This year, the Triennial is focused exclusively on film and performance. The curators are Defne Ayas (director of Witte de With, Rotterdam) and Benjamin Cook (director of LUX, London). By invitation of Defne Ayas the curatorial framework is developed with the New York based artists Ieva Misevičiūtė and Michael Portnoy. The curators have decided to present the artists contributions through a radically small vessel – one human being.
Mindaugas, who has one of the most common Lithuanian names (literally “much fame” or “one who has many ideas”), is the medium through which the artists will channel their works. He will appear each day throughout the Triennial, animated by different instructions, scripts, scenarios, and scores by the participating artists to be played out in the city of Vilnius or nearby surrounding areas. In the evening, while Mindaugas rests, the constellation of ideas he has embodied are transmuted by different solo performers and cinema-based events.
On August 24 the Triennial will be open with 100 entrances of Mindaugas directed by Michael Portnoy. Following it there will be the first of the 12 daily presentations of an accumulative film Time Together by the British artist Mark Aerial Waller which he will shoot during the Triennial; and A Piece Danced Alone, a performance by the Swiss choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis in Charismateria, the Triennial’s stage in the CAC’s Main Hall. The piece consists of a series of micro-performances that explore how charismatic presence can be “captured” and passed on:
“A Piece Danced Alone confronts the audience with a series of micro-performances – each involving a methodical interpretation of specific physical instructions executed by two identically dressed performers who, as if learning and stealing from each other, exchange and gradually modify the elements of each one’s individual choreography. The piece begins with a sequence of deceptively simple, repetitive movement routines that slowly turn into controlled transgression of rules. (…) Bachzetsis’s investigation is at once erotic, empathic, and pointedly anti-academic. Gestures and words are invented, embodied, and ultimately released from their original meaning. Like in a hall of mirrors, the difference between the original and imitation slowly dissolves in the reflection of an image.” (Christoph Meneghetti)
The Triennial will last 12 days: August 24 – September 9, Wednesdays to Sundays. During the opening weekend, Mindaugas will also be directed by Asli Çavuşoğlu from Turkey and Tim Etchells from UK, who will, respectively, stage a public reading of Mindaugas’s dreams and have him widely announce an array of proposals for future action. On Saturday evening, August 25, Ursula Mayer’s Gonda will be performed live with its star transgender model Valentijn de Hingh.
According to Ursula Mayer, Gonda “can be anything a film, an opera, a book, a performance… Gonda is Extramundane. It is the process of discovery of the “here and now”. The here and now is indistinguishable from the past, present, and future. It creates its own history. It is cyclical, unpredictable and even impossible. It goes backward and forwards, it loops, it takes detours, it abandons cause and effect by creating its own history. It is a post gender speculation, a dystopian and post-apocalyptic narrative. (…) It is about how aesthetics, ethics and politics are embedded in film language. It tests the cinematic experience as a collective dream.” (Mousse magazine # 33, interview with Bettina Steinbruegge)
Parallel to Mindaugas’s daily activities is a program of films under the title Cinema of The Self. It will be shown at the CAC Cinema, which reopens after more than 10 years on the occasion of the Triennial. The 8 hour film program will repeat each day. It will include, among others, Scottish artist Luke Fowler’s personal humanist portrait of radical Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing,All Divided Selves; Moyra Davey’s Les Goddesses, a portrait of Eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft; Ed Atkin’s The Trick Brain, a series of invocations triggered by the objects in André Breton’s apartment; and a film version of Ursula Mayer’s Gonda.
Other artists of the Triennial include Ed Atkins, Eric Baudelaire, Neïl Beloufa, Eglė Budvytytė, Ivo Dimchev, Goodiepal, Ragnar Kjartansson, Valentinas Klimašauskas with Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Erkka Nissinen, Benjamin Seror, Catherine Sullivan and Farhad Sharmini, Rania Stephan, Rimas Šapauskas, Marianne Vitale, Claude Wampler, and more.
Full program of events will be announced on CAC’s website, www.cac.lt
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