Alternative Education Programme final exhibition: Adero
Rupert is pleased to invite you to Adero, the final exhibition of the Alternative Education Programme.
Opening: 25 November 2022, 20:00
Exhibition dates: 25 November–12 December 2022
Address: Tech Zity Lilium (Paneriu st. 43, Vilnius)
Thursday, Friday 16:00-19:00
The 10th edition of the Alternative Education Programme comes to a close with Adero, an exhibition in the time-travelling sewing factory Lelija (en. Lily). Over a two-day launch event spanning different spaces, temporalities and worlds, works by the participants conceived during the six months of the programme will be shared.
The name of the exhibition—the Latin word adero—carries three meanings: ‘I arrive’, ‘I attend’ and ‘I am present’. It is a word that transgresses the boundaries of everyday language and spills into the unknown. The three meanings, like flickering shrouds, reveal and obscure the six-month-long process they name. It is a spell that has yet to solidify itself into the grimoires of the present, freely echoing in the vast, dim spaces of the old factory.
Six months ago, arriving signified the beginning of the Alternative Education Programme but for the participants, that meant different things: returning from abroad, staying in their hometown or relocating to a country they had never visited to attend the programme they read about on the internet. Arriving was a form of trust, a gesture towards that unknown, an indication of being just the right amount of passionate and unhinged to commit.
For the six months, attending was an extension of arriving—a seal of trust, the growth of relationships and an increasing number of shared social media stories. The programme provided a framework that was quite adamant about attending the workshops, seminars and trips. However, attending was also a form of knowledge exchange, agency and reciprocity.
During the six months, being present meant being in the moment, occupying spaces and embracing their flows. Being present also meant becoming spectral—gathering and dissolving into pools of knowledge, leaving traces and exploring metaphors. Being present often took the shape of an ethereal labyrinth, where education morphed in the throbbing lights of the sensuous and the excessive. It moved and swayed, leaked and dripped, creating porous pathways into the future.
Like Anna Tsing* once invited us to follow matsutake mushrooms through the daunting ruins of a damaged world, we too invite you to follow the echoes and traces of Adero through the labyrinths of a crumbling factory in hope of finding ways to live in the precarity of the future.
*Tsing, Anna The Mushroom at the End of the World
HASHIA, Misti studio, Delphine Lejeune, laura fernández antolín, Laura Marija Balčiūnaitė, Ana Lipps, Algirdas Jakas, Dovydas Laurinaitis, iolo Walker
Curator: Tautvydas Urbelis
Coordinator: Rugilė Miliukaitė
Coordinating architect: Eglė Kliučinskaitė
Communication: Gabrielė Marija Vasiliauskaitė
Assistant curator: Brigit Arop
Design: Studio Misti, Delphine Lejeune
Sound engineer: Antanas Dombrovskij
Installation: Tauras Kensminas
Translator: Paulius Balčytis
Copy editors: Dovydas Laurinaitis, Jurij Dobriakov, Kristina Pilitauskienė
Tutors of the programme: Bones Tan Jones, Denis Petrina, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Joey Holder, Mary Maggic, Nisha Ramayya, Agency Agency (Victoria Meniakina and Roel van Herpt), Aikas Žado Laboratory (Eglė Ambrasaitė and Domas Noreika), Arts of the Working Class (Dalia Maini and Amelie Jakubek), Verpėjos (Laura Garbštienė)
Special thanks: Julija Reklaitė, Jonė Miškinytė, Monika Lipšic, Viktorija Šiaulytė, Anna Chostegian, Linas Ramanauskas, Jurgita Seriakovienė, Eglė Bazaraitė, Lina Koseleva, Daina Eičaitė, Kai Art Centre (Estonia), Notam (Norway), Experiments Platform by Architecture Fund
Rupert’s activities are supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture
Supported by: Vilnius City Municipality, Tech Zity, Nordic Culture Point