Media Art Festival ENTER 10
On the 27th of April starts tenth Media Art Festival „Enter 10“. It is the digital technologies and art, virtual subcultures and informational society research laboratory, where with the help of an artists projects, seminars, the sounds of electronic music and digital images we seek to range and convey the essential tendencies of the modern art and culture.
Within The Festival the competitive view of young media artists will be arranged. The young authors are invited to share their creative achievements in the field of digital art too. Their artworks will be discussed and evaluate with price bounty by authoritative committee.
We hope the variety of The Festival Programme and the actuality of the main subject will attract wide audience. We are awaiting for you in the Festival events and discussions.
Organizers: Šiauliai Art Gallery.
Sponsors: The Culture Support Fund of the Republic of Lithuania, weekly „Šiauliai plius“, TV Splius, ACM, ŠTV, Company „Spedo“, Cafe „Arkos“.
Partners: PO „Artists Club“, The Audiovisual Art Department of Šiauliai University, The Photography and Media Art Department of Vilnius Art Academy, el. journal „Balsas“, Šiauliai City Centre of Culture.
Moving images enthusiast attention!
We invite you to participate in the art films competitive review of the ENTER 10 Festival. We are waiting for your digital, video, cinematic featurettes. We will appreciate your creative courage, visions, personal technique, individual sight with rewarding prizes and by regard of the authoritative juri. Send your films of all possible formats to the Šiauliai Art Gallery by post or email.
Address: Siauliai Art Gallery, Vilniaus st. 245, Šiauliai LT – 76343, phone 521161. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saulius Pucinskas, videoartist, Splius TV programme director.
Virginijus Kincinaitis, art critic.
Rimantas Plungė, Head of The Audiovisual Art Department of Siauliai University.
Tomas Andrijauskas, videoartist, lecturer of Audiovisual Art Department of Siauliai University.
Vytautas Michelkevicius, media critic, editor of the media culture journal „balsas.cc“
More about the „Enter“ Festival:
SIAULIAI ART GALLERY
VILNIUS St. 245, LT-76343, SIAULIAI
TEL.: + 370 41 52 43 85
THE MISSION OF THE INSTITUTION
To provide the conditions for the continuity and spread of modern and professional art, for free expression of society‘s culture and its participation in creative activity. To initiate and organize the events of modern art and culture of the city, Lithuania and foreign countries by developing creative, democratic and open society.
THE VISION OF THE INSTITUTION
To embed the image of Šiauliai Art Gallery being a strong centre of the spread of modern art in Northern Lithuania by participating in the development of civic, Lithuanian and foreign professional art by organising exhibitions, interdisciplinary projects, educational programmes.
Šiauliai Art Gallery, established in 1992, is one of the largest and most important centres of the fine arts in Northern Lithuania in which the exhibitions of the fine arts of the artists of the city, Lithuania or foreign countries, as well as interdisciplinary projects, educational programmes are held. In order to develop the information about modern art and the activity of Šiauliai Art Gallery, the conferences, seminars are conducted, information bureau of modern art works here and the cycles of lectures are delivered to the students of Šiauliai University. As the gallery in its activity follows the principles of art centre open to different kinds of art, various events of thematic experimental, electronic, jazz and classical music are held in it. While arranging the interdisciplinary art projects the gallery purposefully spreads the ideas of modern art; during the festivals it introduces with the most interesting tendencies of the fine arts, media, music, theatre, literature, dance and fashion. By spreading the ideas of the importance of culture, the freedom of creation and artistic searches, the gallery actively participates in cultural life of the city and the Republic. Since the beginning of its establishment Šiauliai Art Gallery creates cultural identity of the city and symbolizes creative powers of the city by fostering artistic novelties. The most significant continuation projects of Šiauliai Art Gallery are the following: international festival of modern art VIRUS, art festival of multimedia ENTER intended for the interaction of digital technologies and art, the cycle of exhibitions of the winners of National Culture and Art Premium, en plein air of scrap metal sculptures KONTRAPUNKTAS (COUNTERPOINT), artistic psychosocial rehabilitation project DĖLIONĖ (PUZZLE), educational programmes JUDANTIS MENAS (MOVING ART) and MENOPOLIS, mobile exhibitions and the cycles of the newest tendencies of the fine arts, annual exhibitions of artists and folk artist of the city are held.
MEDIA ART FESTIVAL “ENTER”
Time: annually in April and May (since 2003)
Place: Šiauliai Art gallery, different cultural institutions of the city, public spaces of the city
ENTER is a festival of professional media art dedicated for the development of media art in Šiualiai city, district and the whole Lithuania and is probably the only such kind of festival in the country. Enter festival became popular as the laboratory of digital technologies and art, virtual sub-cultures and the research of informational society in which the most important tendencies of modern art and culture are covered and revealed by artists’ projects, seminars, the sounds of electronically music and digital views. Huge possibilities of new technologies, growing video culture, the impact of visual art on our everyday life form the necessity to create the space for the self expression of the creators of media art. For several years already this role is performed by media art festival ENTER.
INTERNATIONAL MODERN ART FESTIVAL “VIRUS”
Time: annually in November (since 1996)
Place: Šiauliai Art Gallery, public spaces of the city, different cultural institutions of the city
International modern art festival VIRUS is the only, largest and the most professional festival in Northern Lithuania, combining all kinds of art and introducing the newest and most original art projects in the spheres of fine arts, fashion, dance, music, theatre, literature, media and cinema. It is a kind of laboratory of synthesis of various kinds of art and the only opportunity in Northern Lithuania to feel comprehensive spirit of modern art by participating and visiting different events of the festival. The festival VIRUS presents the projects not of fine arts only but art theory, modern dance, theatre, cinema, street art and vogue as well, in which one can get acquainted with up-and-coming possibilities of modern art, its forms and unexpected new synthesis of the kinds of art. During the festival, educational programmes are implemented, seminars, lectures, theoretical conferences are held.
EN PLEIN AIR OF SCRAP METAL SCULPTURES “KONTRAPUNKTAS” (“COUNTERPOINT”)
Time: annually in September during the days of Šiauliai city (since 1996)
Place: Šiauliai Art Gallery, city park near Zubovai palace, public spaces of the city, metal scrap shops
The artists of Šiauliai city, Lithuania and foreign countries participate in unique and exclusive en plein air of scrap metal sculptures “KONTRAPUNKTAS” (“COUNTERPOINT”). For several weeks metal scrap shops become their creative spaces and workshops. The project provides the society of the city and region with the possibilities of the openness and variety of art, when creators by changing their places of creation and usual materials, create unique works of art from scrap. Being temporarily exhibited in public spaces of the city, such works evoke the curiosity of bypassers and once again proves a simple rule that a good artist can create a piece of art from anything.
EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS. MENOPOLIS and JUDANTIS MENAS (“MOVING ART”)
Time: all year
Place: Šiauliai Art Gallery, various cultural institutions and schools of Northern Region of Lithuania
Educational projects MENOPOLIS AND JUDANTIS MENAS (“MOVING ART”) are intended for artistic and cultural education of children, youth and adults in non-traditional methods and forms. The aim of the project MENOPOLIS – to engage more people of different age, especially youth, in activity of gallery, forming the visitor of modern arts gallery from childhood, forming understanding about modern art and constantly changing its processes. The sessions, arranged in gallery and in other spaces by lectors form original and relevant artistic self-expression of children and adults, help them to discover and realize themselves creatively, provide a possibility to connect artistic searches and technological discoveries of informational society in creative activity. Project JUDANTIS MENAS (“MOVING ART”) – is a continuous cycle of educational events (lectures, reviews, meetings, discussions and exhibitions) in various places of Šiauliai Circuit, striving for wider and more active presentation of modern art tendencies and variety. Šiauliai Circuit and a whole Northern Region of Lithuania is rather aloof from cultural centers of Lithuania not only in geographical point but in usage proportion and quality of cultural news as well. Modern art and modern culture is absolutely inaccessible in small towns and villages. The aim of the project “Judantis menas” (“Moving art”) – to get acquainted as many as possible residents of various towns, small-town and villages of Northern Lithuania with modern art and culture, arranging the tours of transportable exhibitions of professional art, educational events and reviews in various localities. Thanks to visiting lecturers, the creation of the most interesting and talented artists will be represented to the wide society of region. Practical and theoretical sessions (lectures, film reviews, sessions with professional, creative exhibitions) help integrate the community of region, especially youth, to modern art contexts, stimulate their creative self-expression and decrease disjuncture between the centers and periphery.
Working hours: from Tuesday to Friday: from 10a.m. till 6 p.m., on Saturday: from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
The price of the ticket – 4 LTL, with discount – 2 LTL. on Wednesday discount is applicable to all.
Šiauliai Art Gallery Exhibitions Hall Plan is here
For the international fair of art galleries ‘Art Vilnius 09’, Šiauliai Art Gallery is introducing the drawings by one of the most interesting nowadays Lithuanian artist, Mindaugas Lukošaitis.
Mindaugas Lukošaitis (born in 1980) currently is studying sculpture in Vilnius Academy of Art. For the first time this author was seen with his abundant exposition of drawings in international exhibition "2show" organised in the Modern Art Centre. In 2004, Mindaugas together with his brother Gintautas Lukošaitis already represented Lithuania in the 26th international biennale of San Paulo, Brazil. Afterwards, the author took part in various international exhibitions and projects, his drawings were published by Phaidon Publisher. The last and rather scandalous project “The Second Royal Palace” by this artist (together with Gintautas Lukošaitis) has already started the events of Vilnius quadriennial “History of the city”.
Volcano, 2006, drawing.
In the darkness of graphite carbon
What does a drawing mean within the context of modern art? The answer to this question may be given by a flow of artistic exhibitions of drawings, graphic novels, illustrations and graffiti going through art centres all over the world. This way, authors of advertising drawings, alternative graphic novels, book illustrations, naïve drawings are discovered anew. Why? Despite the occurrence of new and diverse means of artistic expression, a drawing remains the most sensitive “organ of thought” in artist. Imagine a musician who is humming his future piece of music with all his body, his voice, breathing and heart beats. An artist in a very similar way leaves a diaphragmatic wandering trace with his bodily pulsation, sighs and volitional movement. This is an archetype scratch of graphic arts.
A drawing usually is in the initial stage of visual symbolizing of the world and therefore it is so much subjectively vital, unpredictable, personally passionate and thrusting. This is a linear membrane connecting invisible and already visible world in the pulsation of which semblances of well-known and unseen forms are born. This is a true “fauna” of the artistic world, not yet tamed, still trenchant, apprehensive, free and hectic.
It is not so easy to remain within a level of this vital stage of a drawing. It does not take long for it to become an auxiliary measure for other types of art. For the most part, such type of untamed drawing was affected by an excessive ambition among the Lithuanian graphics of last decades to stylize a drawing and to give it the shape of plumy finesse. This way, a drawing became a bloodless and impersonal stylistic purple patch. Therefore, it is just great to see the efforts of young Lithuanian artists and curators, although rather timid but at the same time becoming more and more striking to rehabilitate primeval meaning of a subjective drawing unrestricted by formal clichés. Mindaugas Lukošaitis did not need to learn to understand this type of drawing. He has always drawn and did it not as it is done in the academy of art where a drawing is an academic measure for technical skills or an attribute of formal ostentation. A drawing to Mindaugas is his personal history, his biography, an invention of visual surrounding and imagined world. Therefore, a conception of his drawing does not fit into any frame of formal and alienated games. He is primitive, brutal, physical, realistic and dream-like. Lines of his drawing break together with a broken glass of a car, fade together with a freezing dead body and pull a wry face with teeth spikes of a water-man. His drawing is self-encouraging and self-fearful at the same time since you never know how it will end, since everything is born before your eyes and that is why all events are true and story must be outlived up to the end, whatever comfortless its end may be. From here comes a slap in the face, improbability, imperfection, absence of stylistics and (necro) realistic primitiveness related to stories conveyed by this author. That is why his drawings unite the skills of a childish drawing and socrealism, advertising and textbook illustration, shots of a neorealistic movie and an early graphic novel.
This process of drawing is delirious, feverish, obsessive or being obsessed, moreover it has nothing to do with the reproduction of the “invented style of drawing” characteristics to our masters. They are just the traces of a drawing being foiled, snowed in, covered with leaves or disappearing in the darkness of treetops.
It is no mere chance that this paradoxical relation of drawing illustrativeness and individuality of stories retold by Mindaugas Lukošaitis immediately captured an interest by exhibition curators and galleries. We were all literally missing more intimate intonations in a drawing. The fact that Mindaugas Lukošaitis together with his brother Gintautas Lukošaitis represented Lithuania in the 26th biennale of San Paulo and took part in the whole range of significant international projects, and the fact that he is introduced by Phaidon Publisher as one of the most interesting artists of today only prove his ability not to drown in the diversity of the universal modern art as well as to remain the distinctive mediator of archetype drawing capacities.