Putvinskis str. steps (“Juozaičio“, “Saulės“, “Šilelio“, “Pompėjos” steps)
3 pm – 6pm Slam poetry #10 (the event will take place in Lithuanian)
Emmanuel Levinas square (next to Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway)
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm “The Clam” performance
5 pm – 6.30 pm #BLUE: a collaborative performance in a public space (curated by Daina Pupkevičiūtė, with the participation of Ąžuolas Aukštuolis, Greta Bernotaitė, Inga Galinytė, Inga Sanakojevaitė, Ingrida Ce, Justė Buslavičiūtė, Vaida Tamoševičiūtė)
7 pm – 8 pm “Private session: wish you were somewhere else” dance performance
K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum (V. Putvinskio str. 55)
4 pm – 5 pm Shadow play (this event is presented in collaboration with M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum)
Kaunas Artists’ House inner courtyard (V. Putvinskio str. 56)
6 pm – 8 pm – “Vegan on Acid”: a communal, somatic performance and waffle-making ritual
Antanas Žmuidzinavičius Creations and Collections Museum (Devils’ Museum) inner garden (V. Putvinskio str. 64)
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm “Tolstoyevsky”: the launch of the newest installment of “The Happy Hypocrite”, an experimental writing journal (this event is presented in collaboration with Six Chairs Books, the contemporary art and theory bookshop)
Slam poetry #10
The tenth Kaunas Artists’ House slam opens the outdoor season! This slam will take place during the “Putvinskio Street day” celebration, on May 26, from 3 p.m., next to Putvinskio Street stairs (also known as “Juozaičio”, “Saulės”, “Šilelio”, or “Pompėjos” stairs). The slam will be hosted by Marius Povilas Elijas Martynenko.
In 2015, M. P. E. Martynenko collected the most points in the final of the European slam poetry championship. In 2016, he won the third place in the same championship. This year he published his first book “Be penkių pasaulio pradžia” (“Five to beginning of the world”) (2018, Tyto alba).
“The Clam“ performance
The idea of “The Clam”, a performance by Paulius Prievelis, was first presented at “Šelteris”. In this performance, the artist expresses his fear of not being able to breathe by comparing himself to a clam, which, despite living underwater, has a heart, kidneys, anus yet no lungs. Due to the ever-increasing speed of everyday life more and more people experience severe stress: the feelings of anxiety, fear and concern make us feel imprisoned within our own worlds, imagining that no one can help us. This solo performance aims to brings these private feelings to the public sphere and thus combat the feeling of societal loneliness.
#BLUE: a collaborative performance in a public space
For the occasion of “Putvinskio Street day”, CREATurE gathered colleagues for a collaborative performance which will take place in E. Levinas’s square, next to Žaliakalnis funicular railway. The performance’s artists were offered a task – to conduct an experiment and work with a collectively chosen color while exploring the surrounding space: the landscape, the sculptures, and freely collaborating or performing individual acts. The performances are curated by Daina Pupkevičiūtė. They will be performed by Ąžuolas Aukštuolis, Greta Bernotaitė, Inga Galinytė, Inga Sanakojevaitė, Ingrida Ce, Justė Buslavičiūtė, Vaida Tamoševičiūtė.
“Private session: wish you were somewhere else” dance performance
The performance by Aistė Adomaitytė and Paulius Prievelis, created and presented this year, during a residency in “Šelteris”, arrives to “Putvinskio Street day” after subsequent exploration and transformation. The main source of the performance’s inspiration – personal memories of shame. Shame is one of the most uncomfortable feelings, easily becoming a habitual feeling, whose experience is so strong that it loses any sense of cause and context over time. By employing the method of association, the artists look at personal experiences and their oppositions through various objects, sounds, physical sensations, and states of consciousness.
Shadow play: a composition of shadow play and music “A Tale of Čiurlionis” (this event is presented in collaboration with M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum)
“A Tale of Čiurlionis”, a music composition, views the oeuvre of M. K. Čiurlionis through an unexpected framework – by using a technique of shadow play that incorporates both the hands and the entire body the actors will tell the stories encrypted in his paintings, music and paintings. By connecting this technique with the music of M. K. Čiurlionis and folk songs, this composition grants his paintings a semi-shadow being which, although being black and white, conveys the story through colours, moods and emotions.
Vegan on Acid
Vegan on Acid is a s(t)imulation of a “new” diet (greek diaita-“a way of living, a regiment). It’s a laboratory, in which the ethics of archaic cuisine are combined with psychedelic aesthetic & experienced as somatic ritual. The project is based on these basic terms: a) all food is psychoactive (its constitution directly affects consciousness and its development); b) nutrition is ideological (food choices determine lifestyle, social relations and identity).
In these collective dinners food and its origin are being emphasized as much as interactions and mood between participants. It is not only stylistic play which becomes important, but also combinations and interruptions of different (sub)cultural actualities and events. The essential motive behind this action is the very case of socialness and its unpredictability. What can happen, merge or change, which fortuities or realities will manifest?
“Tolstoyevsky”: the launch of the newest installment of “The Happy Hypocrite”, an experimental writing journal (this event is presented in collaboration with Six Chairs Books, the contemporary art and theory bookshop)
On the occasion of “Putvinskio street day”, art and theory bookstore ‘Six Chairs Books’, and curator, editor of “Tolstoyevsky” Virginija Januškevičiūtė invite you to the launch of the newest issue of ‘The Happy Hypocrite’ – semi-annual journal for and about experimental writing.
‘Tolstoyevsky is not a Russian writer; it is a monster of sorts – a chimera, a composite of two and true to neither one nor a sum. It can make jokes (and threats) fly so fast they skip the funny parts. Here it lends its name to an issue that is about how humour is often not humour, or about how it sometimes doesn’t work, and how half our lives are filled with things that don’t work. Which probably means they work, right?’ – Virginija Januškevičiūtė, from the Outro.
The Happy Hypocrite – Tolstoyevsky is, ideally, like a room full of high-spirited people playing a game, trying to do or say some nonsense, folding embarrassment and losses in translation into part of the exchange. The main portion of the journal is made up of responses to an open call; submissions picked up on cues within two short stories: ‘Moles & Mice’ by Candice Lin, and ‘Tolstoyevksy’, written by Virginija Januškevičiūtė about a hospitable man with a house full of books who exclaimed ‘Oh I have read all your Tolstoyevskys!’ when asked what he had read.
With contributions and new work by ateate, David Bernstein, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Zoe Kingsley, Erika Lastovskyte, Michael Lawton, Candice Lin, Elena Narbutaitė, Nick Norton, Kim Schoen, Isabel Waidner, and Jonas Žakaitis. Complemented by old work (images, illustrations) from Pierre Bonnard, Giovanni di Paolo, Félix Vallotton, and Édouard Vuillard.
Virginija Januškevičiūtė is a curator, writer and producer based in Vilnius who engages in a wide range of solo and group exhibitions, artwork commissions, publications and events. She works at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius (www.cac.lt) and is founding co-editor of The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt (www.blunt.cc). She curated the XII Baltic Triennial in 2015.
Throughout the launch we will be reading Candice’s Lin text ‘Moles & Mice’.
SCB will be open outside of Kaunas Artists’ House for the whole day (noon-8 pm). You can get your Tolstoyevsky at the bookstore before-through-after the launch for 12 EUR, or there is a possibility to pre-order your copy email@example.com or wwww.sixchairsbooks.lt