On June 29th at 7 p.m. Kaunas Artists’ House reading room events’ series “Insomnia Salon” begins with today’s discursively modish stories about the so-called “wild”, “free” or mystical “Twin Peaks”-like 90s.

In the reading room salon, with the members of the former group of painters “Keturios” we will discuss the peculiarities, mutations, and transformations of the Kaunas art scene of that time. While listening to artists’ reflections and micro-stories, we will try to re-imagine the atmosphere of the 90s’ Kaunas cultural life.
In the early nineties the painters Elena Balsiukaitė, Aušra Barzdukaitė, Aušra Andziulytė, and Judita Budriūnaitė gathered in the informal group “Keturios”.

Together they organized exhibitions in various spaces of Kaunas including their exhibit of drawings at Kaunas Artists’ House in 1993. Although the group of painters “Keturios” has not been organizing exhibitions together for a long time, the forms and content of their cooperation remain significant to this day.

About the events’ series “Insomnia Salon”

Insomnia can be seen as a romanticized part of the creative process, as a temporary disorder, as a result of fatigue, or as a constant state of ours that is closely linked to anxiety about unfulfilled productivity demands. The aim of the cycle “Insomnia Salon” is to expand the context of insomnia by exploring various cultural phenomena related to sleepless nights and sleep disorders. To what extent is insomnia associated today with creative processes? Maybe today it is more related to anxiety, insecurity, nightmares, exhaustion, or general boredom? All issues related to insomnia, sleep disorders and their symptoms will be explored in the salon, referring to the room where guests are either formally received, or a group of people is gathered to discuss the issues of politics, art, and literature.

The first part of the series will consist of events considering insomnia as a creative process related to Lithuanian art movements, small stories of artists, their groups, the analysis of night city cultural phenomena, and forms of active leisure forms.