x⬳disciplinary symposium for emerging art & related matters
1st festival-symposium-biennale happened at SODAS 2123 on 17-20th of June, 2021; Check http://umede.lt/
What happened after the meteorite of the anthropocene has hit contemporary art, and bioactivists together with AI and XR* have exploded the discourse formerly known as media art?
is a lithuanian word for mushroom species (Russula). It phonetically and onomatopoeically resonates with the word “media”. This mushroom is ectomycorrhizal which means a form of symbiotic relationship that occurs between a fungal symbiont, or mycobiont, and the roots of various plant species. Therefore metaphorically speaking we suppose that participants of the symposium will form a symbiotic relationship with media, art, research, the actual venue and themselves.
The new Ūmėdė biennial festival is investigating the discourse of “emerging art forms” and invites artists, thinkers and practitioners to overcome their disciplinary borders and perform, share, exhibit, expose, present, talk, dine and walk together for 3 nights and days in the heart of Vilnius city. We believe that it does not matter which medium you use, or which discipline you refer to, as long as you are concerned with urgent issues of emerging art (formerly known as (new) media art, art & science, digital art, interactive art, etc.)
Ūmėdė starts as a platform for emerging art forms, to accommodate and question them. Moreover it intends to explore the limits of art and its relations to other forms of human and non-human (post-human) activities.
The biennial has ambitions to grasp what is upcoming or upcycle what was lost in the history of art & science & research.
Symposium will manifest itself through 5 stages, each of them oriented towards specific mood and types of action: listening, screening, discussing & participating, watching, eating & drinking.
Symposium is offering activities in five stages for festival audience pleasure:
- Sound and body
- Body and machine
- Theory/Research/critical reflection stage
- Ingestion & digestion (through various common meals and coffee breaks activities digesting new experiences and recycling them)
- Ex-media and post-everything
VENUE & Dates
12-15th November, 2020, Sodas2123, Vitebsko st. 21 & 23, Vilnius, Lithuania
Sodas2123 – a new culture hub which accommodates more than 40 artists, culture practitioners and organizations. Inside the complex you can visit several galleries (including first one Atletika), perform in a cosy music & food club, attend screenings and concerts in the Main hall (Aktų salė / Hall of Acts).
Sodas2123 is run by artist association LTMKS – www.letmekoo.lt
Artistic director and co-curator: Vytautas Michelkevičius
Programme Curators: Gailė Griciūtė, Ignas Pavliukevičius
Gailė is interested in sound, its behaviour in space and time, interrelations, manipulations, multiplicity of layers and existences. In a sonic dialogue between the ‘natural’ and ‘human made’, creating sensory space for thought processes and new perceptions, questioning how can artistic actions take a conscious part in the environmental processes.
Vytautas is restless (keen) in finding what happened after media art has evaporated into the atmosphere and what is going to replace it by 2030. He is curating, writing and researching post-media art and its leftovers. To sum up art has never been an autonomous field and recently it got another chance to hook up with technologies, research and society. Moreover, he hopes that (artistic) practice generates new theories and will help us better understand the future.
Ignas fancies for digital forms of representation that can create new versions of reality. A reality for dissolving boundaries between self and the other, occupying other bodies and species. Asking how digital entities are forming relationships with our physical bodies, and in turn what our bodies offer them? The momentous question is how digitalisation shapes the meaning of what it takes for someone to be a human?
PARTNERS: Pixelache Festival (Piknik Frequency ry, Helsinki), MPLab at Liepaja University, Photography and Media Art Department of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Baltic Champignons, gallery Atletika
Organised by ngo MENE & LTMKS & SODAS 2123
Partly supported by Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture and Lithuanian Culture Council