Ambassadors of KAUNAS 2022: Ignas Maldžiūnas

I am not a sedentary person. I quench my thirst for knowledge traveling, looking for few experiences, cultures, people, and landscapes. When traveling around the world, I see and feel that there are places, where life is of better quality, more intensive, quieter or better than in Lithuania or in Kaunas in some other way.

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Discussing “Design for All” with Pepetto Di Bucchianico

On September, 2018, Kaunas 2022 has officially become the member of EIDD – “Design for All Europe” network. For the occasion, the executive board of the network visited Kaunas. Not only the international representatives of EIDD held their meeting here, but they also took part in the presentation of “Design for All” workshop that is a part of the Kaunas 2022 programme “Designing Happiness”. Read more

Exploring the Kaunas Fortress with Brigitta Bödenauer

Brigitta Bödenauer is a sound and installation artist, experimental filmmaker and DJ from Vienna, Austria. After taking up a residency in Matters, an industrial culture programme of Kaunas 2022, she spent countless hours in the objects of Kaunas fortress, recording the sounds and exploring the spaces. Her performance in one of the objects, a former gunpowder warehouse, will coincide with the launch of the inaugural interdisciplinary culture heritage festival ‘Baterija’ (Battery) on Friday, September 28th. Introduced by Daina Pupkevičiūtė, the curator of Matters, we sat down with Brigitte a couple of days before that and talked about her background as well as her impressions of Kaunas and its fortress.Read more

Kaunas 2022 residency: Sound and installation artist Brigitta Bödenauer

Sound and installation artist, experimental filmmaker and DJ from Vienna, Austria, Brigitta Bödenauer has been active as DJ in Vienna’s noise and experimental scene since the early 1990s. Her visual work has been always inspired by and strongly connected to music. Extensive experiments – driven by her fascination for the sensuality of movement and material – mark the beginning of each of her works. Read more

Aideen Barry: Art that can be the greatest activator of historical debate, interest and cultural pride

Aideen Barry, an interdisciplinary artist from Ireland, believes that art in public spaces can have a great impact on our understanding of the environment, and make us feel proud of it. Inthe following interview, the presenter of the upcoming international conference “Modernism for the Future” dedicated to the architectural heritage and hosted in Kaunas for the first time, shares her experience of participating in public art projects, the challenges she faced working on them, and the benefits they bring to the community.Read more

Mark Crinson: “Modernist architecture is a part of our continuing attempt to come to terms with the changing world.”

Professor of Architectural History at Birkbeck (University of London), where he also directs Architecture Space and Society Centre, Mark Crinson believes that it is necessary to talk about the modernist architecture and that it is much more than just historical heritage. In the following interview, the presenter of the upcoming first international conference ‘Modernism for the Future’ in Kaunas dedicated to architectural heritage, shares his thoughts on the complex nature of modernist architecture and on the ability of built environment to shape our everyday lives.Read more

Brigitte Christensen and Nikola Diklic: The theatre that is capable to reveal potential in every one of us

“Eutopia” is a multicultural project that has aroused in the context of  “Aarhus – European Capital of Culture 2017”. Led by cinema and theatre actress and director Brigitte Christensen, and musician and composer Nikola Diklic, “Eutopia” initiates various artistic projects in order to create a room for divers encounters and inspire cultural changes within the local community. In the following interview, the presenters of  “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture” Forum (organised in May, 2018), Brigitte Christensen and Nikola Diklic, shared their experience in community plays building and creating life-changing experiences through theatre. Read more