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Tuesday 4th June

‘Optimizmas’ live from 19:00 EET

We broadcast live from Kirtimų kultūros centras, Vilnius for the second iteration of ‘Optimizmas’; a two-part evening of sound art experiments, performance, and installation by four international artists. Expect an improvised experience of tape manipulation, loops, collages, multi-channel sound systems, and a tent installation. These are the results of four sound art residencies entitled ‘Trainspotting’ that took place over the last year by artists Michael Holland (LV, UK), Olli Aarni (FI), Kamile Dambrauskaite (LT) and Paulius Burakas (LT).

Trainspotting residency is based within the rural context of Švenčionėliai; a derelict town built around a train station, and recently transformed by the creative community Miško uostas. This opportunity invites sonic discovery of the town’s heritage through engagement with its developing local community. This programme is generously supported by the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, Nordic Culture Point and the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Artist bios:

Michael Holland is a radio producer and visual artist in Riga (LV), but with roots in Manchester (UK). He is the host of the monthly show ‘OnoTesla’ on NTS Manchester, and runs a music label of the same name. He is part of the radio station Tīrkultūra in Riga (LV) and a founding member of the Independent Community Radio Network (ICRN).

Kamile Dambrauskaite is a sound artist, composer, creator of homemade electronic and electro-acoustic instruments. She is a resident at the independent art space Studium P, and host of GYVALAIDE on Radio Vilnius.

Paulius Burakas is an author of music, producer, sound director, DJ, and radio show creator. In 2009 he and his friends started creating an ongoing project of building a DIY sound system Kala Sound System, and he is one of the organisers of Vilnius Analogue Photography and Film Festival.

Olli Aarni is an artist working with sound, music, poetry and installation. He has released on labels such as mappa, Students of Decay, Longform Editions and Ultraääni Records, and performed across Europe and Japan. He is part of the artist group Band of Weeds, and made works for RIVERSSOUNDS, Nokturno and the YLE.