21 June 2008

EXERCISES IN SEEING

Download the audioguides: English, Lithuanian

Artists: Jesse Ash, Liudvikas Buklys, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Rosie Farell, Benoit Maire, Elena Narbutaite, Mandla Reuter.
Texts for the audio guide written by: Catherine Hemelryk, Nerijus Milerius.
Curators: Valentinas Klimašauskas, Jonas Žakaitis.

As the name of the show indicates, Exercises in Seeing will aim to inspire new ways of experiencing works of art instead of imposing definite canons of ‘seeing’, ‘understanding’ and ‘explaining’.


For all of the artists participating in this one-night show a single constraint was introduced: all of their works are to be exhibited without any lighting in the gallery turned on. Yet in this case the absence of light and the change in the normal working hours of the gallery acted as a stimulant for the artists instead of restraining them. In a short while this group of young artists came up with ideas for their contributions – pieces that not only transform the way one can experience the space of a gallery, but which also give rise to unexpected changes in seeing and relating to the works of
art.

One of the sources of inspiration for the show was a movie titled Les Amants du Pont-Neuf in which one can see how ordinary ways of ‘seeing art’ are reconsidered. Michele (a nearly blind woman played by Juliette Binoche) is secretly taken to Louvre at night, as she cannot experience the works of art during the daytime because of all the tourists, security personnel, etc. Similarly, Exercises in Seeing will attempt to give the viewer more privacy and more ways to interpret the art works than one could hope for in bright daylight.

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