XII Baltic Triennial at Dailes Theater

11 Marcos Lutyens

Artists: Nick Bastis, Brud, Goda Budvytytė, Liudvikas Buklys, Gizela Mickiewicz, Antanas Gerlikas, Laura Kaminskaitė, Erki Kasemets, Mikko Kuorinki, Marcos Lutyens, Robertas Narkus, Valdas Ozarinskas, Bianka Rolando, Viktorija Rybakova, Vitalijus Strigunkovas, The Oceans Academy of Arts, The World In Which We Occur (Jennifer Teets and Margarida Mendes), Ola Vasiljeva

Exhibition title: XII Baltic Triennial

Curated by: Virginija Januškevičiūtė

Organized by: Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius and kim? Contemporary Art Center in collaboration with Dailes Theater

Venue: Dailes Theater, Riga, Latvia

Date:  May 7 – June 11, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius and kim? Contemporary Art Center

The exhibition organized by kim? Contemporary Art Center and Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius in collaboration with Dailes Theater reiterates the XII Baltic Triennial* as it opened in Vilnius on September 4, 2015, in a setting which despite some major divergences resembles its original venue. Just like the CAC in Vilnius, Dailes Theatre was built around the 1970s in the centre of a then-Soviet Baltic capital with the purpose of staging public presentations of new art. And just like the CAC, it more or less serves its original use to this day, despite them both having hosted other extra-curriculum events including car shows in the past. The Baltic Triennial in one and the other will also be somewhat the same**.

The Baltic Triennial was established in 1979 as a periodic exhibition of young Lithuanian and later Baltic artists expressing non-conformist spirit. With its twelve consecutive stagings, it has grown to become one of the major contemporary festival exhibitions in Northern Europe. Mainly showing emerging art the Baltic Triennial now offers a wide range of activities and artists from the Baltics and beyond.

*WHAT IS AN ARTWORK TODAY CAN BE SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY TOMORROW – this sentence, picked out from an interview with the artist David Bernstein, is at the very heart of the forthcoming Baltic Triennial. The idea is not new: how we perceive an artwork and what we expect of it changes in time. Things get forgotten, switched around and we end up looking at the wrong end of a musical instrument or playing a painting back to front. Sometimes, however, that’s on purpose: a composition decomposes, a song becomes a mood, a sculpture – a model, and a drawing – a letter. Are we then to talk about uses of art or rather about the art of uses? Or better skip art at all? Well, let’s find out.

This year’s Triennial will focus on the Baltic more than the previous editions, on the geographical region, its culture and the sea. It is a decidedly transdisciplinary event that, in its own motto of sorts (“what is an artwork today…”) is mainly interested in the “something else”. The exhibition opens up a range of topics and their couplings including influence, exchange, materiality, and impact. It’s primarily an exhibition at the CAC, but the programme of events – talks, launches, presentations, classes and performances – spanning six weeks will expand behind the scenes.
– from the original press release; read the full text at http://cac.lt/en/exhibitions/past/15/7681

**“How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction” is a book by Beth Shapiro. There she explains that cloning a mammoth is almost impossible as scientists can’t find a living mammoth cell as cold weather, light, bacteria damages the genome sequence in the cell thus it is impossible to read a full undamaged sequence of genome.

Thus the idea is not to clone a mammoth but to edit the genome sequence of an elephant cell in a dish in a lab, using new genome editing technology, and swapping out bits of elephant sequence for the mammoth version of sequences making a mammoth look and act more like a mammoth than like an elephant. The ultimate goal is re-establishing lost productivity of the tundra ecosystem. Except that this is not cloning and it’s not exactly re-establishing. “Mammoths and elephants have approximately 99 percent identical genomes. If we are talking about changing a few genes here and there to make them better adapted to living in the cold, I think we are talking about preserving elephants,”

Said Beth Shapiro
– from Valentinas Klimašauskas‘ How to Clone a Mammoth (in Three Voices and with a Fisherman‘s Exaggeration) or The Science of De-Extinction in the Economy of Clicks, read during the exhibition opening on May 7, just like in Vilnius few months earlier.

The exhibition includes works by Nick Bastis, Brud, Goda Budvytytė, Liudvikas Buklys, Gizela Mickiewicz, Antanas Gerlikas, Laura Kaminskaitė, Erki Kasemets, Mikko Kuorinki, Marcos Lutyens, Robertas Narkus, Valdas Ozarinskas, Bianka Rolando, Viktorija Rybakova, Vitalijus Strigunkovas, The Oceans Academy of Arts, The World In Which We Occur (Jennifer Teets and Margarida Mendes), Ola Vasiljeva.

Graphic design: Vytautas Volbekas
Exhibition architecture: Liudvikas Buklys
Head of production: Dita Birkenšteina
King of logistics: Edgaras Gerasimovicius

Special thanks: LETO gallery, Warsaw, MuKHA, Antwerp, Vleeshal, Middelburg, Gaspar’s restaurant, Vilnius, Baltic Pavilion, Madara Bārtule, Māris Bišofs, Neringa Bumblienė, Vytenis Burokas, Renata Dubinskaitė, Ieva Dzintare, Giedrė Genevičiūtė, Kaspars Groševs, Tomas Grunskis, Yi-Ping Hou ,Kristiāna Kārkliņa, Gintaras Kuginys, Andris Landaus, Harita Maniņa, Mindaugas Masaitis, Salomėja Marcinkevičiūtė, Nicholas Matranga, Dmitrij Matvejev, Renata Mikailionytė,Viktoras Musteikis  ,Elena Ozarinskaitė, Barbara Prada, Bartoš Polonski, Dairis Putniņš, Lukas Revinskas ,Rimas Revinskas, Indra Rubene-Vilipsone, Klinta Roga, Urtė Milda Širvinskaitė, Eglė Trimailovaitė, Gintautas Trimakas, Kaspars Vanags.

Supporters: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Lithuanian Council for Culture, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Frame Visual Art Finland, The Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation, Irve, VKN, BIRZĪ, Valmiermuižas alus, Gardu Muti, Rīgas Laiks, Delfi.

1 Poster for XII Baltic Triennial

Poster for XII Baltic Triennial, 2016. Image courtesy kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

2 Liudvikas Buklys

Liudvikas Buklys, Prototype for Secondary School, 2014. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

3 Banner for XII Baltic Triennial

Banner for XII Baltic Triennial, 2016. Image courtesy kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

4 The Oceans Academy of Arts

The Oceans Academy of Arts, Learning Not to Learn, 2015. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

5 Robertas Narkus

Robertas Narkus, Myriad Umbrella (Tuna Roll or a Nut), 2016. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

6 Bianka Rolando

Bianka Rolando, Black Box, 2010. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

7 Viktorija Rybakova and Marcos Lutyens, Gizela Mickiewicz

Viktorija Rybakova and Marcos Lutyens, Almost primes, 2016 (front). Gizela Mickiewicz. Nobody’s Mood (from The Time of Entry series), 2016 (back). Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

8 The Oceans Academy of Arts, Antanas Gerlikas

The Oceans Academy of Arts. Courses, 2015 (on the left). Antanas Gerlikas, Instrument, 2014 (on the right).  XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

9 Ola Valsijeva, Valdas Ozarinskas

Ola Vasiljeva, En Rachâchant, 2015 (front).  Valdas Ozarinskas. Collection of Work Clothes, – 2014 (back).  XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

10 XII Baltic Triennial

XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

11 Marcos Lutyens

Marcos Lutyens, Immolation Induction, 2016. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

12 Marcos Lutyens

Marcos Lutyens, Alphabet Huts, 2016. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

13 Marcos Lutyens

Marcos Lutyens, Alphabet Huts, 2016. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

14 Valdas Ozarinskas

Valdas Ozarinskas, Collection of Work Clothes, – 2014 (fragment). XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

15 Valdas Ozarinskas

Valdas Ozarinskas, Collection of Work Clothes, – 2014 (fragment), XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

16 XII Baltic Triennial

XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

17 The World In Which We Occur

The World In Which We Occur (Jennifer Teets and Margarida Mendes). Voice Archive, 2015.  XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Kristīne Madjare

18 Valentinas Klimaıauskas

Reading of How to Clone a Mammoth (in Three Voices and with a Fisherman’s Exaggeration) or The Science of De-Extinction in the Economy of Clicks by Valentinas Klimašauskas during the opening, 2016. Photo: Kristīne Madjare

19 Ola Valsijeva

Ola Vasiljeva, En Rachâchant , 2015 (front). XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

20 Ola Valsijeva

Ola Vasiljeva, En Rachâchant , 2015 (fragment). XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

21 Brud

Brud, Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo, 2016 (front). XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Kristīne Madjare

22 Marcos Lutyens

Marcos Lutyens, Immolation Induction, 2016 (fragment). XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Kristīne Madjare

23 Vitalijus Strigunkovas

Vitalijus Strigunkovas, Sequence from Waiting, 2015. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

24 XII Baltic Triennial

XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

25 Marcos Lutyens

Marcos Lutyens, Reishi Reality, 2016. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

26 Nick Bastis

Nick Bastis, Unrealised View from Vilnius of Dailes Theater in Riga, 2016. XII Baltic Triennial installation view, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and kim? Contemporary Art Centre. Photo: Ansis Starks

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