/ About project

Actualization of national values is the main wire of our identity, and the language of synthesis is the voice of today. By the expression of interdisciplinary synthesis of science (physics, acoustics, phonology…), art (textile, music, poetry…) and technologies (spectrographic analysis, jacquard weaving, optics technologies, illuminations, installations...), one of the fundamental national symbols is presented – the anthem.

The installation “The National Hymn” consists of the strip of the spectrogram analysis of the sound expressed by jacquard weaving of the anthem published by Vincas Kudirka more than 100 years ago; the strip, with the help of laser illumination and dynamic installation, “cuts” the view at the present moment, i.e. the spectator has the possibility to hear and see qualitative changes of the sound here and now.

/ ANTHEM “The National Hymn” by Vincas Kudirka. Performed by Kaunas State Choir and Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.

/ DURATION 96 seconds of the anthem and 2 seconds of silence. 

/ FABRIC 70 x 314 cm. Computerized Jacquard weaving. Threads – pitch of a tone, strands – moments of time. Red colour - tones of the lowest intensity, blue colour – tones of the highest intensity.

/ LASER BEAM Active element – GaAs laser diode, continuous wave (CW),  Colour – red (630 nm), power – 1mW.

/ PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION A laser beam is seen as a 70 cm line which moves by the outer surface of the installation marking fragment played at that moment in the spectral diagram of the anthem.

/ “THE NATIONAL HYMN” BY VINCAS KUDIRKA

Lithuania, our homeland,
Land of heroes!
Let your sons draw their strength
From our past experience

Let your children always follow
Only roads of virtue,
May your own, mankind’s well-being
Be the goals they work for

May the sun above our land
Banish darkening clouds around
Light and truth all along
Guide our steps forever

May the love of Lithuania
Brightly burn in our hearts.
For the sake of this land
Let unity blossom