The Bureau

Autarkia announces the launch of The Bureau, a new home for creative services.

Our next appointments will be available in early December. We’ll publish a registration link as soon as possible.


Every programme needs an office. Beyond logistical management of Autarkia, The Bureau extends open consulting appointments to creative practitioners, in person or remotely. These sessions offer personal advice and professional conversation.

Our creative service model is inspired by Lori Waxman’s ongoing 15-year project ’60 wrd/min art critic’, notably featured in its own office space at Documenta 13 in Kassel. Waxman provided new critical writing to each artist entering, increasing accessibility to professionalized art.

Sessions will be documented and can result in a written response tailored to your professional and creative needs. Sessions might be on production, technical advice, or perhaps you need a second opinion on a current project.

We ask all visitors to complete a simple intake form for our consultants to determine your specific needs and research interests.

We offered an initial run of consultation appointments on Monday 11 October 2021, with our artistic director JL Murtaugh.

Additional sessions and guest consultants will be announced.





Part three of “Autarkia Performs”, a performance series for the 14th Baltic Triennial.

Krõõt Juurak + Alex Bailey
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September at 17.00h
Duration approximately 45 minutes

Advance booking required, register here

Krõõt Juurak + Alex Bailey collaborate with their son Albert to design, direct, and perform Codomestication. The performance integrates the fluid labor of creativity, recreation, and care, finding understanding between adults and children on common ground.

Adult wishes and artistic ideals often dissolve when confronted with precarious children. Krõõt, Alex, and Albert draw inspiration from the life events many parents would regard as disruptive.

Children are often considered an economic and emotional burden, not permitted participation or autonomy—by family or society—in affairs that influence them. Juurak and Bailey consider their child to understand what work will look like in the future. 

We do this work not only because we believe in a society that is more inclusive of children and others but also because the creativity of these ‘others’ is inspiring to us even and especially when it disrupts and undermines our established paths and working methods.
— Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey

Originally a co-production of Tanzquartier Wien and Kulturtier 
Supported in part by the Lithuanian Culture Council


ATVANGA I (Apartment)


„Autarkia Performs“ performansų festivalio antroji dalis, 14-osios Baltijos Trienalės kontekste.

Barbora Vilkaitytė

Scenografija kartu su menininke Barbora Matonyte
Muilo skulptūra—Liudvika Sonja Koort
Eilėraščiai—poetė Vlada Banilytė Kvedarienė
Metalo skulptūra—menininkė Kotryna Butautytė

Liepos 30 d., penktadienis
Erdvė atidaroma 19:30, pasirodymo pradžia 20:00
Pasirodymo trukmė—virš valandos

Renginio metu ribojamas vietų kiekis, užsiregistruoti į performansą galite čia:

Instaliaciją bus galima laikinai išvysti ir po perfomanso.

ATVANGA I. Butas—tai pirmosios ATVANGA I dalies, pristatytos Kauno Kamerinio teatro juodojoje dėžutėje, transformacija.

Atvanga—tai pauzė, atokvėpis, sustojimas, pastogė… 

Šių reikšmių Barbora ieško savo naujai įrenginėjamame bute loftuose. 

Ji mėgsta šiuolaikinį dizainą, švelnius smėlinius tonus, kontrastus, vėl naujai 
populiarėjantį makramė dekorą. Gyvenime Barborai svarbu tobulėjimas darbe
ir namų aplinkos harmonija.

Barbora daug keliauja, ne veltui jos krikšto vardas reiškia ‘moteris svetimšalė’! Kartais jai net lengviau kalbėti ne lietuviškai, o angliškai, o Barboros gyvenimo credo pasiskolintas iš Émile Coué—”Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better”. 

Ji domisi įvairiomis dėmesingo įsisąmoninimo, somatinėmis technikomis, mokosi klausytis savo intuicijos ir kaip pilnai išnaudoti vidinės energijos potencialą. 

Ji kviečia publiką užsukti į dar ne iki galo sukurtą interjerą ir laukia jūsų patarimų, degustuojant raudoną vyną ir šnekučiuojantis apie aktualijas, meną, politiką, naujausias tendencijas.

Kartais Barborai sunku apsispręsti tarp dviejų labai artimų dalykų, pavyzdžiui, cinamono ir vanilės ar čili ir šampano namų kvapas? Pilkšvai smėlinės ar aukso smėlinės spalvos užuolaidos? Pradėti užsimerkus ar plačiai atvėrus akis? Konfrontuoti ar ignoruoti? Vilnius ar Stokholmas? Kalbėti ar šokti? Performansas ar spektaklis? Galbūt ji vis dar negali apsispręsti ar nori, kad jūs būtumėt, ar geriau vienai sau. Bet tikrai nori, kad ateitumėt. Tad iki pasimatymo!

Daugiau apie ATVANGA I, pirma dalis, galite rasti

Projektas iš dalies finansuojamas Lietuvos kultūros tarybos

Išskirtinė padėka už mentorystę bei konsultavimą Alice MacKenzie ir Ulijonai Odišarijai


Part two of “Autarkia Performs”, a performance series for the 14th Baltic Triennial.

Barbora Vilkaitytė
ATVANGA I (Apartment)

Friday 30 July
Doors open 19:30, performance 20:00
Duration approximately one hour

Set design with Barbora Matonytė
Poems by Vlada Banilytė Kvedarienė
Soap sculpture by Liudvika Sonja Koort
Metal sculpture by Kotryna Butautytė

Limited capacity for Friday’s performance, please register here:

After the performance, the installation remains open to the public.

Autarkia presents the second part of ATVANGA I, a dance performance originally presented in the Kaunas Chamber Theatre during the 2020 ConTempo festival. Here, ATVANGA I is transformed into a new reality inside a disused loft space.

‘Atvanga’ is an old Lithuanian word meaning pause, stop, respite, shelter, opening… 

Barbora Vilkaityte searches for these meanings inside her new, partially renovated apartment. She favors contemporary design, soft tones, contrasts, and macramé décor. Barbora cares about professional self-improvement and seeks harmonious balance in her home environment. 

Barbora travels a lot, too. Little wonder her name means ‘foreign woman’!

She often prefers to speak English rather than her native Lithuanian, and takes her life credo from Émile Coué. “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better”. She’s interested in somatics, mindfulness techniques, intuition, and how to reach the full potential of one’s inner energy. 

You are invited to visit Barbora’s apartment, drink wine, and give interior advice. Let’s discuss art, politics, and the latest trends.

Sometimes, Barbora can’t decide between two very similar things. For instance: vanilla cinnamon or chilli champagne home fragrance? Sand grey or gold sand for the curtains? To start with the eyes closed or wide open? To confront or to ignore? To talk or to dance? A performance or a play? Perhaps she also can’t decide if she wants you there or if she wants to be alone. But she definitely wants you to come over. Until soon!

More about ATVANGA I, part one at

Supported in part by the Lithuanian Culture Council

Very special thanks to Ulijona Odišarija and Alice MacKenzie for their mentorship and advice


A Garden for Autarkia

A project of Saskia Fischer in collaboration with Lukas Strolia. Continuing in and around Vilnius as long as the flowers grow.

with contributions by Sara Rodrigues, Lindsay Seers, Lukas Strolia, Delta Mityba, Nerijus Rimkus, Borbála Soós, Saskia Fischer, and more as we continue.

Indulging in greenery, a place that feels comforting and welcoming, calm, nurturing and warm, friendly, sunny, colorful, happy. Picking herbs, apples, berries and tomatoes, sitting outside, enjoying the sun, eating food, drinking wine, making a fire, being with friends—our laughter is only interrupted by the humming and chirping of bees and birds.

Isn’t this a relatable longing? Can a garden be more than a romantic thought? Beyond its most obvious notions, what can a garden be? What forms can it take?

What does cultural work have to do with cultivation? The crops we raise, the way we plant, harvest, process, preserve, eat and with whom we share our meals—what are the traces these actions leave in our material and social environments? Is gardening a political practice?

Within A Garden for Autarkia we are curious to study concepts and methods of gardening from our extended community of neighbors, friends, horticulturists, artists, designers, writers, cultural workers, activists and researchers.

Unique to most art organizations, Autarkia shares its physical space with the restaurant Delta Mityba. It is where we would warmly like to invite you to come for a visit and meet with us.

Act one
Wednesday 9 June

First sewing of wildflower seeds
Saskia Fischer, Lukas Strolia

Act two
Tuesday 15 June

Wildflower seed distribution workshop

Saskia Fischer, Lukas Strolia

Film screening
‘In the beginning there was a box’, Sara Rodrigues

Act three
from August

Film installation
‘In the beginning there was a box’, Sara Rodrigues

Drawings, sunflower seeds, and text
Lindsay Seers

Act four
Sunday 12 September

Part of Vilnius gallery weekend 2021

A collaborative workshop with
Sara Rodrigues and Delta Mityba

Launch of AGfA poster edition by
Nerijus Rimkus and Bori Soos

Artist Sara Rodrigues and Delta Mityba (Jonas Palekas) collaborate on a workshop inspired by Sara’s video ‘In the beginning there was a box’, presenting tactics for local, sustainable food production and use. Sara Rodrigues will invite to make a box-garden for the beginning of a more sustainable life, and Delta Mityba chef Jonas Palekas will present the process of making kimchi. Autarkia will also launch a new poster edition from designer Nerijus Rimkus and curator Borbála Soós.

Further acts to be announced

Installation view. ‘In the beginning there was a box’, Sara Rodrigues
Wildflower seed distribution workshop. Saskia Fischer, Lukas Strolia



Pirmoji “Autarkia Performs” ciklo dalis, skirta 14-ajai Baltijos trienalei.

Lengva mylėti tuos, kurie mums patinka. Kaip mylėti tuos kitus?

Mūsų tėvai sugriovė Berlyno Sieną, bet kodėl mes ir toliau gyvename senojo padalinto, atskirto pasaulio taisyklėmis? Plytos dužo, kapitalas liejasi laisvai, o meilė? Kodėl mes nuolat krentame į tuos pačius neapykantos ir destrukcijos griovius?

Autarkia menininkų dienos centras kviečia švęsti paliaubas. Ar įkaitusi tarptautinė politinė aplinka ir komplikuota istorija galioja ir tariamai kitokiam meno pasauliui? Ar menas yra pagrindas pradėti po truputį kurti alternatyvią pagarbos, įtraukties ir sveiko proto visatą?

Tai takus poistorinis įvykis, permezgantis bendruomenės ryšius, apimantis muziką, gastronomiją, performansą, komediją ir architektūrinius vyksnius. Susidurime dalyvauja Lubomir Grzelak, Robertas Narkus, Lukas Strolia, Olegas Šurajevas, Elena Veleckaitė, Sniegė Naku, vietiniai vaikai, „Delta Mityba“ (Kotryna Butautytė, Saulė Gerikaitė, Jonas Palekas, Dominykas Saliamonas Kaupas ir Maria Tsoy) ir kiti.

Organizuoja JL Murtaugh, Robertas Narkus

Projektą finansuoja Lietuvos kultūros taryba

Part one of “Autarkia Performs”, a series for the 14th Baltic Triennial.

It is easy to love the ones we like. How can we love others?

The generation of artists growing up through the Berlin Wall’s end still wonders how long we must live according to the rules of the old divided, segregated world. Bricks collapsed so capital might freely cross the borders, but what about love? Why do we keep on falling into the same pitfalls of hatred and destruction?

Autarkia, an artists’ day care center, invites all to celebrate the ceasefire. Do the heated international political environment and complicated history also apply to the supposedly different world of art? Is art a ground to begin building, little by little, an alternative universe of respect, inclusion, and common sense?

Kontakt is a fluid post-historic event reforging community bonds, incorporating acts of music, food, performance, comedy, and architecture. The gathering includes contributions from Lubomir Grzelak, Robertas Narkus, Lukas Strolia, Oleg Šurajev, Elena Veleckaitė, Sniegė Naku, local children, ‘Delta Mityba’ (Kotryna Butautytė, Saulė Gerikaitė, Jonas Palekas, Dominykas Saliamonas Kaupas and Maria Tsoy), and others.

Organized by JL Murtaugh, Robertas Narkus

‘Autarkia Performs’ is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture


High Limits

When faced with crisis, humanity looks for answers. For good or ill, invention grows in the wake of stagnation and contradiction, initiating a voyage to the unknowable. To the heavens, through hymns. Within the cards, amongst the leaves. In silicon, in science.

Our prior year’s cycle of meditation presented an extended opportunity to change our pace, reconsidering fundamental elements of life and practice. We did this by attempting an audacious and global answer when such plans appeared difficult. Together, we questioned whom and what we work toward when the corporeal experience becomes impossible, or at least impractical.

High Limits is Autarkia’s latest initiative, featuring new commissions from international artists, most of whom are engaging online space for the first time. More than a static exhibition with a fixed running time, High Limits is an ongoing platform to supplement Autarkia’s physical spaces. Its non-space will background a public programme of activities in the months following launch, remaining open for expansion with future artist interventions.

A project of Autarkia, organized by JL Murtaugh, Robertas Narkus

Commissions from Seecum Cheung, Cole Lu, Robertas Narkus, Ignas Pavliukevičius

Graphic design by Nerijus Rimkus, coordinated by Lukas Strolia.

High Limits is initiated in collaboration between Seecum Cheung, Cole Lu, Robertas Narkus, Ignas Pavliukevičius, Antanas Skucas, Mantas Talmantas, Emma Rae Bruml Norton, Jonas Narbutas, Joris Cižikas, Indrė Liutkutė, Laura Kaminskaitė.

Produced with the support of the Lithuanian Council for Culture

We are very grateful to our supporters, patreons and Monika Mačiulytė.


Cole Lu / Bri Williams

Syndicate at NADA Miami 2020
a joint presentation with Et Al. in San Francisco and Vilnius
hosted by Autarkia
1 – 5 December 2020

The presentation consists of two exhibitions in both San Francisco, USA (at Et Al, Chinatown) and Vilnius, Lithuania (at Syndicate’s new space, hosted by Autarkia).

Building on the past collaborations between the galleries, the latest takes place in the context of a dislocated NADA Miami. A sharp contrast to the hub of activity hosted by the sea each winter, the participants are instead separated by thousands of miles, and seeing each portion live is impossible.

New sculptures by Cole Lu reframe the gap through the founding mythologies of interstellar travel, and Bri Williams’ works turn simultaneously inward half a world apart.

Cole Lu is an artist and writer originally from Taipei and based in New York. He previously collaborated with Syndicate for FAIR by NADA 2020; The Third Lie for Poppositions Brussels 2019, The Patio at Arcade Gallery, London; and a performance at NADA New York 2017. Upcoming projects include Autoitalia, London; Nir Altman, Munich; and Autarkia, Vilnius.

Bri Williams is an artist who works primarily in sculpture. Solo exhibitions include Murmurs, Los Angeles; Queer Thoughts, New York, and Interface, Oakland. Williams’ work has been presented in group exhibitions at Ochi Projects, Karma International, and Ramiken Crucible (all Los Angeles). Williams will have a solo show at Et al. in San Francisco in 2021.



It happens you fail, fail, fail, fail and then suddenly you fail so big, then you fail, fail, fail, fail. Just can’t find it. The breakthroughs of political thought, culture or science strike at the darkest hours of humankind. So was the the XVII century, on the one hand it is an Age of Enlightenment, geographical discoveries, city development, on the other historians call this period “The big Crisis”—countries scatter, so did Lithuanian-Polish commonwealth, wars and plagues are raging, in this spree the consciousness of the city-dweller rises, new class is born, academies of science and art emerge and salons stage their first exhibitions.

Robertas Narkus, Laura Kaminskaitė

Participating artists
Neringa Černiauskaitė ir Ugnius Gelguda (Pakui Hardware), Eglė Kulbokaitė ir Dorota Gaweda (Young Girls Reading Group), Laura Kaminskaitė, Dalia Dūdėnaitė, Ona Juciūtė, Anastasija Sosunova, Beatričė Mockevičiūtė, Viktorija Damerell, Viltė Bražiūnaitė ir Tomas Sinkevičius, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Rūtenė Merkliopaitė, Gabrielė Adomaitytė, Ieva Rojūtė, Žygimantas Kudirka, Nerijus Rimkus, Indrė Šerpytytė, Neringa Vasiliauskaitė, Austėja Vilkaitytė, Monika Janulevičiūtė ir Antanas Lučiūnas, Emilė Skolevičiūtė, Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Jurga Barilaitė, Eglė Karpavičiūtė, Raimundas Malašauskas, Deimantas Narkevičius, Nomeda ir Gediminas Urbonai, Artūras Raila, Dainius Liškevičius, K. Bogdana(s), Gintautas Trimakas, Robertas Narkus, Antanas Gerlikas, Juozas Laivys, Gediminas G. Akstinas, Kazimieras Sližys, Jokūbas Čižikas, Donatas Jankauskas (Duonis), Žilvinas Landzbergas, Vytautas Viržbickas, Augustas Serapinas, Andrej Polukord, Vytenis Burokas, Ignas Krunglevičius, Paulius Petraitis, Vitalijus Strigunkovas, Kristijonas Naglis Zakaras, Rokas Valiauga, Rytis Urbanskas, Matas Janušonis, Kalendra, Egidijus ir Remigujus Praspaliauskai, Rokas Pralgauskas, Ugnė Straigytė, Gabrielė Gervickaitė, Mikko Kuorinki, Alex Bailey ir Krõõt Juurak, Kaspars Groševs, Nicholas Matranga and others.



A poetry slam night in “Autarkia” in collaboration with e-journal “Abstract Stylist”.