Artes Liberales 2015 — Time Code
The 4th edition of Artes Liberales art-education project will be held from 31st of March till 17th of April 2015 in ‘Ў Gallery’ (Minsk, Belarus). For three weeks, the Gallery’s space will turn into an open university free for anyone. The project presents traditions and the newest trends in Social Science and Humanities by synthesizing intellectual practices and creative projects.
ARTES LIBERALES is an art and education experiment aimed to reflect on the importance of the Humanities and of Liberal Arts education for the contemporary society.
ARTES LIBERALES – is a festival of ideas and art-projects, created by the young people, studying Liberal Arts and proposing their perspectives on the everyday reality and ways of its interpretation through art and media forms.
ARTES LIBERALES – is a series of public and interactive lectures, workshops, discussions and round-tables led by some of the best professors of lecturers from Belarus and other European countries. Our multidisciplinary program encompasses not only Humanities, Social Science and Arts, but also aims to promote their dialogue with the Natural Sciences and Computer Science & Technologies.
Our 2015 edition thematic focus is Time Code
The notion of Time Code is tightly linked to the history of cinema and other visual media, defining rhythms and regimes of ‘montage vision’ so characteristic for contemporary human condition. But we use this essentially technical term as an all-encompassing philosophical metaphor (as a symbolic Code of Our Time), which allows to reflect of the contemporary human relations to Time – both the ‘Big’ historical time and temporal structure of our everyday.
Posing the Time Code as a central problem, our project attempts to not just make time ‘visible’, but also to synchronize ideas, events and modes of ‘handling’ the Time in various interdisciplinary contexts, in research labs and creative ateliers – and beyond them.
Artes Liberales 2015 main events are divided by topics:
- Soviet Atomic Project: half-life period: research exhibition ‘Critical Assemblage: People and Atoms’ (curated by Galina Orlova & Natallia Nenarokomova and based on Obninsk Digital Project), lecture ‘Atom in USSR: nuclear energy in the Soviet mass culture’ (Maksim Zhuk), “Ignalina NPP – Heritage Test. Reflections upon the visit” (Stepan Stureiko), ‘Chernobyl has never existed: the invisible side of the ‘Peaceful Atom’, lecture ‘Documental Theater’ based on materials and experience of staging the ‘Chernobyl’ theater play (Aksana Haiko).
- Eastern European Art in the Crysis Times:workshop ‘Curating in the Crysis Conditions’ and lecture ‘Art & Nationalism in the Eastern Europe’ (Edit Andras, HU/US), discussion on ‘Venice Biennial National Pavilion’’ (with curators of the Belarusian and Lithuanian pavilions Venice Biennial – Aleksey Shinkarenko and Vytautas Michalkevičius), ‘Belarusian Art in Comparative Perspective’ lecture by Lena Prents and Aleksei Barysionak, film screening and discussion – ‘Cultural Worker 3 in 1” (Marta Popivoda), Milijana Istijanovic lecture ‘Temporary Forever ’etc.
- Flashback/Flashforward:Media and Time cycle of lectures and workshops. The discussion on contemporary experimental and non-budget (short) film, Arturas Bukauskas workshop ‘Free run/Record run.Timecode’, presentation of ‘Chopin’ and ‘Strauss’ animated films and discussion ‘Time of Animation’ (Irina Kodiukova), lecture-performance ‘Symposium on Time’ (Vytautas Michalkevičius), lecture ‘Expel the (Zeit)geist! Friedrich Kittler on Media and Time (Kestas Kirtiklis)’, ‘Data Journalism & Interactive Infographics with Tableau’ (Vadim Shmygov).
- Gender Age:events organized by the Gender Studies Center of EHU including: filmscreening “Ba”, presentation of research outcomes – “Adventurous “babuli”: Gender, Age and Cross-Border mobility’ (Olga Sasunkevich), ‘The last Mohicanes: Gender, Age and Keeping the Old-Believes Traditions’ (Uladzislau Ivanou), ‘For those over… Paradoxes of a Woman’s Age’ (Hanna Shadryna), presentation of the Gender Library in Minsk, etc and discussion on the topic “Age and Gender Problems in Belarus”.
- Rhythms of Time and Space:installation and lecture ‘Synthesizer’ by architectural community Monogroup, audio-video performance CHOVEN and lecture ‘Ukrainian electroacoustic music – sources and formation’ (Alla Zagaykevych), lecture ‘Rhythmanalysis: mapping and rhythmic variety of spaces’ (Benjamin Cope), audio-performance of Volha Hapeyeva & Dzmitry Ladzes, discussion ‘Soundscape of the Body’, lecture by Andrey Savitski ‘Musician as Programmer’, Alexei Usinovich concert in Planetarium, premiere concert of Kanstantsin Yaskou & Ales Tsurko interactive-album ‘Zona Opus Posth’, concert of NagUal band etc
Edit Andras (Hungary), Galina Orlova (Russia), Alla Zagaykevych (Ukraine), Andrei Vozyanov (Russia), Moira O’Keeffe (USA), Benjamin Cope (UK/Poland), Lena Prents (Germany/Belarus), Miljana Istijanovic (Montenegro), Marta Popivoda (Serbia/Macedonia), Agnieszka Wiszniewska (Poland), Arturas Bukauskas (Lithuania), Kestas Kirtiklis (Lithuania), Vytautas Michalkevičius (Lithuania)
As well as researchers, artists and musicians from Belarus:
Irina Kodiukova, Andrei Liankevich, Taciana Schytsova, Andrei Gornych, Volha Hapeyeva, Dzmitry Ladzes, Natalia Nenarokomova, Monogroup community, Aksana Haiko, Aliaksey Barysionak, Aleksei Shinkarenko, Vadim Shmygov, Andrei Savitski, Nagual band, Kanstantsin Yaskou, Ales Tsurko, Aliaksei Usinovich, Mikalai Harbachou, Uladzislau Ivanou, Olga Sasunkevich, Olga Petrukovich, Tania Setsko, Hanna Shadryna, Viktoria Kanstantsiuk, Halina Rusetskaya, Andrei Sciapanau, Maksim Zhuk and others.
Project director – Almira Ousmanova
Curators: Pavel Niakhayeu, Volha Salakheyeva, Galina Orlova, Natalia Nenarokomova.
Coordinator – Kiryl Kalbasnikau
Our partners in 2015:
European Humanities University (Vilnius), Y Gallery,, Zair Azgur Museum, CECH Art-Space, Center of Photography, Foundamental Network, Performative practices platform ‘zErnie’, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Republic of Belarus