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Education and Research 

2008- SUMMER ART ACADEMY


Place: Kaunas
Timeframe: July 28th - August 9th, 2008

 
Academy was transformed into symposium, which was held in Kaunas and in Burbiškiai village (Raseiniai district).

 

T07 - INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM FOR EMERGING ARTISTS


Place: Kaunas Artists Support Fund, LT and London Printworks Trust, UK
Timeframe: November - December

This project is promoting young and emerging artists from Lithuania and UK. One artist from each country, namely, Giedrė Valtaitė (LT) and Eleanor Pritchard (GB) are invited to participate in the exchange project. Accommodation and working facilities are provided. The artists are able to reside for a period of one week.  

Giedrė in London                                          Eleanor in Kaunas


T07 - RESEARCH PROJECTS


1)
Loom Tales and Sash Songs a project by Prof. Janis Jefferies (UK)
Timeframe: 2007/8
In the area of traditional handicrafts, the word rinkimas ‘a collecting’ is first referred to in the weaving of sashes. (Daiva Raciunaite-Vyciniene: Sutartines: Lithuanian Polyphonic Songs (2002))
This project involves researching Lithuanian Sashes to examine the different ways in which pattern selection can be related to the similarity of expressions for song (collecting words to the text), and terms used for weaving.  Sutartines (polyphonic songs) weave in and out of each other. The intertwining of two independent melodies can be closely linked with the process of weaving and how they are generated. Research into sashes and sutartines, patterns and songs, will develop into different woven forms, of texts in textiles, of scores and writing to suggest  a new histories of telling one’s own tale; to create an ‘archive’ of  sash songs within new forms of technology that uses pattern recognition as an interactive model of communication. The project aims to reflect experience and the contradictions of society, within the present but recognising the issues of the ‘ethnographic’ and the ‘folk’, as the past mutates from the material into immaterial forms.

2) Lost Portraits – Materializing Stories: A study of suicide in Ireland - a project led by artist, Seamus Mc Guinness and clinical scientist, Prof. Kevin Malone (Ireland), is supported by CityArts, Dublin
Timeframe: 2007/8
This collaborative research project engages the bereaved families and friends of the deceased.  It examines 100 young (under 35 years) lives lost to suicide between the years 2003-2006. Specifically it explores how a creative arts practice - cloth, material objects, sounds and stories - can contribute to a deeper insight and understanding of youth suicide in Ireland.  The research process involves work with archive materials collected during the research process and expresses how the intimate stories of culture are held, represented and viewed. During 2007-8, the archiving of collected materials is evolving and will provide the source materials for new art work. The research examines the role of archives in the making of art works with reference to living archives, which are open ended, unfinished and unfinishable works. Early findings of the research with bereaved families and friends highlights a dilemma about what to do with the material remains of their deceased family member. This has created the context and circumstances necessary to build an archive. The project is based in the Department of Psychiatry, the Mental Health Research Unit in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

3) Archive Fever Round Table Discussion
Place: Skliautas cafe (Rotuses sq. 26, Kaunas)
Timeframe: December 2, 2007  at 1pm


This roundtable focuses on archive materials collected during the research actions of the Sash Songs and Lost Portraits Projects and question how such ‘living archives’ contribute to the way culture  is held, represented and viewed. It examines the role of archiving in the production of artwork. Archives are often a depository of civic record and public social history, yet they are stocked with personal, intimate traces of private lives. The discussion raises questions about the value of archiving in contemporary culture and innate human inclination to collect, through technology as well as traditional means, both a historical and a spiritual past. 

1) Kaunas Art Biennial Round Table Discussion
Place:
Kaunas Artists’ Association (Rotuses sq. 26, Kaunas)
Timeframe: December 1, 2007 at 12 pm

This round gave an opportunity to meet the curators of the Narrow Examination and the creative team of the Wide Examination.  The internal process of selection and the critical framework was discussed. Of particular interest in the discussion was a reflection upon the validity of the biennial programming.

2) Coffee at Skliautas More info.doc
Place: Skliautas cafe (Rotuses sq. 26, Kaunas)
Timeframe: November 26 – December 4 from 10.30 until 11.30
Directed and Produced by: Geda Bacauskaite, Gediminas Banaitis, Ed Carroll

This is a series of exchanges over coffee, about life and culture. It is an opportunity for discussion among artists and non artists alike.  

Episode 1 Does Kaunas have a cultural vision/strategy? (Lithuanian language)

Episode 2 Who is educating the next generation of artists?  (Lithuanian language)

Episode 3  Do young Kaunas people have access to culture? (Lithuanian language)

Episode 4 Is Kaunas a cultural ghetto or a hub? (Lithuanian language)

Episode 5 How do we build capacity for cultural production?  (English language)

Episode 6 Unknown city story – Skliautas Cafe (Lithuanian language)

Episode 7 How is culture migrating today? (Lithuanian language)

3) Public Lectures
Here is an opportunity to attend practice exchange talks by curators and artists of TEXTILE 07.  The talks are open for the wide audience.
Place: Club "Session" of Vytautas Magnus University  (Daukanto str. 27, Kaunas),

Timeframe: November 28, 2007     1.00 – 4.00 p.m.
Speakers: Danica Maier (GB), Gerard Williams (GB),Monika Auch (Netherlands), Fernando Marques Penteado (BR)

Timeframe: November 29, 2007     1.00 – 4.00 p.m.
Speakers: Tania Candiani del Real (MX), Gary Simmonds (GB), Hilde Hauan and Maia Urstad (NO), Fiona Kirkwood (SA)