Šilainiai Urban Gardens

For the past year I have been working with Šilainiai urban gardeners community, aiming to save and develop urban gardens in Kaunas Fort no. 8. It is a start of a long, hard journey, however this year brought some positive change and respect to senior gardeners, who have been growing food in the neighbourhood for a very long time.

This is a video from this summer events in Šilainiai Urban Gardens at Kaunas Fort no. 8 (middle part in English).

Some of Lithuanian press covering the garden developments:

https://www.tv3.lt/naujiena/lietuva/1012370/kaunieciai-sumane-kaip-gyvenant-mieste-tureti-savo-darza

https://www.15min.lt/gyvenimas/naujiena/laisvalaikis/is-emigracijos-sugrizusi-kauniete-puoseleja-silainiu-sodus-kaimas-mieste-kodel-gi-ne-1038-1167414

https://www.diena.lt/naujienos/kaunas/menas-ir-pramogos/miesto-sodai-silainiuose-daugiau-nei-paciu-uzauginti-ridikeliai-920665

https://kauno.diena.lt/naujienos/kaunas/miesto-pulsas/londona-iskeite-i-silainius-ir-svajoja-apie-zemes-lopineli-salia-senjoru-darzu-884654

 

Kaunas Fortress Festival “Battery’19” at Kaunas Fort No. 8

We’ve had an amazing creative season in Šilainiai this year! The absolute highlight was the collaboration with Vestfold fylkeskommune at Kaunas fort no. 8, during the Fortress festival “Battery”.

Fabula Silvestri – a play by Canardus Horribilis and De Munnfulle invited local community to see the Fortress outside spaces in a new light for the very first time. Almost 1000 people visited the event in two days, which broke all records of community participation at cultural events in the neighbourhood!

Strong, ongoing partnership with Kaunas Fortress Park (Kauno tvirtovės parkas) and Association “Kaunas Fortress” garrison of Fort no. 8 volunteers brought an incredible experience for Šilainiai families.

This event proved beyond doubt the importance of this fort to local community and the need of diverse, accessible cultural events close to home.

International partnerships give us the opportunity to learn from each other and grow together, through culture.

Norwegian and Lithuanian stories and myths shared during this event will stay with us for a very long time and inspire to keep going.

Video: Ričardas Rickevičius
Photography: #Lietuva360

Discussion: International cooperation between Norway and Lithuania through culture: awakening the forgotten heritage

Together with partner organisations I invite you to a public discussion
“International cooperation between Norway and Lithuania through culture: awakening the forgotten heritage (Case of Kaunas Fortress number 8)”.

Date: 5 April.
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Kaunas Artist Home
Address: V. Putvinskio g. 56, LT-44211 Kaunas, Lithuania

Participants:
Musician and producer Pal Isdahl Solberg (Vestfold),
Sound artist Aleksander Haugen (Vestfold),
Prof. Valdas Rakutis, Director of Public institution “Kaunas Fortress Park”,
Egidijus Bagdonas, founder of Intersectoral Cultural heritage festival “Battery” at Kaunas Fortress,
Evelina Šimkutė, founder of “Šilainiai Project”.

From 18:00 there will be an audiovisual performance by artist Aleksander Haugen (Lahestan) and Paul Takahashi.

Photograph: Aleksander Haugen (Lahestan) and Paul Takahashi performing at Šilainiai [Fortas] Project at Kaunas Fort no 8 in 2017. Photographer Donatas Stankevičius.

This event is going to be held in English and it is part of Scandinavian days programme in Kaunas.

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

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.