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Photo reportage from Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association’s exhibition “In the Graveyards of Interdisciplinarity(?)” in the spaces of JMVAC and Vilnius Gates

Last Thursday, October 17th, Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association’s exhibition “In the Graveyards of Interdisciplinarity(?)” [1] was opened at Vilnius Gates and Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center.

Wherever there is fresh vivacity, it naturally finds its gender of expression (Vydūnas, “Consciousness”)

One might get the impression that interdisciplinarity as a concept is not very relevant in discussing processes in contemporary art. Only occasionally does it make a ghost-like appearance here and there. Interdisciplinarity is hardly ever invoked in either critical essays on contemporary art or artists’ own position statements.

When interdisciplinarity comes across as a given, there seems to be little need for new definitions. Many an artist of the young generation have long since ceased using the word “interdisciplinarity” when discussing their own work. They make no attempt to revisit the concept or reinvigorate it in any other way. Still, the concept does come up in contemporary art, albeit in a somewhat odd manner. One often encounters a peculiar concept of interdisciplinarity – or a conceptual bubble – which is self-contained and can serve as a safe format.

The artists in the exhibition are invited to attend a talk with the concept and/or the curator. The topic for this talk is the role of interdisciplinarity in the context of contemporary art and their own oeuvre.

Essentially, the exhibition invites to (re)consider the notion of interdisciplinarity/interdisciplinary art. Doing the (re)considering are members of the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists Union and independent creators. Their works will not only give representation, but also indirectly supplement the idea and definitions of interdisciplinarity.

The exhibition opening will take place on October 17th, 6 pm and will be on view at Vilnius Gates complex and Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center (14 Gynėjų Street, Vilnius) until October 31st on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 4-8 pm.

Artists:  2 EASY fashion, Danas Aleksa, Arnas Anskaitis, Jurga Barilaitė, Vitalij Červiakov, Mindaugas Gapševičius (MIGA), Linas Jusionis, Vsevolod Kovalevskij, Ignas Krunglevičius, Saulius Leonavičius, Dainius Liškevičius, Paulina Eglė Pukytė, Kęstutis Šapoka, Marija Šnipaitė.

Curators: Danutė Gambickaitė, Gintarė Matulaitytė

The publication with texts accompanying the exhibition. [2]

Linas Jusionis, Distraction, 2013

Saulius Leonavičius, a-a-aaa-a, 2013

Paulina Eglė Pukytė, Jaws, 2011

Vitalij Červiakov, Exhibition untitled (participants: Ainars Slakers, Esame, Jorge Bonaventura Ter-Dobranian, Kaitos, Nežinoma Autorė), 2013

Vitalij Červiakov, Exhibition untitled (participants: Ainars Slakers, Esame, Jorge Bonaventura Ter-Dobranian, Kaitos, Nežinoma Autorė), 2013

Vitalij Červiakov, Exhibition untitled (participants: Ainars Slakers, Esame, Jorge Bonaventura Ter-Dobranian, Kaitos, Nežinoma Autorė), 2013

Jurga Barilaitė, 8, 2013

Marija Šnipaitė, Visit, 2013

Danas Aleksa, 84 litres of Neris’s water, 2013. (left)

Danas Aleksa, Irrational act, 2013 (right)

Kęstutis Šapoka, untitled, 2010-2013

Arnas Anskaitis, yra (inscription at the balcony of Desgin and inovation centre), 2011

Mindaugas Gapševičius (MIGA), 0.30402944246776265. Beta, 2013

Ignas Krunglevičius, STACK OR PILE, 2013

Vsevolod Kovalevskij, Statement part of Genesis project, 2012

Saulius Leonavičius, If it’s a word, you can erase it, 2013

Ignas Krunglevičius, STACK OR PILE, 2013

Dainius Liškevičius, Pieta (performance photo documentation), 2013. Performed on 11th of March, 2013 It is dedicated to a non-existent Antanas Gudaitis museum in Žemaitė square. Photographer – Gintautas Trimakas

Photographs by Arnas Anskaitis

Jansas TV video reportage from the exhibition opening (in Lithuanian):