Speculative Workshop Series
After our birth, bit by bit we get to know our mother, our father and our surrounding environment. We learn what we can put in our mouths and what is understood to be inedible. We also get to know about other species that live in our surroundings. As we begin to go to school, we are trained to know that experiences are fictions, that organisms are composed of many cells, and that the molecules of said cells interact with molecules outside of them.
The Molten Airs workshop series builds its narratives on casual life processes, repetitive habits, and social practices. By speculating on the human relationship to plants, food, or energy, but also using methods borrowed from the sciences, the series delves into unknown interactions between small and large, real and fictional, alive and not alive, us and them.
The workshop series contains three episodes, each created by a different artist. In You and I, You and Me episode, Mindaugas Gapševičius questions the impact of electricity on life processes and, while using it, builds links between us and them. Brigita Kasperaitė in her Plant Trafficking re-thinks the monetary and spiritual values of nature in our daily lives. And Kamilė Krasauskaitė in her Sourdough DNA develops the narrative of collaboration between humans and microorganisms and how it all shapes the food we eat.
The audience is invited to contribute to the workshops with their stories, images and sounds.
Kamilė Krasauskaitė (LT)
The workshop questions food consumption and origins. Major topics and interests in this workshop include commensality, experimental food design, patterns of time, as well as the collaboration between humans, microorganisms – how do these factors shape the food we eat?
Brigita Kasperaitė (LT/DE)
The workshop „Plant trafficking“ re-thinks the monetary value of nature and its place in our daily lives. The journey that plants take until they settle in one’s home makes us see them as trophies.
Mindaugas Gapsevicius (LT/DE)
Imagine the future. Humans, computing machines, and various types of hybrids share the space they live in. Senses are altered, some are inextricably linked to computing devices. Electricity is used to control the space and the beings living in it.
Institutio Media (LT), Alt lab in collaboration with Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists‘ Association (LT)
The Journey “Molten Airs” gives the online visitors an impression of the garden Vilnius. In its three-part speculative workshop series, each created by a different artist, garden Vilnius speculates on the human relationship to plants, food, and energy. By using methods borrowed from the sciences, the series delves into unknown interactions between small and large, real and fictional, alive and not alive, us and them. The audience is invited to contribute to the workshops with their stories, images and sounds.
You and I, You and Me. Mindaugas Gapševičius in cooperation with Maria Safronova Wahlström, Ian Erik Stewart
Plant Trafficking. Brigita Kasperaitė in cooperation with Becky Lyon, Giulia Mattera
Sourdough DNA. Kamilė Krasauskaitė
Video editing: Luis Bustamante
Organized by: Institutio Media / Alt lab in collaboration with Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association
Supported by: Lithuanian Council for Culture