'Swell, Swell 2' by Indrė Liškauskaitė at the Artifex gallery

2020 06 10 — 2020 06 27 at Artifex
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Events in Lithuania

Windy.com primarily monitors gusts of wind, later – the swell, swell 2, dew point and currents filters are added. As you zoom in, the view grows bigger somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The mouse cursor drags across the surface and we go north, stopping at the coasts of Iceland, Svalbard, Greenland and going still up over the waters. Keep on zooming in and the image becomes pixelated, abstract, the boundaries
of recognisable political countries disappear, contours learned in geography class or seen on a map – disappear.
The image is zoomed in so closely that you become lost. Travel further by following various abstract lines and compositions of colours and symbols. The mouse cursor leads your eyes as the rain map and images from the Google satellite pass by… The
directions you choose are usually wherever you actually want to go to.
Switch filters and the colour scale changes. Gradients in the colour spectrum are most popular, but you can find more interesting ones, such as red-orange-yellow-blue-purple-violet-green (temperature), black-mossy green-cobalt green-turquoise-light blue-blue-purple-violet-pink-red-sandy brown (dew point), or white-bright green-blue-turquoise-purple-violet-pink-red-sandy brown-pink-violet-pink-brown (wind).
Clicking the play icon, the colours, directions, and symbols start changing and turning, showing past and future forecasts, usually several days or weeks ahead of time.

The pieces exhibited were first created in Iceland where the artist spent several months in an art residency. During that time, stuck inside a lot because of poor weather, the
artist began to constantly check meteorological forecasts online and they became her window to the outside world. The future simulations and predictions of digital maps, affecting physical presence, became the starting point for a series of artistic works. By capturing and subdividing into fragments the representative systems of the environment that surrounds us, they take on new contexts and forms.

Indrė Liškauskaitė is an artist living and working in Vilnius, Lithuania. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Painting and a Master’s in Textile Arts at Vilnius Academy of Arts.
Indrė works with drawing, painting media, sound installations and text pieces. In her art, she rethinks the systems of representing nature and biology, the relationship between
humans and their environment. This artist’s work blurs the lines between myth and science, truth and fiction, sound and image.

The project is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture.