4 February 2020

Rupert is pleased to announce its 2020 public programmes. This year, the programmes are guided by ideas and practices of care and interdependence, particularly from the perspective of disability studies, rights and activism. The programme explores how being ‘interdependent’ acknowledges how we are all mutually dependent on and responsible to each other and our environment. The programmes consider what this state of interdependence means for practices of care, power relations and forms of solidarity, not just in the arts but in society more generally. 

To discuss these topics, Rupert brings together local and international speakers from diverse backgrounds, including law, activism, academia and the arts. The programmes also feature several of our residents and locally-based artists whose practices speak to and critically expand the topics we are discussing. This includes our resident Sophie Hoyle, who recently presented a screening of their films followed by a discussion about contemporary mental health care in Lithuania and intergenerational differences in perspectives on mental health.  We will be posting an interview with Sophie on our website soon. 

Please check out our website, instagram and facebook pages for more information about these and our other upcoming lectures, seminars, workshops, discussion groups and streamed and other digitally accessible contributions. 

For information about the accessibility of the venues and programmes, please see the individual announcements for each event. If you have any specific access requirements or if you have any questions about our programmes, please contact us at



In residence

Benjamin & Stefan Ramirez Perez

Benjamin Ramírez Pérez (Germany) was a participant at de Ateliers Amsterdam from 2016-2018. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 2009–2015. His works have been screened at IFFR Rotterdam, Locarno, Edinburgh and Toronto International Film Festival, as well as Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, among others. He had Group and Solo shows at Artothek Cologne, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade and de Ateliers, Amsterdam.

Stefan Ramírez Pérez (Germany) studied at VFS Vancouver and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.He was a resident at Schloss Ringenberg (NRW Scholarship, January – December 2018). His recent films have been shown at Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Julia Stoschek Collection Düsseldorf, Videonale.16 Bonn, Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Visions du Réel Nyon. During their residency at Rupert they will further develop the screenplay for a feature-length video work based on Canadian writer Lynn Crosbie’s autofictional memoir Life is About Losing Everything. Parallel to the writing and research process, they will work on short video sequences, and construct props, sculptures, architectural models, puppets and costumes for the film.

In residence

Artun Alaska Arasli

Artun Alaska Arasli (Turkey/Netherlands/Belgium) is an artist, writer and researcher. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2011, and later attended the Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Arasli has had solo exhibitions at Kantine in Brussels, Rozenstraat in Amsterdam and The Tip in Frankfurt am Main. In 2016 he has written and directed a theater play, The Beauty Commission, that premiered at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. At Rupert, Arasli will develop a long poem that may function as a script for a group of actors. This script will investigate the relationship between faith and work, drawing on the parallels between the lives of the English poet Rosemary Tonks, and the Lithuanian poet Vincas Mykolaitis-Putinas.

8 February, 4 pm

Talking about disability and solidarity: David Ruebain and Rahila Gupta in conversation

On the 8th of February at 16:00 at the National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Rupert will host  internationally renowned disability rights activist, David Ruebain – who gave a workshop at Rupert last year – and journalist and filmmaker, Rahila Gupta. They will be in discussion about forms of solidarity and how to speak about experiences impairment without contributing to oppressive and prejudicial views on disability. The discussion will be moderated by Rupert’s public programmes’ curator, Yates Norton. More information.


3 March, 7 pm

Anti-individualism, empathy and solidarity: toward a collective common creativity

On the 3rd of March at 19:00, at Rupert, critically acclaimed scholar Oli Mould, will be talking about the development of the idea of individualism and how it has impacted ideas about collectivity, the commons and practices of care. Find more information soon at 

In residence

Anna Zoria

Anna Zoria (Canada/France) is an artist living and working in Paris, France. She makes work about doing nothing, anticipation, boredom and repetition. She has a degree in Theology from the University of British Columbia and studied painting and film with Jean Michel Alberola at the Beaux Arts de Paris. During her residency she will work on a series of letters sent to friends, basing the project on Mary Wollstonecraft’s “Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark”, found in Moyra Davey’s video Les Goddesses. The letters will focus on beginnings and waiting for ideas, procrastination, fluxus, Vilnius churches and church procession, absurdist theatre, trust and faith in the process.