Photography and Media Arts | undergraduate | Vilnius

 
 
  Artists, researchers, students and professors performed in the hybrid reality grove which merges physical grove with the 4500 sq.m. SODAS2123 complex, considered as a hive or swarm full of actants including Alt Lab, symposium Ūmėdė, Letmekoo, etc. Experience the grove from multiple perspectives of creatures working and living in and around it (from artists to microorganisms) by following a wandering camera(wo)man, tree climber, flying drone, running or crawling pet (dog, cat, bird, rat) or even branch or herb movement.
 
Recordings of live broadcast from Vilnius garden to Ars Electronica: 
 
From groves to grooves at SODAS2123
 
  The Garden took the visual and conceptual metaphor of the grove and built its programme around it. As an assemblage of trees or a smaller unit of forest, a grove is a place where symbiotic communication and relationships take place not only between its indigenous habitants, but also among invasive and migrant species, including human beings and their activities.
 
  Multiple viewing modes and angles enable 3 days (and nights) of activities in the “physical grove,“ merged with a virtual grove through live streams and pre-recorded materials. One can experience hybrid reality by following a wandering camera(wo)man, a tree climber, a flying drone, a running or crawling pet (dog, cat, bird, rat) or even branch or herb movement.
 
  The artists in the event are expanding the notion of humanity and sustainable living with the help of culturally sited (and rooted) approaches to new media, and its relations to the biological and urban grove.
 
 
Curator-commissionaire: Vytautas Michelkevičius
Curatorial team: Danutė Gambickaitė, Lina Rukevičiūtė, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Ignas Pavliukevičius, Gailė Griciūtė
Artists: Mindaugas Gapševičius, Ignas Pavliukevičius, Gailė Griciūtė, Brigita Kasperaitė, Rūta Spelskytė, Valentinas Klimašauskas, Auksė Gaižauskaitė, Vitalij Červiakov, ūmėdė, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Julijonas Urbonas and others
Team: Antanas Skučas, Arturas Bukauskas, Paulius Žižliauskas, Gailė Cijūnaitytė, Nidas Kaniušas, Eva Rodz, Žilvinas Baranauskas, Gabija Pernavaitė; and all students, artists and collaborators
Organised by: Instituto Media, LTMKS / Letmekoo (Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association), Ūmėdė / MENE, VDA PhAMA (Department of Photography and Media Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts)