Jenny Kagan

The abandoned building perched on the hill was once a Hassidic Jewish Synagogue. It was last used as a synagogue in 1940 when the Jewish population of Kaunas was 32,000 people, almost a quarter of the city’s residents. Today the Jewish population of Kaunas is less than 500. A Murmuration is an evocation of that absence. Definition of Murmuration […]

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Tatzu Nishi

The Freedom Monument in Kaunas – a symbol of independent Lithuania and one of the first monumental sculptures of the nation state – was commisioned by the Minister of Defence and designed by sculptor Juozas Zikaras in 1921. In 1928, on the tenth anniversary of Lithuanian independence, it was errected next to Unity Square. The […]

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Kostas Bogdanas

300,000 is a number. It is also the number of Lithuanians uprooted and deported to Siberia by the Soviet regime. Statistical numbers are difficult to comprehend. The larger the number the more removed it feels from a real person and what that person lived through. By counting from one to 300,000 Kostas Bogdanas stretches this […]

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Paulina Pukytė

A memorial to Jan Zwartendijk has been unveiled on the façade of 29 Laisvės Avenue, Kaunas, Lithuania. Jan Zwartendijk, Acting Dutch Consul in Kaunas in 1940, worked in this building. In July of 1940 he issued 2,345 permits for persecuted Jews and their families to travel to Curacao, Dutch island in the Caribbean, thus saving their lives from the Nazis. […]

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Jonas Oškinis and Raimundas Krukonis

„Hope!“ the low echoes from the shore replied, The valleys and the forest Konrad woke, And laughing wildly, answered, “Where am I?” To hear in this place – hope? Wherefore this song? I do recall thy vanished happiness. Three lovely daughters from one mother born, And thou the first demanded as a bride. Woe unto […]

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Manca Bajec

A miniature [monument] does something that a gigantic one cannot: it offers the possibility of possession but at the same time it seeks and captures attention in a different way. In its unthreatening form, it becomes a curiosity that can be assessed and contemplated. A Trojan Horse perhaps? Its shape or form tells a story both here and across the […]

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Philip Miller

There were around 34,000 Jews in Kaunas before the Holocaust. The language of Yiddish, spoken by the Jewish people of Europe was then a vibrant part of the sound world in Lithuania. Reflecting on disappearance of this sound and the meaning it carried, Philip Miller creates sound interventions in the specific Kaunas sites where Jews […]

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Juozas Laivys

A grey dot on a grey surface in Kaunas is the reincarnation of a work by Juozas Laivys entitled White Puck – White Dot, created in Minsk in 2002. (The artist continues not to make any new work and instead moderately varies the meaning of his earlier works.) The authorities in Minsk did not welcome this work by Laivys. A […]

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Dainius Liškevičius

Freedom Avenue (Lith. Laisvės alėja) is the most important artery of Kaunas’ city centre. In 1919, on the occasion of Lithuania’s declaration of independence, it acquired the name of Freedom. Its paving, which was laid down between 1970-1982, is now gradually being replaced. The paving, that gave a unique character to this main street of […]

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Anton Lukoszevieze

This installation is a homage to the Kaunas-born Lithuanian-American artist and the co-founder of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas (1931-1978). His Music for Everyman (1961) consists of a musical score as a catalogue of possible sounds and actions. A number of seats in the Kaunas Social Insurance Office waiting area have been installed with pressure […]

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Karolina Freino

Emma Goldman (1869-1940) – the iconic figure of the fight for women’s rights and social justice, as well as of the anarchist movement – was born in Kaunas, in a Jewish family. t is said that her farther hoped desperately for a son; for him a daughter would be a sign of failure. Karolina Freino […]

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Allard van Hoorn

„This modernist building was conceived in the 20’s not only as a church but also as a monument to Independence. During the Soviet occupation it was turned into a radio factory and possibly into one of the 26 radio jamming masts“. Allard van Hoorn 055 Urban Songline (Static Generator), Latitude: 54.902386° N – 54.902892° N, […]

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Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz

This is a very special place. This abandoned monument – to remember the young communist heroes, murdered before the first occupation. This place was also the Jewish ghetto. And at this time of the Jewish ghetto the Nazi crime is completely forgotten.

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Oral Programme / Session III

Prof. Matthew Rampley (University of Birmingham) Blood Swept Lands: on the Difficulties of Remembering in Art Presentation (45 min.) Manca Bajec (Royal College of Art and Design) Monuments as Artworks, Monuments as Writers of History Presentation (45 min.) Discussion: Matthew Rampley and Manca Bajec with Prof. Giedrė Mickūnaitė (Vilnius Academy of Arts) (30 min.). Art historian Matthew Rampley from the University […]

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Oral Programme / Session II

Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz presentation and discussion with Dr. Rasa Antanavičiūtė (45 min.) Jochen Gerz presentation and discussion with Manca Bajec (Royal College of Art and Design) (45 min.) Discussion: Jochen Gerz, Horst Hoheisel and James E. Young, moderated by Dr. Rasa Antanavičiūtė and Manca Bajec (1 h.) Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz are the artists behind […]

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Oral Programme / Session I

PROF. JAMES E. YOUNG (University of Massachusetts Amherst) The Stages of Memory:  Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between Presentation (45 min.), discussion with Prof. Dr. Giedrė Jankevičiūtė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Linara Dovydaitytė (Vytautas Magnus University), Q&A (45 min.). Moderated by Dr. Rasa Antanavičiūtė (Vilnius Academy of Arts) University […]

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