abandoned house prject

Kazushi Nakada

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproduction


From July 31st until August the 3nd , 2014 an international project “Abandoned House” was implemented in Rujiena, 21 Dzirnavu Street, wherein an old, half-collapsing building acquired a new, perhaps, its’ last face with the help of artists it became an environmental object, which invites the locals and the guests of the city to view their usual environment from a different viewpoint, to look for something of value where there previously seemed to be none. Each house carries its’ own life story, which often reaches back for generations, and even the most modest of houses holds within itself stories of the times gone by, of events, which today might take one’s breath away, at least out of wonder. Artists Inguna Audere (Latvia), Michael Rogers (USA) and Kazushi Nakada (Japan/Finland) have found the object of inspiration for their artwork in the house located in North Vidzeme Rujiena. Metaphorically and generally such abandoned house can be compared with a life that a person has lead, and its’ eventual merging with the nature. This fading, immaterial feeling needs proof, which these artists offer via creating art works in different approaches and techniques, but with a common idea linking them together the capturing of the time gone by and that what is timeless. The artist Inguna Audere (Latvia) is interested in her artistic expression in the topics of metamorphosis, regeneration and the imperishability of matter. During performance the created installation from glass fibre and fire metaphorically reminds of the eternal and unchanging. Inguna Audere is a professor at the department of Glass art in Art Academy of Latvia. The creative activity of the artist Michael Rogers (USA) is linked to his interest in literature and objects as witnesses of the past. Artist uses texts, which he engraves in glass in his own handwriting. Texts also used for compositions created out of the material evidence from the past he has gathered. Michael Rogers is the professor at School For American Crafts in the Rochester Institute of Technology. The artist Kazushi Nakada (Japan/Finland) has planned to create an environmental object by changing the outer image of the house by means of white paint. His interests revolve around seeking the aspects unifying being and nothingness. Important is personal involvement in disappearing process. Kazushi Nakada is a senior lecturer at Design department in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The author of photography of artworks and realization of the project “Abandoned House” is Imants Kikulis. He has remarkable experience in making photos of artworks and capturing different people in their creative processes. Involved in the main idea of the project he captured the particular moments with his own constructed pinhole camera. From August 6th 23rd at the gallery “Makslas Banka” was opened the exhibition “Abandoned House” where was exhibited photos reflecting the creation of environmental object, performance and art works themselves. Attributes from the work process were exposed as part of exhibition.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art

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