Introduction

2021-01-30

Open studio is a podcast series produced by Rupert, a creative space for art, residencies and alternative education in Vilnius, Lithuania. The podcast seeks to present to the broader public, the vibrant interdisciplinary creative life taking place at Rupert. The series introduces the local and international community of artists, curators, thinkers and creators who in varying ways participate in Rupert’s intellectual ecosystem. It engages them in short, stimulating conversations about their creative processes, artistic ideas, experiences at Rupert and beyond. Each episode includes an <“author’s mark”>, a splash of sound, visual or textual creativity, prepared exclusively for <Open Studio>, by the guests Themselves.

E01 Anastasia Sosunova

2021-01-30
Anastasija Sosunova ‘Habitaball’, 2020

The first episode of the podcast introduces Anastasia Sosunova, a Lithuanian artist and a member of Rupert Alumni board. Anastasia combines installation, sculpture, graphic art and drawing to explore topics of identity, cultural heritage and symbols. She draws from her personal experience as a member of a Russian ethnic minority to interrogate the conditions under which national, historical and personal narratives are established, experienced and challenged. The episode explores numerous topics, including  her previous and current creative work, the purposes and possibilities of baking a sculpture and the spatial biopolitics of walking a dog.

Production

Guest: Anastasia Sosunova
Convener: Arvydas Grišinas
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Author’s Mark

Soundtrack: Andrej Romanov
Picture: Anastasia sosunova
Art: www.anastasiasosunova.com
4:35 Demikhov Dog 
8:02 Habitaball

E02 Vitalij Strigunkov

2020-02–13
Vitalij Strigunkov, Waiting (2015)

Vitalij Strigunkov is a conceptual artist from Lithuania with a truly international profile who manipulates video, audio material, objects, space, situations and representations to explore a variety of topics, from the notion of copyrights and authorship to statehood, to time constructs and beyond. Originally trained as a painter, his canvass is now the cultural fabric, at which an art piece exists and gains value. In his exploration of what he calls the cultural capital, Vitalij challenges our daily market value rituals through submitting them to deconstruction through repetition, ruthless poetization and piercing observation.

Production

Guest: Vitalij Strigunkov
Convener: Arvydas Grišinas
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Author’s Mark

Soundtrack: Vitalij Strigunkov
Art:

1:05 A Year, a Few Months and Some More
6:00 Waiting
11:30 News from elsewhere
13:00 Substitution
16:30 As If I Couldn’t See 

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E03 Inside Job

2021-02-27
Inside Job, One Drop at a Time (2020)

Inside Job is an art collective by Ula Lucińska and Michał Knychaus from Poznan, Poland. In acts of dark “artistic sci-fi”, they transform spaces into post-humanist scenarios, transcending time, space and media. They create installations that recite spatial storylines, which the viewer can mix, match and discover. In doing so, they also polemicize with a variety of thinkers, authors and ideas, from eco-fiction to cultural and technological critique, to classics in horror fiction. Their work is atmospheric and consists of elements of graphics, sculpture textile, sound and other media, all of which serves to create a “portal” to another possible reality, where humans are gone or had just left, and the world is ruled by nature, machine and a mixture thereof.

Production

Guest: Inside Job
Convener: Arvydas Grišinas
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Author’s Mark

Soundtrack: Inside Job, One Drop at a Time (2020)
Art: http://ulalucinska.com/index.php/2020/the-dull-flame-of-desire/

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The residency of the Inside Job duo is financially supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland. 

E04 Augustas Serapinas

2021-03-13
Augustas Serapinas personal archive

Rupert Open Studio introduces Augstas Serapinas, a successful and internationally recognized Lithuanian artist who in 2019 became the youngest participant of the Venice Biennale. His work explores space and architecture, seeking hidden “pockets” in design, where he contributes through his ironic yet sensitive artwork. By creating installations, curating space and ready-mades, he opens questions of human interaction with the surroundings, finitude of cultural norms and conceptions, and the aesthetics of natural decomposition. The discussion evolves from spatiality and temporality of his work, to cultural recycling, to the human subject, and how building snowmen can help resolve questions of public commemoration.

Production

Guest: Augustas Serapinas
Convener: Arvydas Grišinas
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Auhthor’s Mark

Sountrack: John Rocca – I Want it to be Real (Farley’s Hot House Piano Mix)

Art: 

2:33 How to Live Together
5:10 Don’t You Know Who I Am?
8:08 20 Appartments
10:25 February 13th
13:00 Vienkiemis
15:37 Jõusaal (Gym)

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E05 Sean-Roy Parker

2021-03-27
Content wallet, Sean-Roy Parker personal archive

In this episode, Rupert’s artist-in-residence Sean-Roy Parker talks about his artistic practice, his approach to the social as an artistic strategy, why he initiates knowledge-based and skill-sharing activities and how he exercises alternative currencies.  

Sean-Roy Parker (United Kingdom) is an artist, environmentalist and community cook based in London. His work builds social frameworks inclusive of marginalised voices and alternative currencies like labour exchange to encourage practical, post-capitalist action using abundance and care. During his residency, Sean undertook ‘Slow Yield’, a research project about the lifecycle of materials, complexities of civic responsibility and tackling waste culture through collaborative problem-solving. Alongside scavenger walks, eco-sculpture and fermentation experiments, he was working on new text and sound work in the surrounding terrain. Sean-Roy Parker was an artist-in-residence at Rupert in August 2020.

Production

Guest: Sean-Roy Parker 
Convener: Kotryna Markevičiūtė
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Auhthor’s Mark

Sountrack:  Sean-Roy Parker making sauerkraut
About Sean: seanroyparker.com/

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E06 Sophie Hoyle

2021-04-10

In this episode, Rupert’s former resident, Sophie Hoyle, speaks to Yates Norton about their work on mental health, anxiety and trauma and how these topics are talked and thought about in Lithuania and other contexts. Sophie Hoyle opened Rupert’s 2020 public programmes on care and interdependence with a screening at Editorial. At 20:45, Sophie speaks about alternative DIY sexual healthcare services; an example of this is Gynepunk collective (who offer workshops on using open-source gynaecological kits e.g. open-source microscope, a 3D printed speculum and a centrifuge). 

*This episode was recorded in the beginning of 2020. Sophie’s current personal pronouns are they / them. 

Production

Guest: Sophie Hoyle
Convener: Yates Norton
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Auhthor’s Mark

Sountrack:  ‘Nausea’ Jonny Greenwood, You Were Never Really Here (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
About Sophie: http://www.sophiehoyle.com

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E07 Vytenis Burokas

2021-04-24
Vytenis Burokas, Wandering Wind (2020)

Vytenis Burokas can be called a conceptual artist who has recently consciously shifted towards a ‘material path’. His somewhat minimalist artistic expression is backed by a substantial body of thought, critique and storytelling. He draws equally from critical theory and classical literature, maneuvering between the ancient materialist philosophy, post-humanist critique and medieval scholasticism. Erudition becomes his artistic tool to debate collectivity, lived space, intellectual heritage and modernity, among many other crucial topics. Yet behind every project also lies a personal story, an alter ego, who adds a personal and even somewhat emotional quality to the author’s intellectual explorations.

Production

Guest: Vytenis Burokas
Convener: Arvydas Grišinas
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Auhthor’s Mark

Sountrack: Vytenis Burokas – Horseshoe
Art:

artviewer.org/vytenis-burokas-at-editorial/
artviewer.org/the-sea-monster-the-bear-at-litost/
www.cac.lt/lt/exhibitions/past/19/9582
fourtoseven.info/en/year-2017-entry/
andeditions.org/lt/product/vytenis-burokas-2/

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E08 Anna Reutinger

2021-05-14
Anna Reutinger’s studio, Rupert (2021)

Rupert’s resident, Anna Reutinger, offers insight into her sculpture/installation/performance practice — from the craft practices of her family to a study of neolithic, medieval and contemporary ornamentation of vernacular objects and a series of interviews with makers and historians in Lithuania and beyond. For this podcast episode, the artist suggests craft as an apotropaic force, in which the body, environment and material are given special attention and time. Her stay concluded with a solo-exhibition titled Stuck in the same muck at project space Editorial in Vilnius. 

Production

Guest: Anna Reutinger
Convener: Romuald Demidenko
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Author’s Mark

Soundtrack: We all gonna die, but it’s time to sing a song 
(www.weallgonnadiebut.com), in collaboration with Maria Thrän
www.annareutinger.com

Watch Palacon in collaboration with Elise Ehry and Daría Galabriel at CAPC, BordeauxStuck in the same muck at Editorial, Vilnius

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E09 Howard Melnyczuk

2021-05-29
Howard Melnyczuk, Supercollager (2020)

Howard Melnyczuk explores the relations between digital culture and power by seeking means of using the former to confront the latter. His conceptual artistic explorations problematize casual uses of technology, inquiring into the different ways we naturalize the impact that it has on our sense of privacy, world-views and identities. In doing so, he seeks “loopholes” in the neo-liberal digital environment, where the same technologies might be used for creating awareness and resistance against the underlying power structures. Howard’s means of artistic expression vary from photography to installation, to code, and present a critical re-appraisal of the new reality we are all subjected to.

Production

Guest: Howard Melnyczuk
Convener: Arvydas Grišinas
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Author’s Mark

Soundtrack: Howard Melnyczuk, Cone of Power (2021)
Art: https://www.melnycz.uk/

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E10 Alice Bucknell

2021-06-12
Alice Bucknell, Swamp City, 2021, video still. Courtesy of the artist

In this episode, Alice Bucknell unfolds some of the notions and ideas recurring in her art and writing practice. The artist has disembarked from a background in visual anthropology towards storytelling and worldbuilding through her own practice and collaborations with other artists. Her recent projects draw connections between architecture, science fiction, non-human intelligence, magic, and hyper-ecology — all of which can be recognised in her newest video Swamp City, recently released in the Venice Architecture Biennale. Here, she elaborates on her methodology as artist and writer, and shares some details of her upcoming collaborative platform New Mystics, which was developed during her stay in Vilnius.

Production

Guest: Alice Bucknell
Convener: Romuald Demidenko
Sound: Antanas Dombrovskij

The Author’s Mark

Soundtrack: Alice Bucknell, Swamp City, 2021, “The Tree” / “The Architect” (SOPHIE tribute), both tracks are conceived by Ken Yama in collaboration with the artist. 

The recent work by Alice can be viewed on her website. And her new video Swamp City can be watched through The Russian Federation Pavilion website.

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