Mindaugas Gapševičius. Towards Aesthetics of Maker Culture

We tend to experience a big gap or barrier between the arts and the sciences: for artists, scientific tools are usually very sophisticated and too complex to allow their functionality to be understood, while on the other hand, the traditional tools in the arts, including paintbrushes, pencils and hammers, are limited to their ability to express the current posthuman condition. Thus, a Maker culture based on shared knowledge and tools invites artists to explore scientific methods in creativity.

Mindaugas Gapševičius explores the impact of non-human actors on human creativity and the impact of humans on the umwelt. He completed MA studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 1999, received an MPhil from Goldsmiths University of London in 2016, and obtained a PhD in media arts from the Bauhaus University Weimar in 2022. He has been a creative fellow at the same university since 2015. Gapševičius was one of the initiators and founders of Institutio Media, the first Lithuanian media art platform (1998). Along with colleagues from the TOP association, he initiated the first TOP community biolaboratory in Berlin (2016). In 2019 he established Alt lab, a laboratory for non-disciplinary research in Vilnius.