Nomination for award "1 kg culture" as "A most surprising culture project" 2012
"Rooms of memories" was built in the old and empty house were the first memorial exhibition of a live actor Leons Leščinskis was made to tell the story about his and at the same time our lives in the last 50 years of 20 century.
The project consist from an exhibition, performances based on the play by S. Becket "Krapp's last tape" and reconstructions of 9 most important performances in Latvian theater history.
Authors - Krista Burāne, Mārtiņš Eihe (creative association Nomadi)
Director - Mārtiņš Eihe
Script - Krista Burane, Leons Leščinskis
Sound instatlations - Edgars Rubenis
Setdesign - Māris Ruskulis
Actor - Leons Leščinskis
Reconstructions of historical performances - students of the Latvia Academy of Culture.
This event was the part of contemporary art festival “Survival kit 2010” produced by Latvia Contemporary art center. For one week I together with Martins Eihe recreated the E. Birznieka Upisa street in Riga in place people could meet for telling, listening, watching, writing, showing stories about beeing in a city. We had
The main aim of that project was to create situations people start to speak about. With friends and strangers. About their life’s and about what they can learn from each other - some surviving strategies for living in cities. About stopping their run for a while, sit, to have a cup of tea and think about themselves.
To create this event we involved inhabitants of the street, cafes, shops and houses owners who were so kind and let us use they places and properties, and become storytellers.
"Witches of Riga" was the performance in the photographies. 70 documentary b/w photos about the everyday life of five Riga street sweepers were arranged on the base of play "Witch of Riga" by Rainis. This play tells the story of conquest of Riga by tsar Peter I and the young witch who tried to save the lives of Riga citizens in 1710. The exhibition was held in the authentic 17. - 18 century house and portraits of Riga street sweepers were made in the style of pictorial art of that time.
The texts of play and documental photos were exhibited in the large "witches books", but under the fictional portraits on the historical walls spectators could read documantal stories about real heroes of the exhibition.
My aim was to smash the distance between centuries and tell the story about the strength of women.
Exhibited at - Riga History muséum, Ventspils muséum, Cēsu muséum, Liepaja gallery of art.
This project was made while I was in artists residence in Paris 2007. I went out in city streets in late nights wearing pajama, with pillow and lamp, stopped the people and told them that I can’t sleep. Then I asked them to sing me a lullaby. I recorded singing, then make photos with them and after wrote a fairy tale about each of stranger.
I was seeking for the tenderness and feeling of safety in the big city life, for people who can give a peaceful state of mind similar to I had in childhood nights when listening to lullabies.
All materials (12 large scale photos, lullabies, fairy tales) were exhibited by Latvian Contemporary art center. With the sound (by Andris Indāns), pictures, texts, and all atmospheres my aim was to create the place where spectators could fall to sleep and found the place for rest in the middle of the stressful big city life. And I succeed it! There were people in the exhibition, which at the end of the day was wakened up by museum attendants.
After the Latvian Contemporary art center exhibition hall, the project was shown as a part of "Paris spring" month in the Univesity of Latvia.
In spring 2016 the "Tales of insomnia" had possibility to start his second life and was exhibited in three Latvia schools as a part of project "Small school bag of culture"
I opened the world's first dating office for snowmens in Riga Literature Museum in the winter 2006 . Anyone who wanted to have a cool friend could get him / her with dating service Snowmens RENDEZVOUS help.
The nesecety to open the office was determined by the fact that numbers of homless snowmens in Riga was growing rapidly. They - big and small, joufull and angry, frigele and strong were standing in Riga districts (Bolderaja, Purvciems, Imanta, Zolitude, Pardaugava, Teika, Jugla) Old Town courtyards, parks and gardens.
They stood where felted, they look at how people live, the way we speak, laugh and sometimes even love.
Snowmens yearning, they know that somewhere must be someone with whom they can talk about the geometry of snowflakes and astronomy, about sex when outdoors minus twenty and how to prepare himself for spring. Perhaps they even do not care to talk about, they just want to meet. And then we will see what happen. Maybe even a date, maybe even love, which is stronger than the snow.
There were snowman portraits, created by Krista Burāne (photos) and Sandijs Ruļuks (digital post production) as well as read snowman dating ads, which were written by poets Marts Pujāts, Anna Auziņa Sergejs Timofejes, Agnese Krivade, Pēteris Draguns, Inga Gaile, Ilmārs Šlāpins, Andra Manfelde , Rihards Bargais, Rimands Ceplis, Kārlis Vērdiņš, Reinis Tukišs, Inese Zandere, Krista Burāne in Snowmans dating office.
Sowmens "dance" sounds was created by Andris Indāns and Edmunds Ansons.
Dating Office database with portraits, love poetry and dating advertisements was published in
1) the postcard format book by Jānis Roze publishing house for all who wish to be able to keep his / her friend sweet face in pocket, or to send it to grandmother to the countryside, where the Riga snowmens are in a great rarity.
2) dating and social sites on internet.