Magazine from Kaunas „Į“: (Post)industrial Kaunas
In Kaunas it is still possible to find an aged, diminishing, species: giants of 20th century industry1. Next to these fallen giants – i.e., the large Kaunas factories, that used to determine urban development – have remained the communities that formed around them. Members of these communities, the loyal workers, keep a small part of the remaining industry’s mammoths alive. Old giants of industry are replaced by modern ones. A different kind of organism is born in the city and its surroundings. These new organisms are set in close proximity to residential buildings, which were themselves supposed to be in the refuge of nature, but as industry expands, it takes the place of this nature.
Brackets are useful when talking about (post)industrial Kaunas, because the phenomena being signified is not complete. In other words, ‘post’ has not happened yet. There are manifold signs of industry’s prosperity in Kaunas; the diminishing of industry is an ongoing process, and the memory is still alive of those that were, or still are, affected by these changes. The magazine hence does not provide final answers about post-industrial reality, but is rather an attempt to search for starting points of a discussion by selecting the particular case of Kaunas and the dynamics of the ongoing processes of transformation inside of it – a process that encompasses the city’s past, present and future perspectives.
A conversation is started in the third issue of magazine “Į” between a giant and a human – industry and human experience – that has followed the industrial transformation of the city.
1 “On the Shoulders of Fallen Giants” – the name of the Industrial Art Biennial that happened in 2018 in Labin, Croatia
Edited by: Julija Račiūnaitė, Viktorija Mašanauskaitė, Donatas Stankevičius, Gintarė Krasuckaitė, Inga Navickaitė, Paulius Tautvydas Laurinaitis, Gintaras Česonis
Authors – text: Tautvydas Urbelis, Auksė Petrulienė, Daiva Juonytė, Dalia Bieliūnaitė, Aistė Ambrazevičiūtė, Matas Šiupšinksas, Anta Marija Antanavičiūtė, Daina Dieva, Kęstutis Lingys, Julija Račiūnaitė, Paulius Tautvydas Laurinaitis, Gediminas Kasparavičius, Andrius Ropolas, Gintarė Stašaitytė, Simona Seibutienė, Kotryna Lingienė
Authors – photographs: Marija Stanulytė, Donatas Stankevičius, Aistė Ambrazevičiūtė, Matas Šiupšinskas, Justas Gudeika, Marius Uldukis, Inga Navickaitė, Andrėja Taranda, Paulius Tautvydas Laurinaitis, Berta Tilmantaitė, Gintarė Stašaitytė,
Illiustrations: Inga Navickaitė, Dalia Bieliūnaitė, Aistė Ambrazevičiūtė, Julija Račiūnaitė, Eglė Simonavičiūtė
Printed by Kopa
Published by Kaunas Photography Gallery, 2018
|Dimensions||33 × 33 × 2 cm|
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