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Waiting for Return. A Probable Day

Belaukiant sugrįžimo, arba Galimybių diena
Director: Jeanne van Heeswijk, Marcel van der Meijs

Lithuania, Netherlands, video film, 30 min., 2009
The film was born of an art commission by Kaunas Biennial devised and programmed by Vita Gelunienė and Ed Carroll.  The project was located in Kaunas Castle old bus station adjacent to the Old Town. It is a rundown space, still used as a bus station, built in Soviet times, for certain routes into and out of the city with small kebab take-away, newsagent kiosk, toilets and beer bar.
The Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and landscape architect Marcel van der Meijs visited Kaunas in the summer of 2009 for the first time. The aim of their visit was to get acquainted with Kaunas Castle bus station located in Kaunas old town and to create an art project in this space. On 11 November 2009, from the moment the first bus (No. 120) departs until the last one does, a sequence of small interventions happened, every hour, based upon the timetable of the bus. Each performance was also filmed and only recently after editing ended up as a 30-minute film.  Each sequence was developed by the artists through listening and reflecting upon ideas that people shared with them. Their ideas, hopes and fantasies became the raw material for the re-enactment.

About the director:
Jeanne van Heeswijk (born in Schijndel, the Netherlands, in 1965) is a visual artist who creates contexts for interaction in public spaces. Her projects distinguish themselves through a strong social involvement. With her work, Van Heeswijk stimulates and develops cultural production and creates new public (meeting) spaces or remodels existing ones. To achieve this, she often works closely with artists, designers, architects, software developers, governments and citizens. She regularly lectures on topics such as urban renewal, participation and cultural production. She was educated at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg. Her projects include “It Runs in the Neighbourhood”; “The Blue House”, IJburg; Dwaallicht, Rotterdam; “Face Your World”, StedelijkLab Slotervaart, an interactive design lab for youngsters, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Artists Space, New York; and “Casco, Coffee and Communication”, a mobile communication vehicle for Casco, Utrecht. The artist lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Van Heeswijk’s work has been featured in internationally renowned biennials such as those of Bushan, Taipei, Shanghai and Venice.
Section: Special screenings

Dir. of Photography: Linas Citvaras, Andrius Velykis, Ričardas Milukas, Mindaugas Arlinskas

Cast: Gintaras Adomaitis, Gytautas Balkevičius, Benjamin Evans, Kristina Ingram, Audrys Karalius, Irmantas Kašėta, Beta Kondratenkaitė