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Waiting for Return

Kaunas, 2009
performance 'The roof of a Castle'
performance 'The Bus to Neverland'
perofrmance 'Raining on my Parade'
performance 'Making Connection'
screening film 'Waiting for Return' on the busstation
installation in Chabot Museum
video 'Waiting for Return'
Duration: July - November 2009
Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
Participants: Participants to the project and visitors of the bus station
Visitors: Visitors of the bus station
Number of Events: 14
Additional presentations: Chabot Museum (2011)

'Waiting for return - A Probable Day' was commissioned as part of the Kaunas Biennal's 'Art and Publics' programme. The intention of this art project is to draw out parts of the unseen and unheard life of Kaunas citizens and, in particular, the life of the Kaunas Castle Bus Station. In July 2009, the collaborating artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and Marcel van der Meijs first visited the site. They spent a week of talking and listening at the bus station. Meanwhile, a call for ideas was send out through local media channels asking people to share their visions about the future of the site. In one the responses, a young Kaunas student wrote: "I spent lots of time thinking how important the bus station at the Kaunas Castle is to all people living in Kaunas city... I believe that station, which is the closest to the Castle of Kaunas, an be vitalized by light... and decorated with shiny artwork."

Back in Rotterdam, the artists continued their research process and returned in November 2009. Their idea was to realise a one-day performative action in the bus station based on the narratives of people. Beginning at the departure of the first bus on Route No. 120 until the last one, a sequece of 14 performative actions took place, one every hour. They where filmed and each lasted 8 to 10 minutes: the time the bus remained at the stop.
participants:Andrius VelykisReporting in image
Antanas PateraParticipation in realising artwork
Audrys KaraliusParticipation in realising artwork
Aura LeonaiteParticipation in realising artwork
Benjamin EvansParticipation in realising artwork
Beta KondratenkaiteParticipation in realising artwork
Danas ViluckasProduction
Ed CarrollProduction
Egle DerstniovaiteParticipation in realising artwork
Egle DertvyciuteParticipation in realising artwork
Embassy of the Netherlands VilniusFinancial support
Friendly Zone 2Creating space
Gintaras AdomaitisParticipation in realising artwork
Gytautas BalkeviciusParticipation in realising artwork
Henrikas SavickisParticipation in realising artwork
Irmantas KadetaParticipation in realising artwork
Jonas RudzinskasTechnical realisation
Kaunas MunicipalityCreating space
Kauno miesto savivaldybes Kulturos skyriusParticipation in realising artwork
Kavine RandevuParticipation in realising artwork
Kristina IngramParticipation in realising artwork
Linas CitvarasReporting in image
Lithuanian Artists Association Kaunas DepartmentAdvice concerning content, Creating space
Marcel van der MeijsDevelopment of artwork concept , Development of the artwork , Emotional support
Marija KaladieneParticipation in realising artwork
Mindaugas ArlinskasImage editing
Ministry of Culture of LithuaniaFinancial support
Nijole TeresieneParticipation in realising artwork
Paul SixtaImage editing
Ricardas MilukasReporting in image
Robertas BaneviciusParticipation in realising artwork
Sigitas SliazasParticipation in realising artwork
Tadas VincaitisParticipation in realising artwork
Tautvydas ButkusTechnical realisation
Tomas KalinauskasParticipation in realising artwork
UAB Kauno SvaraParticipation in realising artwork
Vaida VaitilaviciuteParticipation in realising artwork
Vaida VenckuteParticipation in realising artwork
Virginija VitkieneParticipation in realising artwork
Vita GelunieneProduction
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