KAUNAS PHOTO 2019. Open lecture “The Internet as a place”

On October 2, 2019, Vytautas Magnus University Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23-106) hosted an open lecture “The Internet as a place” by the photographer Heinrich Holtgreve (Germany), in the presence of the cybersecurity expert Dr. Ignas Kalpokas. The lecture was moderated by the professor Kristina Juraitė, Head of the VMU department of Public Communication. The free event was open to everyone and was held in English language.

The thematic program “Digital-Virtual-Real” of the 16th festival KAUNAS PHOTO explored the impact of digital technologies on lifestyle. The lecture at Vytautas Magnus University was one of the events of KAUNAS PHOTO festival aimed to raise a public debate on relevant current affairs.

 




KAUNAS PHOTO 2019. Maciek Jazwiecki’s “PolandTech” – how innovations and technology affect our everyday life

On September 11, 2019, Vytautas Magnus University Multifunctional Center for Studies and Research (V. Putvinskio St. 23, Kaunas) hosted the opening of the exhibtion “PolandTech” by the Polish photographer Maciek Jazwiecki, followed by an open lecture “Communicating Tech Communities”. These events were a part of the festival’s thematic program “Digital-Virtual-Real”, which explores the impact of digital technologies on lifestyle.

Maciek Jazwiecki’s project “PolandTech” is a photographic story about Poland, the country of Europe, in which the technological boom is visible more than anywhere else. According to the author, Poland is becoming a major European tech startup hub. Photographer tries to show places, social groups and people who develop modern technology, create it, popularize it or use it as a work tool. Through a multithreaded perspective M. Jazwiecki documents the most active group of Poles who are not afraid to use modern solutions and ideas. The story consists of many threads, from lesson of programming for children, through 3d printing and holograms technology to virtual reality, gamers’ world and building prototypes.

After the opening of the exhibition, an open lecture “Communicating Tech Communities” took place in the presence of the photographer in an auditorium of the same Center. The author presented his work and shared his thoughts on the modern world and the interaction of society with technology. The lecture was moderated by the professor Kristina Juraitė, Head of the VMU department of Public Communication.

 




Fotografijos festivalyje – paskaita apie interneto įtaką pasauliui ir geopolitikai

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Nors Lietuva didžiuojasi greičiausiu pasaulyje internetu viešose vietose, mes pernelyg retai susimąstome apie šio įrankio didžiulę įtaką pasauliui ir geopolitiniams procesams. Šie klausimai bus aptarti atviroje paskaitoje „The Internet as a place“ („Internetas kaip vieta“), kuri vyks spalio 2 d., trečiadienį, 13 val., VDU mokslo ir studijų centre (V. Putvinskio g. 23-106). Paskaitą praves vokiečių fotografas Heinrichas Holtgreve, dalyvaujantis 16-ajame tarptautiniame fotomeno festivalyje „Kaunas Photo“.

Vytauto Didžiojo universitete (VDU) vyksianti paskaita bus vienas iš festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ renginių, skirtų visuomenei aktualioms diskusijoms. Šių metų festivalio tema „Skaitmeninis-Virtualus-Tikras“ kviečia sutelkti dėmesį į virtualaus pasaulio procesus, skaitmeninio gyvenimo būdo pasekmes, duomenų srautus, ryšius, elektroninius nusikaltimus ir saugumą, mašinų mokymąsi, stebėjimą, automatizavimą, grėsmes ir trapias ribas. Organizatoriai atkreipia dėmesį, jog fotografija, o ypač dokumentinė, dažnai naudojama kaip įrankis paviešinti aktualias visuomenines ir socialines-politines temas.

„Globali interneto tinklo infrastruktūra yra nemenkas iššūkis valstybėms, jų nacionaliniams interesams, o sykiu ir XXI amžiaus demokratijos išbandymas. Dezinformacijos ir propagandos kampanijos, netikros naujienos, manipuliuojami faktai, kibernetinės atakos ir duomenų apsaugos pažeidimai tampa šiuolaikinio gyvenimo realybe. Kaip šie procesai veikia valstybes, jų geopolitinius naratyvus ir pagaliau pilietinę visuomenę bei jos institucijas? Šie klausimai domina akademikus, politikus, meno bendruomenę ir bet kurį kritiškai mąstantį pilietį“, – būsimos paskaitos temą pristatė jos moderatorė, VDU Viešosios komunikacijos katedros vedėja, profesorė Kristina Juraitė.

Pagrindinėje festivalio parodoje M. Žilinsko dailės galerijoje šiuo metu rodomas paskaitos lektoriaus Heinricho Holtgreve (Vokietija) fotografinis tyrimas apie internetą kaip fizinę ir administracinę infrastruktūrą, kuri sujungia pasaulio miestus, šalis ir žemynus šviesolaidiniais kabeliais. Kiekvieną dieną šiais kabeliais perduodami milžiniški duomenų kiekiai. Pasak darbo autoriaus, jo susidomėjimą šia tema paskatino viename internetiniame tinklaraštyje paskelbtas straipsnis apie galimus informacijos centralizacijos pavojus. Būtent šis atradimas įkvėpė vokiečių menininką gilintis į interneto fiziškumą.

Pagal interneto kokybę ir greitį matuojančios programėlės „Rotten WiFi“ paskelbtus 2016-ųjų metų duomenis, Lietuva gali didžiuotis pačiu greičiausiu pasaulyje internetu viešosiose vietose. Tačiau, pasak festivalio „Kaunas Photo“ vadovo Mindaugo Kavaliausko, Lietuvoje internetas nėra nagrinėjamas kaip geopolitinis objektas. O vis dėlto vertėtų atkreipti dėmesį į jo pažeidžiamumą ir apsvarstyti, kokias grėsmes jis šiandien patiria.

Vokiečių fotografo Heinricho Holtgreve vieša paskaita „The Internet as a place“ („Internetas kaip vieta“) vyks spalio 2 d., trečiadienį, 13 val., VDU mokslo ir studijų centre (V. Putvinskio g. 23-106, Kaunas). Paskaitoje dalyvaus kibernetinio saugumo ekspertas, VDU docentas dr. Ignas Kalpokas, LR Ambasadorius skaitmeninei darbotvarkei Darius Gaidys, moderatorė – profesorė Kristina Juraitė.

Nemokamas renginys atviras visiems ir vyks anglų kalba.

KAS? Atvira paskaita „The Internet as a place“ su Heinrich Holtgreve (Vokietija).
KUR? VDU mokslo ir studijų centre, 106 auditorijoje (V. Putvinskio g. 23)
KADA? Spalio 2 d., trečiadienį, 13 val.

KAUNAS PHOTO – ilgiausiai be pertraukų rengiamas kasmetis tarptautinis fotomeno festivalis Lietuvoje ir Baltijos šalyse. Nuo 2004 m. festivalį organizuoja viešoji įstaiga „Šviesos raštas“. Festivalis laikomas vienu svarbiausių tęstinių meno renginių Lietuvoje. Festivalis yra pasaulinės organizacijos „Festivals of Light“ narys. Festivalio įkūrėjas ir vadovas – Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

Instituciniai rėmėjai: Lietuvos kultūros taryba, Kauno miesto savivaldybė.

Paskaitos partneris: Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas.




The exhibition “Olegas Truchanas the legend of Lithuania and Australia“ opens in Kiev, Ukraine

On 16 of November, Thursday, at 6pm, at Taras Shevchenko National Museum KAUNAS PHOTO festival in collaboration with Embassy of Lithuania in Kiev, Ukraine opens the exhibition “Olegas Truchanas the legend of Lithuania and Australia”. The exhibition includes descriptions of Olegas Truchanas life and his creation, also short videos. Everything is presented in Ukrainian language. Exhibition will be opened by director of KAUNAS PHOTO festival Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, ambassador of Embassy of Lithuania in Ukraine Marius Janukonis and ambassador of Embassy of Australia in Ukraine Melissa O’Rourke. The exhibition on display till 3 of December.

Olegas Truchanas, the most famous Lithuanian – Australian, was born in Šiauliai in 1923 and died in 1972 during the photographic expedition in Tasmania. He moved to Australia after the Second World War and then settled in Tasmania. His passion for traveling and exploring extended into his photographic practice, which he then used to educate and raise ecological awareness. Whilst still in Lithuania, Olegas learned to care and look after every part of nature, however in Australia at the time nature was seen as a resource to be used. His day job was at a company building hydroelectric power plants, however he dedicated all of his spare time for the care and conservation of Tasmanian landscape, at least through photography. His job didn’t allow him to publicly speak out against the hydroelectric power plants and the effect it has on the landscape. However Olegas Truchanas travelled around the country organizing events, where he would project his photographic slides accompanied by dramatic music, and these were attended by thousands of people. The legend was born.

Mindaugas Kavaliauskas emphasizes that the Olegas Truchanas story is unique, because stunning nature photographs started a powerful community movement, that changed the public view on ecology and conservation, set up nature reserves, and even influenced the change of political powers in Tasmania.

He was a true person of nature: loving nature and exploring it. Just because of him I had a chance to know a beautiful nature of Tasmania. I am sure that the works made by Olegas Truchanas in Tasmania will remain as valuable material and expensive present for Australia. I am very happy that you made an initiative to present him, because people like him are so rarely in this world. He deserves our respect and we just can thank that he lived…”, – told the president of Lithuania Republic Valdas Adamkus who met Olegas Truchanas during his trip in Australia in 1964.

 

Consultant of exhibition Jonas Nekrašius (Šiauliai), Dr. Doug Spowart (Brisbane-Hobart), texts by Prof. Kristina Juraitė and Jonas Nekrašius, exhibition scenography by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas. Photography from archive of Truchanas family (© Melva Truchanas). Texts translations to Ukrainian language by Renata Kanarska (Kiev).

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest – running annual photography festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. It has been a festival of premières for future stars of photography since its launch in 2004. KAUNAS PHOTO festival is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West. Next to the exhibition in Kaunas the festival organize exhibition in other Lithuanian cities and abroad. Since 2005, Kaunas-Photo-curated shows visited Finland, Poland, Italy, France, China, and New Zealand.

Organizers: KAUNAS PHOTO festival, Taras Shevchenko National Museum, Embassy of Lithuania in Ukraine, Embassy of Australia in Ukraine.

Sponsors – Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Culture Institute.




KAUNAS PHOTO festival 09-07 exhibition openings

On 7 of September, at Presidential library – museum of Valdas Adamkus (S. Daukanto str. 25) KAUNAS PHOTO festival opened an exhibition by Olegas Truchanas – legend of Lithuania and Australia and at Kaunas Artists’ House (V. Putvinskio str. 56) another exhibition “Sauna Folk” by Jussi Puikkonen (Finland).