Artists invite to join expedition to Vecmīlgrāvis

Artists invite to join expedition to Vecmīlgrāvis
21-05-2013 A+ A-
Latvian Center for Contemporary Art (LCCA) organizes expedition to Vecmīlgrāvis on Saturday, May 25. It will include a philosopher’s lecture, excursion to Riga Shipyard shipbuilding block and site seeing of ‘Ziemeļblāzma,’ LCCA spokesperson informed cultural portal 'Riga 2014.'

Expedition includes Ieva Saulīte, Viktorija Eksta and Ingrīda Pičukāne’s art work; drawing experiment of a group of illustrators and performance of Estonian artist Sandra Jogeva.

Organizers hope new impressions to conduce further wondering

Expedition is a journey began by a group of people driven by an aim to explore, observe, to collect data to be used as well as, sometimes, to conquer. It is thought that the age grand discoveries ended with the 19th century, which is why Latvian Center for Contemporary Art urges to focus on minute discoveries, diverting the gaze of tourist, traveler and researcher to Riga’s neighborhoods. ‘Expedition Vecmīlgrāvis’ offers micro-events, inviting to draw one’s subjective map of the place.

Program of expedition

11.00 – departure of expedition boat from Akmens (Stone) bridge (On the side of the Shroud bridge (Vanšu tilts – Lat.), boat ‘Jelgava.’). In itinerary of its journey – lecture of philosopher J. Taurens ‘Utopia of architecture: poetic and reality. Boat trip must be pre-noted here:

12.00 – mooring in Vecmīlgrāvis, on Meldru street 1a. Sound installation ‘Study scores of Vecmīlgrāvis’ in the pavilion of Fish market square.

13.00 – excursion to Riga Shipyard. The allowed number of visitors is limited, prior notation here:

Between 12.00 and 19.00

Exhibition of Ieva Saulīte ‘Logos’ in ‘SOLLI’ café on Dombrovska street 22.

For this work, artist used fragments of wrapping material and its logotypes which had been expressive with their random messages or visual elements and had not been thrown out. Brand names of this virtual world have turned into notable characteristics, linking humans to outside word and sometimes replacing human expression. Drawings strive to point to or observe, indirectly, human relationships and their intricate patterns.

Exhibition of Viktorija Eksta ‘From point A to point B’ in café ‘Kafelnīca’; on Gāles street 2.

Viktorija Eksta is film researcher and photographer, interested primarily in portrayal of people; graduate of LAC in Audio-visual arts with practice in ‘Haghefilm’ restoration laboratory in Amsterdam and in the digital laboratory of Vienna Film Museum.

Ingrīda Pičukāne’s video work ‘Legends of Vecmīlgrāvis’ recording inhabitants and tales of Vecmīlgrāvis; on market square.

11:34 – 23:16’ ilustrators Džeimss Tureks, Sabīne More, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Mārtiņš Zutis went to Vecmīlgrāvis to observe it, and sketch and draw. Arranged chronologically, the result is a peculiar portrait of this district at once valid as a story about observation and perception.

The Subjective map – every participant of expedition will be equipped with a subjective chart of Vecmīlgrāvis’ objects, indicated as noteworthy by people who live there. The spectrum of objects ranges from lighthouses to expressive graffiti.

17.00‘Vecmīlgrāvis of Dombrovskis’, a walk with researcher of literature Andrejs Grāpis.

Beginning: Burtnieku house on Ziemeļblāzmas street 38. (Tour route: Burtnieku house – Pro-gymnasium – Ziemeļblāzma). The walk will reveal the personality of Augusts Dombrovskis – a figure unique in Latvian history: wood industrialist, violin artisan, patron of arts, cultural worker, and utopian endowed with admirable dose of energy and stamina for implementation of his ideas.

Literary scientists Andrejs Grāpis has written a voluminous research ‘Augusts Dombrovskis – Life and achievements.’

20.00 – conclusion of expedition in café ‘SOLLI’ on Dombrovska street 22.

Performance of Sandra Jogeva (Estonia). Sandra Jogeva is visual artist, writer, curator, director of independent art space ‘Art Container’ in Tallinn. Since 2011, she has turned to the genre of ‘stand-up tragedy’ in her performances.

In Vecmīlgrāvis piece, Sandra Jogeva will comment on modern utopias, drawing attention to Alley of Flowers (Lilleorg) – community in Estonia combining eco-friendly way of life with New Age spiritual search and attracting more and more Estonian artists, designers, architects.

After performance – DJ Ivarzz (Vecmīlgrāvis), VJ Roza Lux (Vecmīlgrāvis).

Practical information

Boat ticket is 3 lats; other events are free of charge. Expedition boat to Vecmīlgrāvis is one way. 

Maps of expedition will be available in al expedition stops, marking its venues and cafes on the way for a quick snack.

Finding Vecmīlgrāvis

By expedition boat (allowing transport of your bicycle)

By bicycle (about an hour ride from the center) 

By public transport: bus 2, 24 to Emmas iela (closest to Shipyard), Melīdas iela (closest to café ‘SOLLI’ – the final destination of expedition), Kreimeņu street (closest to Burnuieku house – to join the walk with historian).

By minibus (route largely coinciding with that of public transport)

By train till station ‘Ziemeļblāzma’



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