Translation of Space. First Research Stage by Maximilian Gallo and Vaida Stepanovaitė


On 4th of November, Saturday 1-4 pm the first stage of Maximilian Gallo and Vaida Stepanovaitė’s research with working title Translation of Space will be introduced at the gallery “si:said” (Daržų st. 18, Klaipėda).

The research started when the two met earlier this year in Lithuania where the first thoughts about a collaboration were discussed. From this time on their meetings took place in different locations, including Kassel (Germany) and the virtual space of Skype. This stage will find its completion in the meeting in Klaipėda which is an unknown place for both. The focus of this stage is the approaches one can have towards a new space, several questions are asked: how to handle the unknown – how do we approach to space – how do we make them familiar – what defines a space – what structural roles define a space – how can they be inverted?

Klaipeda will act as the unknown place and will be approached differently by each of the two. These differences in approaching the new, the alien, the unknown are the pivotal parts of the documentation of this project. The documentation will be presented to the public on the 4th of November 1-4 pm at the si:said gallery. The documentation will encompass the collected material, sketches, photographs, maps and texts that will be included in a discussion. The soft-dichotomy of the research process will be performed in the presentation as well, as the two research entities will continue the discussion of their project there.

Translation of Space is a term proposed by Heiko Pfreundt as a Project Space related artistic strategy, that allows detaching the concept of the space from the architecture surrounding it.

Maximilian Gallo’s research focuses on organizational structures of art institutions. His research interests are strongly interwoven into his practice as an art mediator, publisher, and curator. Curator, art mediator Vaida Stepanovaitė’s practical and theoretical research focuses on (non)institutionalism, processuality, spatiality, collaboration.

This stage of research is part of project space Kabinetas 2017 program Intermediate structures. The project is funded by Council for Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.