City (Re)Searches was initiated by Blue Drum (IE), the Community Arts Partnership (NI) and Kaunas BIennial (LT), and funded by the EU Culture from 2012-2014.
This short film documents what took place place in June (24-26, 2013) in a district of Kaunas, called Lower Šančiai, close to the site of former cinema "Taika". An inflatable white house with the words "Friendly Zone" on the top, marked the place where local people came to show and tell about the culture of their place. The pop-up became a space to host talks, discussions, performances and enjoy friendly tea drinking.
The group of researchers were:
(1) an international group of artists and cultural activists: Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands), Mary Jane Jacob (USA), Susanne Bosch (Germany), Fiona Woods, Niall Crowley, Ailbhe Murphy, Ciaran Smyth, Niall O'Baoill John Mulloy (Ireland), Fernando Marques Penteado (Brazil) Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas (Lithuania), and Eleanor Phillips (Ireland) and
(2) a Kaunas-based research group consisting of artists Auksė Petrulienė, Jūratė Jarulytė, and Monika Žaltauskaitė Grašienė, city theorists and cultural activists Kotryna Valiukevičiūtė, Arnoldas Stramskas, Viktorija Rusinaitė, Dionizas Bajarūnas and Gediminas "Skrandis" Banaitis.
Project concept and realisation: Vita Geluniene and Ed Carroll