Kim? Contemporary Art Center
XII Baltic Triennial “What is an artwork today can be something else entirely tomorrow”

Curator: Virginija Januškevičiūtė

 

With the participation of Māris Bišofs, Kaspars Groševs, Ieva Kraule and Oļa Vasiļjeva in collaboration with Kim?

 

WHAT IS AN ARTWORK TODAY CAN BE SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY TOMORROW – this sentence, picked out from an interview with the artist David Bernstein, is at the very heart of the Baltic Triennial. The idea is not new: how we perceive an artwork and what we expect of it changes in time. Things get forgotten, switched around and we end up looking at the wrong end of a musical instrument or playing a painting back to front. Sometimes, however, that’s on purpose: a composition decomposes, a song becomes a mood, a sculpture – a model, and a drawing – a letter. Are we then to talk about uses of art or rather about the art of uses? Or better skip art at all? Well, let’s find out.

Triennial focused on the Baltic more than the previous editions, on the geographical region, its culture and the sea. It was a decidedly transdisciplinary event that, in its own motto of sorts (“what is an artwork today…”) was mainly interested in the “something else”. The exhibition opened up a range of topics and their couplings including influence, exchange, materiality, and impact. It was primarily an exhibition at the CAC, but the programme of events – talks, launches, presentations, classes and performances – spanning six weeks expanded behind the scenes.

 

Some keywords:

 

MURMUR

MODEL

MOOD

MOON

MENU

SISTERS

TEMPLE

SYZYGY

EDUCATION

ALREADY THERE

DECOMMISIONING

BIOMORPH

BIOGRAPHY

PARTICLE

PLASTIC

BALTIC

PROTOTYPES

CLIMATE CHANGE

MICROORGANISMS

SEABASING

SHIPWRECK

VOICE

MIST

SPIT

PHARMAKON

MORE PLASTIC

PREGNANT

BUTOH

COLOR

CLASSES

BALLARD

BALTXPLOITATION

ONYX

WOODS

MYTH

HOLY MOTORS

OCEANS ACADEMY OF ARTS

SCALE

MYRIAD

PALACE OF INVENTIONS

CURRENCY

PRACTICALITY

OS

WAVES

NOW

 

XII Baltic Triennial

 

Architecture: Andreas Angelidakis

Graphic identity: Vytautas Volbekas with Maris Bišofs and Goda Budvytytė

 

Other artists in the exhibition Wojciech Bąkowski; The Baltic Pavilion; Nick Bastis and Darius Mikšys; Brud; Goda Budvytytė and Viktorija Rybakova; Kipras Dubauskas; gerlach en koop; Kaspars Groševs and Ieva Kraule; Lukasz Jastrubczak; Erki Kasemets; Antanas Gerlikas; Mikko Kuorinki; Marcos Lutyens; Gizela Mickiewicz; Robertas Narkus; The Oceans Academy of Arts; Gerda Paliušytė; The World in Which We Occur (Margarida Mendes ir Jennifer Teets); Mark Raidpere; Zofia Rydet; Bianka Rolando; Vitalijus Strigunkovas; Jay Tan; Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonai.

 

Artists in the program of events Perrine Bailleux; The Baltic Pavilion; Post Brothers; Brud; Adam Kleinman; Valentinas Klimašauskas; Margarida Mendes and Jennifer Teets (The World in Which We Occur); Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonai (with Tracey Warr); Gerda Paliušytė; Robertas Narkus; Jay Tan (Eleven, Nearly Twelve: workshops of movement for teenagers).

 

Contributions that will stay in the shelves of the CAC Reading Room: selections curated by Chris Kraus & Hedi El Khoti and Post Brothers.

 

Exhibition guide of the XII Baltic Triennial, published for the opening, features the texts by Ieva Kraule, Bianka Rolando, Jay Tan, Annicka Kleizen, David Bernstein, Anders Kreuger, J.G. Ballard, Algirdas Šeškus and the fragment from the conversation between Nick Bastis, Darius Mikšys and the curator, moderated by Shama Khanna. 

 

XII Baltic Triennial’s website: xiibaltictriennial.cc

 

Project partners: Baltic Champs; Kaunas University of Technology; Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga; The Lithuanian Culture Institute; The Polish Institute in Vilnius; Vilnius Academy of Arts.

 

Sponsors: The Lithuanian Council for Culture; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania; Comfort Hotel; Culture.pl; The Danish Arts Foundation; Frame Visual Arts Finland; Nemuno žiedas; State Culture Capital Foundation (Latvia); Netherlands Embassy in Vilnius; Nida Art Colony; The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture; Mondriaan Foundation; OCA –Office For Contemporary Art.

 

Residency of Triennial: Nidos meno kolonija