interdisciplinary art programmes
December 7th, 2014


Zooetics is a 5 year long art-led interdisciplinary research project organized by Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program within the framework of the Frontiers in Retreat network and in partnership with Kaunas University of Technology.

Artist unknown, Tadas Ivanauskas, founder of Lithuanian National Zoo, with a baby-roe, 1950. Courtesy of Ringaudai community archive.

‘Zooetics’ is a word in progress to explore new ways of engaging human knowledge and research with other forms of life and to imagine designs, prototypes and interfaces for future interspecies ecologies. Zooetics encompasses all life from mammals to mollusks to microbes, and addresses the paradigm shift in science, culture and society proposed in the argument of the Anthropocene. It engages with shifts in contemporary understandings of nature.

Zooetics as a platform addresses the site specificity of the Technology University in Kaunas where the campus is historically negotiating its borders with the National Zoo.

Zooetics launched with a series of public keynote lectures in December 2014. There is an evolving online Glossary and Reading Group, open to participation. A series of practice-led research workshops will take place over the next few years. An exhibition and symposium will be held at MIT, Cambridge, US in 2017. A book will be published in 2018. Zooetics eventually will serve as a pilot project leading to the launch of a new research institution in Kaunas in 2018.


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September 4th, 2013

Frontiers in Retreat. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ecology in Contemporary Art

Jutempus is taking part in organisation of Frontiers in Retreat project, developing its Art Education Programme with a focus on multidisciplinary methodologies and sustainability in artistic research, working closely with the educational institutions to organise a series of student workshops, research days, field trips and exchanges. The programme will unfold alongside the various stages of the project, involve the artists and their research processes and form a base for a sustainable art education and research network.

Frontiers in Retreat broadens the understanding of global ecological changes and their local impacts on European natural environments by means of contemporary artistic practices and multidisciplinary approach. It responds to an urgency to redefine relationships with environments that are decreasing in permanent habitation while at the same time facing increasing attention for various ecological and economic reasons. Frontiers, specific “natural environments” within Europe, seemingly detached from the urban areas, are approached in the project as sites where global ecological concerns in their complexity become apparent.

Frontiers in Retreat is organised by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme in partnership with the art organisations Mustarinda, Finland; Scottish Sculpture Workshop – SSW, Scotland; Interdisciplinary Art Group SERDE, Latvia; Cultural Front – GRAD, Serbia; Centre d’Art i Natura de Farrera, Spain; Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art, Iceland; and Jutempus, Lithuania. Frontiers in Retreat has been funded with support from the EU Culture Programme for the years 2013–2018.

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August 5th, 2013

Suomenlinna August 5, 2013. 6am

jutempus director at the frontiers of Suomenlinna

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