DeMo (Decoding Modernity / Dekoduojant modernybę) is Reciprocal Residency programme of Kaunas Artists’ House designed to analyze and decipher the processes of modernity development under different conditions in various social and cultural contexts. DeMo’s mission is to explore the relationship between different modernities, that is, to unravel modernity as a broader phenomenon in time and space. In this case, modernity is associated with processes of scientific, industrial and cultural development, abandoning the culturally constructed distinction between modernity and postmodernity. 

In order to provide a broader perspective on modernity or modernities DeMo, a three-year program (2020-2022) of Kaunas Artists’ House, together with the Derry ~ Londonderry Center for Contemporary Art, the thankyouforcoming residency program in Nice, the Culture Center LAB in Novi Sad, and other partners will invite artists, curators, cultural field researchers, and multidisciplinary collectives to explore the possible interfaces, overlaps and divergences between the different modernities, their forms and expressions.

Given that modernity is often associated with relatively clear geographic boundaries and is still difficult to expand, DeMo is dedicated to developing art and cultural networks beyond economic and cultural centers. One of the goals of this residency program is to multiply modernity – not to be confined to

one particular concept of modernity, which is often presented outside of the center as an aspiration. To turn modernity into the multitude of modernities will require a variety of artistic research methodologies that will take the form of presentations, lectures, exhibitions, performances or objects in public spaces.


Reciprocal Residency Programme DeMo is organized by: Kaunas Artists’ House
Reciprocal Residency DeMo is a part of “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” programme


Residency Programme Coordinator: 
Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė, / +370 664 22939

Program partners
The Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) (Derry ~ Londonderry, Northern Ireland) aims to create opportunities for the audience to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging art and to develop successful careers for emerging artists. CCA is located within the historic city walls of Derry/Londonderry, the second city of Northern Ireland that sits on the border with the Republic of Ireland. CCA develops artist-centered projects related to the region and it collaborates with partners to strengthen the arts field locally, nationally and internationally. You can read more about CCA at

The residency programme ACROSS organised by thankyouforcoming in Nice (France) brings together national and international art world professionals, by networking, promoting knowledge and skills, and helping to activate the contemporary art scene in the French Riviera.

The Cultural Center LAB / Kulturni centar LAB (KCLAB) (Novi Sad, Serbia), located in a modernist building in front of Futoški Park, is a unique gathering place for experimentation with cultural and art professionals, creative teams and CCI companies engaged in creative economy development and social entrepreneurship. KCLAB is accessible to creative individuals who are critical of the cultural environment, and is also open to innovative social and cultural activities.

Lithuanian Cultural Institute is a state budgetary institution founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. Its function is to promote Lithuanian culture abroad and to present Lithuania to the world through culture. It works with various institutional and individual partners, such as Book Fairs to contemporary art Curators. Until 2014, it was known as the International Cultural Programme Centre.



Neringa Bumblienė (LT)

Neringa Bumblienė, a curator, critic and art consultant living and working in Vilnius, will be travelling to Nice on the French Riviera at the end of April. Since 2014, she works as a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, Lithuania.

She has respectively graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts with a Master’s degree in Curatorial Studies, and from the curatorial school École du Magasin in Grenoble, France. Throughout her career, she has worked on numerous contemporary art projects from large-scale international group exhibitions, such as Head with Many Thoughts and Baltic Triennial 13 Give Up the Ghost to solo presentations of established and emerging artists.

She is the Curator of the Pavilion of Lithuania at the 59th Biennale di Venezia with the project Gut Feeling by Robertas Narkus and the Artistic Director of the 1st Vilnius Biennial for Performance Art to be held in 2023. She is an expert on contemporary art at the Lithuanian Council for Culture, a Board Member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art and the art fair ArtVilnius.

Reciprocal Residency DeMo is a part of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 programme.

Mark Buckeridge (GBR), Ona Juciūtė (LT)

Ona Juciūtė, born and working in Vilnius, is a young sculptor. In her work, she is interested in the topics of production and industry. Coming from a family of carpenters for several generations, Ona tries to understand the hierarchical systems of different materials by observing the changing production conditions.

Mark Buckeridge, born and working in Belfast, is an interdisciplinary artist who mostly explores the power of music culture as a conduit for our current social and political experiences, from acts of fandom to aural traditions found in ancient song and the spiritual energies conjured from communal listening.

The main partner: CCA Derry~Londonderry
Reciprocal Residency DeMo is a part of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 programme.


Beatrice Celli (IT/FR)

Beatrice Celli (1992) is an Italian artist living between Castelli (IT) and Marseille (FR). In her practice, she draws inspiration from the popular folk and mystical culture of her region, Abruzzo (Southern Italy). Playing with the perspective of the anthropologist, Beatrice Celli creates a personal mythology through invented folklore and interwoven beliefs that invite us to imagine new worlds. In doing so, the artist combines various myths and traditions by creating sculptures, performances, and installations.
Beatrice Celli studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Urbino in Rome and at Villa Arson in Nice. Her work has been exhibited at Kleine Humboldt Galerie in Berlin, at Venice Biennale, at the Institute of Visual Arts in Shanghai, and at Sonnenstube in Lugano, among others.

Kaunas Artists’ House, in cooperation with thankyouforcoming (Nice, French Riviera) is implementing the artists’ reciprocal residency programme DeMo (Decoding Modernity) on the theme of Esprit Collectif.

Reciprocal Residency DeMo is a part of “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” programme.


Gintė Regina (LT), Niamh Seana Meehan (GBR)

They were selected through an Open Call and spending February 2020 in Derry/Londonderry (Ginte Regina) and Kaunas (Niamh Seana Meehan) hosted by CCA and KAH respectively. Following the residency, the artists have exhibited at CCA with two, concurrent, solo shows of new and existing work by the artists. The exhibition was open to the public from 21 March to 23 May 2020. More…

Anton Karyuk (UA/LT), Vytautas Stakutis (LT), Marija Krstic (RS), Marija Markovic (RS)

At the end of October of 2020, Kaunas Artists’ House, in cooperation with Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture 2021 and the cultural center LAB (Novi Sad), after an open call selected 4 artists. The artists started their participation in the international reciprocal residency programme DeMo in November.

Artists living in Lithuania Vytautas Stakutis and Anton Karyuk were selected for the programme. Artists from Serbia are represented by Marija Krstic and Marija Markovic. All four artists are unified by sensitive observation of the environment and at the same time radically different approach to the relationship with the environment, its methods of analysis.

In order to expand the concept of modernity, the artists selected for the programme analyze the meaning of the contemporary architectural term EXISTENZMINIMUM in these turbulent times. It ccoul be predicted that the theme of the residency programme was conceptually determined by the current instability and pandemic crisis, which has highlighted the limits of both our existence and Western modernity. In addition to the very broad meaning of the term, the word EXISTENZMINIMUM is historically an architectural definition used after the First World War to describe the needs of a person for comfortable and affordable housing. It is expected that artists will prepare projects based on interdisciplinary research and implement them during physical residencies in 2021, using the traditionally modernist spaces of Kaunas and Novi Sad.

Reciprocal Residency DeMo is a part of “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” programme.



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