My interest about Press House was born in 2009 when I was doing light
installation project for light festival Staro Riga. Using 176
spotlights and custom made light score I lit the dark and abandoned
building, which was built during Soviet time as a “source of light”
(watch the video: youtube.com/watch?v=1g9YWCOpZ7s).
Recently video footage from event was used for a music video to
accompany music of Gas of Latvia group which was composed as score for
Since then I have accumulated interest in history of Press House, in
people who once worked there - either happy about themselves or
terrorized by censorship they spent impressive part of their lives
there. I have very special personal memories about the building as
well since both my parents worked there. During my school-time I
edited school’s newspaper Glasses which with care of children’s
poetess and publisher Inese Zandere was printed in Press House.
Cigarette smoke filled cafe, huge elevators, seemingly infinite stairs
and labyrinths of rooms was my childhood playground.
I involved in this project a lot of former Press House employees, from
concierge to director and managing editors or magazines and
newspapers. Their stories restore feel and look of former days.
The work has poetic documentary narrative on memories concealed in
human mind and abandoned building. Slow moving camera explores long
ago abandoned spaces meeting people who once worked there.
This is video installation on three synchronized screens and surround
sound, what helps to create many-layered story ,which will let me
transfer weird, spooky and unbearable feeling that everything passes
and which is main feeling when one contemplates his or her feelings
when visiting Press House.