Trip and Travelling. Introduction /
What is missing?

Klaipėda Culture Communication Center (KCCC)

October 31, 2013

Until 10 November 2013

KCCC Exhibition hall
Didžioji Vandens str. 2
LT-91246 Klaipeda

Historical reminiscences and a question entered on a web-search, Marco Polo travels, Curonian spit and Nida town, and the Internet have more things in common than it might seem at first glance. Those interested in learning more are kindly invited to the exhibitions opened at the Exhibition Hall of Klaipėda Culture Communication Center (KCCC), Klaipėda, Lithuania. 

The subject chosen by Italian curator Lorenzo Bruni (Italy) for the exhibition Trip and Travelling. Introduction invites for a dialogue between the aesthetics of video art, the art of the early and the approach of contemporary young artists towards artistic practices of authors of the above period. The exhibition speaks about a new concept of travelling in the Internet era: travelling in post-colonial times, travelling in the world where everything had already been explored and ideological future is irrelevant.

The international project represents the works of the following artists: Maria Teresa Alves, John Bock, Johanna Billing, Deniz Buga, Jordi Colomer, François Curlet, Stefania Galegati, Domenico Mangano, Ahmet Ögüt, Uriel Orlow, Paolo Parisi, Agnė Racevičiūtė, Anri Sala, Hans Schabus, Emilija Skarnulytė, Guido van der Werve, Raphaël Zarka, Jose Dávila, Nico Dockx, Carlos Garaicoa, Rainer Ganahl, Thomas Gillespie, Darius Mikšys, Jonathan Monk, Maurizio Nannucci, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Shimabuku, Matteo Rubbi, Marinella Senatore, Kamen Stoyanov, Driant Zeneli, Lawrence Weiner. 

What are you missing? Searching for an answer to this quite personal question, art curator of the next exhibition, Julija Cistiakova gathered ten artists from all over the world to take part in the contemporary art project What is missing?

“After a while, having entered this question into Google search I was surprised to find among the top results an extract from the novel Fahrenheit 451 by my favourite author, Ray Bradbury, answering the question what the society is missing: quality information, the leisure to digest it and the freedom to act resulting from interaction of the two above,” recalled the curator.

Problems raised by R. Bradbury six decades ago inspired the curator to analyse current situation in light of these issues and to invite artists Abraham Cruzvilleg (Mexico), Hans Op De Beeck (Belgium), Maurizio Cattellan and Pierpaolo Ferrari (Italy), LG Williams (USA), Seth Price (USA), Dora Garćia (Spain), Christian Jankowski (Germany), Dan Perjovschi (Romania) and Bronė Neverdauskienė (Lithuania). 

Inspired by this idea, the artist B.Neverdauskienė presents her artwork Trip as self-curated exhibition in the above-mentioned art project. 

Artist declares that “Logistics—is an artwork,” where speaks how attitude turns into process and vice versa. What if the organisational process itself would become an artwork? Until an artwork gets to its usual environment, as visitors of exhibition might naturally think—to an exposition hall, an author has to attend a lot of organizational issues, which eventually are left behind the scenes. Each of these stages involves various concessions, striving for a compromise, until ultimately an artist’s idea is embodied into real-life “format”—as if it should fit into an imaginary box. Having replaced an imaginary artwork by its packaging, the artist can stay aside from the process, and is not forced to adapt and idea to harsh reality. According to Lithuanian art critic and curator Ignas Kazakevičius, the essence of “artwork” or “box” in this project is  comparable to the essence of exposition space—venue of all art processes and accompanying institutional-bureaucratic processes.