Riga White Nights art show and 12 Questions
- Didzis Veinbergs and all in Latvia! I wonder if you might have thoughts
on applying for the following art exhibit. I'm thinking of doing so and
presenting art related to "12 Questions" http://www.12questions.org for
engaging independent thinkers and our answers. I wonder if you have
ideas! Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
Jonas Kulikauskas wrote:
> Survival Kit 2 - Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga
> *„Survival Kit 2” international art project*
> Last September the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art produced an
> international art project SURVIVAL KIT, which invited over 70 artists
> to reflect upon diverse survival strategies in the modern world. The
> global society is currently actively preoccupied with this subject and
> it has become particularly urgent also in Latvia. The project took
> place in the empty shopping spaces of the city, one of the most
> noticeable features in the face of the economic crisis. Artists turned
> the empty retail premises into creative laboratories that housed
> exhibitions, an improvised second-hand fashion parlour, a bookstore
> and a whole array of activities that involved the society.
> More about the project:
> This autumn the next stage of the project is planned to take place,
> using the new initiatives and creative incubators as a platform for
> SURVIVAL KIT 2 project. The current situation is characterized by a
> fiasco of liberal capitalism, a collapse of economy, threats to the
> ecology, outbreaks of regional conflicts.
> What can artists do in this situation? Keep searching for creative
> survival strategies by finding innovative and witty solutions.
> SURVIVAL KIT 2 is characterized by the following keywords: migration,
> community, utopia, alternative economy, power, ecology. In the
> previous SURVIVAL KIT project, at the time when the society was just
> getting acquainted with the situation created by the economic crisis
> and was possibly under the illusion that it was a temporary occurrence
> soon to pass, artists focused on DIY strategies, using low-cost
> materials, short-term, spontaneous solutions, ironic attributes of
> spirituality, commentary and documentation of the situation.
> SURVIVAL KIT 2 calls for a critical analysis of the current situation
> as well as viewing things in a long-term perspective, changing the
> usual direction of thinking, focusing on sustainable strategies and
> taking a look into the future.
> Nicolas Bourriaud has said that the contemporary artist „instead of a
> utopian agenda [...] seeks only to find provisional solutions in the
> here and now” - instead of trying to change their environment, artists
> today are simply „learning to inhabit the world in a better way”. The
> participants of SURVIVAL KIT 2 will be urged to create functioning
> „microtopias” for the present time.
> The LCCA is waiting for artists` submissions that have to be sent to
> the e-mail address below.
> Submission includes:
> 1) Project description
> 2) Approximate costs
> 3) CV of the author
> *Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art
> Solvita Krese
> Alberta iela 13
> LV-1010 Riga
> tel: +371 67039282
> fax: +371 67039283
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