A screening of early Lithuanian video art Unimaginable Things will take place on November 15, 6 pm, at the Kaunas Artists’ House. The event will also include a presentation of a digital archive of Lithuanian video artists Nepriklausoma sinemateka (www.sinemateka.lt). The event is free of charge.
In 1988, Henrikas Gulbinas presented his work Unimaginable Things – abstract audiovisual projections displayed alongside paintings and graphic artworks – at the exhibition Susitikimai in Klaipėda. This event – the first display of Lithuanian video art – eventually became one of the reference points in art critics’ texts about the beginning of Lithuanian video art and its limits. Unimaginable Things are continued to this day. H. Gulbinas occasionally re-edits them to fit his favorite music. This uninterrupted continuation of Gulbina’s abstract work led to the name of the early Lithuanian video art program carried out by Meno avilys. Instead of a retrospective look, both ideas focus on the change of the works over time, the circumstances surrounding them and the opportunity to see the works in a new light.
The virtual project initiated and created by Meno avilys provides an overview of the early works of Lithuanian video artists. The works were selected on the basis of cultural phenomena, personalities, and context important to the history of Lithuanian video art. In addition, the exhibition features published video artists’ conversations with the video artists and filmmakers who are actively working today, producers, film critics and philosophers. The aim of the project is to select, restore, digitize and publicize Lithuanian artists’ video works as well as to actualize them in public viewings, educational programs and expositions.
The research of the Lithuanian video art’s history and the present has revealed that it is inseparable from various cultural phenomena not always directly related to video art and their development in Lithuania. For example, a difficult beginning of the feminist thought or a very active Šiauliai musical and art scene in the 90s. On the other hand, the development of Lithuanian video art was often shaped and influenced by various random circumstances and processes directly related to the complex economic and social reality of the young state, the dynamics of the Lithuanian art scene and the relationships between artists. All of these aspects were instrumental when compiling the Unimaginable Things program.
The viewers are not invited to get acquainted with the chronological development of video art but rather with one of the interpretations of Lithuania in the 1990s. Therefore, the exposition includes not only well-known video artists: Karla Gruodis, Gintaras Šeputis, Paulius Arlauskas or Aleksas Andriuškevičius but also the works of students who attended Gintaras Šeputis Vaizdo studija courses (the first Lithuanian video art courses), architect Valdas Ozarinskas works and others.