25 01–02 04 2018
M/A\G/M\A Body and Words in Italian and Lithuanian Women’s Art from 1965 to the Present, National Gallery of Art Istituto Centrale per la Grafica, Rome
The MAGMA project, the title of which reprises one of the first women’s art exhibitions curated by Romana Loda in 1977, aims to explore the birth and origin of feminist art and feminism in Italy, in contrast with the origins under different conditions of a more-recently-born Lithuanian feminism, thus offering new and better-documented perspectives for study of one of the most original and controversial pages of our contemporary history. The title also refers to the active material burning and bubbling beneath the earth, and to the message we can draw from the works of the more than forty artists in the exhibition, but it can be divided into separate syllables for a further level of reading: MA – MA referring to the woman as mother, and the G in the middle alluding to the shape of a woman’s body.
MAGMA is the second part – expanded with a selection of more than 60 works – of the project begun in April 2017 at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius.
09 02–24 02 2018
Complaint, a solo show, project space of the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association, Sodų 4, Vilnius
‘When my computer gets stuck, a rotating circle glittering in all the colours of the rainbow pops up on the screen. The work rhythm is interrupted briefly. I take a coffee break. In 2017, two scholars from the Chinese Culture University in Taipei observed what was probably the longest-lasting rainbow in the sky. One of them, Chou Kun-Hsuan, was surprised: ‘It was amazing … It felt like a gift from the sky … It’s so rare!’ The rainbow glittered for almost nine hours. The rainbow is a gobbler of time.
My newest video-installation ‘Complaint’ is a reply to Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Not I’ (1972). In the play, an unhappy woman of undisclosed identity shares her problems. Blurting out words almost mechanically, she talks about her complicated life: born premature, abandoned by her parents, and worn down by other oppressive experiences, she lives a loveless life, and seems to be reconciled with her pointless existence. The spotlight fixes on the woman’s mouth spilling out words. According to Samuel Beckett, the mouth is ‘an organ of emission, without intellect’.
I often receive spam mail, circulating all over the world, asking me for various kinds of help, usually financial. I use one of the longer emails in my project: a woman from another part of the world addresses me with a plea for help in some financial operation. It is a tear-jerking piece of English, sent out around the world, in the hope of finding someone naïve and gullible enough to be willing to help the frauds hiding under the disguise of an unfortunate woman. It is the Beckettian today in the spam version of the Mouth. The Mouth is a gobbler of time.’ KI
The project was implemented in collaboration with Goda Marija Norkutė, Emma Murphy, and Chou Kun-Hsuan.
Organiser: Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association
The project is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture
With the participation of the jazz band ColdTrane Spirit of Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School: Jonas Filmanavičius (drums), Saulė Komžaitė (vocal), Aistis Kondratas (double bass, bass guitar), Aistis Narušis (trombone), Domantas Slėnys (piano), Vakaris Verbickas (saxophone alto)
What sounds are produced by the ghostly buildings looming over the city’s busy streets?
Kristina Inčiūraitė in collaboration with the students of Vilnius Justinas Vienožinskis Art School and ColdTrane Spirit, a jazz band of Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School led by the jazz virtuoso, saxophonist Kęstutis Vaiginis, present the art and music project Orchestra of Holes.
The students of the Vienožinskis Art School are fascinated by the abandoned buildings in the central part of Vilnius, among which the Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports stands out. In the project, the graffiti on this building are transformed into roll captions of words in the video projection, thus generating a new narrative about the city and its residents – “urban tracers”, mentioned in one of the tags on the building. The architectural elements of this abandoned palace – the “conductors” between the inside and the outside, i.e. windows or holes – in the project turn into three-dimensional objects, among which the members of the music school jazz band are seated. Using their imagination, the young musicians create a pulsating musical improvisation. This collaborative art and music project is a kind of unending creative experiment, and “non-hierarchized” music, when all participants become creators, is a subtle reanimation of the “run-down” place in the city.
23 03‒15 04 2018
Ramified, the Titanikas exhibition space of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius