Photography and Media Art (LT, EN)

Exhibitions “FAMM.MA.2022: strangers led you and showed you where trash and stars were”, "FAMM.MA.2022: strangers, beasts and the story teller"
Photos: Tata Frenkel

Žygimantas Kudirka, ,,Total Alienation” 
autonomous performance/ multimedia installation
Tutor - prof. Artūras Raila

Tata Frenkel, “Master in Unseen Arts”
performative lecture, sketches
Tutor - prof. Artūras Raila
Performative lecture Master of Unseen Arts is a compilation of sketches (maps, documentation, diagrams) that are a methodical material for some kind of art education. The main performative leitmotif is a topic – education through storytelling and other non-material forces within unseen arts. Everything is tied with manifesting speech, stories that speak of potentialities and importance of unseen arts; also it is combined with sketches (long format drawings). Artwork Master of Unseen Arts can be completed with the author’s master’s research (which is obvious), it is suggested to be read as a helping material to follow the idea about those very unseen arts. There’s also a separate brochure for you, so don’t be so hard on yourself in this description. A performative act by the artist will happen eventually and you’re invited.

Šarūnas Rudys, ,,How I tried to create a portable synthesis reactor

short film
Tutor - prof. Alvydas Lukys
Fanatic Šarūnas, is building a thermonuclear fusion reactor. The idea of ​​saving the world is seeping from the main character: the depletion and burning of resources. He documents himself, sometimes he is documented by others. He is absolutely stubborn to do the impossible. Without any outside help, just by his perseverance.
Step by step he is approaching the goal, but little by little it is becoming clear that all this is only to break him from the present or, more precisely, the past.

Paulius Zavadskis, Untitled
Photographic series; Giclee; plastic board; 75cm. x 60 cm.; 4 pcs.
Tutor - prof. Alvydas Lukys

In a series of photographs, I explore the meaning of intervals, space (what is missed) and montage thinking. Applying S. Eisenstein's formula “1 + 1> 2”, I investigate how adjacent and spaced photographic frames interact; how their connection in our consciousness gives birth to a new, invisible, imaginary frame (whiteness, un blanc). The interval here is a universal syntactic sign - it can be a pause, a comma or a period. The duration is the depth of meaning. The series is called "Untitled" because it is an open work - each of us can create our own story and our own title. The opportunity for the viewer to search for and discover invisible meanings is an adventure of imagination and mind, allowing to connect it with their own personal experiences. 

Olga Astratova, “Sit with a stranger”
photography installation and video essay
Tutor - prof. Vytautas Michelkevičius

Vykdydama šį projektą, kuris apima dokumentinės fotografijos ir dalyvavimo praktiką, autorė naudojosi socialine žiniasklaida, kad pakviestų skirtingo amžiaus, lyties, etninės priklausomybės ir socialinės padėties žmones atsisėsti šalia nepažįstamojo ir pozuoti nuotraukoms. Šiuo projektu bandoma apmąstyti daugiakultūriškumo ir jo imitacijos temą, kuri pasireiškė tuo, kad tiek valstybės, tiek vietos bendruomenės nėra pasirengusios priimti savo bendrapiliečių skirtumų ir įvairovės. Videoesė kaip monologus nufilmavo Julia Robinson (Jungtinė Karalystė), norėdama pasidalyti savo, kaip užsienietės, gyvenimo Latvijoje patirtimi.

Mantvydas Zaukas, "Nothing new, everything as before"
film, sound installation

Tutors - Irma Stanaitytė, Laura Stasiulytė-Gudaitė
In modern society the image of interwar Lithuania is often distorted and constructed based on clichés imposed by historiographical narratives created at the beginning of the 20th century. When thinking about the interwar period, for most of us the images of presidential speeches, flying Lithuanian-made planes, armies marching in parades or other ideologically pervaded images reminiscent of one recurring ceremony often comes to mind quite naturally. However, thousands of simple yet valuable Lithuanian stories of that time are hidden behind these images empower by the Commander of the Nation. In the interwar letters we can find not only extremely intimate moments of everyday life, parallel with today's Lithuania, but also the diverse and full of detail portrait of the people from that period. It is through the prism of small stories that we can rethink the circumstances of great historical narratives emergence and their relationship in the contexts of smaller stories.

Ieva Krištaponytė, "Homara"
video installation
Tutor - prof. Artūras Raila
Place struggle - people who fall out of context, do not fit into the frame, suffer with finding a place. When you’re struggling with finding a place, you are trying to create it for yourself. To win it out. To scream it out. In a globalised world there are more and more people without a place. But the world is big and has room for everyone. One can only speculate on how our society will deal with globalisation in the future. Will new communities form or will people become so different that individualism will flourish…
An experiment trying to combine two cultures close to me:
The Qur'an is the book of the dominant religion in Egypt. The Bible is a book of the dominant religion in Lithuania. What will happen if I will put them together? An explosion? Will it ignite? Result: Nothing happened.
Conclusions: nothing terrible will happen when trying to merge two cultures, contrary to what most of our society thinks.

Gabija Pernavaitė ir Žygimantas Bėrontas, "Ilgainiui"
Darbo vadovas - doc. dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius

Brigita Kasperaitė, "That feeling of the night"
Installation art: video work, object (glass, metal, electronics, sound electronics)
Darbo vadovas - prof. Artūras Raila
The beauty of explosions is revealed in silence.
Disbalancing sound is present in the space. Traveling through the speakers, shaking the object in space.
Pulsing. Possible fracture.
Sense of lingering event, a vague state, either calming or disbalancing. You might have seen it somewhere, felt it, or perhaps it’s a possibility of an unforeseen event?
The ‘morning after’ awaits us. But now. Protracted temporality spins in space.
It is intended to create a feeling of a very long, never-ending, and beautiful night of celebration.

Benedikta Rukaitė, "Tuskulėnų st. 8"
interactive animation
Tutor - prof. Žilvinas Lilas
Ironically, the socialist regime, in an effort to eradicate the individuality of the people, created the most characteristic apartment districts. The post-Soviet cities are filled with concrete rectangles, where each window has a story to tell. This animation not only portrays the external visual clutter but also what’s going on inside those squares. Every resident has a social problem that is relevant today, as well as a note on how emerging social media has changed the way neighbours communicate. Most of them have their own personal communities and are not driven to participate in the neighbourhoods, but old house problems get them together and in animation, you can see how differently they react to it. It is important to emphasize how people living in such physical proximity (only separated by a thin wall) can see the world so differently.

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Agnė Žiūkaitė, "The Artistic Truth"
photography, video installation
Tutor - prof. Artūras Raila

The artwork questions the settled truth, established by recognised art, and it's relevance in today's context.
The chosen symbol - the football ball - is a metaphor for truth, navigated in a static art environment, inviting to question the established artistic truth and seek new perspectives.
This work raises the question: can a tool that is not directly identifiable with the creation of art be used as a means to artistic truth-seeking.

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