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Telling the Baltic

On the 13th of December at 6 p.m. at KCCC exhibition spaces will be presented exhibition “Telling the Baltic”. Exhibition will last untill 19.01.2014.

Telling the Baltic

Telling the Baltic is a collaborative storytelling project involving Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Laznia CCA), Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Blekinge County Museum, NGO ArtMission, Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Nida Art Colony, Kunsthalle Rostock and Stena Ferry Line.

During the course of the three-year Art Line project, participating partners will gather a range of materials and “stories” from individuals who live within and who travel throughout the South Baltic region. The collected materials span many forms and types and will include traditional interviews, photo essays, digital stories, historical and archival media, as well as accidental encounters, ambient sounds, and abstract images, all gathered from sea-travelers, sea-dwellers, and from the sea itself. The stories we collect will form the raw materials and inspiration for artists from our partner countries who will render the stories into art works that will be exhibited in museums and galleries around the Baltic throughout 2012-2013. Both the story-telling and artistic development process will be enhanced through joint meetings, seminars, workshops, and other research practices that explore story-telling, interdisciplinary art production, and intercultural cooperation.

We believe the Baltic Sea has many stories to “tell,” and it can reveal its narrative(s) in countless outlets from which we may explore and share its rich surfaces, depths and all spaces in between. We will seek stories, then, from those who travel the sea for holiday or for work (ferry passengers, island dwellers, sailors, ship mechanics, dock workers, and galley staff, for example), but also from those who live by the Baltic’s international shores and from those whose lives are influenced by its beauty, mystery, hidden dangers and secrets.

Our goal is to collect an array of materials which reflect the many ways the sea can represent an inter-cultural and multi-cultural identity. Just as there is no one Baltic Sea, or one Baltic Sea-story, there is no singular way to represent the numerous ways in which the sea can influence those who encounter it. Therefore our international profile—with story collectors and researchers in Poland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, and Kaliningrad—will support our goal to promote multiple perspectives on the Baltic. Furthermore, engaging with the Art Line initiative to sustain creative networks among artists, theorists, cultural institutions and tourism will provide a solid foundation to explore how the sea both connects and divides us in differing and interdisciplinary contexts.

Our work within the Telling the Baltic project is based on a model for critical/creative practice, and we are committed to documenting our methods and supporting research in story-telling methods, interdisciplinary art practice, experimental exhibition, and intercultural collaboration and networking. Information about Telling the Baltic participants, selected stories, documentation of our collection and production methods, as well as a gallery to showcase the art works selected for the exhibitions will be displayed on the Telling the Baltic website. Additional information and related art works will also be available on Art Line’s Digital Art Platform, an arena for exploring art innovation in both physical and digital space.

Artists:

Danil Akimov [RU], Oleg Blyablyas [RU], Anna Brag [SE], Alexey Chebykin [RU], Astrid Göransson [SE], Henrik Lund Jörgensen [DK], Alexander Lyubin + Vassily Kolesnik [RU], Gintaras Makarevičius [LT], Patrycja Orzechowska [PL], Paetrick Schmidt [DE], Michael Soltau [DE], Anna Steller [PL], Łukasz Szałankiewicz [PL], Konstantin Traschenkov [RU], Johan Thurfjell [SE], Agnieszka Wołodźko [PL], Anton Zabrodin [RU], Iwona Zając [PL], Anna Zaradny&Szymon Rogiński [PL], Marek Zygmunt [PL]

Curators: Torun Ekstrand, Elena Tsvetaeva, Agnieszka Wołodźko

Organiser: Centre for Contemporary Art Łaznia (Gdansk, Poland)

Co-organiser: Klaipėdos kultūrų komunikacijų centras / Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre

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.

Project supported by: The Ministry of of the Republic of Lithuania