This newsletter will change your day. OK, well exciting as this newsletter is, the light from the screen on which you are reading it is changing your day – and night. This is because the blue light given off from computer and phone screens confuses our circadian rhythms and can disrupt our sleep. So even if the newsletter isn’t something to lose sleep over (despite its thrilling content), it may actually keep you up at night. Here’s to a strong cup of caffeine the next day then.
This is a good example of how we are always being affected by our environment and the materials with which we live, whether it is light or caffeine. We do not stand apart from these materials, and if we affect the materials around us, they in turn affect us. We are, in short, entangled in a world of flows and processes through and with which we come into being. Neither matter nor we are inert and already formed and finished. Life is about a constant going on.
These are some of the ideas explored in Rupert’s summer group exhibition, Entangled Tales, curated by Juste Jonutyte and Yates Norton currently on show until the 3rd of August at Rupert. The exhibition explores with several artists how thoughts, feelings, movements and matter are all entangled. We had an exciting opening celebrating this with sounds from local DJs, Palanga Street Radio, cocktails and piles of berries, fruits and vegetables displayed on ceramics by the exhibition’s architects, Ona Lozuraityte and Petras Isora. If you were struck by Ona and Petras’ curving structure made of expandable foam, then you can see more of their brilliant work at Nida Art Colony, from next week. Our current artists-in-residence, Sarah Chow, Daniel Rossi, together with exhibition artist, Anastasija Sosunova, also led a workshop that engaged with our correspondences with matter and the environment. They brought together hands, spices, clay, leaves and Daniel’s half-shaven body (best to see the pics…). You can come to Rupert for further discussions on themes of matter, storytelling, identity and politics with lectures by Anna Gritz and Dr Rick Dolphijn in the coming month. And closing Entangled Tales, we’ll have exhibition artist, Julie Béna, perform texts she had written while a resident at Rupert in 2016 (which were then edited in her book It Needed to be Tender and to be Whipped, published by Montez Press, a publishing house set up by another of the exhibition’s artists, Than Hussein Clark – entangled worlds indeed!).
The blue light should really be keeping you up now (unless you’ve downloaded a filter), so we might as well keep you up with even more exciting things happening at Rupert and elsewhere, this time with our current Alternative Education Programme’s participants, who will be going to Kintai Arts to work on their projects as a group and individually for the final showcase at Rupert from September 13th to 15th.
We’ll leave you to tie up the threads of these entangled tales into an busy summer ahead. And keep that blue light coming by visiting our Instagram, Facebook, and signing up to our mailing list.
Image: Exhibition view from Entangled Tales, Rupert, Vilnius 2018. Photographer: Andrej Vasilenko.
core.pan is Sybil Montet & Simon Kounovsky (France/Czech Republic). Freelancers in the field of video and motion design, they live and work between Paris and Prague. Initiated in May 2016, their project is based on an extensive reflection around symbiosis, high end engineering and consciousness. The duo’s work experiments with new materiality and the digital as a way to explore the dynamics between mysticism, artificial intelligence, experimental science and biomimetic systems design.At Rupert they will set up a project at the intersection of land art and VR.
Daniel Rossi (Italy) is an artist living and working in Bremen, Germany. His work picks up structural elements of painting. Again and again he interrupts the surface of his canvases and introduces a haptic dimension in the picture, for example through the use of loose fabric elements. In his experimental handling of color and material, Rossi does not treat surface and materiality as opposites. The images have a process-like quality and invite you to meander through their layers. At Rupert the artist will develop the first work from a new series of paintings, which will be exhibited next year. The main focus of his work will be on materials, fabrics, alteration, textures and techniques like absorbing patterns of the environment through liquid latex and painting interventions.