Aqtushetii Full Moon
Every year, AqTushetii hosts an annual festival of arts, music, presentations, and other activities. All events are free and open to the public. Be welcome!
Group show by AqTushetii artists in residence: ceramics, analogue photography, traditional hand-woven rugs, and more…
AqTushetii and Ceramic Studio 1300 present the 12-Day ceramic course
- The course will take place in the Aqtushetii residence in Omalo, Tusheti and will combine the series of theoretical and practical lessons, as well as masterclasses, lectures and presentations.
- The course will be led by the ceramicists Irina Jibuti, Irakli Khantadze and Ceramic Studio 1300 members
- Within the theoretical lessons, all participants will learn about the history of ceramics, as well as the technological bases (clay mining, clay processing, and working with the material).
- The major part of the workshop will concentrate on the wheel throwing with traditional Georgian methods; as well as finding raw materials, dye-making and dyeing. The artworks made by the participants will be fired in the wooden Kiln, as well as with using traditional Japanese method of Raku firing.
- Within the theoretical lessons, the ceramicist Irina Jibuti will read the series of lectures about the traditional and contemporary history of ceramics, as well as conduct a masterclass on ceramic materials and firing technologies.
- Each student will be given an opportunity to make artworks, the part of which will be shown at the AqTushetii Full Moon Festival.
Crossing into the Electric Magnetic Vol. 2
Crossing into the Electric Magnetic vol. 2 is an intensive week-long workshop in experimental electronic music production and practice. Combining theoretical, technical, conceptual, hands-on, and unorthodox exercises and methods, mentors Tornike Gvelesiani, Tornike Karchkha, Sandro Chinchaladze (TeTe Noise) and Scott McCulloch will guide the week with a comprehensive module for sound makers and enthusiasts at any stage, working in both digital and analogue formats. The workshop will explore sound recording theory, MAX programming, field recording, mixing & mastering, various audio devices, and tape collage [tape loop cutting / reel-to-reel manipulation / musique concrete]. Each participant will also make a sound diary of their Deep Listening retreats to various places in the unique soundscapes of Tusheti. In the final session, participants are required to present a finished or unfinished composition that explores the approaches and techniques investigated throughout the week. This will culminate in a collaborative release (either cassette, CDR or digital) of the sounds made on site.
Workshop is free for resident artists already staying at AqTushetii, and for visitors staying in Omalo who fund their own transport, accommodation and catering.
Black and white photography workshop
This is an open call for photographers living and working in Georgia and abroad to apply for a 10 day black and white photography workshop in Omalo, Tusheti.
In collaboration with Fotografia, AqTushetii residency offers to the photographers to attend the workshop of the black and white film development and photo printing from August 2 – August 11. The workshop will be led by Ryan McCarrel and Gela Shelakadze
The photos developed and printed in our darkroom (the idea of the photo project will totally be up to the participant photographers), will be exhibited at the AqTushetii festival in August. To help you completing your project, AqTushetii will organize tours to different villages of Tusheti.
Tushetian Rug Weaving Workshop
AqTushetii residency is offering a unique two-week workshop to learn the ancient craft of Tushetian rug weaving! Commencing July 15, the course will be conducted by local specialists, combining both practical and theoretical lessons.
Throughout the lessons the participants will be introduced to the history of Tushetian rugs and learn the specific knitting tools and methods of the craft, such as wool processing, knitting and dyeing. The teachers and students will also go out on excursions to find raw materials (tussilago, oregano, daisy, etc.) which will later be used for dyeing the wool of their designs.
AqTushetii Meteor Showers
The series of events will take place from August 12th to August 19th and will contain number of exhibitions, live music performances, lectures and workshops, film screenings, rugby lessons and hiking activities for kids and many more.
Here in Omalo, you will have the unique chance to watch the very peak of the annual Meteor Shower on the night of both 12th and 13th of August
At AqTushetii you will meet our resident painters and ceramicists from different countries. Their artworks among many more will be shown at the exhibition towards the end of the Festival. The exhibition will also include photos by Amiran Arabuli, photography as well as the works made by ceramic artists from Georgia and abroad; We will also present the very special collection of artworks made by Georgian artists from various mediums inspired by the Tushetian Mythology.
Crossing into The Electric Magnetic
Conducted by experimental musicians Sandro Chinchaladze (Tete Noise) and Scott McCulloch, Crossing into the Electric Magnetic is a 6 day intensive workshop combining lectures, field trips and hands-on exercises. Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening theory provides a foundational guide to introduce a select handful of methods for experimental music composition. We will facilitate listening retreats and field recording excursions to various places in the unique and-/soundscapes of Tusheti. This will be complemented by masterclasses in cassette and reel-to-reel manipulation: tape-loop cutting, collage, and musique concrete. In the final session each participant is required to present a composition that explores the approaches investigated throughout the week. This will culminate in a collaborative release (either cassette, CDR or digital) of the sounds made on site.
This project is aimed at exploring the opportunity to create work with the bare minimum: a camera, a sound recorder and the landscape. Participants will engage in an intensive one-day educational introduction with filmmakers and sound artists, and will spend three days in the field. Afterwards, they will meet again to edit their work, and finally have the opportunity to present it at a screening at the end of the workshop and the festival.
The idea behind the project is to create an understanding of ambiance that goes beyond sound, and atmosphere that goes beyond the visual. The participants are free to interpret it in any way they like, and are not limited to any form, as long as they create a piece that deals with the Tushetian landscape. Subjects explored in the workshop are observation of the landscape and light, and close listening to sound. In their own free time, participants will explore the landscape and record it, visually and aurally. Afterwards, they will edit both (with the help of their mentors) in a way that represents their experience of what they saw and heard. Ideally, they will create a living representation of the area around them.
Caucasus All Frequency Festival, CAFF
Mountains of Tongues, in partnership with the AqTushetii and Tbilisi State University, is hosting a ten-day workshop and concert series featuring exciting collaborations and knowledge exchange between musicians performing regional music from the Caucasus and experimental musicians from all over the world.
CAFF brings together two special groups:
A diverse group of traditional musicians and ensembles from all over the region representing their unique musical voice through performances and masterclasses . Ten local and international musicians specializing in experimental, electronic, and modern classical music, who will study with the traditional performers, give their own concerts, and conduct workshops.
The primary goal of the Caucasus All Frequency Fest is to illustrate the ways in which local music from the Caucasus region can be preserved and popularized through an engagement between traditional and experimental musicians. We believe CAFF is the perfect environment for this diverse group of musicians to express themselves, educate each other, and raise awareness of their own unique musical voices. CAFF will serve to both support traditional musicians and to inspire a new generation of creative ones.