Lectures and intensive workshops "Text Body Book“ in Klaipeda with interdisciplinary artist Roma Auškalnyte (University of Arts Helsinki) 

The workshop will be divided into three groups: the Text, the Body and the Book. They will analyze the body and text in graphic art, as well as in contemporary art contexts: how the body influences the object which is created and how to use it to find new forms of expression. Practical workshops will be organized during the performative tasks and we will try  to look more into the line, the stain and the texture - the entire graphic arts trinity. Also discover the different and individual creative sources for each student. 

Aim of the workshop will be to broaden the perception of what the graphics and text is, how they change and how to use digital media (video) by integrating it to graphics and performance art. 

The final piece of the four day workshops will be a book, but its form and the media will depend on each participant.

The workshops are focused on the history of Klaipeda and "Book smugglers day", which will be commemorated on the 16th of March in Lithuania.

About the lecturer

Roma Auškalnytė has worked for several years in a direction that may be referred to as „auto-biography.“ Her works were usually derived from memory as well as from some mementos that she had in her possession since childhood.
From 2012 she started concentrating more on text based art in combination with printmaking or video, as well as various body/performance experiments. She is influenced by the printmaking processes, how it leads to new, ambiguous transformations of old ideas. Roma Auškalnytė is exploring body as material in printmaking, the importance of gesture and repetition which are always hidden behind the final print.
Roma Auškalnytė now lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.



Monday 20th
9:00-12:00 Presentation  lecture of the workshops by Roma Auškalnyte.
12:00-13:00 A break
13:00-17:00 An informal review of students works (students should bring USB or have their works on a web page), visit to the studio, discussion (getting to know other workshops participants while drinking tea with bisquits).

Thursday 21st „TEXT“
9:00-10:00 A brief lecture and discussions showing artists works and samples; a talk on the tasks of the day.
10:00-12:00 Preparation of space and a small exercise.
12:00-13:00 A break.
13:00-17:00 Experimental Graphics Workshop.

Wednesday 22nd „BODY“
9:00-10:00 A brief lecture and discussion showing artists works and samples; a talk on the tasks of the day.
10:00-12:00 A small warm-up exercise.
12:00-13:00 A break. 
13:00-17:00 Experimental Graphics Workshop.

Thursday 23rd „BOOK“
9:00-10:30 Presentation of Klaipeda and the history of writing and books. The lecture will presented by the guide educator Agne Jonikaitytė (The History museum of Lithuania Minor). 
10:30-12:00 The ending of the session and discussion on the continuation of work, a small warm-up exercise.
12:00-13:00 A break. 
13:00-17:00 The continuation of the work; final talk and presentation on the final works. Closing of the workshop.