Silent Stage is an interdisciplinary project, which combines expressive methods from video and sound, art and theatre. Co-authors of the project – interdisciplinary artist Tadas Stalyga (LT), and artist-curator, and Director of “Article Gallery”, Mona Casey (IRL/ GB) – are aiming to introduce a new model for the consumption of cultural objects for the Lithuanian public and beyond. This model is an environment which can be defined as a gallery space, inasmuch as a theatre stage. Silent Stage combines pieces of sculpture, video and sound art, scenographic elements, and builds an overall dramaturgy from the interaction of these elements.
Silent Stage (in its first edition) is presented at Yaga Gathering 2018, in a natural forest environment, under the open sky, and beyond the confines of traditional cultural institutional spaces. The Stage will introduce objects which contrast with the landscape, such as geometrical forms – projection screens, cubes which reflect light, technological and sound sculptures, which will contrast with the natural environment and help to aesthetically define the limits of the curated space.
The artistic content includes artwork, which incorporates the concepts of ‘other’ landscapes within the landscape, and human presence and performance in a landscape. In the former we aim to present video art pieces in which foreign landscapes are introduced to the Lithuanian site. In the latter we will present works, which reflect on the interaction of humans and the environment, and the impact on ecology. Selected works from a variety of artists across Europe, will enable audiences to better understand the uniqueness of landscapes, the particularities of site and the potential for cross-fertilization in a post-brexit world.
The artists are: Andrius Arutiunian, Janina Anja Lange, Fred Hubble, Páraic McGloughlin, Anne-Mie Melis, Sharon Murphy, Dalziel + Scullion and Jennifer Taylor.
Andrius Arutiunian is an Armenian-Lithuanian composer and sound artist based in the Netherlands. His music explores the socio-cultural aspects of specific histories through their sonic artefacts, often dealing with identity, sonic appropriation and thresholds of noise and sound. Ideas of sonic re-arrangement and re-composition all form an important part of Arutiunian’s practice. His works comprise of electroacoustic pieces for various ensembles, sound installations and multimedia pieces, as well as solo electronic and audio-visual sets. Arutiunian’s pieces have been commissioned or performed by Slagwerk Den Haag, Nadar, MAZE, Ensemble Modelo62, Synaesthesis and other contemporary music groups. His work has been recently shown at documenta 14 Parliament of Bodies (DE), Contemporary Art Centre (LT), Melos-Ethos (SL), deSingel (BE) and MAZE Festival (NL) among others. Andrius Arutiunian’s works are published by Donemus (NL)
Belgian born Anne-Mie Melis is a visual artist. Her artwork explores how we as humans experience our natural environment in an ever more urbanised and industrialised world. She uses digital alongside traditional media in installations with a combination of drawing, sculptural work, video, stop-motion animation and/or photography. Some of her latest work increasingly incorporates interactive elements. She invites the public to share her naïve attempts to establish change to our behaviour, thus exploring art as a possible tool for its potential to instigate social and environmental change.
Melis has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has created artworks for residencies, commissions and exhibitions and has been the recipient of the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Award. Exhibitions include G39 (Cardiff), Oriel Myrddin (Carmarthen), Oriel Davies (Newtown), the Weizzmann Institute of Science (Israel), Lokaal01 (Antwerp, Belgium) and the Jerwood Space (London).
Dalziel + Scullion
Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion are Scottish based artists working with sculpture, photography, video and sound exploring new ways to engage with the subjects of, the environment and ecology.
We are conscious of living through a heightened period in time where various phenomenon are converging, climate change, soil and habitat degradation, air and sea pollution and population demands are just a few of the forces generating world wide difficulties and tensions. Our artworks enter into this subject matter, inhabiting spaces and resonating out to people who come in contact with them.
We endeavour to create artworks that embody ideas and values, making works that reflect on climate change, that draw attention to the restorative powers of the natural world for health and well being, other works speak about our relationships with birds, plants, animals, and the importance of weather. Artworks can enable or facilitate a tuning into natures rhythms and textures, sensually reconnecting the human body to the elemental earth. We collaborate with conservation bodies, landowners, developers, botanists, ecologists, curators and museums, composers and musicians amongst others.
We constantly strive to understand the context and places our artworks will exist in, investigating ways that art can focus attention on and amplify particular aspects of the ecology of a place; it’s authentic features and unique character. Through this we cultivate qualities that may have lain dormant, three dimensionalising ideas into forms that inject a new value and alternative recognition of a place. The artworks become conduits between people and nature, helping audiences experience our shared environment from alternative perspectives, with the aim of re-establishing our connection with nature and the non-human species we live alongside.
Fred Hubble, is an artist based in the United Kingdom. His current practice encompasses ideas surrounding gesture. Working with the residual, the vestige of an art practice he investigates an idea of time, the continuing ruptures/ reformation/ the nonsensical to the sensual, in a multiplicity of forms and ideas.
Formulations of ideas can spring from the everyday, making and connections are formed everywhere. Pieces are often traces of events or objects that are vestiges of gestures. He question’s notions of authenticity and the nature of experience and that translation or transference of experience, whether that is a gesture, a performance, a photograph or a piece of prose.
Through exploring different cultural and natural histories the work interweaves narratives and histories attached to place. Exploring cultivation, growth and cooking as artistic gesture, creating through these methodologies art can become a cultural, physical exchange, a different form of cultivation that endures in a different manner to conventional art making.
He is interested in the cultural and natural histories of places, the forms and the presence we find in them, and how these presences resonate through creating artwork on the sites. The site becomes a lens through which to view art and become a new language through which the site can speak.
Janina Anja Lange
Janina Lange (*1986) lives and works in London and Berlin. She is currently undertaking a practice-led Ph.D. entitled ‘Destroy She Said’ in the Sculpture Department at the Royal College of Art. Her work has recently been on show at Turf Projects, Croydon (2018), Alt_C p h, Copenhagen (2018), Minshar Gallery, Tel Aviv (2017), Showroom, London (*performance, 2017), Klemm’s gallery, Berlin (2016); Anatomy Museum, London (2016); KH7, Arhus (2016), Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2016); and Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Bluecoat, Liverpool and ICA, London (2016). She is recipient of the TECHNE: AHRC scholarship and current artist-in-residence at CW+.
Jennifer Taylor lives and works in Cardiff, Wales. She graduated with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 2007. She has recently taken part in a Residency programme in the British School at Rome and has a solo exhibition called Time-Sea, at Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales, coming up this year.
Páraic Mc Gloughlin is an artist living in Sligo, Ireland. In 2016, he graduated with a BA in Painting from the University of Fine Art in Poznan Poland. Páraic is always on the search for new ways to explore ideas and lately has been experimenting with moving images. He has won awards in various film festivals and his work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and screenings worldwide including “Heroes and Illusions” held in the Erarta Museum, St. Petersberg, “The 56 Ann Arbor Film Festival” held in Ann Arbor Michigan Theater, “On Site Impromtus-Dance and moving image in daily space” held in Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai. He is currently working on audiovisual projects, as well as creating visuals for Max Cooper’s live shows.
Sharon Murphy, lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Her practice encompasses photography, video, sound and costume and her work is rooted in theatre and performance. Her interests centre on the performative aspects of photography and on an exploration of the essence of performance. She conceives of space as ‘staged’ and the body as ‘site’ where the outer world and inner feelings intersect. She is especially interested in representing the felt experience of childhood.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is held in both public and private collections. She has received support from The Arts Council of Ireland, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Co Co and works collaboratively with performance ensembles and actors. She has most recently exhibited at RHA Dublin, Golden Thread Gallery Belfast, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise and at Loop Festival Barcelona, an international platform for contemporary video art, film and moving based image.
Sharon holds a BA in Photography from Dún Laoghaire Institute for Art, Design and Technology IADT (2014), and a Masters in Theatre from UCD (1993). She also works as a Curator in both public art and gallery contexts and is resident curator at Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin.