Event at the Abandoned VIII Fort in Kaunas, Lithuania

Lithuania is full of abandoned spaces. Often these beautiful buildings, left to decay, hold a great potential for cultural and other purposes, yet to be discovered. I was happy to participate in an event held in one of these abandoned spaces in Kaunas, reviving and changing the face of the VIII Fort underground building. The event was organised by Kaunas Fortress Association and Šilainiai Project.

Here I presented my earlier works from Layers of Light interior textiles collection. Just this time it was placed in a completely different surrounding from that of the original purpose. It was an experiment of bringing fragile and delicate pieces into a dark monumental space of the VIII Fort.

The artworks explore transparency, layers and reflections of patterns and light. Fabrics of different thickness, transparent and opaque plastics are combined with screen printing, embroidery and laser cutting techniques to create complex structures.

The collection, inspired by folk ornaments, placed in the old fort building gained new meanings and links with history and culture.

My partner, Roberto Becerra, who is a multimedia and sound artist, also participated in this event, bringing life to the abandoned space using sounds and light. Read more about his work here, and listen to the sounds of his performance here.

To see more images from this event and the works by other artists, please visit I/O Facebook page, where we share our collaborative work with Roberto Becerra. To find out about future events, please follow my Facebook and Instagram accounts.

 

Neurogenesis Art Installation for Lights Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania

Last weekend I took part in the annual lights festival Beepositive in Vilnius, Lithuania. In collaboration with a multidisciplinary artist Roberto Becerra we created an art installation based on this year’s theme – Nature’s Industry. The subject perfectly matched both of our interests, being a recurrent topic of personal work and research.

Our interdisciplinary textiles and light installation Neurogenesis (the growth and development of nervous tissue) invites to explore exponentially developing Artificial Intelligence industry. An industry that successfully uses nature’s structures in order to become an independent organism, leading its own life, surpassing the skills and intelligence of humanity, reaching the technology singularity.

This illuminated 3D textiles composition represents the current perception and understanding of the human brain structure, illustrating the flow of electrical impulses, becoming an independently functioning entity.

The installation was made of layered fabrics and threads imitating the neural network with energy travelling through the LED lights, programmed to change their speed depending on the sounds picked up from the surroundings.

Our piece was installed in a forest, connecting with the trees around, blending in with its root-like structures of the brain. This natural structure became a subject of interpretation, the viewers found it was resembling a spider-web, tree branches or other structures, which only strengthens the idea of everything around being composed of the same natural patterns.