Presentation "Mapping Artistic Research" by Vytautas Michelkevičius

Presentation "Mapping Artistic Research" by Vytautas Michelkevičius — Latvia 100

Place Riga Art Space (Kungu iela 3, Riga)

Presentation "Mapping Artistic Research" by Vytautas Michelkevičius — Latvia 100


Presentation "Mapping Artistic Research" by Vytautas Michelkevičius — Latvia 100


Within the framework of the Riga Photography Biennial 2018, the Presentation Mapping Artistic Research by Vytautas Michelkevičius will take place in Riga Art Space.

Since 2002, internationally renowned Lithuanian media and art theorist, researcher and curator Vytautas Michelkevičius has published more than ten catalogues and books on media theory, art and photography. He has also headed research projects on forming strategies for contemporary art and photography history, encouraging a more critical assessment of traditional documentation methodologies, contextual conditions and the creators of history themselves. There has been particular acclaim for Michelkevičius’ innovative, interdisciplinary approach to art research involving data mapping and visualisation of data for photographs, videos, installations and other creative expressions, stimulating the usage of “visual writing” in addition to textual writing in historical documentation.

Vytautas Michelkevičius’ informal presentation Mapping Artistic Research will offer deeper insights into the strategies and practice of this approach, using as an example the book Mapping Lithuanian Photography: Histories and Archives (2007). This publication is significant not only because of its methodological approach, but also because Lithuanian researchers are the first in the Baltics to actively review and reinterpret their national history of photography.

The presentation will enable researchers of both art and photography as well as interested persons from other realms to examine data organisation practices from a different viewpoint, thus discovering a new interdisciplinary perspective.

The presentation is thematically linked to the biennial symposium Now Memories which is devoted to the methods and historiography of contemporary art and photography research.

Riga Photography Biennial, an international contemporary art event, will take place from 5 April in Riga, Liepāja, Cēsis, Daugavpils and Tartu (Estonia) as part of a wider programme celebrating the centenary of the Republic of Latvia, offering a varied programme of exhibitions, performances, symposium, discussions and masterclasses.

The theme of this year’s Biennial is self-awareness – who we are and who we chose to become in times when social, political and cultural dynamics afford us continuous and new transformation opportunities. The title of the Biennial ‘I Like Your Face’ using face as a metaphor highlights the complex processes involved in the formation of identity and meaning.

Many thanks to presentation supporters and partners: State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, Education, Culture and Sports Department of Riga City Council, Lux Express, Rixwell Hotel Konventa Sēta, AS “Antalis”,,, Latvijas Radio 1, Radio NABA, magazine IR, Punctum, Satori.


Curator: Elīna Ķempele (LV)

Image: Vytautas Michelkevicius, Anastasija Sosunova. Map. Mapping Lithuanian Photography, 2007

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