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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 the countryside needs, dangles were enough.

Dangles are the most primitive signal or percussion instruments: historical sources mention them since the eighteenth century. One, two, or three dry boards made of ash or maple trees, with pre-drilled holes at the ends for ropes (sometimes pieces of metal were used instead of boards). People would hang the boards vertically (sometimes horizontally) on the tree, the house attic, next to a barn, or the sauna place. Since the ancient times, the dangles were used to drive out the herd, notify others of fires and other disasters, call meetings, invite people to come the sauna, or come home from the fields for dinner. Dangles were very appropriate for weddings, ceremonies, or other entertainment. One could hear the sound of the dangles for as long as three kilometers away.

I wonder how would dangles look in contemporary urban spaces, would people have enough curiosity and courage to convey their messages by using them?

The main aim of the project „Close Stranger“, implemented from December 2012 to December 2014, is to promote cooperation among Lithuania, Poland and Russia through development of bilateral and trilateral relations. The specific objectives of the project cover facilitation of tripartite exchange within a cross-border network of institutions and professionals working in the field of contemporary arts and culture in three partner cities and dissemination of information about contemporary artistic, cultural and social issues on the territory of the project in three Programme’s countries of Russia, Poland and Lithuania.

The “Close Stranger” project is implemented in the framework of the Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013. The main objective of the Programme financed from the funds of the European Union and the Russian Federation is to strengthen cooperation between Lithuania, Poland and Russia through enhanced bilateral and trilateral relations. The total cost of the “Close Stranger” project is 873,620.59 Euro. The Programme’s contribution to the project equals to 768,786.12 Euro (88%). The involved institutions provide co-financing in the amount of 104,834.47 Euro (12%).