23rd February, 14.00 Valentinas Klimašauskas, doctoral student in Fine Arts, will defend his art project "A (Self)Portrait of the Artist as a Young (Wo)(X)Man in the Style of Institutional Critique" (Fine Arts V 002) at the VAA 102 auditorium (Malūnų str. 3, Vilnius)

Art project supervision:
Prof. Artūras Raila (Vilnius Academy of Arts,Visual Arts, Fine Arts V 002)

Thesis supervision:
Prof. Dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Humanities, Art History and Theory H 003; Social Sciences, Communication and Information S 008)

Paulina Eglė Pukytė

The Artistic Research Project will be defended at a public meeting of the Academic Board of Fine Arts at Vilnius Academy of Arts composed of the following members:

Prof. Deimantas Narkevičius (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Visual Arts, Fine Arts V 002)

Dr. Travis Jeppesen (Writer and artist, Visual Arts, Fine Arts V 002)
Dr. David Maroto (The University of Edinburgh (UK), Visual Arts, Fine Arts V 002)
Prof. Dr. Agnė Narušytė (Vilnius Academy of Arts, Humanities, Art History and Theory H 003)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eglė Rindzevičiūtė (Kingston University London (UK), Humanities, Culture Studies)


The project’s primary goal is to publish a fictocritical book, Telebodies. Bleeding Subtitles for Postrobotic Scenes (Milan: Mousse Publishing, 2024) and inserting it into broader artistic and academic discourses.

Fictocritical Telebodies analyzed curious and unstable connections between artistic articulation, art systems, and roles of cultural producers in the context of automation, disinformation, and Postrobotic Aesthetics of the Near Present. A strange hybrid of Teletubbies and Videodrome in the age of algorithms, Telebodies is a techno-somatic multifaceted endeavor. Referring to the evergrowing entanglement of our bodies with epistemic, cybernetic, and kinetic materialities, the book combines an alternative art history focussing on Central Eastern Europe and portrays speculative portraits of cultural producers in the Near Present of automation and disinformation. Written in collaboration with a cloud-based typing assistant with central character syndrome, the text can also be interpreted as an academic novel about the doctoral studies of an overcaffeinated generation with a slight attention deficit syndrome or processed as a speculative script for (im)possible collaborations with the AI or machine-based personalities to come. Lastly, it is also an attempt to write a practice-based final thesis for Fine Arts Doctoral Studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Illustration by Nerijus Rimkus.