THE CITY AND ME


When? 16.09.2015 18:00 - 30.10.2015 18:00
Where? bb15


Simona Zemaityte

The two video works speak of the impermanence and change reflected in itself and in the city. Saulius Cemolonstas (Sal), the protagonist of the videos and a family friend of the artist, fled Soviet Lithuania back in the 90’s full of hopes and expectations. Having known Saulius as a child from parents’ postcards rather than memories, the artist meets him in London decades later. Though generations apart, through archival imagery, documentation and performance, they speak of lost things.

The music video for Joel Sarakula’s song “Matchstick Girl” is featuring footage from a personal archive
of sound artist Sal. Shot in 90s pre-independent Lithuania, the visuals capture rebellious young people in Kaunas, who were brought together by their love of choice, music and freedom of expression. Back in the day, for Soviet Militia, vinyl record with the western music, funky haircut or outfits would immediately be number one on the list of suspects – hooligans. Young people in the video stroll around the city, playing instruments and teasing the oppressive power representatives embodied in uniforms. Shortly after the footage featured in the music video was captured, Saulius left Lithuania with forged
identity documents. He ended up living in Israel, from there he moved to London, where he is based until today. Interview About Lost Things revisits the places, events, people from the past, telling the story of the artist, migration, attachment, success and failure, search and loss. It is a very personal portrayal of the two places – London and Kaunas – the two cities that connect Sal and Simona.

 

Offcity

Offcity is a team of visual artists, architects, and art theorists of Pardubice. Their projects and installations usually range between culture and art production, activism, community work and visual arts. They tend to work with particular space, its genius loci, its people, and its memory. Consequently, the installation for the exhibition “The City and me” will logically transform while visiting three European cities – Pardubice, Linz, Genoa. Its technological essence is the playback of binaural audio recordings in a particular place made in a specific situation. Binaural recording enables us to perceive sound spatially. If a listener stands on the same spot where the recording was made s/he does not feel or hear any difference between the present and the past. The sound virtually materializes in the mind ... Binaural recording has already been known and widely used within artistic work, however this exhibit is slightly different. It works with a record for 2–4 listeners who appear in a sound illusion where everyone is a source of sound or partner in communication. Listeners become participants who experience an unexpected sound story together. The principle effort is to mediate the feeling of place, someone’s emotion, memory, experience or even desire. However, all of this is not mediated visually, but through a heard and spoken message. Such a gently manipulated reality can intensify visitors’ imagination and their ability to “untie” themselves from stereotypical perception of the gallery space.

 

 

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