Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (b.1983, based in Vilnius) works as filmmaker and theatre director. In her creative practice, Rugilė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities, while challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival this year and is extensively traveling in film festivals around the world.
Vaiva Grainytė (b.1984, based in Vilnius) is a writer, playwright, and poet. Her writer’s practice usually crosses the confinesboundaries of desk work and becomes an integral part of an interdisciplinary polylogue. Her handwriting exhibits the features typical of her oeuvre: personal and collective memory, daily routine and social issues are in harmony with poetic and ironic approach.
Lina Lapelytė (b.1984, based in Vilnius and London) is an artist, musician and composer. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes and nostalgia. Lapelytė’s works were presented at KIM? in Riga, Rupert in Vilnius (solo exhibition), gallery 1857 in Oslo, the Modern Art Museum in Malmo, MACBA in Barcelona, DRAF in London. Upcoming shows include Cartier Foundation in Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Praha.
Sun & Sea (Marina) is the second collaboration for the three artists. Their contemporary opera, Have a Good Day! premiered in 2013 is touring worldwide. Have a Good Day! won six international awards in Europe, and it has been performed in more than twenty festivals, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the Lithuanian National Radio. In 2018 at the Golden Cross awards in Lithuania the artists were awarded the Borisas Dauguvietis prize for their innovative and original ideas. In their collaborative practice, the artists pay special attention to the relationship between documentary and fiction, reality and poetry as well as the overlap of theatre, music and the visual arts.
Commissioner and Producer Dr Rasa Antanavičiūtė is the developer and the executive director of Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She acts as curator, producer and manager of art and education projects such as residencies, exhibitions and the Nida Doctoral School. Rasa has a PhD degree in art history. Her research focuses on symbols of political powers in public spaces and their functions as identity builders and memory constructors.
Honorary Commissioner Jean-Baptiste Joly is the founder, former head and art director of Akademie Schloss Solitude — the largest artist residency program in Germany. Joly is a Board Member of Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart, a member of the advisory board of Transcultural Exchange Boston, the Honorary Professor of Berlin Weißensee School of Art, and a board member of numerous cultural foundations.
Curator of the pavilion, Lucia Pietroiusti is Curator of General Ecology and Live Programmes at London’s Serpentine Galleries. Pietroiusti has programmed and curated performances and series including Park Nights, Serpentine Cinema and the long durational symposium on interspecies consciousness, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (with Filipa Ramos). As part of the General Ecology project, Pietroiusti is currently researching eco-feminism, new materialisms, mysticism, environmental humanities and complexity theories across disciplines.
Performers: Lithuanian and Italian singers, volunteers
Assistant Curator: Caterina Avataneo
Visual identity: Goda Budvytytė
Catalogue & vinyl concept and design: Åbäke
Communication: Lina Vaitiekūnaitė, Jogintė Bučinskaitė, Miles Evans
Production and organisation: Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Mindaugas Reklaitis, Marco Scurati, Neon Realism, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts
Architects: Mindaugas Reklaitis, Alessandro Zorzetto
Assistant Producers: Eglė Agnė Benkunskytė, Julija Navarskaitė, Kotryna Žukauskaitė
Sound Engineers: Arūnas Zujus (MAMA Studios), Dainius Kazilionis
Light Engineers: Rudolfas Levulis & Paulius Mazūras (PVZ.LT)
Technicians: Antanas Gerlikas, Kazimieras Sližys
Video documentation: Laurynas Skeisgiela
Photo documentation: Andrej Vasilenko
Web Development: Asger Behncke Jacobsen
Towel design: MUKU
Cordial thank you to: Lithuanian Olympians – swimmer Rūta Meilutytė, basketball player Mindaugas Kuzminskas, athletes Austra Skujytė and Edvinas Krungolcas, figure skaters Margarita Drobiazko & Povilas Vanagas; Lithuanian Culture Attaché in New York, USA, Gražina Michnevičiūtė; photographers Audrius Solominas, Alfredas Pliadis, Mindaugas Kulbis, Rokas Darulis; basketball agent Tadas Bulotas; basketball commentator Linas Kunigėlis; LRT.lt sports editor Paulius Cubera; Prezident of the Lithuanian Skating Federation Lilija Vanagienė; Rima Taločkaitė; Giedrė Selenytė; Linas Ramanauskas; Žilvinas Grigaitis; Julija Čistiakova; Rima Rimšaitė; Ieva Skauronė; Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University; Kaunas University of Technology; Vytautas Magnus University