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

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

Travelling Architecture Workshops

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Last week I had the pleasure to participate in the Travelling Architecture Workshops. Nine volunteers – architects, artists, youth workers and sociologists travel to smallest towns in Lithuania (up to 1000 residents) and work with local children for five days. In this time children re-examine their open spaces, brainstorm about the things they need/ miss or dream about and all together we make those visions become reality.

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I worked in Kruopiai and had the most amazing experience working with the local kids – their creativity, hard work and care for each other was inspiring. Thank you!

Images by Milda Gardauskaitė and Aistė Rakauskaitė

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 [Paris] Project

July 14d. 18:00

Address: Žemaičių pl. 25, Kaunas (open air space)

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1682659805372399/?active_tab=about

Event partners – Kaunas Fortress Park and „Kaunas 2022“

Paryzius Silainiuose

Description (Lithuanian only)

Paminėti Bastilijos šturmą ir paskelbti manifestą apie kūrybinę laisvę miegamajame mikrorajone – įkvėpti vietos kūrėjus ir gyventojus kūrybiškai kaimynystei ir dialogui. Mums rūpi ši vieta, mes čia gyvename, tai mūsų bendras kiemas!

Nesvarbu koks tavo amžius, išsilavimimas, specialybė, socialinė padėti – mes visi esame šilainiškiai, laisvo miesto gyventojai.

Vieną dieną metuose prisimeneam tai, ir sakome, kad mes visi esame!

Esame vienas šalia kitų,

Esame tai kuo norime būti,

Aš esu kaunietis, lietuvis, menininkas, mokytojas, studentas, prekiautojas, svajotojas…

Je suis Parisiens!

Gali būti ir vieta ir laikas. Čia buvo Paryžius. Čia yra Paryžius! Vieta nebėra tokia konkreti. Ji nėra matoma. Tačiau čia yra šiek tiek vietos. Ir ši vieta yra paremta kartografiniais šaltiniais. Tai yra beveik tiesa! Kodėl reikia paminėti Bastilijos dieną? Griauti Šilainių, kaip kalėjimo įvaizdį, kuriame žmonės tarsi gyvena ne savo noru. Iš Paryžiaus idėjos gimsta Bastilijos diena: Šilainių, kaip sovietinio mikrorajono stereotipo įveika (blokinis kvartalas, kaip vizualus simbolis – primenantis kalėjimą – tvirtovę – Bastilija: slegiantis gyvenamosios kasdienybės vaizdinys). Todėl Bastilijos paėmimo – šturmo diena, ne fiziškai, tačiau kūrybiškai griauną stereotipą – mes manome, jog poveikis, kurį gali kultūrinė bendruomenės įtrauktis gali esmingai pakeisti mikrorajono gyventojų požiūrį į vietą, kurioje gyvena; o bendruomeniško susitelkimo jausmas, ugdant kūrybiškumą ir populiarinant meninę veiklą.

Pranešti apie vietą – buvusį Paryžiaus kaimą (1862m. žemėlapis, rašytinai šaltiniai – 1853m.).

 

Manifestas

DĖL BASTILIJOS DIENOS

Mes, Šilainių Projekto laisvieji menininkai ir mąstytojai,
Atviro komunikacijos lauko inžinieriai,
Vedami išsivadavimo iš erdvės
į atvirus komunalinius kiemus,
Skelbiame,
jog Bastilijos šturmas yra būtinas ir neišvengiamas.
Paryžius bus išvaduotas
nuo sovietinio blokinio absoliuto,
ir sukils į artistinę kovą prieš miegančius milžinus.
Maištaujanti kūryba nuspalvins pilkumas ir niūrastis,
žaismas tokios bendrystės ir beprotystės
niekada nebus nugalėtas įpročio ir kasdienybės!

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!

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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.

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.