We fervently believe that artists are a crucial voice in discussing climate change and human impact.
“The Memory of Water” is a collaborative project between bodypainter Vilija Vitkute and choreographer Malgorzata Sus. It brings together different art disciplines, such as bodypainting, dance, sound composition, film, photography, visual effects and scenography, and connects them with environmental research on water and education about climate change. It is a long-term project and it is going to result in photo and video exhibitions, art and documentary films, a performance, lectures and workshops, and in the creation of the project's headquarters where artists and other guests can have a space for research and creative exchange. There are over 30 international artists involved in the project and it is being created in the Nordic region to later tour and reach audiences around the world.
The creation of the project started in September 2019. Since then Vilija and Malgorzata built the vision of a stage performance (to be premiered in 2024), gathered an international team of artists to collaborate, established connections with environmental organisations, and created first visual materials for the project - at the end of September 2020 they travelled to the Arctic, Lofoten Islands, where breathtaking landscapes became an inspiration and a set up for bodypainting, dance, photography and films.
2021 July22nd till September 22nd
Vernisage 22nd July, 7pm. opening with performance
Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Austria.
This year, during the #wbfestival2021, the Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt will host an exhibition of Lithuanian artist Vilija Vitkute. The bodypainting dance performance created by artist Vilija Vitkute together with dancers Malgorzata Sus & Natalia Lis will bring you to the water universe, home of ocean beings, where the water spirit is speaking through a big coral tree that connects us all.
Vilija Vitkute is a visual artist, photographer, body-painter, film director, paper cut artist. Vilija's art speaks about the human relationship with nature. She is focusing on a human body, environment protection, equal rights, climate change and other essential topics. Vilija has been part of the bodypainting community for many years and is currently holding the world champion title in Special Effects Bodypainting.
The exhibition is part of the on-site program within the WBF 2021 that takes place from July 18th – July 24th 2021 with selected offline activities in a smaller setting in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.
More information: www.bodypainting-festival.com
About the artist: https://www.vilijaart.com/about
artwork created by artist Johannes Stoetter
Sea Turtle was created in Lofoten Norway in October 2020 during the art residence for The Memory of Water project. The artists group: bodypainter Johannes Stoetter, choreographer/dancer Małgorzata Suś, film director/visual artist Vilija Vitkute, documentary filmmaker - Linnea Grimstedt and accompanying them Norwegian composer Tine Surel Lange, created an illusionary performance on the Utakleiv beach - a sea turtle became alive in a human form. The project speaks about the connection between human and sea animals, and brings attention towards the sea life crisis.
About the creation
Artists Vilija Vitkute and Malgorzata Sus created their first work together in Portugal in 2017. They felt immediately connected through common artistic vision, love for nature and care for the environment. They continued collaboration within other projects in different places in the world, in the 2019 winning championship in the World Bodypainting Festival in Klagenfurt, where Vilija competed as an artist in the Special Effects category and Malgorzata was the model. In August 2018 they created a dance body painting performance for the Menuo Juodaragis Festival in Lithuania, in collaboration with musician Andrius Mamontovas. Shortly after Vilija and Malgorzata initiated the project BE WATER which later developed into The Memory of Water, that for over one year now is growing regardless of the pandemic and art world crisis.
First phase of The Memory of Water creation process took place in Nida, Lithuania, in September 2019, where Vilija and Malgorzata, who initially was also involved in the project. The artists went through research and discussions to come up with the vision and plan of the future performance. In 2019 and 2020 the main creators have been working constantly on developing the project script, gathering the artists team, researching about water in Baltic and Nordic regions, finding financial support for the project to make it happen in the best quality.
In September 2020 Vilija and Malgorzata, with a new partner, Swedish theatre director and documentary filmmaker Linnea Grimstedt, established a company The Memory Of Water Productions, based on Gotland, Sweden. Since then they work independently, developing the project on different levels - from artistic creation, through environmental engagement and collaborations, to production, management and promotion.
Recently the artists opened an online shop where everyone worldwide can get an unique Arctic Bodypainting Calendar 2021, as well as other prints and postcards. In the same time started the online booking platform, where a wide offer of The Memory Of Water workshops and lectures is available.
Friendship and artistic connection between Vilija and Malgorzata, as well as their strong concern about the environment protection, make them undertake impossible missions, and let the dreams come true!
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and fund the project by ordering artwork
First Arctic Camouflage body-painting photography calendar created in the world!
by artist Vilija Vitkute.
These artworks were created in the Arctic: Norway, Lofoten Islands and North of Sweden, Abisko for Vilija’s solo project "The Landscapes Within”, “The Memory Of Water” project in collaboration with choreographer Małgosia Suś and "Living Landscapes” project with composer Tine Surel Lange.
The images were created between 2016 and 2020 to raise awareness about the environment and nature.
The calendar is available in large 30x40cm size and smaller 20x30cm. There are versions in English, Swedish and Norwegian language.
It is printed in high quality on matte thick paper and can be shipped worldwide.
In our online store you can order also posters and postcards.
All sales of calendars and prints funds the Memory Of Water Project.
Art residence in Lofoten 2020
About / Artworks and Videos
“The Memory of Water” journey began in the Arctic on the Lofoten Islands in the end of September 2020. The international team of female artists - the main creators Vilija Vitkute, bodypainter and visual director, and Malgorzata Sus, dancer, choreographer and project writer, together with documentary filmmaker Linnea Grimstedt, discovered breathtaking landscapes of Lofoten and found peace and stillness to reflect and focus on creation.
New artwork " Life in water a drop"
Endangered Marine Life” art project that is part of The Memory Of Water, to spread a message of endangered marine animals. The latest collaboration between artist Vilija Vitkute and activist Magdalena Gschnitzer brought the image and message in focus on Whales, Porpoises, and Dolphins on Earth that are critically endangered, facing overhunting, pollution, climate. see more here . see more artworks here - https://www.thememoryofwater.org/endagered-marine-life
Coming up exhibition/ Austria
We are happy to announce the coming up exhibition at the World Body-painting Festival in Austria Klagenfurt (Stadt gallery). It will last from the end of July 2021 till the middle of September 2021. Artist Vilija Vitkute will present a solo exhibition, the first selected artworks of "The Memory Of Water" project and an opening performance by Malgorzata Sus.
Congratulations to selected marine biologist!
We have finally selected a talented marine biologist. Meet our project's newest member, Nadège Z. She has studied sea turtles in the Pacific and Caribbean, mollusks in the Mediterranean, seabirds of the Arctic and many organisms in the Öresund and Baltic seas. We are happy to collaborate and spread awareness about water via the Memory Of Water projects.
Calendar release 2021!
Artist Vilija Vitkute have released first camouflage bodypainting calendar ever created
the Arctic. The calendar and print sales funds our project work during pandemic crises.
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Art residence in ARCTIC -lofoten / September 2020
Nordisk Kulturfond (OPSTART) funded the artistic research about water in the Arctic - Lofoten in September 2020. Participating artists: Małgorzata Suś, Vilija Vitkute, Johannes Stoetter, Tine Surel Lange and Linnea Grimstedt.
New collaboration partner - Magdalena Gschnitzer
We are happy to introduce our new partner - an activist, author, speaker and filmmaker Magdalena Gschnitzer from South Tyrol who will bring more awareness about the environment, sustainable life to our project artists group and the audience. Maggy has a strong belief that every single person can make a difference: „Our daily choices are creating an immense impact and we have the possibility to choose new, every single day. Let’s take wiser choices! Let’s connect to protect!
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Art residence in Iceland/
We are happy to confirm the coming up art residence in Iceland in September 2021.
The team of artists, dancers and filmmakers will travel to Iceland for 14 days research and creative work.
The art residence is supported by Swedish Arts Council and the project is welcomed by The Factory in Djupavik.
OPEN CALL FOR BIOLOGISTS
The Memory of Water Productions are searching for a biologist/ marine biologist/ environmentalist/ water expert to join the organization and The Memory of Water project.
If you are interested to join The Memory Of Water and support our mission, please send your professional CV/ bio and motivation letter to . The applications are open until 31st January 2021.
New Partner -Folkeaksjonen
We are happy to be a partner of Folkeaksjonen oljefritt Lofoten, Vesterålen og Senja #OilFreeLofoten. We started the collaboration during our art residence in Lofoten and donated art works to raise money for protection of Arctic coasts from oil-drilling. Thanks to our curator Elisabeth Lund for guidance and love for the Arctic.
Open call for dancers/ deadline 2020 March 30th.
Over 120 dancers have applied from all over the world. There have been selected final 13 dancers who will participate in 2022 film and performance creation.