Fairly satisfied sitting a few hours in transit at CHP airport – to digest at least some of the many impressions from this last week in Vilnius.
It’s been incredibly interesting and instructive to take part in the selection of works for 6th International Artists’ Books Triennial and a great pleasure and inspiration to talk to other jurymembers, artists and creative people in Vilnius.
First and foremost of course I’d like to introduce my friend, Kestutis Vasiliunas, professor at the graphics department at Vilnius Academy of Arts as well as initiator and leader of the Artists BooksTrienniales, whom I have known for many years now. Most certainly Kestutis is a person of boundless hospitality and – apparently always – plenty of time for taking care of his guests as the host, taxi driver, tour guide, teacher, organizer, entertainer – and ambassador for his beleaguered country. OMG, how we’ve laughed over his portrayal – or should I say performance – of “life under Soviet domination” as well as the contemporary political situation. Not because it’s funny what’s going on. Quite the contrary. But the ability to “see” the madness of life has quite a fertile ground in a nation like Lithuania.
I’d say we did work fairly concentrated, but also had some decent regular coffe breaks,lunch hour breaks, outings, museum visits etc. to keep up the steam. (Here in the office of the Art Academi, Deirdre, Agota, one young student/assistent, me, Joseph)
Yesterday Josep and I even held a lecture at the Academy. As Josep is not just an artist but also a wonderful composer, his lecture was more or less him performing some of his piano works accompanied by his graphical slide show. This guy’s a real English, that is Scottish, gentleman – whose whole appearance(!), distinct vocal diction (as he read aloud for the audience his translated poems) and appearance made me almost see Tolkien before my eyes.
NB. Results of the selection will be published Sunday here.