A Romance of Many Dimensions (xhibit art space)

2017, 32 min. loop.

Afterwork

 

 

Afterwork

2016, 6’ 21”

HD video

Afterwork follows the blue-collar worker who narrates the video essay. The narrators words are composed from Eastern European migrant workers' social media groups posts, poetry, chatbots and songs lyrics.. He leads the viewer through a montage of glossy imagery: slick cars, branded salmon flesh, a levitating silver necklace, 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.

The old days, they arrive back in the oddest ways. Suddenly taut and then immediately break the surface.

 

Gotta smile more, then it doesn’t matter if the sun is out or not. And when there’s enough money, the endless snow and darkness doesn’t matter at all.

 

Lately I’ve been having dreams about my job. Nights are very short now...

 

But then, the very thought of that darkness going on for months amazes me.

Can’t get into a good mood when it’s so dark. Right now I wish for a regular summer night...

There’s a little less temptation in the North. I feel that I am not myself here.

 

Kisses.

 

Before leaving everything was like, whatever – that’s what everybody does. Now I wouldn’t do it anymore.

 

That’s it. Enough.

 

Where am I headed?

 

Wherever my eyes and wheels take me, I guess.

I mean, anywhere, I don’t know anyone in the North, will have to start all over by myself.

It is hard in the beginning, of course, but soon everything falls into place.

 

You have to know your place and not bite off, as they say, more than you can chew.

For all who come here on their own I just wish to find yourselves a job and not forget that I am hanging online waiting for news from you.

 

You are in my eyes, my fingers, my heart. I day-dream about what are you doing, thinking, seeing, smelling. I can't eat for thoughts of you.

 

I guess you could say I am a loner, content just to live with you, eat with you, sleep with you. I don't want conversation, or to go anywhere. I feel foolish paying money to go into a movie theatre and sit with other people and to share their emotions.

 

Parties sicken me.

Kisses.

 

I gaze reluctantly into the horizon.

 

All of my senses unwillingly become tense.

 

Eyes monitor the line, ears pick up the slightest sound from the highway.

 

The mind that fills the entire landscape, becoming so diffuse that one could lose the ability to keep it together.

 

Of course, there are mushrooms here too, but these are not the ones that I know... The atmosphere is just different.

 

Just give me an automobile... Audi,Toyota, anything.

 

I would even take an Opel. Four wheels and an open road!

 

Long, blue, spiky-edged shadows creep out across the fields, a hint of rosy glow travels through the mountain- tops.

 

I’m in the middle of nowhere. To live forever.

 

Your carefully curated genes are red as a dusty sunset. You flying meal.

 

I want to achieve everything as soon as possible. I don’t like lagging behind.

 

I always want to be the first.

 

If you come here, you have to step up, no one would last otherwise. We have to work almost twice as much to catch up. Here, there is no real lack of anything.

 

I have more, much more of everything, plenty, even. I wouldn’t dare to sacrifice the life I have built here. I feel safe here.

 

I have never been anywhere further out before, so I am interested how things work over there.

 

I only have my own little circle. It would be nice to expand it.

Now I am just spending time with myself again.

 

 

Born Brilliant

 

 

Born Brilliant

Video projection, 3D motion graphics, Caenorhabditis elegans earth worm modified movement, HD, silent, 30 min loop.

Objects: Carbon fibre, resin, dimensions variable. Alegra 90 wall to wall carpet, dimensions variable. 2016.

 

3D motion graphics: 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.

 

 

Axles&Planes

 

Axles&Planes

Video, HD, 4:30 or loop version, 2015

 

Voice-over: Suzanne Lynn

Music: Eglė Naujokaitytė-Muk

 

 

 

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

 

A Romance of Many Dimensions

Video projection, 3D motion graphics, HD, silent, 30 min loop. 2015.

Object: wood, metal, dimensions variable.

 

3D motion graphics: 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.

Viltė Bražiūnaitė and Tomas Sinkevičius' practice could be summarized by a sense of uncanniness accompanying their works: precise 3D renders, videos and spatial installations. Faithful to the nature of digital media, they emphasize the open-source nature of their work, encouraging other practitioners to reuse and interpret it in their own creative process. This is also somewhat reflective of the nature of their collaboration: although the artists began working together in Vilnius, nowadays Viltė, based in Vienna, and Tomas, who resides in Stockholm, communicate mostly virtually. By observing, looping or simply stripping down situations and characters, the duo creates open-ended narratives which circle around a core idea: vision, brilliance, longing or confusion. Monika Kalinauskaitė

 

Tomas Sinkevičius (b. 1991, Birštonas, Lithuania)

tomas.skv@gmail.com, tomassinkeviucius.com

 

2014-2016 MFA, Konstfack, Sweden

2010-2014 BA in Photography and Media Art,

Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania

 

 

 

 

 

Personal and group exhibitions

 

2017 Group exhibition Posthuman Complicities, xhibit und Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, Austria

2017 Group exhibition Body and Darkness, Galerija VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania

2016 Group exhibition Shallow, Quick and Not Yet Titled. JCDecaux Award, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

2016 Solo show Born Brilliant, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

2015 Solo show POP UP Show, Umiotovskių rūmai, Vilnius, Lithunia

2015 Group exhibition BRINGSURFACE, Malonioji 6, Vilnius, Lithuania

2015 Group exhibition Hungry Eyes, Platform, Stockholm, Sweden

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

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

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

 

Publications

 

2017 Exhibition catalog Shallow, Quick and Not Yet Titled. JCDecaux Award, Contemporary Art Center, 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

 

Workshops

 

2014 Workshop Nida Refresh Nida Art Colony, Nida, Lithuania

2014 Workshop/group exhibition state in between OKK/Raum 29, Berlin, Germany

2013 Workshop/group exhibition Counter Strategies for Greenwashing Nida Art Colony, Lithuania

2013 Workshop/group exhibition Wish You Were Here, Nida Art Colony, ECAV, Lithuania-Switzerland

Viltė Bražiūnaitė (b. 1991, Vilnius, Lithuania)

vbraziunait@gmail, viltebraziunaite.com

 

2015 Fine Art, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Austria

2010-2014 BA in Photography and Media Art,

Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania