In January and April, 2018, Dalia Mikonytė and Adomas Žudys resided at Kaunas Artists’ House, aiming to produce “Kaunas Study” – a video work conceived as a compliment to the unique modernism of Kaunas and also forming a part of their ongoing project “City Studies”. This piece will be presented on Friday May 11, 8.30 pm at KAH alongside a live performance by Pijus Džiugas Meižys (Münpauzn) during Gallery Weekend Kaunas.
Dalia Mikonytė and Adomas Žudys, the artists behind the photogrammetry project “City Studies”, are trying to face each and every study or city personally. During their time in Kaunas, the artists have usef photogrammetry to document and collect various examples of architectural, sculptural and natural objects. “Kaunas Study” was developed with contributions from the “Ekskursas” initiative and architectural photographer Lukas Mykolaitis. in April, the artists also conducted a photogrammetry workshop, the images of which have become a part of the final video piece.
According to the artists, they “create a multi-layered route for each city and a virtual map that is much larger than the actual urban area or the potential of restorative technologies. The space we create is a technologically changing and intricate city. We are not striving to create a solid space it is broken down and scattered, just like our identities. A map is not necessarily just a representation of reality, it is also a means of creating a reality. By transferring and coupling facades or sculptural monuments we create a strange, ghostly and surreal perspective of the city, which not only transcends the urban landscape, but also precedes reality as we know it.”
The piece will be shown until Friday 18 May, 2018. Its viewing hours are 11am-7pm.
In 2017, the studies of Vilnius, Šiauliai and Panevėžys were presented at the duo’s exhibition in Pamėnkalnis gallery, Vilnius.