Rituals - A Dive into Lithuanian Mythology
The second student workshop of the project
will be arranged in Vilnius, Lithuania,
during 18-24 September 2022.
The workshop will be hosted by the VDA, Vilnius Academy of Arts. The workshop theme will be Mythology: Spirituality. The theme is connected to the living heritage of paganism in Lithuania and contemporary practices of neopaganism as subcultures for the young generation or religion for the older generation.
Lithuania was the last nation in Europe to be converted to Christianity at the end of the 14th century. Many Lithuanians are still deeply attached to pagan customs, for instance, they celebrate “Rasa”, an annual ancient Midsummer festive.
In Lithuania, Romuva is an ancient Baltic religious community which arranges annual festivals related to the cycle of seasons. The rituals and customs of the Romuva will be a starting point for the content creation in the workshop.
Students will create in small groups a spread (two large pages), for a single artist book. The pages can be seen as a metaphorical “stage”, including different augmented reality elements, e.g., animations, videos, and sounds. Additionally, each group will document the embedded augmented reality functions as a video. The workshop results will also be published as a zine.
Video by Daina Kašelionytė