GUERRILLA LIGHTING  TOUR IN INTERNATIONAL VILNIUS LIGHT FESTIVAL BEEPOSITIVE

 

Guerrilla Lighting is a worldwide spreading movement, the essence of which is the use of light as an essential tool and form of intervention to enable communities to give a new image of their living environment, using high-quality lighting solutions. Guerrilla Lighting main aims is to draw attention to the importance of high-quality architectural lighting, to show communities the power of lighting, to involve community members in the interactive cultural activities and encourage their willingness to change their own living environment. The idea of the event is simple: a team of volunteers, led by several team leaders, using the power of portable torches to illuminate the selected unlit (or badly lit) buildings. The lighting project is created by professional lighting designer. The lighting of one building lasts for 5 – 10 minutes, during that time high quality pictures of illuminated building are made and performance then moves to the other building. 5 to 10 building are usually illuminated during one tour. World practice shows that such events encourage community involvement and creative solutions changing the image of their living environment, promote the improvement of the quality of architectural lighting, encourage the implementation of new ideas in the development of the city's image and positioning of cultural heritage objects.

Guerrilla Lighting event will take place for the first time in Lithuania, so we invited Nordic artists for the realisation of the idea. At the same time, we will be very happy to represent the works of Nordic artists differently – not as light installations but architectural light design. The idea is to encourage cooperation between invited artists in creating lighting design for chosen buildings and sites to explore and represent the Nordic way and perception of architectural lighting. The cooperation would continue during the workshop that will be organized for testing the design ideas and training team leaders (they will be chosen from invited young Lithuanian light artists and students) and during the Guerrilla Lighting tour.  Our aim is to ensure high quality of the first Guerrilla Lighting event in Lithuania, so cooperation with Nordic artists is a very important factor for this. At the same time, the project will create an opportunity for different Nordic artists to work together, involving young Lithuanian artists and members of the communities as well.

Project participants

The initiator of the project is a creative workshop Beepart.

The Nordic artists invited to participate in Guerrilla Lighting event:

  • Elisa Hillgén. Lighting designer from Finland who has experience in organizing Guerrilla Lighting events in Nordic countries and will be the leader of Guerrilla Lighting Tour in Vilnius. She will coordinate the design stage (it will be implemented by her and other invited artists) and will be the leader of the workshop with other Nordic artists and young Lithuanian artists invited to participate in the event as team leaders.
  • Mikael Richter is Swedish artist working with sculpture and lights. Created a number of installations and artworks in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Is actively involved in creating artworks for public spaces.
  • Emir Krajišnik is a painter, sculptor and video artist from Sweden.  He runs a gallery in Gävle and some of his sculptures can be seen in public spaces. In addition to various exhibitions in Stockholm and Gävle there is also an exhibition of his works in the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris in 2003. He also participated in the international sculpture symposia in 2000, the Forma Viva, Portoroz (Slovenia) and 2004 in Volterra (Italy). Besides his work as a visual artist, he also acts as a videographer.
  • Dasha Esselius Light and audiovisual installations designer, land art designer, photographer, film creator from Sweden. Interested in the world around and in social contexts, but also in exploring the inner landscape of the imagination and especially in the interaction between these two worlds. Commissioned a number of light installations in Sweden, Finland, and France. Participated in Beepositive 2014 edition.
  • Michael O’Donnell. Artist from Norway, his work involves a range of materials  - sculptural installations, text, photography and video. He deals with ,,monuments, attitudes to spirituality, and the commodity of death”. He has a number of public works, primary in Norway and currently is a professor at Academy of Fine Art in Oslo.

Summary of the project

 The main objective of the project is to organise Guerrilla Lighting event during International Vilnius light festival Beepositive 2016 which is held in Vilnius, Lithuania. The project is initiated by creative workshops Beepart. Five Nordic artists are invited to cooperate together and develop the lighting design for selected buildings/sites in Vilnius. This will be the first Guerrilla Lighting event in Vilnius and cooperation with Nordic artists will ensure the organizational and artistic quality of the event. At the same time, we will be very happy to represent the works of Nordic artists differently - not as light installations but architectural light design. The idea is to encourage cooperation between invited artists in creating lighting design for chosen buildings and sites to explore and represent the Nordic way and perception of architectural lighting. Young Lithuanian artists and students will participate in the workshops with Nordic artists and will test and develop lighting ideas together. It is expected that the project will contribute to the dissemination of Nordic culture. This will be the second year of implementing the idea of Nordic light art and experience representation in Beepositive festival and we hope it will become permanent annual activity.