Šilainiai [Fortas] Project

I have been commissioned to curate an art happening in Kaunas VIII fort 15 October 2016, 12-2pm. International team of artists will bring light, sound and colour to this atmospheric historical site in Kaunas, Lithuania.


A couple of artists involved:

‘Fort Tune’ by Roberto Becerra (MX)

This sound and light art performance/exhibition experiments with the very special acoustic environment of the 50m-long hall inside the VIII fort.

It starts by exploring or tuning to the natural frequencies of the vault at the Fort. These produce resonances that are transformed into colour lights, which repurpose the place from a war context into an experimental art, creative space.

Along the colouring of the sound and light, public and performers are invited to play and contribute with the acoustic of the chamber, so it can be sampled by the artist, processed and played back to further investigate the acoustic possibilities of the space.

About the artist

Roberto Becerra is an interdisciplinary artist and technologist, who combines technology and art in his work. The artist focuses his research around the topic of sound and technology, as well as the structures found in nature and the way they interact and affect the societies and their surroundings.



‘Layers of Light / Šviesų klodai’ by Liucija Dervinytė (LT)

Layers of Light is an interior textiles collection placed in a completely different surrounding from that of the original purpose. It is an experiment of bringing fragile and delicate pieces into a dark monumental space of the VIII Fort.

The artworks explore transparency, layers and reflections of patterns and light. Fabrics of different thickness, transparent and opaque plastics are combined with screen printing, embroidery and laser cutting techniques to create complex structures.

The collection takes inspiration from folk ornaments that now, placed in the historical Fort building, gain new meanings and links with history and culture.

About the artist

Liucija Dervinytė is a textile designer and artist, experimenting with various textiles techniques, including hand embroidery, mark making, paper and fabric dyeing. Her practice encompasses visual art, textiles and product design. Her works explore and illustrate the patterns found in nature and cities, folk motives and travel experience.