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May 17, 2007

iMagine: A workshop envisioning the potencies of


artistic creativity for producing social reality

iMagine: A workshop envisioning the potencies of artistic creativity for producing social reality :: May 17-19, 2007 :: CAC Vilnius.

iMagine is the second event in the series of Public Preparation project: the public preparation phase for the upcoming Biennale of Young Artists in Tallinn in October 2007. Public Preparation is a sequence of informal encounters which at the same time constitutes the publicly visible preparation process of the Biennale as well as the course of preparing and educating the public for the Biennale.

3-day-workshop iMagine gathers ca 30 art professionals from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Each workshop day will be conducted by one contemporary art professional and enacted by all participants. It is aimed to become a 'total environment' with its own rules, obstructions and ways to generate meanings and ideas. iMagine focuses on discussion, exchanging ideas and sharing opinions rather than producing art objects.

The workshop will be structured as a non-hierarchical knowledge-oriented environment that will develop ideas and ideals regarding the role of artists in contemporary society. The workshop will deal with issues like the concepts of "legality" and "illegality" in creative practice; the consequences of psychoanalytic theory for art and politics; the role and limits of exhibition format etc.

iMagine also serves as a meeting machine for younger generation art
professionals based in Baltic States and Poland. We would like to imagine iMagine as a huge warm swimming pool full of progressive ideas, coffee breaks, topical topics of contemporary art, younger generation art professionals, provoking questions, experience of collective working practice and participation, relevant theories, and contacts of new friends and collaborators.

Tutors: Aaron Schuster, philosopher and art critic, Brussels; Simon Sheikh, curator, Berlin/Copenhagen; Mara Traumane, curator, Berlin/Riga.

iMagine is organised in collaboration with Biennale of Young Artists, Tallinn, CAC Vilnius and CAIC Vilnius.

The team of organisers: Rael Artel (independent curator, co-curator of the Biennale of Young Artists, Public Preparation, Pdrnu); Virginija Januskeviciute (Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius); Airi Triisberg (freelance researcher, co-organiser of Public Preparation, Berlin); Dovile Tumpyte (Contemporary Art Information Centre of Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius).

iMagine was kindly supported by Centre for Contemporary Arts, Estonia
Estonian Cultural Endowment, Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts.

Posted by jo at May 17, 2007 03:14 PM