Impressions from a 3-day workshop at the art academy in Vilnius with 15 students from 1st to 5th class – and with Joop and I as the teachers.
A thoroughly practical based hands-on-investigation of ‘book’ as ‘object’ and the process of developing something from the starting point as a breezy idea into a materialized tangible object – hopefully with some aesthetic if not direct artistic qualities. Our intention was to introduce thinking about books and artists’ books as object and as well highlight steps in the delicate process of taking a concept to realization.
It was great to see how serious and also with humor the studens worked with their tasks. This is always an exciting part of teaching – how are your ideas and suggestions recieved, and how is this dialog pingpong evolving – despite language barriers usually it works quite well.
Yesterday we completed the course with a small informal private view – and a symbolic sharing of knowledge by launching a message-in-a-bottle from the banks of the river Vilne, which runs just outside the academy. A tribute and salute to a main element in art: play, ease and unpredictability.
Some little voice keeps telling me that streams do not easily find it’s way from the Baltic sea, but then again – who really knows if the bottle might one day when I walk along the seaside emerge from the waters of Aarhus Bay?!