16.05 - 31.05.2014, 20:00-20:00
Included in: [Close Stranger]
Place: Attic of Kronprinz barracks, Kaliningrad, 38 Litovsky val, entrance No.6, 4th floor
Presenting Art: Between Information and Aesthetic Experience
Exhibition of contemporary Lithuanian art
Opening on May 16th in the framework of Night of Museums in Kaliningrad
Art presentation is a form of showing art and as such has its logic and structure. Presentation (praesentatio in Latin) in its narrow sense implies communicating to society, or a group of it, of some kind of new, valuable and relevant information. Therefore each public ‘emergence’ of an art object or a group of such inevitably involves expectations for something new and interesting. Even in cases of subsequent demonstrations of the same work of art or artefact attempts are put to ‘dress’ it in new, previously unnoticed significances and present in a new context. The most straightforward way to show art is exhibition. In the Lithuanian cultural life, manifestations of exhibition genre go back by the turn of the 19th century. It was then when two trends emerged in presenting art to the addressee.
What is exclusively unique to presenting art, what methods are used to achieve conceivable goals? What are the strategies and tactics employed for the purpose and what social groups are targeted?
The most straightforward way to show art is exhibition. In the Lithuanian cultural life, manifestations of exhibition genre go back by the turn of the 19th century. It was then when two trends emerged in presenting art to the addressee.
One was focused on presenting Lithuanian art and culture abroad, and the other – to local audiences. It is obvious that in the first case the emphasis is on information supported with facts (like ‘who we are’, ‘what we have achieved’), while local focus is on somewhat ‘deeper’, ‘aesthetic’ aspects. The same division between goals and objectives pursued by exhibitions, projects and other types of events is typical for contemporary efforts. Many an exhibition representing – or intended to represent – Lithuania abroad carries emphasis on its enlightening parameter. It is obvious that institutional projects connected with the representation of the Lithuanian State, with the national cultural achievements, or the achievements in a particular cultural sector, are very much driven by thematic/ subject matter considerations. It is likely that this approach establishes such demand for photography (as well as film, documentary or feature). In all other cases, decisions are made by the commissioning body (oftentimes, unidentified), that is, individuals acting in the name of the state.
Though fragmentary, this overview of strategies employed for presenting Lithuanian art abroad has revealed some attempts to oppose the cited information based presentation and resort to ‘significations through cultural strata’ in order to send a message about separate phenomena of Lithuanian culture and art. None of these strategies (either of ‘direct significations’ or ‘significations through cultural strata’) has more merits or flaws. We have to keep in mind the direct ‘culprit’ of these events (the cited Lithuanian culture), the agents – institutions – interested not in aesthetic agency, but in instructive representation – and the addressees (the international or foreign audience). A different solution is probably hardly possible or simply difficult to invent.
This assumption was proved again by the case of ‘Art Terminal’ idea in the frames of the project REMAKE presented by the curators Ignas Kazakevičius and Vidas Poškus.
The ‘Terminal’ represented an electronic information stand, similar to analogous computer devises with touch screens (at hotels, air terminals, etc.) providing visitors knowledge on a particular object or situation. The ‘Art Terminal’ is an on-going project that analyses and considers problems and relevant cultural issues such as the status and boundaries of art criticism, the principles of curatorial activity (the internal mechanisms and ethics), strategies of art and tactics, the artist/audience relationship, problems of art (re)presentation. Sixteen artists across all generations will be presented to the Kaliningrad audience:
Žygimantas Augustinas, Jurga Barilaitė, Violeta Bubelytė, Henrikas Čerapas, Laura Garbštienė, Arūnas Gudaitis, Kristina Inčiūraitė, Giedrius Jonaitis, Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Linas Jusionis,Bronė Neverdauskienė, Eglė Rakauskaitė, Eglė Ridikaitė, Julijonas Urbonas, Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis, and Marius Zavadskis, who, allegedly, clearly and obviously (in terms of their sensibility and ensuing creative strategies) represent the phenomenon of ‘joyful melancholy’ in Lithuanian contemporary art. Essential for the ‘Art Terminal’ was the parameter of presentation – the user learned of sixteen Lithuanian artists, could read their CVs and see virtual versions of several of their works. Maybe that is about it – why bother transporting the actual exhibition when it is possible to carry, in physical terms much more simple, and, what matters above all, an interactive device? The viewer is not only reading and seeing, but, by answering questions presented by the machine, becomes a real consumer who actually generates the entire activity of the device. The presentation in this case provided not only the encounter with the subject matter – but the real ‘signification through cultural layers’. So is it possibly a way of solving all the problems, at least the ones related with the representation of art abroad?
Opening: 16th May, 2014, 8.00 pm
Location: BB NCCA, Attic of “Kronprinz” Barracks (Litovskij val 38, entrance №6, 4th floor)
Organizers: The Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Lithuania)
Curators: Ignas Kazakevicius (KCCC, Klaipeda), Vidas Poskus
Coordinator: Zina Shershun
Opening hours: 16th May – 31st May, 2014, 17:00-20:00 (20:00-02:00 during the opening on the Night of Museums om 16th May), closed on Sundays and Mondays
Contacts: Andrey Efits (+7 921 263 56 00, email@example.com)
Recommended age category: 16+
Financial support of the project: European Union, Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013
Participants: Žygimantas Augustinas, Jurga Barilaitė, Violeta Bubelytė, Henrikas Čerapas, Laura Garbštienė, Arūnas Gudaitis, Kristina Inčiūraitė, Giedrius Jonaitis, Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Linas Jusionis,Bronė Neverdauskienė, Eglė Rakauskaitė, Eglė Ridikaitė, Julijonas Urbonas, Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis, Marius Zavadskis
The Lithuania-Poland-Russia European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 aims at promoting economic and social development on both sides of the EU-Russian border, addressing common challenges and problems, and promoting people to people cooperation. Under the Programme, legal non-profit entities from the Lithuanian and Polish border regions, and the entire Kaliningrad oblast implement joint projects co-financed by the EU and the Russian Federation.
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