As a continuation of the project “Contemporary Art for Young Adults”, we invite you to a creative workshop organized by artist Tomas Martišauskis. On 22-23 July, 10 am to 4 pm you will rethink the notion of survival and create your own unique survival kit.
“I am thinking of a place, established as a stop of the highest class in Lithuania. I discover Lentvaris as an interim state between two cultural poles. Once, magnetic fields of St Petersburg and Warsaw were pulling on it with their gravitation, and today the whole world has become a multitude of potential vectors, affecting this point of the planet. Every time I travel to a new place, which often encapsulates its status as a temporary home in an electric socket charging my mobile device, I rethink the contents of baggage which I taking along. This feature, shared amongst us all, does not depend on age, gender, nationality or education, and it has become a reference point for the planned creative workshop. In the era of cheap flights, the world is shifting, as are people’s dwellings – not only because of their wishes, but also due to geopolitical situations, climate change, resources. In the face of these changes, I invite you, during this workshop, to rethink a fictional situation, which would produce ideas, contents and actions. What if you had to prepare for a trip very quickly? Which of the most necessary things would you take so that you could survive? What could help others maintain their humanity? How can the contents of the kit influence the shape itself of the load? What could the chosen things say about your personality or your history? The goal for us, as cultural individuals, is to take care of our identity, cultural memory and knowledge that we pick up, therefore, the kit should not be approached through its primary meaning – that of a means of ensuring physiological survival. Do not forget that your survival kit should have unique features, just like everyone who assembles one. An inseparable part of each kit should be its manifesto, which would reflect the urgency, importance and significance. Describe, through text or image, why and how this kit and its parts possess certain meanings and participate in the imagined scenario.”
The workshops are free and the languages spoken are Lithuanian and English
Registration is not required
Tomas Martišauskis was born in Klaipėda in 1977 and is currently living and working in Vilnius. In 2006 he graduated from Sculpture Department at Vilnius Academy of Arts with a MA degree in Fine Arts. In 2005 he developed his qualifications at KUVA Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Since the year 2000 he participates in group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad, as well as exhibiting in solo shows. In 2004 he was awarded the “NORD/LB Lithuania” (now known as “Swedbank”) prize. Since 2013 he is a member of Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association and has been granted an official artist status. In 2014 he was awarded a National Arts Grant and became a member of “APT Global One” organization.
Since 2007 Tomas Martišauskis works as a teacher in J. Vienožinskis Art School and has started his Fine Art PhD studies in Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2015.
Creative practices in Lentvaris with artist Tomas Martišauskis
10 am – 4pm
Lentvaris Railway station, 2nd floor
Geležinkelio str. 13, Lentvaris
More information about the artist:
Curators: Milda Dainovskytė and Laurynas Skeisgiela
Organizer: Lentvaris Cultural Center
Project partially sponsored by: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Trakai District Municipality