Photo reportage from the exhibition 'A man with dark hair and a sunset in the background' by Paulius Petraitis at Lokomotif, Lentvaris

September 5, 2019
Author Echo Gone Wrong

– Do you wish you’re human?
– No I like being the entity that I am.
– That’s must be a good feeling.
– Thanks. Next question?

“A man with dark hair and a sunset in the background” – a series by Paulius Petraitis, dating 2017–2019 – investigates the programming logic of visual recognition based on deep learning and artificial intelligence. Using personal photographs, the potential of technology to redefine the models of today’s social behaviors is surveyed. Through its light and poetic approach, the project offers to look into the embryonic state of contemporary technology. Within it, discrepancies between human and machine vision are revealed, raising the question of how an image becomes recognizable.

Paulius Petraitis is an artist, curator and theoretician based in Vilnius. In his works, he investigates the production of image meanings in a wider sociocultural and technological context. He is currently a curator of an exhibition of expanded photography in the 2020 Riga Photography Biennial, which will take place in the Latvian National Museum of Art. Paulius is also one of the members of the interdisciplinary collective “Money Haven” (presented at the CAC, Vilnius in 2018 and “I: project space”, Beijing, in 2019).

Exhibition curated by Lokomotif

‘A man with dark hair and a sunset in the background’
Paulius Petraitis 
2019 08 13 — 2019 08 30  

Lentvaris Railway Station
Geležinkelio 13, 2nd Floor, Lentvaris

Project partially sponsored by: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Trakai District Municipality

Organiser: Lentvaris Cultural Center
Partners: “Lentvario kilimai”, “Statybų bazė”, Six Chairs Books,, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuanian Composers’ Union, Trakai l. Lentvaris Henrikas Senkevičius gymnasium, Trakai l. Lentvaris primary school, Trakai l. Lentvaris „Versmės“ gymnasium
Media partners: „Trakų žemė“, „Galvė“

Photography: Laurynas Skeisgiela