Ars Electronica Garden Vilnius

from groves to grooves at SODAS2123

Instituto Media, LTMKS / Letmekoo (Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association), Ūmėdė / MENE, VDA PhAMA (Department of Photography and Media Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts

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Garden unfolds at the new SODAS2123 cultural complex (in Lithuanian SODAS means GARDEN), in downtown Vilnius and online. A few dozen artists, researchers, students and professors perform in the hybrid reality grove that merges the physical with the perspectives of creatures living in and around it: from the artists themselves to microorganisms.

from groves to grooves at SODAS2123

The Garden takes the visual and conceptual metaphor of the grove and builds its programme around it. As an assemblage of trees or a smaller unit of forest, a grove is a place where symbiotic communication and relationships take place not only between its indigenous habitants, but also among invasive and migrant species, including human beings and their activities.

Every grove has from six to nine layers: the overstory, the canopy, the understory, the shrub layer, the grass, the forest floor (moss and soil) and the underground (mycelial/fungal/roots). Garden Vilnius is inspired by Jussi Parikka’s Insect Media, and manifests as a networked hive or swarm in the grove, where makers, culture, and DIY activities flourish.

Multiple viewing modes and angles enable 3 days (and nights) of activities in the “physical grove,“ merged with a virtual grove through live streams and pre-recorded materials. One can experience hybrid reality by following a wandering camera(wo)man, a tree climber, a flying drone, a running or crawling pet (dog, cat, bird, rat) or even branch or herb movement.

The artists in the event are expanding the notion of humanity and sustainable living with the help of culturally sited (and rooted) approaches to new media, and its relations to the biological and urban grove.



Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Curator-commissionaire: Vytautas Michelkevičius
Curatorial team: Danutė Gambickaitė, Lina Rukevičiūtė, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Ignas Pavliukevičius, Gailė Griciūtė
Artists: Mindaugas Gapševičius, Ignas Pavliukevičius, Gailė Griciūtė, Brigita Kasperaitė, Rūta Spelskytė, Valentinas Klimašauskas, Auksė Gaižauskaitė, Vitalij Červiakov, ūmėdė
Team: Antanas Skučas, Arturas Bukauskas, Paulius Žižliauskas, Gailė Cijūnaitytė, Nidas Kaniušas, Eva Rodz, Žilvinas Baranauskas, Gabija Pernavaitė; and all students, artists and collaborators
Co-funded by: Lithuanian, Council for Culture, Municipality of Vilnius

Letmekoo / LTMKS (Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association)
VDA PhAMA (Department of Photography and Media Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts)
SODAS 2123