kaunas 2022“

2014-10-15 VIII fortas (17 of 29)

Photography by Elijus Kniežauskas

 

Press release (Lithuanian only)

ŠILAINIAI [FORTAS] PROJECT

Eksperimentinė instaliacija Kauno VIII Forte.

 

Dalyvauja menininkai:

Lahestan (Aleksander Haugen) (Norvegija) – improvizuotas elektro-akustinis garsas;

Paul Takahashi (Prancūzija) – performatyvi piešimo ir garso interpretacija;

Rees Archibald (Australija) – audio instaliacija.

 

Renginio partneriai – Kauno Tvirtovės Parkas ir „Kaunas 2022“

 

Viva la resistance!

Šilainių mikrorajonas, 2017m. liepos mėnesis.

Įvykio vieta – PARIS / CITADELLE NO. 8

Dar 1862m. žemėlapyje pažymėta Paryžiaus karčema ir kaimas / dingusi ir tik keleto senbuvių atmintyje išlikęs pavadinimas. Išnykęs blokinio absoliuto šešėlyje.

Citadelė / aštuntas fortas ant Milikonių kalvos,

1900m. – 1914m. Pirmas pasaulinis karas / apleistas / ir neapgintas. Taikus ir laisvas / kūrybinės rezistencijos fortas – anuomet tik vienintelis sprogimas, atsitraukiančios caro kariuomenės, susprogdinęs parako sandėlį ir sugadinęs vandens drenavimo sistemą.

Neapsemtos liko tik kareivinės;

Pirmas cementas Šilainiuose.

Pirma elektros lemputė.

Pirmas požemis.

 

Linkuvos dvaras – Napoleono kariuomenė

Caro kariuomenė                      Link – Ten.

 

Rezistencijos ir revoliucijos forma.

 

Pirma. Manifestas.

Antra. Vėliava.

Trečia. Įsitvirtinimas.

 

Bastilijos griuvėsiai panaudojami naujoms rezistencijos formoms – kūrybinei laisvei reikia autonomijos ir paslapties. Slėptuvės ir Viešumos. Manifestui nereikia sienų. Menui reikia.

Kartais net požemio. Akustinės erdvės. Smalsuolio ir įsibrovėlio.

Kažkokioje neįprastoje erdvėje.

Įpročio įveika.

Suplevėsavus vėliavai, šalia blokinio absoliuto,

Citadelės požemiuose

Rezistuojanti kūryba.

Nuolatos šalia.

Miegamojo erdvės.

 

O juk šios kareivinės ir buvo skirtos miegojimui – saugumui / prieglobščiui.

„Netrukdykite sapnuoti“ – šaukia rezistentas.

 

ŠILAINIAI PROJECT 2017 Events

I am thrilled to announce this year’s creative actions timetable. Some dates are still to be confirmed and I am sure more events will pop up, but this looks very exciting!

MARTYNAS_01_web.jpgImage: Martynas Kliučininkas, 2017 (Šilainiai Photo school workshop)

ŠILAINIAI PROJECT 2017

16 June – Šilainiai Project happening at BeePart in Vilnius, Lithuania / Culture night

14 July – Šilainiai [PARIS] Project

15 July – Šilainiai [FORTAS] Project

July – October – Šilainiai Photo walks and workshops at schools (dates to be confirmed)

August – Šilainiai Project artist residencies and ‘Tea with the artist’ meetings (dates to be confirmed)

11 September – Šilainiai [RESEARCH] Project

4 December – 31 January 2018 – Šilainiai Photo exhibition at Šilainiai library

 

This year Šilainiai Project artist residencies are partly financed by the Lithuanian Culture Council and Šilainiai Photo project is partly financed by ‘Initiatives for Kaunas’ and the Lithuanian Culture Council. Thank you.

Conference: Accessing the Arts, Vilnius

15 June 2017 I will be speaking at the conference ‘Accessing the Arts: Museums, Communities and Social groups’ that will take place in the National Art Gallery, Konstitucijos pr. 22, Vilnius, Lithuania. More info and full programme here.

Meno prieinamumas

Tarptautinis renginys „Meno prieinamumas: muziejai, bendruomenės ir socialinės atskirties grupės”

Nacionalinėje dailės galerijoje 2017 m. birželio 14-15 d. vyks tarptautinis renginys „Meno prieinamumas: muziejai, bendruomenės ir socialinės atskirties grupės“. Renginį organizuoja viešoji įstaiga „Socialiniai meno projektai“, įgyvendinanti meno iniciatyvas, mokymus ir tyrimus, kuriais siekiama aktualizuoti meno prieinamumo įvairioms atskirties grupėms klausimus, plėtoti naujus dalyvavimo kūrybinėje veikloje būdus ir skatinti kultūros paslaugų kūrimą.

„Renginiu siekiame atkreipti dėmesį į tai, kad šiandien kultūros sektoriui tenka atsakomybė didinti meno prieinamumą visuomenei. Muziejų, menininkų ir meno organizacijų veikimas, telkiant ir stiprinant bendruomenes, gali sudaryti sąlygas įvairaus amžiaus, skirtingus interesus ir galimybes turintiems asmenims burtis ir dalyvauti saviraiškos veikloje, plėsti akiratį, pažinti kultūros procesus bei skatinti socialinius pokyčius ir atvirumą visuomenėje“, – teigia renginio organizatoriai, – „šiandien individualių menininkų ar jų grupių meninė kūryba gali būti plėtojama kaip bendruomenę kuriantis ar stiprinantis procesas. Panašiai kaip muziejus ar kita kultūros organizacija, menininkas gali tapti stebėtoju – tyrėju, kurio objektas – socialinės atskirties situacijos“.

Renginio organizatoriai pakvies į diskusiją apie auditorijos vaidmenį muziejų veikloje. Kartu su Airijos ir Skandinavijos šalių meno muziejų atstovais pasidalins prieinamumo programų kūrimo patirtimi. Lietuvos, Jungtinės Karalystės ir Australijos menininkai bei kultūros organizacijos pristatys iniciatyvas, stiprinančias bendruomeniškumo jausmą bei kuriančias saviraiškos galimybes socialinės atskirties grupėse.

www.menasgerovei.lt

The European Capital of Culture 2022 – Kaunas!

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Image: judges visiting Šilainiai Project last month. Artwork by local artists Lukas Šiupsinskas (sculpture) and Tadas Šimkus (drawings).

Kaunas has been declared the European Capital of Culture for 2022. 

At this point I would very much like to thank the most resilient, hardworking home team, my creative colleagues and everyone who supported Šilainiai Project through it’s first couple of years. It has been a surreal experience and I cannot wait to start this new chapter for the project.

Next five years the activities in Šilainiai will continue and expand into other neighborhoods. I am very pleased that Šilainiai Project was one of the inspirations for ‘Fluxus Labs’ that are part of Kaunas 2022 programme.

“The Fluxus Lab, involving both local inhabitants and international cultural workers, are state of the art of creative participatory neighbourhood development.” – The Selection Panel’s report Final report, available: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/sites/creative-europe/files/ecoc-2022-lithuania-selection-report_en.pdf

This is a huge challenge and an immense opportunity, that can only be achieved by working together. So let’s start a conversation: https://www.facebook.com/FluxusLabs/

 

Institute for Public Art-Research Network meeting

I am currently attending Institute for Public Art-Research Network meeting in China, where I’ve been invited to talk about my work in Kaunas. I am very grateful to College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University for the opportunity to share my work and meet colleagues who share the passion for public art. You may read an abstract from my speech below.

 

‘Šilainiai Project’: Connecting people and places through art

 

The microdistrict of Šilainiai is the largest residential complex in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. Built in 1980s, the area and its residents make up more than 50,000 people, however there are currently no space or centre for cultural events or activities. The local library is the only non-commercial space for residents to come together or to have any sense of a community gathering. They usually have to travel to the town centre or the countryside in order to spend any leisurely time.

 

During my research into the history of Šilainiai, I had discovered a large number of creative people living and producing work within this area, but later found out that none of them had any recognition whatsoever. I found that young people of whom desire to follow a creative path were unable to pursue their ambitions, due to the lack of support and space for them to practice and share ideas. Even a larger number of residents who simply want to engage in activities closer to home or after work, there is no place for. Having lived in Šilainiai myself, I have noticed that the people within this district have become disconnected and the communities fragmented.

 

In 2015, I started the ‘Šilainiai Project’ in order to address some of these issues. The project has 5 branches of activity:

 

• Šilainiai Archive

• Walks and Talks

• Events in Unconventional Spaces

• Workshops

• Artist Residences

 

The project is ongoing, but already some positive changes have came as a result, e.g. A growing number of people actively participating in local events, new creative support networks being formed, abandoned and unused spaces are being utilised for creative activities and new artworks inspired by Šilainiai are being created. What is also important is that the volunteers and team members from this project are all developing the talents within their field as well as learning new skill sets via practice and social interaction. But what I found most interesting and rewarding at the same time, is that the residents of Šilainiai are starting to reconnect and are finding new connections with the place they live in. Through creative activities, they have the opportunity to re-examine their personal histories and the relationships they have with this place.

This process can affect each and every person in a different way. It can evoke such feelings of nostalgia, curiosity or even be part of the healing process from past trauma. This is invaluable for each participant as they in return will be a lot more connected, encouraged, inspired, and ultimately content living in Šilainiai, and that is a lot.

 

Since the start of this project, culture de-centralisation and better access to cultural activities has become an important part of the official strategy within the culture sector for the city of Kaunas.