From design in Helsinki to culture in Riga
The visit to Helsinki was very inspiring and fruitful, allowing to discover different ways of organising design events, including community oriented initiatives, as well as establishing new contacts. New experience and acquaintances will be especially useful working on design section within the programme of Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014, where they collaborate with Design Information Centre, Department of functional design at the Art Academy of Latvia, design studio Rijada’s designers Rihards Funts and Kristaps Grundšteins, as well as Ideju Talka’s initiatives on design in public space.
Solvita Krese also participated in the international conference “The Freedom of Speech: Perspectives in Contemporary Art in Europe” in the framework of “Art as Social Design” program, organized by HIAP, where she met Marita Mukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky from Perpetuum Mobil initiative. This fruitful meeeting has resulted in collaboration and coproduction plans for Riga 2014 program.
While Gundega Laiviņa had several working meetings with representatives of TINFO (director Hanna Halevuori and Executive producer of international projects Jukka Hyde Hytti), Baltic Circle festival (director Eva Neklyaeva), Smeds Ensemble (director Kristian Smeds and producer Eeva Bergroth) and Kiasma Theatre department (producer Jonna Strandberg, artistic director of URBfestival and Moving in November festival Mikael Aaltonen), all important for her work at the New Theatre Institute of Latvia, as well as for performing art events planned as a part of European Cultural Capital programme in Riga in 2014.
“The most valuable part of the World Design Capital Helsinki visit were particularly those events where the design was not exhibited in a glass showcase, but served as an integral part of everyday life or services (projects Abattoir, Intelligent Design). I will definitely use the experience gained from these projects when working on the design projects of Riga – European Capital of Culture program, which share a similar goal,” said Gundega Laivina.
The trip jointly financed by The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministers of Culture in the Baltic countries.