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2023/03 Moments March 2023

Right ring finger in splint discouraged activities, yet last week of month saw flying through Vienna to an intensive research visit to Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania.
Toronto, Ontario; Vienna, Austria; Kaunus, Lithuania

Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach: Eastmost installation of (2023) Conrad, honoring on July 9, 2015, when a dead animal rested at the Yonge-Church Street intersection for 11 hours, before being picked up by the city. Strolled westward via the boardwalk, many dogs enjoying the sunny day with their owners. Spontaneous date for us as a couple. (Woodbine Beach, Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto, Ontario) 20230307
Leslie Grove Gallery
Leslie Grove Gallery: Acrylic on canvas .ec (2023) The Secret Life of Jellyfish @ArtistsNetwork1 exploring ideas of Decomposition for @CentennialEDU . The Turritopsis dohrnii, known as the immortal jellyfish, is one of the few species that can individually revert from an sexually mature state to an immature polyp. Other artists interpreted the theme as decay, political commentary, environmental issues, or loss of identity. (Leslie Grove Gallery, Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20220323
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery: Ceremonial garment (2021) Manto No 5 represents the body facing God on Judgment Day. A closer look reveals found objects including buttons, coins, necklaces, a boot, and other paraphernalia. Part of The Counter/Self exhibition, where artists create and embody alternate egos,. (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto) 20220324
Austrian Airlines HON Circle Lounge Schengen, Vienna
Austrian Airlines HON Circle Lounge Schengen, Vienna: On loan from @Leopold_Museum to @_austrian , (1912) Portrait of Wally Neuzil, his lover and muse (1911-1915). The short biography on the wall doesn’t say that Egon decided to “marry advantageously, not Wally”, so she left him and eventually became a nurse. Leisurely connection time in Vienna, the corridors are a maze. (Austrian Airlines HON Circle Lounge Schengen, Vienna, Austria) 20230328


St Michaels the Archangels Church
: Late afternoon stroll by the 19th century church originally Lithuanian Orthodox, wasn’t expecting to find Hare Krishna chanting on the plaza, and then down the Laisvės alėja pedestrian street westward. Many couples and families enjoying the clear weather, but they haven’t put away the winter gear, yet. Most businesses closed on Sunday. (St. Michael’s the Archangel’s Church, Laisvės alėja, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230326

Old Town, Kaunas
Old Town, Kaunas: Walking west along the pedestrian mall from New Town, the road turned left onto a cobblestone lowrise medieval neighbourhood. Pedestrians seem to be on a stroll, rather on hanging out in the early spring afternoon. Prior news stories about road construction in the distrct wasn’t apparent. (Laisvės alėja 90, Old Town, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230326


Kaunas Town Hall Square
: Approaching westbound from main street Laisvės alėja, the twin towers of the Maironis Museum of Lithuanian Literature appeared further ahead. To the right, the town square fronted Town Hall, first constructed as a one-storey building in 1542. Today, the building may be most visited for the marriage registration office, and photo opportunities as a wedding hall. (Kaunus Town Hall Square, Rotušės alėja, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230326

Ramybės Park (Old Cemetery)
Ramybės Park (Old Cemetery): Monument We Died for the Fatherland first unveiled by the first president of Lithuania in 1930, demolished in 1956-1956 by Soviets, reconstructed by in 1994, after restoration the country’s independence in 1990. Noticed enclosed candles in the front that won’t blow out with the wind. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 led to the Soviets converting the cemetery established in 1847 into a park, after giving families a few months to rebury their relatives. (Ramybės Park (Old Cemetery)), Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230327
Chacapuri Akropolis
Chacapuri Akropolis: Georgian cuisine for research team converging in Kaunas from Spain, USA, France, Canada and Switzerland, especially enjoying Khachapuri cheese bread and Khinkali dumpling stuffed with mushrooms and tarragon. Top-of-mind were travel tribulations rerouting around transportation strike in Germany. Experienced contemporary Lithuania on the third floor or a large shopping, a short walk south from St. Michael the Archangel Church. (Chacapuri, Akropolis Shopping Mall, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230327
Kaunas Technological University, School of Economics and Business
Kaunas Technological University, School of Economics and Business: Starting a colocated week with @snousala + @garysmetcalf to plan and outline an academic book on the transition from Industry 4.0 to 5.0. Publication for an EU project to be completed by end of 2023, with selected international authors. University building has Baltic decor, in the style familiar to me north of the sea. (Kaunas Technological University, School of Economics and Business, Lithuania) 20230328
Kiemo Galerija Courtyard Gallery
Kiemo Galerija Courtyard Gallery: Sidestepping northward through the parking lots between apartments, we found the 3-dimensional pink elephant sculpture repurposed from a shopping centre in Vilnius, installed in 2019 by . Situated on a warehouse too, the 4 metre high, 6 metre long, 200 kg artwork is much larger than the pink elephant 2-dimensional wall drawing named Deimūras, first installed in 2014. Residents living in the surrounding buildings appeared to be patient with tourists inspecting the variety of drawings and photographs outside their homes. (Kiemo Galerija Courtyard Gallery, Kiemo Galerija Courtyard Gallery, E. Ožeškienės gatvė, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230328
Kaunas Technological University, School of Economics and Business
Kaunas Technological University, School of Economics and Business: Convened @ktuin4act researchers for rapid collective authoring of book on Industry 5.0 edited by @snousala + @garysmetcalf. Short deadline for completion within 2023 focuses on the present, without the literature review and distractions of the recent pandemic years. Aiming for a book that is not a series of academic articles, but instead chapters that a technical-managerial audience might want to read. (Kaunas Technological University, School of Economics and Business, Lithuania) 20230329
Restaurant Bokstas
Restaurant Bokstas: Social evening for @ktuin4act faculty, many convened for research evalution exercise, others for Industry 5.0 book project. Relaxed conversation with many members travelling from other EU universities, comparing careers and living across in different cities. Menu listed choice of scorpionfish, known as a most dangeroous meal due to poisonous spines, subsequently changed to a whitefish indigenous to the Baltics. (Restaurant Bokstas, Kęstučio gatvė, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20220329
M.K. Ciurlionis Museum of Art
M.K. Ciurlionis Museum of Art: Hanging on the wall in the Lithuania Folk Art collection, the Shaft Bow is a part of a single horse harness that attaches to the shafts of the cart, joining the shafts high above the neck of the horse. To be strong, yet light, the bows were made of willow, elm or bird cherry wood. This design was brought from the Mongols via the Russian Old Believers to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, a state that ended in 1795. (M.K. Ciurlionis Museum of Art, V. Putvinskio gatve, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230330
M.K. Ciurlionis Museum of Art
M.K. Ciurlionis Museum of Art: Hanging on the wall in the Lithuania Folk Art collection, the Shaft Bow is a part of a single horse harness that attaches to the shafts of the cart, joining the shafts high above the neck of the horse. To be strong, yet light, the bows were made of willow, elm or bird cherry wood. This design was brought from the Mongols via the Russian Old Believers to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, a state that ended in 1795. (M.K. Ciurlionis Museum of Art, V. Putvinskio gatve, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230330
Kaunas Picture Gallery
Kaunas Picture Gallery: Entered (2002) Manomano Theatre Waiting-Room No. X, originally created for her companion , a famous artist, in the You + Me Theatre exhibition. The room is a closed area, with one part of the wall and ceiling splashed with red, symbolizing occupied, and another part in green, as free. Tiny tables and chairs glued above are complemented by small mirrors on the walls and ceiling, so that visitors might not only study the contents, but also view other participants in the room. (Kaunas Picture Gallery, K. Donelaičio gatve, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230331

Kaunas Picture Gallery
Kaunas Picture Gallery: Iron stand at adult eye level for (2022) Doiphin (Acrobat) made of resin. Part of exhibition, in an call by the to artists showing the current state of uncertainty dealing with the war in Ukraine. (Kaunas Picture Gallery, K. Donelaičio gatve, Kaunas, Lithuania) 20230331
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