Audrius SimkunasIn the second phase of the project QUESTIONING ARTS we also have resident from Utena - Audrius Šimkūnas. He describes his creative work like this:

“I create what is called “sound art” – before, after or beyond the traditional understanding of music. I manipulate the sounds of places , collect the views of sound. I’m exploring spaces and feeling of its elements through their acoustic features. Visually it might look like a photography, but when you close your eyes in a dark room, it becomes a fonography.

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Aurelija MaknyteArtist Aurelija Maknytė, involved in the first stage of program of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS, describes her participation: 
"Usually I don't get attached to the particular theme, genre or creative tool. I’m just working with the idea, it‘s my engine. Ideas, which have led me to the creative action are different – that‘s why it takes a different body and form, require different creative tools, materials, even different work pace and of course, a different viewer.
A process in which I participate is similar to the work of an old document restorer. I saw her placing the broken page fragments, trying to restore sentences. Usually they still remain a mosaic of fragments, simply because many fragments are missing. Same with me, I find a very different fragments of the soviet times: people, photographs, films, texts and I‘m just trying to put them together in order to create a whole.
My final project will be complex and a bit lenghty piece, in which different elements will interact with each other. These will be participants of soviet documentary film chronicles from Utena, texts from periodicals and various ways of the spread of all the material“.
Artist internet page: http://maknyte.com/

 

Bjorg SveinbjornsdottirBjörg Sveinbjörnsdóttir -  artist from Iceland, which participates in curated residency program QUESTIONING ARTS. Let's look at how the artist describes her creative path:
I am that kind of artist that takes her one year old baby with her to an art residency. I got a room of my own, a chance to step out of my every day life. But instead my every day life stepped in with me. I don’t think Virginia Wolf would be happy about that. That is quite descriptive of my work though.

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Daina PupkeviciuteThe artist of program of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS - Daina Pupkevičiūtė.
"I am practicing performance art as a creator and as a curator/organizer, as well I am creating music. Performance I make is my way of talking about some things in me or about me, about some things in the world or about the world, things I cannot verbalize. Performance and music are my ways to try and overcome my fundamental trauma, the one of existing. During my residency in Leliūnai, Utena art center, I developed a performance piece "Doinǎ" about the tradition, its erosion and its translation.”

Author of photo Gabija Juknevičiūtė

Gunnar JonssonGunnar Jónsson from Iceland. Here's what he says about himself:
I'm a visual artist and my works are very often video based installations involving nature. I'm very interested in the environment, and the friction between man and nature, also how nature reflects in our behavior and how we react in nature. Nature is so unrestricted and exciting, full of opportunities, as a tool, material or a surrounding. It's power is the biggest element, how you can’t win, but neither loose. Impossible to reconstruct, but made to formulate. The smallest things can have the biggest impact. I try uniting with the environment, being one, standing out with out standing out. Using the loop to become impervious with the work, but by looping the work stands out from reality, where you can feel the presence of the art.
During this project QUESTIONING ARTS I will be making a video installation in which I explore the similarities between the movement of the sun from east to west and this area in the hilly existence of life.

Jovita StrobeikaiteJovita Strobeikaitė is another resident of QUESTIONING ART. She’s a fashion designer, creating her own women’s clothing line. Creator’s design is a harmonious combination of original solutions, precision and comfort. In her collections, classic style gently competes with a casual style. Garment aesthetics and quality is based on functionality and comfort whereas conceptual idea summarizes and combines all components into harmonious work – a garment.
"In this project i'm going to look for symbols of femininity, female representation and the examples of image that woman creates.

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Jurgita JakubauskaiteIn the program of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS ranks is another artist Jurgita Jakubauskaitė and her "ideas of absurd". Her goal is to give meaning to meaninglessness: In 2007 I completed studies of architecture and at the same time I founded the design studio "absurd idea". Later I reorganized it to open workshop, focused on the development of design objects using recyclables and creative workshops organizing. It was a first this type workshop in Lithuania. Why I decided to participate in the Art Center Project? It‘s simple. I think, that it‘s close to what I was doing for 3 years: the European cultural heritage investigation and looking for possibilities how we can adapt it to modern design. Why a modern man needs this? To my mind, life in the world of technology mercilessly erases what has been created throughout the ages. Nowadays paintings are not being painted, they are printed. Dresses are not being embroidered, but instead of that, industrially decorated textile is used. All these things that are adapted for an easy reproduction, in my opinion, hold no cultural or moral value, they are soulless. Therefore, I stand for an original and creative man of the future.

Jurgita ZvinklyteParticipant of project QUESTIONING ARTS is artist from Utena - Jurgita Žvinklytė. She describes her way of creative work like this: I am from visual art field, but often my works are perfomative. I am inspired by dance, choreography, old cultures, myths, psychogeography and by contemporary culture tools like internet. Few of my older works was been inspired by old Lithuanian ethno culture. This time I want to look to the ethno culture theme at different angle, so not taking inspiration from past, but trying to understand contemporary ethno culture manifestations. That’s why while interpreting and analyzing this theme I work with internet and its tools, this process I called google ethnography.

Lisbet Hardar OlafardottirLísbet Harðar Ólafardóttir - another one artist from Iceland, which ir participant of Program of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS. Let's see how the artist describes herself creative world: 
I am a writer and painter. Outsider. I use my studies and professional skills to fill up spaces with my own installations. My art is there, but not always visual at the time people would expect it to be. My expectations for this project are sky high. I have been searching for ways to widen up my own perspective of how I function in artistic matter under different conditions. I want to challenge the stereotype that I have become - Challenge the stereotypical role of a woman who becomes everything but herself as soon as she becomes a mother. Bringing the four children to the project is a statement of independency. Possibility to function in both roles at the same time. The artist and the mother... without being a bad one in either of them. My work in Lithuania will reflect the thoughts and attacks of my own mind through out the procedure of doing things that I find uncomfortable.

Mykolas NataleviciusArtist Mykolas Natalevicius participates in the third stage of curated residency program QUESTIONING ARTS. This is what he says about his involvement in the project:
I am Mykolas Natalevičius ( born in 1985) - composer, performer and sound artist, who combines acoustic and electronic sounds, sounds of traditional instruments with modern sound processing technology and someone who enjoys erasing the boundaries of conventional genres.
In the workshop I hope to get to know more about about the culture of Utena region and painful history of local Jewish Holocaust. Disasters and borderline experiences are the favourite topics of my creative work. I am interested in the ancient Jewish heritage both from the religious and literary point of view. In my work i'm going to combine the recordings of outdoor sounds from former Jewish residential areas with the excerpts from The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. “All is fog …”.

Rytis SaladziusActor Rytis Saladzius, resident of curated residency program QUESTIONING ARTS, talks about himself:
I am an actor, an amateur graphic artist, video performer, multi artist. My artistic education – Bachelor of Arts (Acting) and Master of Arts. I’ve had many roles that I’ve played and I still can do it. This time I am a performance artist.
Since I’m writing my introduction already halfway through the project, I can assess initial expectations and even reflect on the present. Before the lectures which we had, it was interesting to start thinking not only about The Books of Wisdom (a Jewish literary heritage), but also about the fact that there was a considerable Jewish community in Utena who lived, worked and reflected in this town. I think that my work should outpace the time, because literature itself is not about the time and more about the context. That is why both Leliūnai, where in 1953 some of the many Lithuanian partisans were tortured and Utena, which suffered from Swedish War and many fires, are very consistent when reading texts from The Books of Wisdom. Perhaps i will speak about the homeland.

Solveig Edda VilhjalmsdottirSolveig Edda Vilhjalmsdottir - another one artist from Iceland, which ir participant of Program of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS. Let's see how the artist describes herself creative world:

I am a visual artist and my main medium is oil paint on canvas. My expectations from this particular project is to grow as an artist and to get more insight and understanding about how art and monuments have impacted the city of Utena. I wonder about how they influence the public and if the public had any influence on what is there and the locations of the spaces. If the space brings people to it or maybe bring people together. And if historical facts play a part in the publics reaction, if any? Is the public passive or progressive? Why are so few people utilizing the public spaces? Is it the location, or the architecture? Or maybe the culture in which I will never be able to understand in such a short time? My sense is that spontaneous gatherings isn't in the seams of this particular society. Maybe authorities decide locations and purposes with out planning for the future social landscape of the town? I only have a few facts, some knowledge of the history. My experience of observing and my sense for the public and the public spaces in this town. So I work within that realm. Contemporary art in public spaces is necessary in a historical sense, as it will become classical art with time. Contemporary art raises interest, curiosity and questions, sometimes distain even. But it plays an important role in art history and often portrays contemporary issues.

Vitalij CerviakovAnother resident artist, involved in the second stage of program of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS - Vitalij Cerviakov: I am an artist and photographer. I studied at Vilnius Academy of Arts. I don‘t like to write about myself so i asked a few of my friends, who know my works very well, to describe it.
"Vitalis work has a performative and processual character. His works are multilayer actions, interventions into surrounding space or particular processes of contemporary art, series of processes, usually carried out in collaboration with other artists. Collaboration is a very important feature of this artist‘s work.„ (Danutė Gambickaitė).
"In Vitalij Červiakov work social landscapes and relatively wild natural areas intertwine in a special way. He is interested in public spaces – are they (centre of the city or its outskirts) really public and do they create a particular sense of community or how, using various tangible and intangible means, people can temporarily create it. The artist also likes to explore, how our experience of public spaces is changed by various actions of documenting – from collecting or photographing of strange artifacts to the recording of moving images, sounds or found texts“ (Jurij Dobriakov).