SUPYNES PLAYGROUND 2018: CROSSING LANDSCAPES
Experiencing its 2nd iteration at the long-running Supynes festival, the PLAYGROUND stage strikes the overall program with the careful selection of excessive rarities. Once again this gem set in the off-location in the eyes of urbanity collects and connects: the commissioned audio&visual acts, the open-air academy, hands-on deck and outdoors exhibition.
As the digital nomads, we experience the expanded geographies as a state of mind, where our temporary habitats span from utopian global suburbias to digital wastelands. PLAYGROUND serves as one of the floating islands approaching the post-global, with pressing questions to ask: How do we deal with the ungraspable vastness of the digital realms, also taking over the creative spheres? Where do we map ourselves as the locals of the global, the citizens of the URL? How can we address the simultaneous realities and the shared identities that come from this?
A/V COLLABS (special for Supynes):
Flufflord x bod [包家巷]
LAND 3C (Tomas Narkevičius x Gorazd Popov x Vitaly Puzyriov)
CITY STUDIES (Adomas Žudys x Dalia Mikonytė x Pijus Džiugas Meižis)
GO GAGA (Patris Židelevičius x Lukas Miceika)
L.E.E (Gintė Preisaitė x Povilas Pažėra x Kristupas Gikas)
PANEL: MAPPING FESTIVAL COORDINATES. HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT ONES TO AVOID GENTRIFICATION AND TO KEEP THE IDENTITY?
Moderated by Domininkas Kunčinas, Editor of Ore.lt
Many festivals, including Supynes, started as genre oriented community events. Probably promoters didn’t even think about that too much, they just did what they felt is right. This marked quite clear pathways: if you like electronic dance music, you go this direction, if you like guitars, you choose another one. Isolated islands were created, but the globalization and worldwide reach came. Music genres merged and ‘purists’ became a minority.
How to keep a strong original backbone of a festival? How to attract more audience, but to preserve the quality of it? How to find the right coordinates and create heterotopia there? How to balance between a primary ideal idea and healthy economics? And what is a (music) festival today?
PANEL: WHAT’S IN A NAME? TALK WITH SUPYNES ARTISTS
Moderated by Motiejus Ramašauskas
Historically, nicknames, pen names and aliases have followed works of writers and artists since the antiquity. There are numerous reasons to hide behind a borrowed name – a lack of interest to become a public figure, an effort to evade various prejudices, et cetera. Thankfully, nowadays the latter reason is not as widespread as it once needed to be, yet the need for an alias remains, especially in the field of electronic music. Is it just a part of the tradition to use a pseudonym, or artists today have a certain necessity to camouflage themselves from the listener? Are stage names being used as a marketing strategy or is there a deeper reason for it?
PANEL: CryptoOutdoors. Electronic (r)evolutions in culture: from 1970’s DIY to 2010’s Blockchain
moderated by Rytis Bieliauskas, CoinGate
In modern realities, the adoption of cryptocurrencies is spreading far beyond the tech-savvy early adopters and has already reached some unexpected audiences. So-called “CryptoRaves” became one of the trends of the modern music stages, uniting people who are into everything decentralized, including art and culture. This year, one of the oldest and biggest electronic music festivals in Lithuania, Supynes, opens doors to all cryptocurrency enthusiasts and those who want to learn about blockchain technology. ‘Cryptocurrencies were created by the people, for the people. In this sense, electronic music has a lot in common with the essence of cryptocurrencies.’ Organizers say that the intersection between these movements is hard to miss. Electronic music, as an alternative to popular genres, created a rebellious art-movement, similarly how Blockchain is disrupting traditional businesses at the moment.
The CoinGate team, inspired by the idea, is taking an active part in developing the cryptocurrency panel at Supynes Playground, and CTO Rytis Bieliauskas will lead a discussion on the relationship between revolutions in technology and culture. ‘It is a great chance for us to share our knowledge and educate newcomers about Blockchain. We believe that Supynes attendees are a great audience for this topic,’ says CoinGate representative.
Crossovers in the future contemporary culture. Music, visual arts & everything in-between
moderated by Rūta Stepanovaitė
DJs at the exhibition openings, radio parties, outdoor installations or fashion brands with a long-standing love for music. More appealing in conjunction, although functioning as stand alone elements at the same time: the concept of crossover between the fields, genres or media seems to take over most of the contemporary culture and art scene and its representation. At the core of the notion stands the initial crossover music of 1950s’ with the performers at the time appealing to different and therefore wider audiences. On the other hand, a deliberate mixing nowadays can serve as a catalyst to innovation, interdisciplinarity and a birth of cross-platforms operating in niche markets.
While ones support the outcome of crossover as a dialogue between two respective fields that previously have grown and manifested organically, others question the availability of things (through internet) and how quickly they become mainstream and consequently have a shorter lifespan.
What happens to the individual elements when we think of them together? In what stages does the experiment-based synthesis develop? How does processuality in the crossover practise correspond to the final result?
So, what’s next?
LECTURE: Be Safe Lab
We love to party as much as you do but remember to always take good care of yourself and those around you, make time for a good rest, keep an eye on how your body’s responding to alcohol and make sure to always stay hydrated – dancing can dehydrate you real quick! This year we’re continuing our collaboration with BE SAFE LAB, a safety corner you can visit if you’re feeling unwell or just want to have a cup of tea and a chat in a safe environment. How drug laws are changing in Lithuania? Do our politicians view on how to fight drug problem is correct? What could be the real solution? Hear all of it and more at the lecture.
Embassy of Palanga:
Founded in 2017 Palanga Street Radio explores the concept of amateur playing and community building.
Palanga curates its own radio program and on the side gives away audio-visual experiences in collaboration with people across Europe.
Furthermore, PSR specialises in the art of “Garshva” making where people are invited to dig into total freedom of sound and to lose the constructs of ‘music fashion’.
During Sūpynės Palanga Street Radio is relocating their studio to the embassy in Tolieja where workshops with artists and garshva-making will be taking place.
Discotag Record Stall:
Crate diggers will not be forgotten as well. A fresh local record mail-order will have a designated stall, where you will be able to track down some good cuts pressed on the wax. Supynes is a good place to purchase a good record, which will remind you the careless days at the festival.