14th June at 2 p.m. Karolina Jašinskaitė, a doctoral student in Design, will defend her art project "Spatial Design Experiments and Method: Flaws Between Conception and Perception" (Design V 003) at the VAA, Campus C, Chess Hall (Malūnų str. 5, Vilnius).

The accompanying exhibition will run 3-14 June 2024 at the VAA, Campus C, Chess Hall (Malūnų str. 5, Vilnius).

The dissertation defence meeting will be held in Lithuanian.

Art project supervision:
Assoc. Prof. Rokas Kilčiauskas (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Visual Arts, Design V 003)

Thesis supervision:
Prof. Dr. Tomas Grunskis( Vilnius Academy of Arts, Humanities, Art History and Theory H 003)

The Artistic Research Project will be defended at a public meeting of the Academic Board of Design at Vilnius Academy of Arts composed of the following members:

Prof. Audrius Klimas (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Visual Arts, Design V 003)

Prof. Dr. Audrius Novickas (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Humanities, Art History and Theory H 003; Visual Arts, Fine Arts V 002)
Prof. Dr. Kristupas Sabolius (Vilnius University, Humanities, Philosophy H 001)
Assoc. Prof. Indrė Umbrasaitė (Graz University of Technology, Institute of Architecture and Landscape (Austria), Visual Arts, Architecture V 001)
Prof. Dr. Kęstutis Zaleckis (Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Humanities, Art History and Theory H 003)


The object of this research is the process of architectural spatial design, in which the architect of a space creates a message - a concept - and communicates it through architectural expression to the experiencer of the space to be perceptually received. The study presents the scenario that the message conveyed and the message perceived are not identical in all circumstances. The study aims to investigate the reasons for the flaws between concept and perception in spatial design and to develop a method to create a connection between these two parts of the process.

To achieve the aim of the art project, the notions of concept and perception, the stages of the spatial design process and their interrelationships, as well as the methods of spatial design are examined. The experimental part of the art project attempts to understand the perceptual relationship between space and human beings. On the one hand, it seeks a pattern in which the geometric code of space coincides with human perceptual structures, thus achieving a coherent relationship between space and man. On the other hand, the study highlights that the flaw between spatial data and its perception not only puts cognitive tension on the human being but also develops and changes the perceptual structures of the human environment, creating a distinctive perceptual relationship.

Based on theoretical and experimental findings, the research constructs a spatial design approach that creates integrity between the conceptual and perceptual stages and highlights the invisible correlations between space and humans. Throughout the art project, the method is developed and tested together with students of the VDA Interior Design Department. As a result of the spatial method, space is speculative in the definition of this research. The created space is not referred to only its physical form, but its projection, thus opening the way to alternative forms of spatial representation encouraging a rethinking of the relationship between man and space and the practice of spatial design itself.


Credits: Spatial image generated by VDA IDK students using the method, 2022