An experimental art film inspired by Kaunas modernist architecture and the hidden histories associated with a magical city.
Director: Aideen Barry
Stills from Folds
Stills from Folds
Klostės ( translated as Pleats or Folds) is a Black & White non verbal film created by the People of Kaunas Lithuania together with Artist & Film-maker Aideen Barry. The film is currently in production and will debut as a part of Kaunas 2022 The European Capital of Culture. The film takes inspiration from Kaunas interwar modernism and the hidden histories associated with the magical city.
Enchanted by Architecture
Cinema is a form of love that allows one to look at the city through a certain aesthetic filter that not only alters, complements, but also opens up invisible layers of reality. When the city is seen in this way, it is no longer possible to perceive it only in a shallow way, locked up in its forms and flat surfaces. The city becomes more than an architectural entity: its constructions, history, its present and future, begin to breathe, dance and sing. The assemblage of the city’s architecture in itself becomes an intriguing character with a story and legend to tell. Before our eyes, the city begins to unroll and unfold. Folds of the city is the meaning under the title of the film KLOSTĖS – FOLDS.
City of Kaunas deserves such a love filter, and even more – it deserves a major role in the film. At last, the uniquely optimistic modernist architecture of Kaunas, awaiting UNESCO evaluation, deserved not only the attention of historical and scientific researchers, but also the careful touch of art creators. Irish artist Aideen Barry proposed the KEKS2022 program to put the buildings into the spot Light through moving pictures, and that’s how she created the architectural film FOLDS. For
several years, a huge city team collected ideas, created visual elements (image, sound, movement) and had woven the fabric that made up an hour-long collage of the city’s visible and invisible layers, of what is forgotten and what is recalled or imagined. Over 60 professionals, amateur and volunteer actors, as well as filmmakers and prop makers, worked on the film, shooting in 16 locations, and more than 70 people created the stop- motion animations. Thus, the project of making the film acquired not so much an artistic, as the socio-cultural meaning of the community’s involvement in culture: it was an opportunity for Kaunas residents to come together and be in the story of a city.
Such a collective result should be of interest not only to Kaunas residents, but also to city guests. The individual images of the film Klostės are interconnected and folded up like a paper of thin atmospheres and moods, it’s an origami made with careful attention. The observation of the smallest details alternates with a panorama of brutalist stylistic objects.You the Spectator, together with the film characters, enter the interiors of the buildings, through gaps and secret pass-ways or portals, like typical rounded windows of Kaunas, elegant staircase doors, the camera twists and turns to reveal detailed ceilings, gifting you the experience as if you are lying on the carpet with a smoking cigarilla between your fingers.
In this film, there are no texts, nor voice over, but every architectural object in it speaks
through image, foley sound and movement, through metaphors of each playful sketch. The film director combines various genres and tools: stop-motion animation, contemporary dance, and silent film elements. Each segment of the film intrigues with a different enchanting artistic spell.
Klostės does not try to recreate the spirit of historically correct modernism, it revisits it from today’s perspective. The film has some features of surrealism, even Gothic aesthetics, it aims to inspire and make us smile with its interplay of the past and the future, reality and industry, characters living and dead. In this game of imagination both the local viewer and the guest are invited to participate with full emotional involvement.
After watching this film, you will be convinced that the magic of Kaunas architecture,
perhaps forgotten or unnoticed before, or made commonplace and blended into the mundane,can be served as gourmet cakes, and make a sweet impression when it’s done with a goodportion of humour and bold wit.