On the way to Kristaus Prisikėlimo – in the search for Wonders of Kaunas. Created by students from the Art Institute and the Institute of Political Science and Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University and from the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University – Rita Akelaitytė, Vilma Balčiauskaitė, Aistė Kasperavičiūtė, Arnas Šedovas and Patrycja Proniewska – working with Pamela Wells from Laundry.
The confluence of the Nemunas and Neris Rivers – in the search for Wonders of Kaunas. Created by Beata Godlewska working with Brendan Jackson from Laundry. Part of workshops run by Laundry with students from the Art Institute and the Institute of Political Science and Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University and from the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University.
A silent movie searching for Wonders of Kaunas in Vilijampole. Created with Ania Bas from Laundry and Vaida Gedzevičiūtė, Sandra Kliukaitė, Indrė Šurkutė, Rūta Vainauskaitė, and Agnieszka Nasierowska – students from the Art Institute and the Institute of Political Science and Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University, and from the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University.
Beetwen visions and dreams, in the maze of blocks and in the tangle of subway – searching for wonders of Warsaw we came to the southern part of our city.
With student of grammar school in Natolin, having them as a guides of this, still not enough known district (not enough by inhabitants of central Warsaw, of course) we were asking this returning question: what is interesting in that apparently uninteresting place?
Of course a subway. As a metaphore of postmodern journey and space. It became a game with photo-riddle during Breakfast. (see also play the game description).
Of course their school and roads to school. But also other, not so obvious: Kazurówka hill – place of bikers struggles and illegal fags, some shops and… bus stops and all terminus …One of our participants – Szympans – knows all of it by heart and he took care of putting them on our map. But not only that – he also recitated, without any mistake, all routes of bus lines… It turned out that the best one in Ursynów is 503 – starting in Nowodwory with finish in North Natolin.
All of these wonders appeared on the map or during the game. The nice point, as usual was food – Pawel didn’t dissapoint us also this time. The real hit was nougat – a subtle reference to the name of one of the street in UrsynówJ
We had also two guests – Aleksander Mann talking about history and mithology of Ursynów and Marek Budzyński who shown us presentation ilustrating proccess of creating Ursynów and told fascinating story not only about architecture but even more about space philosophy.
It was the last Breakfast. But still so much in Warsaw to discover left… So, maybe, see U soon in the next Warsaw Breakfast’s edition!
The Pink Group – Rita Akelaitytė, Vilma Balčiauskaitė, Aistė Kasperavičiūtė, Arnas Šedovas and Patrycja Proniewska, working with Pamela Wells – when we were exploring our section of Kaunas, we asked people what they found ‘wonder’ful about Kaunas.
This is what Vilma wrote from our day and it was part of our installation:
We had a visit organised to the TV & Radio Station. The group explored the building and met with people working there while Linara and Pamela were interviewed – you can listen to it by clicking HERE then click on “Klaskika” in left column then you will find “Ryto allegro” in the right column) Ania Bas is also in this interview, but she did not come with us. She was exploring another part of Kaunas. The radio people talked to her at another time.
We went to Ramybés Park, a famous place for being robbed. The people we found there were mostly nice. Some of them thought we might be robbers, but most of them talked to us anyway. It is a place with a lot of history. We also went on the funicular and talked to the workers there. From the top of the funicular it is easy to get to Prisikėlimo bažnyčia, a church built between the 1st and 2nd World Wars – an important time for Kaunas, when it was the capital while Vilnius was occupied. (The name Prisikėlimo means Resurrection.) We talked to a man working there who had been sent to Siberia, and had returned. You can take an elevator to the top where there is an amazing view and even more amazing it was sunny.
We talked about the street musicians and street vendors on Laisves Avenue where shops are having a hard time competing with the new-ish huge-ish mall called Acropolis, which is just outside of the centre and not very attractive. We talked about the fact that Laisves means“Freedom”and we talked about talking to people about what that meant to them. We also went to Nemunos Island, where there is a park with a lot of rules and plans for development.
The group created a progressive installation that traced our interactions, including a film in response to the funicular.
We explored Vilijampole, known as a dodgy district of Kaunas. My group was very reluctant do go there because as they have stated "nothing interesting is there". We have been exploring the district during 2 cold afternoons, gathering materials through talking to people, taking pictures, collecting objects and exploring group own views and fears about the area. Our pre-arranged visits were: a convent and a seminar.
The final work consisted of: a PhotoRain – a photo installation; a short film ‘Vilijampole Witch Project’ – exploring group’s own fears about the area; "Sister Klara from Viliampole" – a slideshow linking visit to Vilijampole with sister Clara met in the convent who is originally from there; an installation created using found objects and a wall of suggestions and possible futures for Viliampole. The group have not had previous experience in creating this sort of work.
Our group’s given area was the Kaunas zoo and adjacent Ąžuolynas – the oak park.
We focused on exploring the zoo – the group interviewed the staff and visitors and collected their wonders and stories using various media to record them. When the material had been collected the group decided to present their findings in the form of an interactive installation with photography, sound, text, found objects and some live guests from the zoo…