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  ArtGuide 2015. Close Stranger: Gdańsk — Kaliningrad — Klaipėda

ElenaTsvetaeva, AgnieszkaWołodźko, IgnasKazakevičius (Eds.) (2015) Kaliningrad: Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts. ISBN 978-5-94620-100-1. – 176 p.

In 2013, in the frame of the “Close Stranger”, contemporary artists and arts professionals from Lithuania, Poland and Russia went on an art expedition along the South-Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. It included visits to historical and cultural sites important for the regional identity. As a result of the trip, artists, curators, writers, journalists, social researchers and art critics prepared a unique art-guide “Close Stranger: Gdańsk — Kaliningrad — Klaipėda”, which presents different views on what unites the three… Continue reading

CLOSE STRANGER: KLAIPĖDA. BLANK SPACES

Rimantas Eivenis

Hi. We are entering the city. What is its taste and smell, how do people dress here, what do they do in the evenings.Klaipėda. Here, we have both the lagoon and the sea, and the wind stretches a blanket of sand and the smell of wave crests over the city, mixed with the sounds of cranes and seagulls’ lamentations.

· Only to local people the city seems stable. Every day, they see the same houses in the same streets, meet the same people, cross the same squares, and have their lunch in the same cafés.

· For visitors,… Continue reading

Faraway, So Close: Strangers, Soundscapes and Urban Rituals

On 8-12 of June Faraway, So Close: Strangers, Soundscapes and Urban Rituals  -  the series of closing  events of the project Close stranger will take place in Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre.

The aim of the interdisciplinary event is to gather scholars, art critics and artists from Lithuania, Poland and Russia to discuss issues of urban rituals and their relations to arts. The event seeks in academic and artistic manner to elaborate ideas of transcendence of the boundaries of social and cultural divisions such as locals/strangers, artists/audiences, arts/art criticism, national/postmodern, us/them. Those divisions, usually functioning as means… Continue reading

FINAL PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT CLOSE STRANGER

European Solidarity Centre, room nr 5, III floor

21 May 2015, 5 pm – 8 pm

 

Project manager: Julia Bardun

Artistic director of the project at Laznia CCA: Agnieszka Wołodźko

Director of the project at KCCA, Klaipeda: Ignas Kazakevicius

 

PROGRAM

5 pm – 5:15 pm – welcome word

5:15 pm – 5:35 pm – presentation of the documentary “Close Stranger”, dir. Marek Zygmunt

5:35 pm – 6:00 pm – Łukasz Szałankiewicz, presentation of the album “Sound Around”

6 pm – 7:45 pm – panel discussion “Art in times of conflict” (moderation: Barbara Piórkowska, participants: Ona Bajoriniene (Klaipeda Culture… Continue reading

«Close Stranger»: the final presentation of results

 

On 8 April 2015 at 19.00, a final presentation of the results of the project «Close Stranger» will take place in Kaliningrad at the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (the attic of the «Kronprinz» barracks). The program includes an exhibition, a concert, a presentation of the publications released in the framework of the project as well as informal discussions with the project participants and the BB NCCA’s partner institutions from Belarus, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine.   

 

The program of the presentation includes an exhibition of some of the… Continue reading

The international Conference “Art’s impact on the image of the city”

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The conference’s organization: Dr. Agnieszka Wołodźko

Can art contribute to making EVERYONE feel good in the city? And in this light, what is the potential that is brought about by the projects realized in the public space? Are they dialogue-related, are they exclusive or are they just an ornament of the city life? In other words: do they make things more esthetic or are they carriers of change? To what extent can we, as creators and organizers of such activities, contribute to the meeting of the postulate of Irish artist and curator Paul O’Neill for the “creation… Continue reading

International artpark open in the Old Town of Klaipėda

The centre of Klaipėda has been hosting an exhibition of public art objects created by artists from Lithuania, Poland and Kaliningrad region (Russia) – the participants in the international cultural exchange project “Close Stranger”. Coordinated by Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre (KCCC), the creative experiments by Lithuanian artists and guests have enriched the ordinary environment of the Old Town by new decorative accents and  means of entertainment.

Donatas Bielkauskas, well-known Lithuanian sound artist, has decided to examine the contemporary communication habits. Specially for this project, he has constructed dangles – the traditional Lithuanian signal percussion instruments. During the excursion over… Continue reading

CD “Sound Around”

The project “Sound Around” comprised of three art residencies in Kaliningrad (1–6 of June, 2013), in Gdansk (21–29 of June, 2013) and in Klaipėda (31 of August – 8 of September, 2013) as well as accompanying festivals.

The purpose of the project – multilateral exchange of experience, practice and technologies among sound artists from Poland, Lithuania and Russia. Artists in residence were focused on explorations of acoustic landscape of the three cities, development of individual and collective creative methods. The artists collaborated in compiling archives of records, creating sound installations, concert… Continue reading

Realization of an art work in the public space

“Dialogue” Roman Klemencov (LT)
a corner of Szopy str. and Długie Ogrody str.
07.10.2014 – 07.10.2014 – 31.12.2014 
 
Realization of an art work in the public space within the project “Close Stranger”.
An attractive, spatial composition “Dialogue” consists of 12 pyramidal spatial modules, each of them has a round, transparent, colored lens mounted in central part. As sun rays will hit it, it will immediately form the “colored shadow effect”. A shape as well as a location of the shadow will vary depending on the sun location.
 
Roman Klemencov is taking part in Artists-in-residence exchange… Continue reading

Art in public space in Gdansk

Close Stranger/Art in public space 2013

Artists:

Julijonas Urbonas, Walking on the Wall: an introduction to the field of design choreography

lecture/performance /carousel

07.09.2013, 19:00

Where: Klubogaleria BUNKIER’s Wall, ul. Olejarna 3

Let’s do it together (Monika Waraxa, Kuba Budzyński, Bartek Bartosiński)

27-29 September 2013

Where: Billboards in the city space of Gdańsk

Screenings:

Theatre in the Window, ul. Długa

Wybrzeże-Malarnia Theatre, ul. Teatralna (near Targ Węglowy) – screening between 21:00-24:00

Gentle women, Memories of happiness

28 September – 29 December 2013

Where: ul. Korzenna not far from the Lovers’ Bridge (opposite the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, ul. Korzenna… Continue reading

Klaipėda Old town to host the artworks of an international art project

One of the final chords that ″Close Stranger″, the international cultural exchange project, will play in Klaipėda, is an exposition of public art objects created by artists from Lithuania, Poland and Kaliningrad region (Russia) in the spaces of the Lithuanian port city. An excursion to introduce those artworks will start from the Exhibition hall of Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre (KCCC) at Didžioji Vandens street, 2, after the opening of the ″9000 km″ exhibition that is to take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 10th. The excursion invites and expects everyone who is interested.

In their work, six… Continue reading

Donatas Bielkauskas “Tabalai”. Public art in Kaliningrad

At 5 p.m. 23rd September Donatas Bielkauskas (Lithuania) presents his art project “Tabalai” in the Amber museum (Kaliningrad).

One of the most important factors in the development of society is communication and information transfer. We talk by phone, participate in social networks, read the press, and listen to the radio. All of this serves to transmit or receive information. This is quite a complex process that also requires some preparation. But how was it in the past? A visual contact was possible by burning fires, maintaining lighthouses or writing letters. All of this was designed for longer distances. For… Continue reading

LEAVE THE PEDESTAL – REPLACE THE MONUMENT

 Drawings (ink on paper): Rolandas Marčius
Text: Skaistė Kazarauskaitė-Marčienė 

LEAVE THE PEDESTAL – REPLACE THE MONUMENT
Monuments route: Gdańsk – Kaliningrad – Klaipėda

 On a Habit to Use the Plinth

In 2012, during the final review of students’ works at the National Gallery of Art, Saulius Leonavičius, MA graduate from Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, took an artwork from its pedestal (platform), put it on the ground, and after half a minute, returned it back. The art object was Deimantas Narkevičius’ ″Too Long on the Plinth″ (1994). ″About a Habit to Use Plinths″ Saulius Leonavičius. Internet link… Continue reading

Educational workshops within the project CLOSE STRANGER in the period March – August 2014

Educational workshops within the project CLOSE STRANGER in the period March – August 2014

I. Workshops on. Exhibition MEETING. STOLEN PAST

Date: 28.03-27.04.2014

Lecturer: Aleksandra Tatarczuk

Audience: school and preschool children

During the meeting participants saw the exhibition and spoke with the lecture about the places in which they  live. They compared  Gdańsk, Klaipeda and Kaliningrad. They  looked for differences and similarities in these cities.  At the workshop they have been working with “Mother” by Inčiūraitė and created the panorama of their own city.

II. Midsummer Night in New Port

Date: June 21, 2014

Lecturer: Judyta… Continue reading

Few great moments from Exploratory trip_2013

On June 29 – July 11, 2013  artists, art critics, historians from Lithuania, Poland and Russia made an exploratory trip: Gdansk – Kaliningrad – Klaipėda. The expedition is implemented within the framework of  the project “Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipėda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture”  2013-2014 m. The project is sponsored by “Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013″. The project is implemented by Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre together with the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia) and the… Continue reading

Meeting of international team of culture educators In Gdansk on 11-13th January 2014 in Laznia CCA

Aleksandra Tatarczuk

On 11-13th January in Gdansk, in Laznia Centre of Contemporary Arts (Poland) was organized the meeting of education specialists from other institutions from Russia and Lithuania participating in the international project „Close Stranger”. They have shared their knowledge and experience about exhibitions “9 000 km”, “The Meetings” and subject Art in Public Space. The displays within the framework of this project will be opened in Gdansk in January, on April in Klaipeda and on June in Kaliningrad.

Partners institutions were represented with: Aleksandra Mrozowska (Deputy Manager of Education Department in Laznia CCA), Aleksandra Tatarczuk (curator of education in… Continue reading

THE YEAR STARTS WITH THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE EU EXHIBITION “TELLING THE BALTIC”

The exhibition „Telling the Baltic” is a part of the project “Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture” implemented within the framework of „ENPI Cross-border Cooperation programme 2007-2013 for Lithuania, Poland and Russian Federation”, where KCCC participates as a partner. The project is to develop contemporary culture exchange and promote mutual understanding between population of Gdansk (Poland), Kaliningrad (Russia) and Klaipeda (Lithuania).

04 th January 12.00 The educational program for the exhibition ” Telling the Baltic” : Drawing exhibition ” The Tale of… Continue reading

THE WINNERS OF PHOTO COMPETITION: AMAZING PICTURE OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTED UNDER THE LITHUANIA-POLAND-RUSSIA 2007-2013 PROGRAMME

On 24 of September the Contest Commission chose the winners. Adequacy of images for cross-border cooperation of Lithuania, Poland and Russia, artistic value of the pictures and the general idea of the pictures were evaluated. 15 artworks were awarded with the following prizes:

- The first place – photo camera Nikon Coolpix L320 model and 8 GB flash drive (4 sets);

- The second place – travel bag and web camera (3 sets);

- The third place – Nordic Walking sticks set and a hoodie (3 sets);

- Special Prizes – backpack with a set of Programme gadgets (cup, pen… Continue reading

International team of culture educators will share their experience in Klaipėda

Today, on 27 November, cultural education specialists will gather to a workshop in Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre (KCCC), where KCCC representatives and their colleagues from other institutions from Poland and Russia participating in the international project „Close Stranger” will share their experience gained during public presentation of the international contemporary art project „Telling the Baltic”; an exhibition within the framework of this project will be opened in Klaipėda in December.

Participants of today’s meeting: Zinaida Shershun – staff scientist of the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), Aleksandra Tatarczuk – curator of the Centre… Continue reading

Educational programme for children

20.09.-25.10.2013
Laznia 2, ul. Strajku Dokerow 5, Gdansk

Play with red

Workshops for children in age 4-7 years old

Red color presented at the exhibition “Russian Red” CAE Łaźnia 2 was not accident! The artist has used it for a specific purpose, as it is appropriate to its existence in nature.

Along with animators We invite you to visit the exhibition and explore the world of colors textures, temperatures and colors in nature. We will talk about what feelings “speak by the colour”, what they are in the “touch” and why they exist in nature.

Together we will create the… Continue reading

New Port in Red

19.10.2013 2:30 pm
Laznia 2, ul. Strajku Dokerow 5, Gdansk

Interventions in public space

The exhibition “Russian Red” presented CAE Łaźnia 2 will provide a pretext to make numerous interventions in public space. We will look at how color affects the perception of our surroundings, how it reacts to the changing the space.

On October 19 will enter in the role of “guerrilla of art who suddenly attacking space”

Ideas for a city screenplay

Artists from Gdansk and Kaliningrad participating in the international project „Close stranger” run by Klaipėda Culture Communication Center (KKKC) in cooperation with its partners will prepare and present public art projects in our port city. What should our city guests know about Klaipėda and what specific features of the city can serve as a launching point for creative ideas – these issues were discussed by KCCC director, art critic Ignas Kazakevičius and Chairman of the Board of Klaipėda branch of the Lithuanian Architects Association Vaidotas Dapkevičius.

Within the framework of the project run by the Baltic Branch of the National… Continue reading

Educational events within “Russian Red” exhibition in Laznia 2 CAE

Within “Russian Red” exhibition realized in Laznia 2 CAE in 20.09.-25.10.2013 we have realized several educational meetings. For organized groups from school we have prepared two proposals:
Play with red (workshops for children in age 4-7 years old),
Red in connection (workshops for children and teenagers).

Under the “Play with red” we’re working with children from kindergarten and primary school under the subject of meaning of the red colour in nature and our surrounding. We’re watching the exhibition, focusing on “textures and temperatures” of red colour, feelings that “speak by the colour”. We’re searching for reasons why Yury Vassiliev has… Continue reading

JULIJONAS URBONAS: WALKING ON THE WALL. GDANSK

On the 7th September, 2013 Julijonas Urbonas will present his project “Walking on the Wall: introduction to the theory of design and choreography – lecture/performance / carousel” on the wall of Club and Gallery BUNKIER, ul. Olejarna 3, Gdansk.

Julijonas Urbonas is a designer, an artist and an engineer. Currently, he has been writing a Ph.D. thesis about interaction design at theLondon’s Royal College of Art. The concept of his creative activity derives from a funfair. The artist has helped at an amusement park since he was a child. In the years 2004-2007 he was a Director of a… Continue reading

Klaipėda will host „Sound Around“ international sound art festival in September

From September 5 to September 7, the Lithuanian port city will enjoy some unusual sounds: Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (KCCC) is going to welcome „Sound Around“, an international festival of sound art and experimental music, where an impressive programme of concerts, discussions and presentations of activities and creative work welcomes music makers, sound engineers and curators from Lithuania, Kaliningrad area (Russia) and Gdansk (Poland).

The festival participants include Donatas Bielkauskas – experimental music maker, participant in the Lithuanian neofolk scene, and author of projects DONIS and d.n.s.; Armantas Gečiauskas-Arma – intensely working sound artist, event organizer, and initiator of „Agharta“… Continue reading

Visual artists-in-residence program

Visual artists-in-residence program

«Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture» is a major project aimed at promoting collaborative work of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian institutions involved in contemporary arts and culture, and facilitating a greater understanding between the population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through cultural participation.

The project is run by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania). It is designed for… Continue reading

Expedition of three, including common experience

To be more precise – expedition of 35. That is how many artists and critics from Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Klaipėda, as well as a few fellow onlookers from elsewhere started an exploratory expedition of the project “Close stranger” on the 11th July through the aforementioned cities with the aim to learn more about them, about each other, and, at the same time, about themselves.

Participants of the trip, who travelled en route Gdansk – Kaliningrad – Klaipėda, met at the final destination admitted that it was difficult to summarize often unexpected and highly concentrated impressions of the twelve days. However, in this case, reflection is a necessary part of not only the trip itself but also of the project “Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipėda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture” that started this year and will run until the end of 2014. Because on the top of everything else, the programme implemented by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia) together with KCCC and the Centre for Contemporary Art Łaznia (Poland), also includes plans to prepare a travel guide of unusual format where dull “official” city hotspots will be replaced by much more lively, relevant and attractive objects, people, and events. Continue reading

Exploratory trip Close Stranger

35 art and culture professionalists from Poland, Russia and Lithuania (curators, visual and sound artists, writers, journalists etc.) will go together from Gdańsk via Kalingrad to Klajpeda visiting important historical and cultural sights, significant from the point of view of the regional identity, looking for markers specific for the territories, scanning cultural and social landscapes, collecting images and ideas for the sake of a publication “Art-Guide: Gdańsk – Kaliningrad – Klajpeda” to be published in 2014.

Participants from Russia:

1/ Ivan Chechot, St. Petersburg – historian, leader of Russian part of the art expedition and editor of Russian part… Continue reading

Exploratory trip 2013 (June 29 – July 11 )

On June 29 – July 11, 2013  artists, art critics, historians from Lithuania, Poland and Russia will make an exploratory trip: Gdansk – Kaliningrad – Klaipėda. The expedition is implemented within the framework of  the project ”Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipėda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture”  2013-2014. The project is sponsored by “Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013“. The project is implemented by Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre together with the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia) and the… Continue reading

Sound Around Gdansk

Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre together with the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia) and the Centre for Contemporary Art Łaznia (Gdansk, Poland) are implementing the project “Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipėda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture”. Estimated duration of the project – two years (January 2013 – December 2014). Sound Around, which constitutes the part of the above project designated for sound art and experimental music, started in Kaliningrad on the 1st of June.

The project “Sound Around” comprises of three… Continue reading

Sound Around Kaliningrad

Sound around Kaliningrad 2013
Festival
06.06 – 08.06.2013
Program: [SOUND AND VIDEO: FEED BACK]
Included in: [Sound around Kaliningrad 2013]

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC AND SOUND ART
Sound around Kaliningrad 2013
6 – 8 June 2013

Organizer: Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia)
Curator: Danil Akimov (NCCA, Baltic Branch)
The basis of the program of the «Sound Around Kaliningrad – 2013» festival will consist of collaborative projects by sound-artists from Lithuania, Poland, and Russia.

Beforehand the artists will establish communication within the framework of the artistic residencies during the Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013.… Continue reading

Art in Residence

Project “Closer stranger”. A-I-R

«Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture» is a major project aimed at promoting collaborative work of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian institutions involved in contemporary arts and culture, and facilitating a greater understanding between the population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through cultural participation.

The project is run by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania). It is designed… Continue reading

Close Strangers – Kaliningrad, Gdansk and Klaipeda – join forces to become artistically and culturally acquainted

The Joint Managing Authority of the Programme signed grant contract on co-financing with Baltic Branch of the National Center of Contemporary Arts of the Russian Federation, situated in the Kaliningrad region. Previously in 2010 the Branch of the Center acting as a lead partner submitted a proposal in the field of cultural development under a symbolic title “Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture”. The proposal was developed within Measure 2.2 aiming at development of human potential in the sphere of national and… Continue reading