Leaky Light…

… Paper Protocol, Rhytm Protocol (4×3)+(1×4), Baroa belaobara from Aizpute Bacterial Root Symbionts protocol (accidental documentation) – A Mixed Media Installation

Part of group exhibition: Kaunas Bone China Symposium ’18 Exhibition “Porcelain Identity” – Till 30th August, 2018. Mykolas Žilinskas Art gallery. Kaunas (Lit)

“Leaky Light…” is an installation that consists of three different parts, all different approaches to Bone China porcelain. Three boards contain in total 23 pieces; some mounted on a metal stick whilst paper thin pieces are placed on top of LED modules.


Opening of the exhibition, July 13, 2018

The first type of pieces are glass petri dishes -left over from a former Soviet medical facility- containing bacterial pigment on Bone China pieces. The vessels are sealed with a custom-made closed Bone China ring that seals the gap between the big and smaller petri dish. The glass petri-dishes became the final resting place -container- for the root symbiont bacteria (pigments) that Bartaku isolated in July in Biofilia lab, Aalto University as part of ongoing artscience research on light, electricity, Aronia and symbionts and JMW Turner.

Detail of installation. Yellow pigment produced by unknown bacteria, related to Aronia m. Babe. Photo: Remigijus Sederevicius

Secondly, a number of sculptural pieces evolved due to Second Line finger drumming in the left hand for max. 111seconds whenever feeling like.


4 pieces Bone China recup, subdued to 2nd Line drum rhythm by left hand fingers < 112sec

The third type of pieces are the result of pouring liquid Bone China (ceramistas call it slip) onto the great topological properties of the paper in which the Soviet lab glass was wrapped. How thin can the porcelain be so that is translucent properties can be maximized.

See below for some images on the making


Leaky Light came to be at the end of the 8th International Bone China Symposium, organized by Vilnius Art Academy and taking place in Kaunas (Lit).

“The aim of this year’s symposium is to promote the use of porcelain in the creation of contemporary art objects. Since 1970 Kaunas has a porcelain factory and therefore is one of the few European cities that maintains its tradition of bone china. The symposium will encourage the use of intellectual and technological innovations without forgetting the tradition of bone china (bone porcelain). The creative process will involve 3D modelling and printing with 3D ceramic printer which provides artists with new possibilities for their artistic expression.” http://www.porcelianosimpoziumas.lt/en/about/


Ceramics master Vytautas Steponavičius tying the mold he made for the petri dish disks.


Leaky Light… by Bartaku
Special thanks to the Kaunas Bone China Symposium Team, students and older participants for key technical guidance, skills sharing and making. Liliane Vandeput (Arch.) for grounding inspiration.
Project director: Remigijus Sederevičius. Curator: Maris Grosbahs (Roja Art Lab)
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Vytautas Steponavičius starts to make the plaster mold for petri dish disks.


Ceramics artist, lecturer Ieva Bertašiūtė-Grosbaha adds seed to strenghten Bone China

 L: detail of seeds on Bone China;
R: detail of micro-organisms living in clay used in symposium. 

Mold for petri dish disk, inside, outside and the result (bottom right)

L: Hand written initial petri dish data copied onto Bone China disks
R: detail of custom made interface between Bone China and metal. 

Aronia m. Babe root symbiont microbial pigments

Bone China on lab paper experiments

L: Aronia m. Babe ratio based geometry for floor boards
R: Bartaku ceramics tools sketch thinking Bukavu




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