The project of I.M.O.A. spaces

In 2010 Miglė Nainytė and Austė Kuliešiūtė cre­ated spaces for a com­munity of inter­dis­cip­lin­ary artists I.M.O.A. (inter­na­tional move­ment of exper­i­mental art). The res­id­ence is situ­ated in one com­plex of a tim­ber fact­ory in Klaipėda, Lithuania. The for­got­ten space is being refreshed by artists’ effort and ini­ti­at­ive. Abandoned build­ing or a space of the com­mu­nic­a­tion was the base of this pro­ject. The main idea was to cre­ate a link between vari­ous spaces — a park, stud­ios, gal­ler­ies, an info lab, inner yards, scenes, and cafe. The search for the con­tact between the users of those spaces was very import­ant as well.

A dark and empty transit space was con­ver­ted into a bright coat-​room and filled with a dense rhythm of ropes. From this room, you go into a low ceil­ing gallery/​media space with a net of columns and a base of ovens that were left behind. During the events, you can go from the gallery/​media space into a little inner yard, which is lim­ited by a little bar. It’s a shaft with a chim­ney or a nar­row, long inter­act­ive space with a cir­cu­la­tion of nat­ural air. The walls were covered with lavans. If vis­itor would like to get to the café, which is on the roof of the park, he has to go up a nar­row hel­ical type stair­case (a space for art install­a­tions). The café is cre­ated by a car­riage prin­ciple. It is strengthened by a dense rhythm of win­dows and the volume, which breaks into seg­ments, pro­jec­ted in the space. The info lab is an inform­a­tional cen­ter, which is com­posed by the idea of a volume within a volume. It is vis­ited to get inform­a­tion about all of these spaces.

Gintarė Žitkevičiūtė
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