Mindaugas Triennial, the 11th edition of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, is taking a 12 day event focused exclusively on performance and film.


CAC, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 24 08 – 09 09 2012.

The 11th edition of the Baltic Triennial of International Art is taking a 12 day event focused exclusively on performance and film. Countering the general tendency of biennials to be pluralist, all-encompassing multi-platforms, the curators choose to channel the contributions of artists through a radically minimized vessel – one human being. The Triennial is entitled after its medium who in his own right carries one of the most common Lithuanian names, Mindaugas.

During the day, Mindaugas (the name alludes to ‘daug menantis’ – much wisdom, ‘daugiamintis’ – the one who has many ideas, or ‘daugelio minimas’ – much fame) is operated by a number of artists by way of a set of instructions, script, score, scenario etc. to be played out by Mindaugas during the course of one particular day in the city of Vilnius or nearby surrounding areas.

In the evening, Mindaugas will rest, and the ideas that he has embodied during the day will appear on a stage at the CAC where a different artist will present a perfor-mance each night. The stage represents a dream-state of Mindaugas, a site for even more possibilities. It is called Charismateria.

The performance programme is accompanied by Cinema of the Self, a daily 8-hour programme of contemporary artists’ films dedicated to notions of selfhood and the construction of the self

Mindaugas Triennial is curated by Defne Ayas, Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and Benjamin Cook, Director of LUX, London. By invitation of Defne Ayas the curatorial concept and program is developed together with New York-based artists Ieva Misevičiūtė and Michael Portnoy.

Participating artists

Daily activations:

  • Eglė Budvytytė
  • Aslı Ēavuşoğlu
  • Steve Cosson (The Civilians)
  • Oscar Dawicki
  • Tim Etchells
  • Ragnar Kjartansson
  • Adam Kleinman
  • Valentinas Klimašauskas and
  • Morten Norbye Halvorsen
  • Michael Portnoy
  • Catherine Sullivan and
  • Farhad Sharmini
  • Rimas Šapauskas
  • Marianne Vitale
  • Hu Xiangqian

Evening performances:

  • Alexandra Bachzetsis
  • Ivo Dimchev
  • Goodiepal
  • Krõõt Juurak
  • Ragnar Kjartansson and
  • David fiór Jónsson
  • Ursula Mayer
  • Benjamin Seror
  • Mark Aerial Waller
  • Claude Wampler
  • Miet Warlop

Cinema of the Self:

  • Ed Atkins
  • Eric Baudelaire
  • Neļl Beloufa
  • Moyra Davey
  • Luke Fowler
  • Ursula Mayer
  • Rania Stephan
  • Catherine Sullivan and
  • Farhad Sharmini
  • Marc Aerial Waller

Full program: www.cac.lt/mindaugas/en/.


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