International Artist’s Book-Object Workshop

“RETHINK – a workshop on BOOK ART OBJECTS”

Prof. Joseph Johannes Visser (Netherlands) and prof. Hanne Matthiesen (Denmark)

4 - 29 December 2014, Graphic Department, Vilnius Academy of Arts

On the 1st of December the international project started in Vilnius Academy of Arts, Gothic hall with the overall performance “On the job” made by prof. Joseph Johannes Visser and prof. Hanne Matthiesen. During performance a “hot” discussion about the artist and the art was held between Joseph J. Visser and Hanne Matthiesen. Joseph Johannes Visser was playing piano his own musical works and Hanne Matthiesen was converting his written texts into sounds with the help of a music box.

From 1st to 4th of December of 2014 for the first time in Lithuania, in Graphic Department, Vilnius Academy of Arts, was held an international project “International Artist’s Book-Object Workshop 2014”. Creative workshops was led by world-known artists: professor Joseph Johannes Visser from The Netherlands and professor Hanne Matthiesen from Denmark. The workshop was attended by 15 students of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, which had developed over 20 unique artist books-objects.

The project “International Artist’s Book-Object Workshop 2014” is one of the most unique and innovative international projects, broadens students’ knowledge in the field, familiarize them with the interdisciplinary arts and stimulate their creativity and love for the book. It is an educational art project involving international and world-known artists, sharing their experiences with our students and helping them to integrate into the international community of artists.

After the “Artist's book-object” exhibition opening, a short letter-project was written with the names of all participants their signatures and dissemination of the project references. Prof. Joseph Johannes Visser had put the “letter” in a bottle of wine. Near Vilnius Academy of Arts, by the river of Vilnelė, Joseph J. Visser and Hanne Matthiesen together with the workshop students have made a performance called “Send a message to the world”  by letting to a river a letter in a bottle, hoping that it will be discovered by art lovers.

Curator of the Workshop - Prof. Kęstutis Vasiliūnas

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