«Filter Bubble» by Linas Kaziulionis

Linas Kaziulionis Interview about his project «Filter Bubble» – 7-06-2021

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Filter Bubble

Location : Vilnius, Lithuania

Year : 2020

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

I chose this drawing «Filter Bubble» because I would like to draw attention to a particular problem that is particularly relevant at the moment.

Linas Kaziulionis – @linaskaziulionis – Filter Bubble- https://www.instagram.com/linaskaziulionis/

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

A music / art festival takes place in Vilnius every year, so the organizers invited me to create a street art work during the festival. In Lithuania, the coordination of legal drawing is quite strict, so even in the festival space it was necessary to obtain the permission of the owners, as well as the approval of the city of Vilnius, so this work is legal and coordinated.

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

In today’s world, we face a huge flow of information, which makes it extremely difficult for everyone to deal with it. We can say that information is a very good and useful thing, but from another angle, a person seems to «close» his information bubble and can no longer process it correctly or find reliable information (fake news), which has recently become a very big problem in modern digital media. I very clearly depict the human information bubble that has formed, i.e. a woman blows soap bubbles and “inflates” them on her head, this becomes a filter that filters the incoming information. The filter often does not work as it should and the correct information does not reach the depicted woman. It seems to reflect a problem that we all face. With this piece, I want to draw attention to this problem, which is still relevant and important at the moment.

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

I think it’s really very important. Creativity brings people together. Of course, in every project it is not possible to always involve people in the creative process. But I have implemented many projects in which I wanted to bring people together and involve them in the process, e.g. I organized the creation of drawings in very small Lithuanian vilages, so I invited people from small towns to submit ideas for sketches of works, to vote for the sketch they liked the most, and the sketch that received the most votes was implemented in their town. I am also implementing an piece in an adult social care home where every resident could contribute and touch the wall. I have also implemented an educational street art work, in the drawing I depicted an event very important for Lithuania – February 16 the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania and 20 Lithuanian signatories, in cooperation with the museum we prepared an educational lesson and invite teachers to organize more interesting lessons about street art and history next to the drawing.

5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?

The work was painted in a very unique, industrial, urban environment, I wanted it to “blend in” with this environment, not to evoke its brightness of colors, but to be noticeable in its message, to provoke discussions, to invite attention to it.

I did not include people in this work, they did not contribute to the creative process. With this piece, I wanted to involve people in discussions and distract them as a result of the piece.

Linas Kaziulionis – @linaskaziulionis – Filter Bubble- https://www.instagram.com/linaskaziulionis/

6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

For me personally, the place where I draw, the object, sometimes the history of the building itself, the nearby architecture, as well as art knowledge are very important: human anatomy, if a portrait is drawn, the meanings of colors and their impact on the environment and viewers, color mixing technique, cold-warm shades, color blending, composition and many other things. All this leads to a good, aesthetic and quality work.

Linas Kaziulionis – @linaskaziulionis – Filter Bubble- https://www.instagram.com/linaskaziulionis/

7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

You always want the drawing to last as long as possible, but the streets and public spaces are for all residents and guests of the city, so the drawings age with the hustle and bustle of the street and life.

Linas Kaziulionis – @linaskaziulionis – Filter Bubble- https://www.instagram.com/linaskaziulionis/

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

The experience gained already makes it possible to avoid difficulties or deal with them professionally and to solve them very simply.

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

I have a lot of interesting, unique and impressive projects planned, I would not like to betray, but I invite you to follow me on social networks and find out all the news first J

Thank you for conversation!

Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.

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