The Bucolic Genre Today

Uploaded by TheBingueros on 30.04.2012

I'm Kaspars, Kaspars Vanags,
I've prepared a short lecture giving gain insight in the contemporary art scene
in the Baltic States through one particular aspect namely the pastoral art,
and, yeah, how the pastoral art nowadays, has survived,
and what kind of forms it takes in east Europe.
I think we've tried a little bit to decorate the rooms in a way
how it's usually done in Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia,
because it's all about the midsummer night which was actually yesterday night.
And it's supposed to be the most holy pagan night, so to say,
traditional night in Latvia as well Estonia or Lithuania.
When people actually stay all night through up,
they have to wait till the dawn, of the sunrise.
They're decorating the rooms and houses with leaves and flowers,
which have some spiritual power to keep the witches and evil spirits away,
who are extremely active in midsummer night.
Also having bonfires in the field so that they can
keep secured the fields and meadows.
...but still we have a lot of pagan traditions left,
so we basically go to the woods, we look for a special flower.
How it's called "papartis" in English?
-Where is it? -Have we got fern?
Where did you put the "papa...
Okay, there's a special flower, that it's not a flower, it's just like greenery...
Which never has flowers, but in that special night we look for its flower,
and it's... yeah, and we're waiting for when it appears
and then we believe that the bad witches or bad spirits will go away,
and we will speak with the animals and so on...
And what I'm trying to, prepared this presentation, to talk about all this kind of
influence of pagan rituals and bucolic, so to say, traditions in contemporary art,
because I think those kind of provincial parts of Europe, kind of bucolic and pagan
and pleasantry rituals and traditions have still extreme impact on the ways of thinking
and everyday habits, and also on contemporary art.
And that thoughts of nowadays when even hipsters and urban centers
are interested in organic lifestyles or nature, or...
growing potatoes on the balcony, you know.
And then there could be some interest about also that provincial art
kind of pastoral art from provence, like the Baltic States,
could be also interesting in Berlin or New York I think.