Kaspars Lielgalvis is an artist who works throughout the culture field, with interests including urban development, interdisciplinarity in contemporary art and the creation of self-organized structures. He is based in Riga, Latvia.
Having studied as a textile artist, Kaspars started his professional carrier as a graphic designer. Parallel to his job in advertising agencies, he was a member of the performance art group Totaldobže from 2001-2004. In 2005 he started a new business – decorations for different kind of commercial and non-commercial events. Very soon, together with scenographer Davis Licitis, they became one of the most wanted decorator firms in Latvia, having clients starting from the theater festival Homo Novus and ending with larger business enterprises. After 2008, due to the economic crisis, the decoration business collapsed and Kaspars founded an artist-run initiative where artists studios, exhibition space and residencies were located next to each other, in Riga's former factory VEF. Since then, he has been busy with the development of the Totaldobze Art Centre, which became an important platform for cross-over creation and meetings between artists, poets, musicians, dancers and representatives from other culture disciplines in Riga.
During his residency at MoKS, Kaspars worked on the Black Holes project. Black Holes has been developing since 2011 and has become the foundation and primary activity of Art Centre Totaldože. Black Holes is a complex of ongoing experimental interdisciplinary events organised by Totaldobže Art Centre mainly in Latvia, but can be organized also in other countries with participation both local and foreign artists representing various disciplines (contemporary dance, poetry, visual arts, music, etc.). The aim of the Project is to develop cooperation with foreign art institutions in order to dissolve borders of local art environments and create works that would become part of an international movement.
For this edition of Balck Holes, Kaspars curated a diverse collaborative work group of Latvian and international artists. The group worked every day using their own methods of structured exercises and improvised sessions to develop their own language of artistic collaboration through movement, sound, and text.
- Edd Schouten (NL) Choreography, Movement
- Platons Buravickis (LV) Composer, Musician
- Laura Prikule (LV) Photography, Videography
- Krišjānis Zeļģis (LV) poet, writer
- Kaspar Aus (EE) Choreography, Movement