Photography and Media Art (LT, EN)

Exhibition "Famm.MA2020.doc". Dokcumentation Andrej Vasilenko. 2020.06.25 - 06.15


Šarūnas Kvietkus, "Cyanotype", photography
Supervisor Prof. Alvydas Lukys
 In this project I aim to find a new creative strategy for photographic processes that lost their initial mimetic purpose. In the process of working I came up with a new term – visual code – which allowed me to analyse visual interference of photographic apparatus and processes in the pursuit of finding new creative possibilities that were not realized in the past.
  By using cyanotype processes I am searching for new creative strategies and goals for old discredited photographic processes. In my creative practice I came up with a new strategy based on first principle logic used in physics. This logic led me to a generative strategy, based only on fundamental properties of the cyanotype process. It allowed me to generate new types of photographic images based on visual codes. This lets us rethink the possibilities of photographic processes that are discredited by ideas of technological progress and stagnated in contemporary usage of the medium. .

Kotryna Briedytė, "Art after hours", 6 musical compositions, presented on limited edition 12” inch vinyl “Art after hours” with booklet
Supervisor Doc. Vytautas Michelkevičius
 From the inside of the art world it is clearly seen that its activities extend beyond the usual working hours. Gallery openings usually continue inside party venues, where art is still the big subject and the artists themselves are all known to be followers of the Dionysian cult and organisers of the most bizarre parties.
  Experimental art writings, poems, essays, practice- based research and lyrics are all employed to analyse artist parties and related discourses such as the shifting use of art works, the dynamics of artist’s role, the social environments that artists occupy outside the establishment, artistic practices in the shadows of the attention economy, club culture, night economy and electronic music.


Ekvilina Milaševičiūtė, "Lost indefault system", installation
Supervisor Doc. Vytautas Michelkevičius
  Document, application, license, diploma - we live in the age of total bureaucracy. Bureaucratic rituals and administrative hypnosis became so rooted in daily life that we cannot even imagine other management systems. Rethinking the chaotic mind of human beings, it seems paradoxical that we have reated such a rational, experience generalizing system. Starting from our childhood – playing games, following their rules, winning or losing – we still follow the rules, they are just more abstract and self-righteous. In confrontation between creativity and a boring administrative system we need to look for visual curiosities of the bureaucracy, its secret pranks, and unexpected shifts. Perhaps real creativity blooms within the walls of a boring office.


Dominyka Čiplytė, "St. Artists", 5 art works
Supervisor Prof. Artūras Raila
  Christianity and contemporary art are often seen as incompatible – religious ideas in the art world are usually accepted with scepticism, whereas art is often demonised by the Church. The question is if there is a common point where in 21st century faith and autonomous art practices can meet? In my work the meeting points are acting from the margins. Artist here appears as mearcstapa who walks on the margins of community and brings new information from the outside; homo sacer – ancient figure of Roman law, a carrier of a naked life, living in between two worlds of living and dead; and a biblical prophet who is often misunderstood and who is bringing spiritual message to the community.
Traveling Performance “St. Artist. A Narrow Path and the Artist’s Pressures Amongst the Art and the Religious Communities”
  The response to the 19th-century poster “Broad and Narrow way”. The artefacts of walking performance during Gallery Weekend Kaunas 2019 where I was balancing on the line in different parts of the city.
Recording of Radio Show “Artists on Mary’s Radio”  (28:25 min.)
  It is usual and understood why artists were leaving and are still leaving the Church (religious frames, dogmatism, restrictions of creative and personal freedom). But why do they come back? On June 18th, 2020, I interviewed two artists Eglė Tamulytė- Shaltmira and Andrius Zakarauskas and asked them to share their thoughts about faith and art on Mary’s Radio.
  Video “Just walking”  (04:51 min.)
  A walk in Vilnius city during quarantine time (walking through abandoned public places, city squares, pilgrim’s road, the “Olive Mountain”). The sound – Vilnius soundscape and prayer in tongues.
Video „Antena“ (1:10 min.)


Marija Černiavskaitė, "Dropping-out"/"Magical coincidence"/"Update", video installation, installation, performance, participatory game
Supervisor Prof. Artūras Raila
  We think, we change our minds and heat up – too many thoughts. There is a desire to isolate and distance oneself. How to escape and why to escape if what is going on inside is repetitive? What processes does a modern person, a thinker, experience? In this master thesis I want to talk about what happens when a place of residence evokes other, darker feelings and what those feelings make us do, what actions and movements they make us take.
  In my work, I chose to compare a person with a computer. The synthesis of human feelings and computer processes is a novelty and relevance of this work, an aesthetic and essential cross-section. I choose this tool to equate technological computer processes with human emotions and ways of escaping isolation, and I state that the computerworks according to a human, or maybe a human works according to a computer?

Ernestas Tatlauskas, "Under white curtains", photography
Supervisor Prof. Alvydas Lukys
  The practical thesis is designed as an extension of the theme of the relationship among a work of art, imagination and intuition. In these photographs the narrative of the image is of muted-like nature, and I myself remain invisible as an author. The viewer is able to revive the work in his/her imagination only due to certain hints left by the author. The work can be very easily adapted to each individual, as the objects hidden under the white curtains do not necessarily have to be interpreted as objects only.


Lidija Kaleinikovaitė, "Voice of the people", video installation
Supervisor Prof. Alvydas Lukys
  One of the most common problems prevailing in the art context is miscommunication. Questions, such as What art should be like? What should it represent?What values should it raise? What would it need to say, to convey? - do not lead to one common answer, yet raise more questions. One may notice though that no one wishes to discuss these issues and find common answers – this would really be very useful for the artists themselves and, of course, for the audience. Often an abundance of opinions but not a discussion can be observed. Most participants in the field of art simply have an opinion on what art should be, and sometimes it seems that the aim is not to raise any discussion at all. In order to get answers on what art should be today, one definition is not enough – this question should be raising further discussion. At the moment art is surrounded by bilateral mistrust and the resulting confusion no longer allows any opinion to be clearly heard and understood. This raises further questions – Which opposing opinion should the viewer trust? How to communicate?


Martynas Norvaišas, "Fathers", fotografijų serija
Darbo vadovas Prof. Alvydas Lukys
  Buddy changes immediately when he embraces his baby. That encourages to reconsider my generation’s relationship with father’s figure. We might have been too silent about him and he might have been keeping the distance for too long. It might be he needed to be the provider for the family more than give tenderness. These fathers with their infants prove that we are still changing – growing.
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