19.11.15 - Open Mind / Atver prātu Public lecture "Conversation about contemporary art"
Participated by lecturer- social anthropologist Klavs Sedlenieks with accompanied by professional metal artist Andris Dukurs performance. Moderator: Agita Lapsa, librarian, Valmiera Library Asistent: Inese Erdmane, librarian, Valmiera Library
Event contents Lecture of social anthropologist K. Sedlenieks "Conversation about contemporary art" was extensively visited so it was of interest to many Valmiera inhabitants. From the feedbacks we can conclude that Valmiera people want to hear educational lectures that broaden horizons. Artist’s Andris Dukurs metal works was perfect illustration to our discussions about the creative freedom and public views conflict. It demonstrated how art can surprises, ask questions and give answers. Artist’s Andris Dukurs performance illustrated argument of K. Sedlenieks - "Object becomes the art in dialogue with receiver". As well as a lecturer K. Sedlenieks emphasized the artist's task is to give his vision, allowing the viewer to participate in the experience. Observer creates his own definitions of art piece meaning. And this is a dialog, where artist's vision can provoke and viewer form particular attitude. Event consist of 5 components: lecture, exhibition, discussion, SKYPE broadcast to interactive reading room, evaluation (meeting: analyses-reflection on project activities, discussion, negotiation between moderators -26.11.2015)
1. Visual elements that are used in the event / exhibition, PP presentation /
Poster before event
Lecturer’s PowerPoint presentations with visual materials,
Lecture were broadcasted via Skype to auditorium in Library Children's Department. Parents with small children were able to follow the lectures, while professional educator worked with their offspring.
Exhibition of artist’s Andris Dukurs metal works.
Theses of lectures posted in CreaDream Facebook group where the participants of the project can be read and discuss them.
2. Auditory elements / lecturer, artist/
Lecturer speech and questions from audience.
Metal artist A. Dukurs works was exhibited in library. After the lecture, he performed and talked about creation, inspiration and meaning, told stories about his sculptures.
Audience engage in discussion with artist and lecturer.
lecture was held in the library on the 2nd floor. On the first floor we gave the opportunity to listen to lectures for parents with children. While parents listened to a lecture in interactive reading room,
children's audience was employed in next room by specially invited fairy image - Pippi Longstocking / kindergarten teacher/.
3. Kinesthetic elements / the involvement of the audience – walking through the library from art piece to art piece together with artist/ Participants were moving around together with artist A. Dukurs to his works
4. Event evaluation / evaluation board, moderators meeting / Every participant were asked to express their feeling about event on evaluation board. It showed that most of the more than 70 visitors feel glad and gained some know inspiration or knowledge for the event, only two of them have non- or negative feelings towards event. The desk in photo before asked question "Do you became smarter on the issue of contemporary art?" Answers was: YES; NO; I DON’T NOW. At the second time we did not asked participants to express their feelings, too, but just wanted to accustom them to the fact that we want to get their assessment.
There were meeting of event moderators to analyze organization process and performance. We clarified and divided responsibilities of moderators and project manager and discussed all the details relating to the organization.
Material prepared by Agita Lapsa, moderator 26.11.2015., Valmiera firstname.lastname@example.org