SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

Valentinas Klimašauskas 'Daugiakampis' (Six chairs books, 2018). Cheers ! 🍾

Polygon is firstly a reference to a plot device, but its logic is also used in the character development and language structure. Imagine the plot as if a feed in the social networks where the only thing in common between its posts is that they make a new multifaceted present. A foreigner with thousands of names who keeps on changing her appearances spends twenty-four hours in Vilnius. Or dogs and cats in the taxi monitors. Characters dissolving in a pervious structure of the city. When there is no outside neither inside. A quest for a password on the first of April. Post-truth era and the secret CIA prison in the outskirts of Vilnius. Blue and Green, the trigonometry of their relationship. A contemporary art exhibition engulfing the whole city. “Purple”, mysterious city gate. Holey texture of Vilnius. Key words and twaddle, password, flight.

Paviljonas book weekend, 30 Nov-2 Dec, Vilnius

Dears, we would like to kindly invite you all to join us and many other bookstores and publishers in Pavilijonas book weekend!

We'll be waiting for you with all our new arrivals and OUR ALL TIME BEST-SELLERS from the past year and presenting our first love turned to paper - Daugiakampis  by writer and curator Valentinas Klimašauskas. Launch of the book on Saturday, 7 pm togerther with Jūratė Čerškutė, Valentinas Klimašauskas and Žygimantas Kudirka. WHAT A TEAM !

 

Before the closing of  Baltic Triennial 13, CAC Vilnius

Miss us, Vilnius?

Saturday, 4 August, at the CAC Terrace. From 3 to 7 pm music by DJ Try My Love will flow freely,

there will be Japanese ice cream Kakigōri and drinks available free of charge,

as well as books books books !

More on the event here.

ECO-CINEMA-SESSION, JULY 28TH, AIKAS ŽADO LABORATORY, ŽEIMIAI MANOR HOUSE

We kindly invite you to join us and Invisible Man Cinematheque (Aikas Žado Laboratory) in eco-cinema session and an open discussion to create various ecological scenarios for expansion and/or transformation of the relations between people, creatures, nature and the surrounding environment.

We will be watching GOODBYE GAULEY MOUNTAIN. AN ECOSEXUAL LOVE STORY (2014, 70‘)

Eco-cinema-session is free of charge and will be shown in the original language.

More on the event can be found here.

Tolstoyevsky. Launch of the newest issue of 'The Happy Hypocrite' - a journal for and about experimental writing

26 May, 6:30 pm at the garden of Antanas Žmuidzinavičius Memorial House (V. Putvinskio 64)

On the occasion of 'Putvinskio gatvės diena 2019',  we  together w/ curator, editor of 'Tolstoyevsky' Virginija Januškevičiūtė invite you to the launch of the newest issue of 'The Happy Hypocrite' - semi-annual journal for and about experimental writing.

'Tolstoyevsky is not a Russian writer; it is a monster of sorts – a chimera, a composite of two and true to neither one nor a sum. It can make jokes (and threats) fly so fast they skip the funny parts. Here it lends its name to an issue that is about how humour is often not humour, or about how it sometimes doesn’t work, and how half our lives are filled with things that don’t work. Which probably means they work, right?' – Virginija Januškevičiūtė, from the Outro


The Happy Hypocrite – Tolstoyevsky is, ideally, like a room full of high-spirited people playing a game, trying to do or say some nonsense, folding embarrassment and losses in translation into part of the exchange. The main portion of the journal is made up of responses to an open call; submissions picked up on cues within two short stories: ‘Moles & Mice’ by Candice Lin, and ‘Tolstoyevksy’, written by Virginija Januškevičiūtė about a hospitable man with a house full of books who exclaimed ‘Oh I have read all your Tolstoyevskys!’ when asked what he had read.

With contributions and new work by ateate, David Bernstein, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Zoe Kingsley, Erika Lastovskyte, Michael Lawton, Candice Lin, Elena Narbutaitė, Nick Norton, Kim Schoen, Isabel Waidner, and Jonas Žakaitis. Complemented by old work (images, illustrations) from Pierre Bonnard, Giovanni di Paolo, eélix Vallotton, and Edouard Vuillard.

Virginija Januškevičiūtė is a curator, writer and producer based in Vilnius who engages in a wide range of solo and group exhibitions, artwork commissions, publications and events. She works at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius (www.cac.lt) and is founding co-editor of The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt (www.blunt.cc). She curated the XII Baltic Triennial in 2015.

Throughout the launch we will be reading Candice's Lin text 'Moles & Mice'.

Illustration: ateate (www.ateate.com)

SCB will be open outside of Kaunas Artists' House for the whole day (noon-8 pm). You can get your Tolstoyevsky at the bookstore before-through-after the launch for 12 EUR, or there is a possibility to pre-order your copy info@sixchairsbooks.lt or HERE

GALLERY WEEKEND KAUNAS '18 #FRONT PORCH SALE 

On MAY 11-12th at the occasion of Gallery Weekend Kaunas we are moving our shelfs and our books outside to the front porch of Kaunas Artist House and preparing for a sale! Our dear books from past years will go from 4-to 10 eur, and some extra discounts for the new ones!

Bookstore will be open and waiting for  you:

May 11, Friday: 5pm-10pm.

May 12, Saturday: 12am-6pm.

May 13, Sunday: 4pm-7pm.

GWK 18: Clap When You Want to! #6 with Liza Baliasnaja

On the occasion of Gallery Weekend Kaunas, on Saturday, 12 May at 3 pm Six chairs books and guest-artist, dancer and choreographer Liza Baliasnaja will host its SIXTH twice monthly Open Reading Group – Clap when you want to! – which is an invitation to read ahead, collectively discuss and support dear bodies of women, of the earthly and the technological, and seek the joy of learning the planetary together. 

In this session - READING EXTENDED - participants are invited to attend body and text in a same space. We will work with fragments from Mario Perniola’s „The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic” and Supervert’s „Extraterrestrial Sex Fetish” that in their own way deal with the ideas of corporeal and sensual.

TO SIGNUP AND RECEIVE MATERIALS, please write to info@sixchairsbooks.lt; if the weather permits, the session will be held outside. Participants are kindly asked to come or bring some comfy pants/ shorts / dress etc. 

Clap when you want to ! #5 with Ellen Tracy

FAIL AGAIN,FAIL BETTER

On Thursday 19 of April 6pm Six chairs book and guest-host Ellen Tracy will run its fith twice monthly Open Reading Group – Clap when you want to! – which is an invitation to read ahead, collectively discuss and support dear bodies of women, of the earthly and the technological, and seek the joy of learning the planetary together.

With this weeks readings, we’ll be asking what the figure of the 'failure' can do for practices of resistance. Each of these authors situate an unruly body at the center of their critical practice, sitting in with these outcasts and refusing to make accommodations. Rejecting normative success, each of these pieces asks us what happens when we reclaim these negative positions, gleefully occupying the ugly, the uncool and the failed on the way to radically shifting the values of society.

Materials will be in English. Conversations might swing between Lithuanian/ English depending on participants' mood and preferences.

TO SIGN-UP AND RECEIVE MATERIALS, please write to info@sixchairsbooks.lt; space is very very limited, but, if necessary we can move around the KAH building.

The session will take place at the bookstore (Kauno Menininkų Namai / V. Putvinskio 56, Kaunas) from 6 to 8 pm. It is free and hot beverages are provided.

CLAP WHEN YOU WANT TO! #4 BOOKSTORE'S OPEN READING GROUP

On Thursday 5th of April from 6pm Six chairs books invites you to its fourth twice monthly Open Reading Group – Clap when you want to! with guest-host Anastasia Sosunova. This group is an invitation to read ahead, collectively discuss and support dear bodies of women, of the earthly and the technological, and seek the joy of learning the planetary together.                                  

This session is going to be dedicated to search of sincerity rather than truth. We will talk about the collisions of differing realities: with the text „Letters to L: Paranoia and Visions” by M. Sandovsky we will try to reflect on the common accusations of feminism as hysterical and tough; the short fragment from (Paul) Beatriz Preciado book „Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics” invites us to approach transitioning as plane of multiplicities; lastly – philosopher and feminist theoretician Rosi Braidotti in her text / chapter „Postmodern Feminism Nomadism“ retells some stories about the polyglotes, identities and the relation between acceptance of differences and a mode of affinity. 

The session will take place at the bookstore (Kauno Menininkų Namai / V. Putvinskio 56, Kaunas) from 6 to 8 pm. It is free and hot beverages are provided.

TO REGISTER AND RECEIVE MATERIALS, please write to info@sixchairsbooks.lt; space is very very limited, but, if necessary we can move around the KAH building.

#BOOKS NIGHT OUT #COME DANCE WITH US

Žiburėlis: books night out / vegan on acid / filomino djs 

December 15th, 7 pm.  at Kauna Artists' House, Putvinskio st. 56 Kaunas Artists' House and „Six chairs books", the art and theory bookstore, invites you to BOOKS NIGHT OUT – a Christmas party and a book sale, which will be followed by 'Vakarienė ant rūgščios žolės. Vegan on acid', a psychedelic dinner organized by Saulius Leonavičius and Gabrielė Nemirskytė. The dancing part of the evening will be accompanied by Filomino DJ’s, come and dance with us! More info here.

MOON CLOWN MOON ANIMALS, the poet CA Conrad writes back in the aftermath the Hurricane Harvey, that throughout August 2017 has presented itself all through Texas. There is a lure to claim that the Harvey has abused the land of Texas, has tormented its inhabitants, has broken parts of its infrastructure, yet looking from the Ecopoetical perspective (of which CA Conrad is a vocal contributor), this is equally one of the many deteriorated shrieks of the Earth in the face of systemic curses directed towards our planetary shelter. Conrad, singularly with his(Soma)tic Poetry Exercises (aka Rituals), and through physical interaction with humans and with extant and extinct non-human others, attempts to „create an extreme present" as he themselves call it. To „stay with a trouble", as Donna Haraway would put it, alluding to the practices of learning to be truly present IN REAL AND PARTICULAR PLACES and „not (...) between awful or edenic pasts and apocalyptic or salvific futures, but as mortal critters entwined in myriad unfinished configurations of places, times, matters, meanings".

FABRIZIO TERRANOVA, DONNA HARAWAY: STORYTELLING FOR EARTHLY SURVIVAL (2016, 90'). DECEMBER 4, 7 pm at SIX CHAIRS BOOKS (Kaunas Artists' House, V. Putvinskio 56)

Donna Haraway’s groundbreaking work in science, technology, gender and trans-species relationships over the last four decades is marked by her deep commitments to feminism and environmentalism. Refusing to distinguish between humans and animals and machines, she proposed new ways of understanding our world that challenge normative structures and boundaries. Her approach to writing is equally distinct, breaking with prevailing trends in theory by embracing narrative techniques in painting a rebellious and hopeful future. Recognizing her singular talent for storytelling, Fabrizio Terranova spent a few weeks filming Haraway and her dog Cayenne in their Southern California home, exploring their personal universe as well as the longer development of Haraway’s views on kinship and planetary welfare. Animated by green screen projections, archival materials and fabulation, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival is an appropriately eccentric response to a truly original thinker. MORE INFORMATION ON EVENTS here