Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė will be screening their video ‘Mouthless Part I’ on the 2nd of September at 5 p.m. in Titanikas (room 112).
Mouthless Part I opens up an important process of investigation into the
concept of ‘Nature’ as that, which has traditionally been defined as outside to the
subject; and the illusory promise of subjectivity as whole and separate to the
environment; and reconsider the art-historicised trope of landscape as
technologically framed image. Mouthless Part I research spans a number of topics
and urgencies the artists see as intertwined into the ecology of landscape including:
specific accounts of witch trials; histories of European deforestation; contemporary
desertification; various rituals connected to mourning, death and the threshold;
eco-feminist theory, specific accounts of witch trials; recent bog fires in Eastern
Poland; folkloric undead beings originating in Slavic and Baltic cultures connected
to the soil, swamp and terrestrial waters; historic redefinition of the relation of the
individual and the land and the contemporary complexity of the overhanging
Dorota Gawęda (PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (LT) are an artist duo established in
2013 and based in Basel, Switzerland. They are both graduates of the Royal
College of Art in London (2012). Their work spans performance, installation,
fragrance, sculpture, painting and video.
They have exhibited internationally including: Wired Magic, HEK (Haus der
Elektronischen Künste), Basel (2021); SULK IV Magazine, Kunstverein Hamburg
(2021); LandLiebe, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur (2021); Almusibli Panorama,
Centre d’Art de Genèva (2021); Cultivation Techniques, Kunstverein Leipzig
(2021); Haunted Haus, Swiss Institute, New York (2020); Ghosthouse, Den Frie,
Copenhagen (2020); Poetry & Performance—The Eastern European Perspective,
MWW, Wroclaw (2020); Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2020 and 2016); Kaleidoscope
Manifesto, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2019); Do Disturb #4, Palais de Tokyo,
Paris (2018); ANTI, 6th Athens Biennale (2018) among others.
They have also participated in numerous international residencies including
Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai; La Becque, La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland;
Onassis AiR, Athens. Gawęda and Kulbokaitė are the recipients of the CERN
Collide Residency 2022 and the Swiss Performance Art Award (2021). The duo
are also the founders of YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP (2013–2021).
This event is organised in collaboration with RUPERT and is part of an Alternative Education Programme.