Award nomination

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Šilainiai Project has beed nominated for the “Most memorable 2018 Kaunas city initiative” award. It is nice to feel appreciated. Thank you. Really looking forward to sharing what we have planned for 2019!

To see the list of all Kaunas initiatives and to cast your vote, visit Kaunas Artist Home website. (Lithuanian only)

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Artistic freedom in collaborative projects

I was invited to participate in a discussion at Kaunas Artist Home on the topic of artistic freedom in collaborative projects January 31, 2019.

The discussion will be moderated by dr. Vytauto Michelkevičiaus and the participants will be artist Julijonas Urbonas, researcher and community activist dr. Jekaterina Lavrinec and artist, curator Evelina Šimkutė.

About the talk (Lithuanian only):

Menininko laisvė bendradarbystėse: nuo kaimynų iki inžinierių

Kauno menininkų namai šiemet jau 21-ąjį kartą organizuoja „Įsimintiniausio Kauno miesto menininko rinkimus“, kuriuos, tęsiant praėjusių metų tradiciją, lydi atvirų diskusijų ciklas, siekiantis aptarti aktualią kultūros lauko problematiką, iššūkius bei ateities vizijas.

Antroji ciklo diskusija „Menininko laisvė bendradarbystėse: nuo kaimynų iki inžinierių“, moderuojama dr. Vytauto Michelkevičiaus, vyks sausio 31 d. 18 val. Diskusijoje dalyvaus menininkas Julijonas Urbonas, tyrėja, bendruomeninių judėjimų iniciatorė dr. Jekaterina Lavrinec, bei menininkė, kuratorė Evelina Šimkutė.

Diskusijoje bus siekiama atskleisti ir kritiškai įvertinti menininkų ir bendradarbysčių iniciatorių kūrybinės ir veiksmo laisvės klausimus.

„Kur prasideda ir baigiasi menininko laisvė įgyvendinant dalyvavimo, bendradarbiavimo ir bendruomeninius projektus? Kas tampa bendradarbiu, o kas tik pagalbininku? Kuo skiriasi laisvė nuo atsakomybės, estetika nuo etikos? Kada bendradarbystės projektas virsta iš socialinio meniniu arba nuo meninių intencijų pereinama į aktyvistines? Kaip žmonės tampa pagrindine kūrinio/iniciatyvos medžiaga? Kada menininko bendradarbiai tampa bendrininkais, bendražygiais, bendraautoriais, o kada lieka tik bendrautojais ar asistentais? Kaip slenkasi motyvacijos skalė tarp finansinio ir simbolinio atlygio? Ir visi kiti jūsų pasiūlyti klausimai“, sufleruoja dr. V. Michelkevičius.

Julijonas Urbonas yra menininkas, dizaineris ir tyrėjas, savo meno projektuose bendradarbiaujantis su dešimtimis įvairių sričių profesionalų: inžinieriais, kosmonautikos tyrėjais, 3D animatorais, kultūristais, kompozitoriais ir t.t.. Šiuo metu jis yra Vilniaus dailės akademijos docentas ir prorektorius menui. Daugiau: http://julijonasurbonas.lt

Dr. Jekaterina Lavrinec yra įvairių bendruomeninių judėjimų iniciatorė ir miesto studijų tyrėja. Miesto žaidimų ir tyrimų platformos Laimikis.lt bendraįkūrėja ir kuratorė. VGTU Kūrybinių industrijų fakulteto docentė. Daugiau: https://vgtu.academia.edu/JekaterinaLavrinec

Evelina Šimkutė yra menininkė ir kuratorė, dirbanti su dalyvaujamojo ir socialinio meno praktikomis. Grįžusi po studijų Londone ji nuo 2015 viename Kauno mikrorajonų sėkmingai plėtoja „Šilainių projektą“ https://silainiaiproject.com/, taip pat su bendruomenėmis inicijuoja miesto sodininkystės, rezidencijų ir kt. projektus. Daugiau: https://evelinasimkute.com

Dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius yra kuratorius, tyrėjas ir leidėjas. 2011 ir 2014 m. kartu su Kęstučiu Šapoka sudarė ir išleido du tomus apie menininkų iniciatyvas „(Ne)priklausomos šiuolaikinio meno istorijos“ (LTMKS). Šiuo metu jis yra Vilniaus dailės akademijos Fotografijos ir medijos meno katedros docentas ir Nidos meno kolonijos meno direktorius. Daugiau: https://vilnius.academia.edu/VytautasMichelkevicius

Young Ideas – Inside the Creative Mind

December 29, 15:00 I will be giving a talk at an event called ‘Young Ideas – Inside the Creative Mind’ at ‘Ideas Block’ Vilnius, address: Pylimo g. 60, 01337 Vilnius, Lithuania.

I will be presenting the work done this year and a project continuing in 2019, collaborating with a fantastic team of people passionate about urban gardens.

Be the first to learn about the direction Šilainiai Project is taking next year!

2018 work has been made possible by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture artist stipend. Thank you.

 

Event information:

End of the Year celebration – two days with art, philosophical and material talks, conversations, ideas and coffee at Ideas Block cafe and creative space.

What are the future ideas? How does the young local creative scene look like? We would like to invite you to explore these ideas together with us through the arts and music, creative philosophy, sustainability, technology, the community and more. We’ll be searching for ways they shape our societies. Inevitably setting ideas in motion.

We will talk with a number of guests about the meaning for the creators: touching on culture, creative education and freedom of mind among others. This will be an expedition into ideas and people through different fields and philosophies.

[Young Ideas – a series of cultural and artistic events focused on development of contemporary and innovative ideas, as well as supporting young, up and coming artists, musicians and makers. The project is partially funded by Vilnius City Council.]

Free entrance.

The talks will be held in English.

Saturday (29th of December):

15:00 Šilainių sodai -> Introducing #silainiusodai: Urban gardening in the microdistrict -> Evelina Simkutė. Silainiai Project

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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