One image maker I have have been affected by since the kid-in-awe stage of life was Hieronymous Bosch. His incredibly morbid, sadistic, tortuous images of man's infliction upon his own kind rattled my understanding of the beautiful planet we inhabited - who would do such things?

Heaven, Hell: pictures of domination, damnation, his telling of visions encountered, heard about or simply imagined were the beginnings of the destruction of my early belief system, a destruction of the ideals I had been believing in.

Fast forward to the 21st Century and the advent of Google's Deep Dream software and its complete interpretive powers of shape recognition and devolution: the perfect vehicle to take Bosch to further enhancements of the unbelievable world of fantastic creatures.

Below is a Deep Dream of one scene from HB's original above:

The Deep Dream software is restricted to small images so working the new files doesn't give great clarity, so armed with this challenge, I tried to figure out a way of handling Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night: rich and sumptuous in textures, colours and movement, it was a perfect base for a Deep Dream of magnificent proportions:


A complete version, large forms

Detail of full sized "Dreamy Dreamy Night"

A cascade of creatures, detail from "Dreamy Dreamy Night"

Kaunas Photo 2016

" We are glad to announce that we want your work "The Urban Mangle" in the program of KAUNAS PHOTO 2016. We intend to produce an outdoor exhibition of your work in one of the squares of Kaunas."


Artists selected for other KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 exhibitions

Alexander by Michal Siarek (Poland)
Oggi è la festa di.. by Paolo Fusco (Italy)
The Urban Mangle by Mindaugas Simankevicius (Australia)
Concentration and The Eyes of Buenos Aires by Zsolt Batori (Hungary)
La Carrera Séptima by Juan Cristobal Cobo (USA/Colombia) 
Mexico-Manhattan by LANDEMARD Nicolas (France)
This is the worst party I've ever been to by M. Scott Brauer (USA)

The thirteenth festival KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 will take place in three stages:

  • May - June - foreign artists in residence in Kaunas, educational programs, call for artists to work on;
  • May - October - Outdoor exhibitions in public spaces of Kaunas
  • August - October - The main program of the festival with museums / gallery exhibitions, portfolio reviews, projections, events, meetings with artists and others.

2016 Festival, the summer - autumn (Aug 16 to Sep 30 2016)

MK Čiurlionis Art Museum, M.Žilinskas Art Gallery will open a major exhibition of the festival "street value". Exhibition curated content will be presenting 30 - 40 photographs of works series, revealing the best and summarizing public space theme. The exhibition will consist of only the most significant, the most pressing issues addressed with emphasis on contemporary photography. The exhibition of the festival who might head Mindaugas Kavaliauskas and Lithuanian philosopher, cultural critic, public character - Leonidas Donskis .

Gallery Art Form " will open the exhibition" Volunteers ", which will be exhibited in the" flaneur "project of residences Savanoriųpr to create works. The exhibition will consist of a series of photographs of these authors: Sergiy Lebedynskyy (Ukraine / Germany), Henrik Duncker(Finland), Mariusz FORECKI (Poland), Caravan Gallery (UK), Darius Kuzmickas (Lithuania / USA). The exhibition will be accompanied by the same name "Volunteers" catalog.

Kaunas Photography Gallery -  KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2016 winner of the exhibition. The author will be selected by remote viewing and published in late summer.

KAUNAS PHOTO 2016 festival exhibition also opened in the Kaunas city spaces: Gallery Art Park, Žaliakalnis funicular F Gallery, Vitebsk and Silainiu libraries, VII, Fort and Kaunas district spaces: Ežerėlio, Vilkija, Raudondvario cultural centers, Kaunas District Museum ( Raudondvaris manor).