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RESIDENTS AND GUESTS OF KLAIPEDA CITY WERE ADDRESSED BY THE AUDIO PERFORMANCE

2015-06-17
On 8-12 June, 2015, closing event “Faraway, So Close: Strangers, Soundscapes and Urban Rituals” was organised by the Klaipeda Culture Communication Center (KCCC) in the framework of the project “Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture” (LPR1/010/002) in Klaipeda (Lithuania). The interdisciplinary event combined three different genres: a conference, workshop and discussion, presentation and performance of artistic material for general public.

The conference, which took place on 8 June, 2015, in premises of KCCC Exhibition hall, was devoted to discuss issues of urban rituals, spaces and their relations to sound. During the conference following aspects were covered: structure of ritual, urban rituals, everyday and invisible rituals, soundscapes, ritual sound, ritual as integrating or dividing structure. Conceptual frame was drawn and further guidelines for sound artists were set.

On 9-12 June the sound art workshop “Art of Choices”, conducted by Konrad Gęca (Poland) took place. Sound artists during the fieldwork collected, recorded and composed urban sound ritual in open spaces of seaport city. They also looked for ways of use of sound as creative substance.

In the evening of 12 June the audio performance “Faraway, So Close: Unheard City, Unseen Rituals, Unimagined Communities”, which was held in the premises of KCCC Exhibition hall and in the open air, at the main entrance. The sound performance was aimed at general public: residents and guests of Klaipeda, and finalized this week of events. Sound artist presented their sound productions, which were commented for participants by Aldis Gedutis and Liutauras Kraniauskas.

“The essence of the project “Close Stranger” may be reflected by sound art and by sound itself, by communicating with different genders, nations, because sounds are our basic alphabet, which comes before cultural, cognitive alphabet. Communication like smell and sound is an emotion. And only later in the process of culture comes dogma, law, political correctness, bureaucracy. In the project this law was border therefore sound left for the communication, when artists started to interact directly with each other and not at institutional level,” – Ignas Kazakevicius, director of the Klaipeda Culture Communication Center, shared his impressions and insights during the audio performance.

The project “Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture” is implemented by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts “Laznia” (Gdansk, Poland) and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania).

More information on the project, its events and participants can be found at the project website www.closestranger.eu.




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