Sunny autumn Vilnius welcomed the project tutors for the third Staff Training event of the DIMYMYDI project on 21-22 September 2023
The third staff training meeting of the Digital Mythologies - Mythological Digitalities (DIMYMYDI) project was hosted by the Graphic Design Programme at the Academy of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Thursday 21 September and Friday 22 September 2023.
After the welcome greetings by the Dean Prof. Marius Šaliamoras, and the Head of the International Relations Department, Lina Košeleva, Prof. Aušra Lisauskienė and Assoc. Prof. Marius Žalneravičius shared their experiences on how their department has integrated mythological content into the curriculum of the Graphic Design department.
The new implementations include Font Design and Communication Hybrid Game courses and project based Nida Practice assignments (onsite at the Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Art Academy), which are related to Baltic mythology in various aspects.
Ausra Lisauskienė and Marius Žalneravičius also presented the international student exhibition "Dive into Mythology", organized by them and exhibited at Telšiai Gallery.
Gediminas Šiaulys, a VDA Master's program graduate who has won several international awards for his work, shared his creative art practise. After his presentation, the participants were given a short tour at the Vilnius Academy of Art buildings followed by a visit to the
"Young Designer Prize '23" exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts and Design. In the museum, the visiting tutors had their moving 3D images scanned in Lithuanian artist Julijonas Urbonas's installation and became a part of the virtual "Planet of People" media art project.
During the second day, the visiting tutors and the hosts participated an excursion to the Molėtai Ethno-cosmological Museum about 70 kilometres away from Vilnius. The museum applies interactivity and contemporary high-tech in their content presentation concept and exhibits. An English-speaking guide presented the history of the museum, its concept and how it relates to Baltic mythology. On the way to the museum the participants visited the Ethnographic homestead and sky luminary's observatory.
After returning to Vilnius, the visiting tutors and the hosts took part in a massive public event “the Wolf” organised by the Centre for Ethnic Culture on Mindaugas Bridge, "Vilkas", on river Neris, dedicated to the autumnal Equinox and the 700th anniversary of Vilnius.