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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 of exclusion of the otherness from our everyday life, might be overcome by rituals creating a conceptual and physical space of communality. Therefore, urban rituals are vital encountering strangers and incorporating them into shared identities. Artistic acts and rituals are powerful instruments to reconstruct social hierarchies in urban communities, minimize estrangement and in such a manner to revitalize public spaces in the cities.

The closing events, which are divided into a few segments, will start on 8 of June, at 16:00 in KCCC Exhibition Hall with the conference Faraway, So Closedevoted to urban rituals, city spaces and their relations to sound. The aim of the conference  – having analysed various aspects of structure of ritual, urban rituals, soundscapes, everyday rituals, ritual sound, invisible rituals, gaze of a stranger, ritual as integrating/dividing structure, etc.  at presentations and subsequent discussions  to provide further guidelines and to draw conceptual framework for sound artists.  The workshop and discussions, where sound artists will present their audio materials and ideas about establishing, discovering or reproducing urban ritual in sound structures should inspire scholars and art critics to reflect upon, interpret and develop artistic ideas mediated by sound.

Participants of the project: Jurijus Dobriakovas, Dalia Čiupailaitė (LT), Sergei Ivanov aka Kratong (RU), Danil Akimov aka Dr. Switchoff (RU), Audrius Šimkūnas aka Sala (LT), Tautvydas Bajarkevičius aka Audio_z (LT), Kristijonas Lučinskas aka Driezhas (LT), Konrad Gęca (PL), Marcin Barski (PL).

The artists will also engage into fieldwork – explorations of acoustic soundscapes, development of  individual and collective creative methods. Provided with detailed guidelines in the conference, the sound artists will enter the stage of flaneur fieldwork, where they will collect, record, compose, conceptualize urban sound ritual in the open spaces  of the city . 

This week of events will serve as means of encounter and cooperation between art scholars, sound artists and local community. Sound art workshop Art of Choices will invite local residents to explore soundscape of Klaipėda –  to listen to, record and analyse every day rituals; to search for the ways of possible use of sound as creative material. The workshop will be held on 9–12, June, by artist Konrad Geca (Poland), language of the workshop – English.  Pre-registration by e-mail: info@kkkc.lt (number of participants – up to 7 persons).

Audio-performance  Faraway, So Close: Unheard City, Unseen Rituals, Unimagined Communities and open discussion – the closing event of wide programme (run over 2 years) of presentations of contemporary art centres –  KCCC and its partners from Kaliningrad and Gdansk,  as well as artworks of their artists  will take place on 12th of June, at 18:00  at KCCC Exhibition Hall.  Insights into sounds, images and rituals of the city and artists’  inspirations will be presented by moderators Liutauras Kraniauskas and Aldis Gedutis.

The events constitute a part 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. The project is implemented by 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).

For more information on the project, its events and participants, visit KCCC website www.kkkc.lt and  regularly updated website of the project  www.closestranger.eu.