Klimasauksas, Ejiksson og Januškevičiūtė

Valentinas Klimasauksas (LT), Andjeas Ejiksson (SE) og Virginija Januškevičiūtė (LT) var i CRR-residency på FABRIKKEN i december 2010 og arbejdede i den forbindelse på en udgave af tidsskriftet “The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt”. Navnet henviser til den berømte britiske spion Sir Anthony Blunt, som var en del af Cambridge Five - en gruppe højtstående medlemmer af det britiske samfund, som blev rekrutteret af Sovjetunionen til at spionere under og efter 2. verdenskrig.

The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt

“The collaborative research is aimed towards the upcoming episode of the journal "The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt" www.blunt.cc. It will bring together art practitioners involved in content production, editorial decisions and new ways of distribution to draw guidelines for the journal's future ways.

"The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt" was found in 2009. The date of its first public appearance coincided with the disclosure of the autobiographical writings of Anthony Blunt, an art historian and a spy, in the British Library. The name of Sir Anthony Blunt is appropriated in regards to the importance of the idea of agency in contemporary arts, as well as the idea of a latent impact.

It also plays with the assumption that if Sir Anthony Blunt was alive he would be the first person to keep his eye on what is happening in the art scene of the Baltics; the Fourth Man of the Cambridge Five, in a sense he was one of the most prominent art historians to work with the Baltic States during the Soviet Rule, however remotely and outside of the artistic disciplines.

"The Baltic Notebooks" was started as a slow journal that facilitates exchange of information and ideas between contemporary art practitioners in the Baltics. It is also an artistic project, an exercise of collective writing and shifting initiative. It will continue to mediate, generate and suggest events in the art scene(s), without drawing a strict line along the artistic disciplines or the region's geographical borders - the Baltic dimension of the journal is rather referential than limiting. It is looking for ways to continue in a way the activity that would mirror, host and initiate the contemporary art processes that cannot be (re)presented in other (online) media.

The collective research in Copenhagen is aimed at finding the most efficient means of generating and distributing the journals' content for its upcoming episode, drawing from international experience in art publishing and editorial work and revising the journal's own history.

Exposure to all kinds of modes of display and content distribution is important part of the research. Part of the research materials will be prepared for discussion in advance by its participants, the rest will be formulated and sought for during the residency. The Factory for Art and Design in Copenhagen and the city itself as the place for meeting other possible collaborators (artists, writers, etc.) provides a fine setting for this type of research”.


December 2010