Paint Job

 

February 28- March 25, 2018

Galerie Klubovna, Brno, Czech Republic

 

 

Paint Job

February 28- March 25, 2018

Galerie Klubovna, Brno, Czech Republic

 

List of works:

Paint Job, colored aluminum, pigments based on synthetically dyed salmon flesh, 2017

Video, 3D motion graphics, HD, silent, 5 min loop, 2018

3D animation: Stanislovas Murmokas

 

 

 

Chewing Gum That Never Loses Its Flavor

 

June 2 - July 2, 2017

Platform, Stockholm, Sweden

 

 

Chewing Gum That Never Loses Its Flavor

June 2 - July 2, 2017

Platform, Stockholm, Sweden

 

List of works:

Paint Job, colored aluminum, pigments based on synthetically dyed salmon flesh

Afterwork, HD, sound, 6 min, 2016

 

 

 

Posthuman Complicities

 

March 9- May 5, 2017

xhibit art space, Vienna, Austria

 

 

Posthuman Complicities

March 9- May 5, 2017

xhibit art space, Vienna, Austria

curated by Lisa Stuckey & Andrea Popelka

Exhibition views: kunst-dokumentation.com

 

List of works:

A Romance of Many Dimensions 2017, 32 min. Loop

3D animation: Stanislovas Murmokas

 

 

 

 

Body and Darkness

 

March 7- April 14, 2017

Galerija Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

 

Body and Darkness

March 7- April 14, 2017

Galerija Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

List of works:

Born Brilliant, video projection, 3D motion graphics, Caenorhabditis elegans earth worm modified movement, HD, silent, 30 min loop, 2016

3D animation: Almantas Vasiliauskas

 

 

 

 

Shallow, Quick and Not Yet Titled

 

December 2, 2016- January 11, 2017

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

 

Shallow, Quick and Not Yet Titled

December 2, 2016- January 11, 2017

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

List of works:

Afterwork, video projection, HD, sound, 6 min loop.

Laminam board, aluminum, dimension variable, 2016

3D animation: Stanislovas Murmokas

 

 

 

Afterwork follows the blue-collar worker who narrates the video essay. The narrator’s words are composed from Eastern European migrant workers' social media groups posts, poetry, chatbots and songs lyrics. He leads the viewer through a collage of glossy imagery of sleek car parts, nature documentary, with the suggestion of an accelerated present.

 

During the hours of 17:00-00:00, Viltė Bražiūnaitė and Tomas Sinkevičius are usually found commuting, eating and staring into screens. This is the time of ‘after work’, where lazy minds wander through labyrinths of nature stock images, shiny surfaces, Globish, chatbots, left- and right- wing politics. These are the hours of low vitality in which mind-wandering occurs, and these gentle cognitive strolls unfold through the video timeline like inattentive daydreams.

 

Nature is commodified here to a such extent that the connection is now a purely technological one - the closest we can get to wildlife is via the nature documentary or stock images. The accelerated presence suggests that all the movements and changes of the subjects (whether nature or a blue collar worker) are both instigated by the rhythm of production and exploitation. Automation renders us unemployed and stagnating wages turn blue collar workers into an endangered species as corporate profits surge to new heights.

 

In a culture obsessed with efficiency, mind-wandering is often derided as useless—the kind of thinking we rely on when we don’t really want to think. Yet, for all the glossy sheen of our technological era, we remain bound by an old and obsolete set of social relations. We continue to work long hours, commuting further, to perform tasks that feel increasingly meaningless. Our jobs have become more insecure as our debt becomes overwhelming. And each day, we return from work as normal: exhausted and anxious, our gaze drifting away, the lazy mind drifting back to nature.

 

 

 

 

 

Born Brilliant

 

November 20- 26, 2015

Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

 

 

Born Brilliant

November 20- 26, 2015

Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

 

List of works:

Born Brilliant, video projection, 3D motion graphics, Caenorhabditis elegans earth worm modified movement, HD, silent, 30 min loop, 2016

Objects: carbon fibre, resin, dimensions variable

Alegra 90 wall to wall carpet, dimensions variable

3D animation: Almantas Vasiliauskas

 

 

 

 

Born Brilliant can be viewed as a knot, intertwining strands of biology and economy. Here, carbon fibre sheds like tree bark and embodies the earth worm Caenorhabditis elegans. C. elegans is the first multicellular organism that has had its genome sequenced, allowing scientists to study and interact with animal behaviour and its traits. The enlarged, transparent, loose worm- like shape is therefore instructed to repeatedly tie itself into an overhand knot as a gesture of implied human use.

 

Whoever writes x, can mean simultaneously, 1, 2, 3, the infinite, rational and transcendent; real and complex bodies, even quaternions. One might argue that the world is comprised of knots, interlinking bodies whose functions are rarely, possibly even never, wholly independent. The main premise here, is that nothing is isolated: objects, bodies, entities, all are part of inter-permeable systems.

 

 

 

Hungry Eyes

 

April, 24- 26, 2015

Platform, Stockholm, Sweden

 

 

Hungry Eyes

April, 24- 26, 2015

Platform, Stockholm, Sweden

 

List of works:

Axles&Planes, HD video, 4:30 min, 2015

 

 

 

Axles&Planes is the union of images that were collected on several trips to Hawks Bluff Trail preserve park in Florida, Lithuanian University of Education Sciences greenhouse and stock images. What connect them are performative camera movements such as tilting, panning, zooming , etc. Different times, different places, different authorships on the same timeline. The voice-over translates movements of the camera into spoken text that resembles nature documentary, where film reflects itself, not a subject.

 

Axles&Planes is an invitation to reevaluate our notion of time and space, since there is no difference between the shape and the perception of the shape but rather a reversible passage, a porosity. Imagine that years before cinema’s birth senses with nature were philosophically engaged, or in other words, they led the way to better understand yourself. Technology made it possible to create new augmentations of human vision, therefore we will further augment reality to uncover new insights. In order to find our place in the landscape we must remain on watch.

 

 

 

A Romance of Many Dimensions

 

December 12- January 15

Post galerija, Kaunas, Lithuania

 

 

A Romance of Many Dimensions

December 12- January 15

Post galerija, Kaunas, Lithuania

 

Video, 3D motion graphics, HD, silent, 30 min loop

Video projection, HD, still

Objects: wood, stainless steel, dimensions variable

3D animation: Almantas Vasiliauskas

 

 

 

Installation A Romance of Many Dimensions focus on highly mediated physical space where objects are only simulations and time is measured by notification messages.

The overflow of information and symbols draw a new dimension of representation that operates on the boundaries between illusion, the mise-en-scène and notions of presence and absence.

 

The installation consists of three objects: video loop of a spinning gun, a projected ray of light and an anamorphic table. Visitors can transform the table replica into a common table when navigating the exhibition space and linking the objects together from different sides of a room. The 3D gun render carries a mirrored reflection of the gallery space that is visible on the shiny surface of it. The barrel of a gun never sets a target - it points out to the space. The projected light that imitates a possible daylight/moonlight ray merges boundaries between presence and simulated nowness.

Installation “The Romance of Many Dimensions” draws traces from simulacra theory, where simulacras are copies that depict things that either had no reality to begin with, or no longer have an original.

 

 

 

Tomas Sinkevičius (b. 1991, Birštonas, Lithuania)

tomas.skv@gmail.com

 

2014-2016 MFA, Konstfack, Sweden

2010-2014 BA in Photography and Media Art,

Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania

 

 

Viltė Bražiūnaitė (b. 1991, Vilnius, Lithuania)

vbraziunait@gmail.com

 

2015 Fine Art, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Austria

2010-2014 BA in Photography and Media Art,

Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania

 

 

 

Upcoming

 

2018 Group exhibition Here and now, Moscow Manege, Russia

2018 Solo show at Studio17, Stavanger, Norway

2018 Group exhibition Antarctica, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

2018 Residency at Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania

2019 Group exhibition at Galleri BOX, Göteborg, Sweden

 

Solo shows

 

2018 Birgit Jürgensen Prize: Paint Job, Vienna Art Academy, Austria

2018 Paint Job at Klubovna, Brno, Czech Republic

2015 POP UP Show, Umiotovskių rūmai, Vilnius, Lithuania

2014 A Romance of Many Dimensions, Post galerija, Kaunas, Lithuania

2014 A Romance of Many Dimensions, JMVMC, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

Group shows

 

2018 Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia

2018 Meno Celės’18: Viltis, Exhibition Halls Titanikas, Vilnius, Lithuania

2018 LOOP II: Nordic Video Art, Galleri CC, Mälmo, Sweden

2018 Afterwork video screening at Austrian American Short Film Festival, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA

2017 Parade, Klaipėda Culture Communication Center, Lithuania

2017 Chewing Gum That Never Loses Its Flavor, Platform, Stockholm, Sweden

2017 Posthuman Complicities, xhibit art space, Vienna, Austria

2017 Body and Darkness, Galerija VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania

2016 Shallow, Quick and Not Yet Titled. JCDecaux Award Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2016 Born Brilliant, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

2015 BRINGSURFACE, Malonioji 6, Vilnius, Lithuania

2015 Hungry Eyes, Platform, Stockholm, Sweden

2012 PLT Young Art, The house of Polish Culture in Vilnius, Lithuania

 

Publications

 

2017 Part of issue The Artificial Qestion by Linas Kmieliauskas, N WIND magazine

2017 Exhibition review Kūno kultūra aktų salėje. Paroda „Kūnas ir tamsa“ galerijoje „Vartai“ on artnews.lt

2017 Exhibition catalogue Shallow, Quick and Not Yet Titled. JCDecaux Award Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2016 Publication in POP UP Show exibition catalog, Vilnius, Lithuania

2015 Interview with Jogintė Bučinskaitė on artnews.lt

2015 Displace: A Migrating Art Academies compendium of ideas. Migrating Art Academies, Vilnius, Lithuania

2012 Publication in Artūras Raila book Antisportas

 

Grants

 

2018 Birgit Jürgenssen Prize

2018 Lithuanian Council for Culture Individual Grant

 

Workshops

 

2014 Nida Refresh, Nida Art Colony, Nida, Lithuania

2014 State in Between, OKK/Raum 29, Berlin, Germany

2013 Counter Strategies for Greenwashing, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania

Viltė Bražiūnaitė ≈ Tomas Sinkevičius