Laimikis.lt is an interdisciplinary platform for public and community art, urban research, activism and non-formal learning. As a creative group we have got 6 years experience in curating public art projects, developing and putting into action scenarios for revitalization of deactivated public spaces, initiating research and educational activities focused on participatory citizenship, developing urban games and arranging urban festivals. In 2009 “Laimikis.lt” was registered as an civil society organization (NGO).
The organization will contribute to the partnership with its expertise in the development of community communication tools, which encourage citizen participation in cultural revitalization of public spaces and neighbourhoods. The organization seeks to learn about neighbourhood management models, applied in EU countries and to gain new competences in working with neighbourhood communities. In the framework of “InterContext” project “Laimikis.lt” develops a local activity, addressed to one of the shrinking neighbourhoods in Vilnius.
Citizen participation in developing public spaces: Šnipiškės neighbourhood [pdf]
Miestiečių dalyvavimas gaivinant viešąsias erdves: Šnipiškių rajonas (Vilnius) [žr. versiją anglų k.]
Jekaterina Lavrinec is a Vilnius-based curator of public art/community art projects, researcher and educator in the fields of Urban and Media Studies. She received a PhD in Humanities from Vilnius University in 2008. She is a co-founder of Laboratory for Critical Urbanism at European Humanities University (EHU). As an associate professor at the Faculty of Creative Industries (Vilnius Gediminas technical University) and as a visiting lecturer at EHU, she teaches courses in Urban Studies. Her academic interests are rooted in phenomenology of perception and embrace studies of urban perception, micro-urbanism and placemaking, forms of citizens networking, public and community art. As an invited tutor she leads workshops and summer schools in participatory planning and creative revitalization of city spaces (in Stirling, Tallinn, Moscow, Kaliningrad, etc.).
As a member of “Laimikis.lt” she initiates and curates projects, focused on citizen participation in creative reinterpretation of city spaces (including regular urban event, which takes place in Lithuanian and UK cities “Burbuliatorius“). Together with Julius Narkūnas she took part in a number of collective exhibitions, focused on street photography and public art (Berlin, Paris, Minsk, Vilnius). Both in her academic and creative activities she explores forms of social interactions in city spaces and develops a concept of “usability” of public spaces.
Julius Narkūnas, graduated as an architect at Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2004. His academic interests lay in the field of urban morphology and his practical interests embrace community building and communication. Since 2007 he started working as a creative director and executive for public relation and advertising companies.
Together with dr. Jekaterina Lavrinec he is a co-founder of “Laimikis.lt“. He is one of the initiators of street actions and urban installations, which aim to reanimate public spaces, seek to activate creative local communities for creative actions and to build street tools for intensive communication between passers-by. Being a member of “Laimikis.lt” group Julius Narkūnas has participated in a number of exhibitions and publishing projects devoted to the city life. He also works as a trainer, running workshops on active citizenship and non-formal education.