THINK TANK TRANSBALTIC KLAIPĖDA 2019

Think Tank Transbaltic Klaipėda 2019 is a series of events presenting international experience for the dialogue between architect, artist and public space user.

The event cycle includes an open forum and public lectures, discussions, workshops and art projects. During the events, participants from different Baltic Sea countries will share their experiences, critical insights and creative methods. The main focus is on exploring Smiltynė as an urban public space and dealing with issues of Klaipėda maritime identity. The aim is to increase public interest in urban development, to involve members of society in an active creative process or artistic experience in urban public spaces.

With this series of events, the public institution "Ideas for the City", in cooperation with the Lithuanian Association of Architects Klaipėda County Organization, is implementing the project "The role of the artist in creating public spaces of the city. Public participation as an artistic experience ”. This project is partly funded by Lithuanian Culture Council. Other partners: LCC international university, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Klaipėda University, Department of Philosophy and Cultureology. Sponsors: “ARCHING”.

June 19, Wednesday

Naujoji Uosto str. 3, Klaipėda, studio TEMA

CREATIVE WORKSHOP: PHOTOGRAMMETRIC STUDY OF SMILTYNĖ [LT]

Dalia Mikonytė and Adomas Žudys began “Klaipeda Study” in 2018 – a video work conceived as a compliment to the unique seaport of Klaipėda and also forming a part of their ongoing project “City Studies”. On June 19, 2019 artists will continue their research by conducting a creative photogrammetry workshop at studio TEMA, during which they will explore Smyltinė and it`s architectural, sculptural and natural objects. The images derived from this process will become a part of a video work that reflects a new, dynamic city in a virtual 3D space. This piece will be presented on July 28, 2019 during the FORUM, Didžioji Vandens str.2, Klaipėda, together with video streaming in Klaipėda public transport June 28-30.

The participants of this workshop will be immersed in a journey throughout Smiltynė - transit territory between the city center and the sea, still quite neglected. All are welcome to this workshop. The participants are invited to bring their own photo cameras – any type or model is welcome as well as mobile phones with quality in-built cameras. This workshop will explore photogrammetry - niche photography technique, which is most often used in the making of maps and blueprints. The technique itself involves the scanning of a static object to create a collection of pictures and, with the help of digital technology, rendering it into a 3D object. The data derived from the measuring of these photographic images is used in the establishment and exploration of the forms, sizes and placements of various objects from the surface of the Earth.

About the artists: Dalia Mikonytė is a photographer and researcher, member of artists group Coolturistes, The Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association (LeTMeKoo) and Lithuanian Photographers Association. Adomas Žudys mostly works with 3D graphics and design, video mapping, also street art projects and stencils. Together we work with photography, video, 3D and text medias. Artistic practise we are developing focuses on old and well known art forms mixed together with new science and technology. Our work addresses various questions and variations of perception and recognition. Themes centered around the relationship between materiality, technology and identity. Subjects range between intimate space and time, personal experiences, identity and its representation, signs, virtual and actual reality. Interests and inspirations balance between history, contemporary art and future scenarios, among theory, practice and sentiment. Participation is free of charge. Please, register in advance.

More information about artists: www.daliamikonyte.lt, www.zudys.lt

June 28, Friday, 10.00-12.00

Old Ferry, Northern Horn

STORIES OF SMILTYNĖ. EXCURSION WITH KURŠIŲ NERIJA NATIONAL PARK REPRESENTATIVES. Free entrance, registration in advance is required.

June 28, Friday, 14.00-17.00

Didžioji vandens str.2, KCCC Exhibition Hall,

OPEN FORUM: “ARTIST’S ROLE IN DESIGNING URBAN PUBLIC SPACES. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AS ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE “.

Moderator: architect dr. Inga Urbonaitė-Vadoklienė

Free entrance, please register in advance.

14.00 “Community involvement: myth or real benefit for the city? [En]

Challenges and opportunities of public involvement into design processes of public urban space.

Dr. Inga Urbonaitė-Vadoklienė, architect, manager, founder of NGO “Idėjos miestui”, Lithuania.

14.20 "Between art and life"   [En]   

 Agnieszka Wolodzko will make a presentation about creative activities carried out outside the walls of the studio, in public spaces or places other than those traditionally associated with exhibitions, about the contacts between art and social life

Agnieszka Wolodzko, artist, curator, culture researcher, Poland.       

14.40 “ Flood. A diasporic journey through multiple lands and discourses”  [En]

Walking as an artistic space exploration. The journey through different professional and personal dimensions and events with the artist's eyes helps to discover and reveal invisible cultural layers.

Sepa Sama, architect, researcher, photographer (Iran-USA-Sweden)

15.00 “Daily life as an experience” [En]

From the very start of her artistic endeavors (‘My Garden’ action in Gdynia 2000), an artist has made simple actions and prosaic activities the foundation of her creative strategy. Her straightforward experiments and observations of everyday situations help the artist both to define her visual language, but also to determine the socio-economic space and the role that the artist plays within it. It is through such seemingly simple means that many of her artworks ultimately attain their subversive character (‘The Rainbow’ instalation in Warsaw Plac Zbawiciela Square, 2012-2015).

Julita Wojcik, artist, art performer, Poland.

15.20 “8 women, 8 rules – introduction to site specific games” [En]

The presentation provides empirical material from a project “8 women & 8 rules” related to the field of site specific games. The overall aim of the project was to investigate, through playful explorations, how a diverse group of women can transform unfamiliar places, both concerning geographical, cultural, social aspects, and also how places in themselves can transform people. Ultimately the project also challenged the notion of citizenship not as a legal term but as an active and ongoing becoming.

 Dr. Pirjo Elovaara, Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Planning and Media Design, Sweden

15.40 “Photogrammetric city studies” [En]

The artists' duo will present a photogrammetric method of space exploration and different artistic experiences in carrying out these studies in various geographical and cultural contexts.

Dalia Mikonytė, a photographer and researcher, member of artists group Coolturistes, The Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association (LeTMeKoo) and Lithuanian Photographers Association,  Adomas Žudys, 3D graphics and design, video mapping, street art projects and stencils, Lithuania.

15.40-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-16.30 Open lecture:  Art in public space from a Scandinavian perspective. Menas viešojoje erdvėje iš skandinaviškos perspektyvos [En]

Torun Ekstrand shares her understanding and experience of contemporary public art from the perspective of curator, commissioner and regional art developer. It will be a talk about different methods used in art in public space-processes, and a talk about temporary and permanent works in public space.

Torun Ekstrand, Curator, Public art consultant, Regional art developer, Sweden

16.30-17.00 Open discussion

Discussion moderator: architect dr. Inga Urbonaitė-Vadoklienė;

Participators: Sondra Simanaitienė, Cultural Reviewer, The History Museum of Lithuania Minor; Gerda Antanaitytė, architect, Chairman of the Lithuanian Architects' Union, Klaipėda Division; Aurimas Baužys, architect, Co-Founder of Creative Studio “Altitude”, Liutauras Kraniauskas, sociologist, KU Teacher; Klaipėda city ​​municipality representatives. [En]

June 29, Saturday, 11.00-16.00

Didžioji Vandens str.2, KCCC Exhibition Hall, Klaipėda

CREATIVE WORKSHOP “LOOK HOW WE LOOK (AT TREES)”, AGNIESZKA WOLODZKO, POLAND

The action will involve the initiation of participants’ group experience of their careful, focused contact with trees. This task will be carried out during a walk in Smiltyne, combined with drawing portraits of selected trees. The resulting drawings will be discussed in a group of the participants and, together with notes from this discussion, will serve to jointly create an art-zine.

Hopefully, the participants will realize that trees with which they share the city space on a daily basis are individual entities with which we can stay in a deep relationship.

Architects can take advantage of these experiences collected in the art-zine to get a new look at the relationship between residents and trees and use them in the future when designing greenery in the city. Artistic background is not necessary, participants of different ages are welcome. Participation is free of charge. Please, register in advance.

June 29-30

Smiltynė-Karlskronos square

CREATIVE ACTION “MOVING DUNE”

Artist Julita Wojcik invites you to explore the everyday situation which is very familiar to anyone returning from the Beach - the experience of Sand. Bodies and all things are covered with Sand, and they have to be shredded and cleaned. The artist's utopian idea is to collectively create a "moving sand dune" that will be brought to the city center by people in their shoes and things. In this way, the artist seeks to strengthen the signs of Klaipeda's “maritime” identity and recognition in the public urban space, to “unite” the beach - Smiltynė and the city center into one continuous experience represented by the sand traveling with the person.

All residents and city guests are invited to contribute to this participatory art action and create a "moving dune" in the heart of Klaipėda - do not shake the sand from the shoes straight after leaving the beach, but let it travel with you on the ferry to the other side and shake the remaining sand at Karlskronos square. The meeting and discussion with the artist will take place at the beaches of Smiltynė and on the 1st of July at 11.00 in KCCC Exhibition Hall.

Julita Wojcik, artist, art performer, Poland.

June 29-30, 11.00-16.00

Didžioji vandens str.2, KCCC Exhibition Hall,

DESIGN AND PLAY OF A SITE SPECIFIC GAME:“IMAGINING FUTURES” [EN, LT]

Dr. Pirjo Elovaara, Associate Professor at the Department of Technology and Aesthetics at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden), Julia Baranova, Literary Scientist, Translator and Ceramicist (LT), and Sondra Simanaitienė, writer and cultural reviewer (LT) invite you to join a two-day interactive creative workshop, in which Site specific urban games will be created and played. This artistic method is often used for local research, social dialogue, and unique local experience. On the second day, everyone wishing to go will have the opportunity to try out the city games created specifically for Smiltynė. Participation is possible on both days and one. Everyone is welcome. The event is free of charge, pre-registration is required for the first part.

 Dr. Pirjo Elovaara, Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Planning and Media Design, Sweden

June 30, 11.00-16.00

Klaipėda-Smiltynė-Klaipėda

CREATIVE WALKSHOP WITH SEPA SAMA. 10 000 STEPS, 1000 SHOTS, I00 ISSUES, 10 QUESTIONS AND 1 NOTEBOOK

We invite you to join the artistic march that we will begin at the Old Ferry in the North Rage, going to the New Ferry, heading to Smiltynė and returning to the Old Town. During this conscious walk we will learn to see our port city in fresh eyes, look for maritime identity marks and contact with Water, discuss, create and imagine possible and impossible future city scenarios. The Walkshop will be joined by the artists and curators of Think Tank Transbaltic that include Agnieszka Wolodzko and Julita Wojcik (Poland), Pirjo Elovaara and Torun Ekstrand (Sweden), Dalia Mikonytė and Adam Žudys (Lithuania) and Klaipėda architects, artists, photographers, cultural observers. It is a unique opportunity to communicate directly with the participants of international scope.

Walkinghop guide - Sepa Sama, Architect, Researcher, Photographer and Cultural Researcher (Iran-USA-Sweden)

The event is free, pre-registration is required.

1st of July, 11.00-14.00

Didžioji Vandens str.2, KCCC Exhibition Hall, Klaipėda

REFLECTIONS. PUBLIC PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF CREATIVE WORKSHOP AND ARTISTIC ACTIONS’ RESULTS

Facebook event link:https://www.facebook.com/events/455232361941242/

More info: http://www.idejosmiestui.org/ttt-klaip279da-2019.html

Program curator: Inga Urbonaitė Vadoklienė, ingavadokliene@gmail.com, +37062091989

www.idejosmiestui.org 

e-mail: idejosmiestui@gmail.com