CITY (RE)SEARCHES:
EXPERIENCES OF BEING PUBLIC
2011 - 2014

Kaunas Biennial Art and Publics Programme, Kaunas, Lithuania
November 2011

Working closely with Ed Carroll (Blue Drum) and Vita Gelûnienè (Kaunas Biennial) Vagabond Reviews developed and facilitated City (Re)Searches: Experiences of Being Public as an interdisciplinary arts-based inquiry which engaged with the unique Žemieji Šančiai district of Kaunas. Involving two sociologists, two artists, an anthropologist, a cultural producer, an architect and writer this four day intensive research workshop sought to explore and map different typologies of being public in the Šančiai district of Kaunas. On the last day of the workshop the house-based research (IN-FORMATION) and the narrative traces collected via the public research (OUT-FORMATION) process were displayed as a series of multi-media installations at the project house. The project culminated in a Public Reception attended by local residents, artists and by the Irish Ambassador to Lithuania.

See:
City (Re) Searches: Experiences of Being Public Post-Facto Reflections [ ↓ PDF ]
Vagabond Reviews June 2012

  • In-Formation, Kranto 18
    KAUNAS 2011

  • Out-Formation, Lower Šančiai
    KAUNAS 2011

  • Installations, Kranto 18
    KAUNAS 2011

  • Neighbourhood Reception
    KAUNAS 2011

  • Photographs:
    Kristina Cyziûté
    & Gediminas Banaitis (Skrandis)

CITY (RE)SEARCHES:
EXPERIENCES OF PUBLIC-NESS

EU Culture Programme
2012 – 2013

In 2011 Ed Carroll & Vita Gelũniené secured funding from the EU Culture programme 2007-2013 Culture Policy Analysis Strand to further develop City (Re) Searches: Experiences of Public-ness as an art-based research initiative between artists and cultural and community development agencies in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Rotterdam and Lithuania. Produced by Ed Carroll (Blue Drum), Conor Shields (Community Arts Partnership) and Vita Gelũniené (Kaunas Biennial), City (Re) Searches: Experiences of Public-ness practitioners include: Fernando Marquespenteado (Brazil), Fiona Woods (Ireland), Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands), John Mulloy (Ireland), Mary Jane Jacob (USA), Niall Crowley (Ireland), Niall O'Baoill (Ireland), Susanne Bosch (Northern Ireland) and Vagabond Reviews (Ireland). Since the initial Practice Circle in Kaunas City (Re) Searches: Experiences of Public-ness has conducted research residencies in Cork (November 2011) and in Belfast (February 2013). The concluding Practice Circle returned to Kaunas in June 2013 and will be followed by a critical review of the overall project in Rotterdam in October 2013.

CITY (RE)SEARCHES:
EXPERIENCES OF PUBLIC-NESS

EU Culture Programme, Cork, Ireland
4th – 7th November 2012

For City (Re)Searches in its EU Culture Programme phase Vagabond Reviews joined the group of twelve visiting practitioners listed above to create conversations and exchanges over four days with community-based art makers and cultural producers. Hosted by Cork Community Art Link and Mayfield Arts, City (Re)Searches Cork was the first of three such EU funded four-day inquiries which sought out local experiences and expressions of culture beneath the threshold of ?official? views of art and culture.

CITY (RE)SEARCHES:
EXPERIENCES OF PUBLIC-NESS

EU Culture Programme, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20th – 23rd February 2013

The City (Re)Searchers reconvened in Belfast for the second of three EU funded four-day inquiries. Hosted by Community Arts Partnership this research cycle took place in a large pop-up pedagogical space in Writers Square. In addition to a series of creative workshops organised and facilitated by the Community Arts Partnership team, the City(Re)Searches process engaged artists, activists, policy makers, politicians, statutory and voluntary organisations in a series of deliberations about cultural agency and cultural rights.

  • City(re)Searches
    BELFAST 2013

  • Photographs: Gediminas Banaitis (Skrandis)

CITY (RE)SEARCHES:
EXPERIENCES OF PUBLIC-NESS

EU Culture Programme, Kaunas, Lithuania
23rd – 26th June 2013

In June 2013 Vagabond Reviews joined the other City (Re)Searchers in Kaunas for the fourth City (Re)Searches Practice Circle and the third in its EU Culture Programme phase. Coordinated and hosted by Vita Gelûnienè (Kaunas Biennial) and Ed Carroll (Blue Drum), City (Re)Searches Kaunas was once again located in the Šančiai district and took place in the temporary pop-up structure introduced first for City (Re)Searches Belfast. For Vagabond Reviews this return to Kaunas built on knowledge and creative relationships formed in 2011. As well as a series of arts and research projects developed by locally-based artists and researchers City (Re)Searches Kaunas extended an interdisciplinary arts-based inquiry which engaged with local residents, cultural practitioners, educators, politicians, municipal agencies and artists around the question of cultural agency and cultural rights. City (Re)Searches concluded with a project review hosted by Jeanne van Heeswijk at the FreeHouse space in Rotterdam in October 2013. The completion of the City(Re)Searches project was marked in 2014 with a series of short pamphlets where each of the City(Re)Searchers reflected on their experiences of the process. [ → read pamphlets ]

  • City(re)Searches
    KAUNAS 2013

  • Photographs: Gediminas Banaitis (Skrandis)