“living and working”: gruppe uno wien mini-residency at LTMKS Project Space Malonioji 6


Public event 19 August 2015, 6:00 pm

LTMKS project space Malonioji 6

Malonioji str. 6, Vilnius, Lithuania

living and working is an attempt to explore the idea of the artist-in-residency beyond its institutional framework. What does it actually mean to be a resident as an artist? The phrase “living and working” is a cultural symbol of power in every artist’s curriculum vitae, but the question of how a place actually influences artistic practice beyond the reproduction of cultural tropes often remains unanswered. With living and working the artists of gruppe uno wien (Albert Allgaier, Helmut Heiss, Seth Weiner) intend to explore the influence of the surroundings on artistic production while at the same time re-evaluating the act of being present. They will be joined in their explorations by four local artists Vsevolod Kovalevskij, Žilvinas Landzbergas, Lina Rukevičiūtė and Lina Zaveckytė who will contribute throughout the project on their own experience of Malonioji 6.

The structure of Malonioji 6 will act as an ideal place for their fieldwork: a traditional house that works as an exhibition space, with a garden as a membrane to the public. It juxtaposes the idea of the classical white cube, making it a well-suited site to go beyond the dichotomy of living and working. As part of daily life and artistic practice, interaction with the community becomes a method to incorporate the structure of the residency itself into our practice.

gruppe uno wien works as a platform that allows for self-reflection of artistic practice with a focus on its performative and narrative aspects. It functions as an interface between people and places, enforcing collaborations and denoting hierarchies. living and working is a direct extension of this curatorial gesture towards the structure of the artist-in-residence. living and working is a continuation of self sustainable sculpture symposium, a project by gruppe uno wien, started in Basel, Switzerland at the end of 2014.

This event is a one week long residency of gruppe uno wien at Malonioji 6 which will end with a public event in the evening of August 19, 2015. It is organized by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association and is partly supported by Lithuanian Council For Culture as well as the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.