‘Good Life!’ by Viktorija Šiaulytė and Marta Dauliūtė at CRIS, Stockholm


CRIS (Curatorial Residency in Stockholm) TALK

Tuesday 6th of march 2018. 6-8 pm
Nordiska Gästateljén, Malongen, Nytorget 15A

Welcome to a conversation between Viktorija Šiaulytė and Marta Dauliūtė about their on-going exploration Good Life. Šiaulytė is currently guest at Nordiska Gästateljén Malongen in March within the project CRIS (Curatorial Residency in Stockholm). She has been working together with filmmaker Dauliute on a documentary project Good Life since 2015:

“Good Life” explores the narrative of technological innovation, its social and political implications by documenting a selection of entrepreneurs in their 30s of a tech startup scene. Their companies try to reinforce entrepreneurship itself as a main mode of operation in contemporary and future society. We meet and film community managers of incubators, venture capitalists, municipality workers who promote innovation and governmental support for enterprises, “thought leaders” from Silicon Valley among many others. We unfold our own process of articulating evermore-demanding self-management imperative that we recognize personally in our own lives. We seek to establish a conversation with our subjects of the film through interviews, ongoing discussions and group workshops: how do they perceive their own visions and have they thought critically about their impact? At the heart of “Good Life” project lies an important curatorial question: who is the audience of one’s practice? How one can share critical analysis with the people whose worldview is radically different? What does it take to produce knowledge together across seemingly irreconcilable political positions? While we progress with the work of the film project, we are thinking what curatorial strategies we could employ to show it and to break through those echo-chambers – our own and our film subjects’ and their peers’.

Viktorija Šiaulytė is an independent curator and producer working within the fields of contemporary art, architecture and film. Since 2013 she is researcher and co-curator for the project Zooetics, organized by Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program in Vilnius, Lithuania, a non-profit organization run by artists Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas. Zooetics has presented events in Folkestone Triennial, UK; Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, Kaunas University of Technology and Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania among others. Viktorija has previously collaborated with Architecture (Publication) Fund, initiating a joint project between Architecture Fund and Vilnius University and co-editing its publications “Modernism: Between Criticism and Nostalgia” as well as “Subversive Opportunism”.

Marta Dauliūtė is co-founder and owner of MDEMC, a film production company, together with film director and producer Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall. She is co-organizer of Noncitizen, a nomadic film project as well as Crisis (2014) and Visa (2013) film festivals. Between 2012 and 2014 she chaired Swedish Independent Filmmakers Association. In addition to directing, producing and film political work, she works as a dramaturgist, supervisor in other projects and teach film directing and acting for film at Royal Institute of Art, Valand Academy, Malmö Theater Academy among others. Together with Elisabeth Marjanovic´Cronvall she directed and produced the documentaries “Second Class” and “Crisis Document. A Survival Guide” that were screened at Hot Docs, Toronto; Leipzig Film Festival; Kasseler Dokfest; Transmediale, Berlin; Thessaloniki International Film Festival; Ji.hlava IDFF, Check Republic; New Horizons, Austria and Swedish National Television among others.

Together with filmmakers Marta Dauliute and Elisabeth Marjanovic’ Cronvall she co-founded Last Project, a platform for new ways of working with audience engagement through long term collaborative productions. They are currently working together on research and documentary film project “Good Life”, to be released in 2019. Viktorija holds MFA in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice from Konstfack, Stockholm and BA in Art History from Vilnius Academy of Art.

Curatorial Residency in Stockholm (CRIS) is a collaboration between the Nordic Art Association in Sweden and Jonatan Habib Engqvist, curator and writer. It was conceived in 2015 as free-space for curators. Previous guests have been: Elena Agudio (IT), Abir Boukhari (SY), Övul O. Durmusoglu (TU), Eva González-Sancho (ES), Juha Huskonen (FI), Lorenzo Sandoval (ES), Marina Vale Noronha (BRA), Amara Antilla (US), Basak Senova (TR), Joanna Sokołowska (PL). CRIS has also been able to send Swedish curators to Egypt, Finland, Iceland, Iran and Turkey. In 2017 CRIS collaborated with the curatorial program for research, CPR on a nomadic residency for 9 curators to Estonia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The project has been supported from multiple sources, including Nordisk Kulturfond, the Swedish Arts Council, the city of Stockholm, Institut français de Suède, the Spanish embassies in Stockholm, Oslo and Tallinn, The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, Kultur Skåne, Tjeckiska centret Stockholm, Danish Arts Foundation as well as several local collaborations.

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Echo Gone Wrong
March 5, 2018
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