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Once in the XX Century

This programme contains 6 films.

Once in the XX Century is a gallery-based exploration of the oeuvre of Lithuanian filmmaker Deimantas Narkevičius. The works included in the exhibition are:

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Revisiting Solaris

Based on the unfilmed last chapter of Stansiław Lem’s book Solaris, more than forty years afterAndrei Tarkovsky’s film of the same name, the actor Donatas Banionis reprises his role as Chris Kelvin. To materialise the landscape of Solaris, Narkevičius used a series of photographs from1905 made by the Lithuanian symbolist painter and composer Mykalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis,repurposing the same Black (Crimean) Sea that Tarkovsky himself had photographed to represent the mysterious ocean.

The actor Donatas Banionis appears in his role as Chris Kelvin again more than thirty years after Andrej Tarkovskij’s Solaris was made. Revisiting Solaris is based on the last chapter of Lems’ book, the part that had been left out of Tarkovskij’s version. In this last chapter, Kelvin reflects on his brief visit on the “soil” of the planet Solaris shortly before his return from the space mission. As material to visualize landscape of Solaris, I used a series of photographs made by the Lithuanian symbolist painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas iurlionis in 1905 in Anapa. iurlionis’ works are marked by an original conception of space, producing the impression of an infinite expanse and limitless time. The pictures thus take on a quality of cosmic vision and deep inner concentration. I found it very interesting that in 1971 Andrej Tarkovskij filmed the same surface of the Black Sea in Crimea to represent the landscape of the mysterious ocean.

Deimantas Narkevicius was born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania and lives and works in Vilnius. He graduated from the Art Academy in Vilnius as a sculptor and spent a year in London in 1992/93. On his return to Lithuania he was concerned with site-specific objects but a strong interest in narrative led him to record interviews and conversations with artists. This process evolved into an exploration of different narrative structures through film and video, the work for which Narkevicius is now best known.Narkevicius is one of the most consistent and widely recognised Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and exhibits at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 in ‘Utopia Station’ curated by Molly Nesbit and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Since 1992 he has exhibited extensively around the world in group shows at many significant contemporary art venues and events. He showed at Manifesta II in Luxemburg in 1998 and has exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Vilnius, Manchester, Dublin, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Melbourne and many other cities. Solo shows include ‘Either true or fictitious’, at FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2003 and ‘Deimantas Narkevicius Project’ at the Munchner Kunstverein, Munich in 2002.

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2007

Duration

18 mins

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Energy Lithuania

A documentary study of an electric power plant that includes conversations with people who have worked there, almost becoming a museum of industrial thoughts.

Instrumentalist, production-oriented society was an actual realisation of the avantgarde visions of the early 20th century. Lithuania in the second half of last century was undergoing vastly more radical changes than the artworks of the period would ever allow you to sense. | In Lithuania, the avangarde ideas of 20th century art were more successfully implemented in other areas of life. That is why I have been looking for thematic and aesthetic impulses for my films in the reality of industrial society. | The film Energy in Lithuania is a documentary study of an industrial installation (an electric power plant), which includes conversations with people who have worked there. Although the power plant is functioning, it has now become like a museum of industrial thought. Still, the livelihood of thousands of people depend on it. It will not be easy to reform industrial society. The biggest challenge is to find a credible intellectual replacement for positivist industrial romanticism. | | Deimantas Narkeviius |

Deimantas Narkevicius was born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania and lives and works in Vilnius. He graduated from the Art Academy in Vilnius as a sculptor and spent a year in London in 1992/93. On his return to Lithuania he was concerned with site-specific objects but a strong interest in narrative led him to record interviews and conversations with artists. This process evolved into an exploration of different narrative structures through film and video, the work for which Narkevicius is now best known.Narkevicius is one of the most consistent and widely recognised Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and exhibits at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 in ‘Utopia Station’ curated by Molly Nesbit and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Since 1992 he has exhibited extensively around the world in group shows at many significant contemporary art venues and events. He showed at Manifesta II in Luxemburg in 1998 and has exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Vilnius, Manchester, Dublin, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Melbourne and many other cities. Solo shows include ‘Either true or fictitious’, at FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2003 and ‘Deimantas Narkevicius Project’ at the Munchner Kunstverein, Munich in 2002.

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Production Year

2000

Duration

17 mins

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Disappearance of a Tribe

A cinematic assembly of private photographs which portray the life story of a family, depicting a common life in the Socialist era, which seems to have been totally lost.

“Disappearance of a tribe” is the continuation series of work examining the period of radical social experiment that took place in Soviet Europe in the post war period. Also it is the period when black and white photography became accessible to everyone of that society. People were relaxed with cameras, but still giving importance to the moment when a picture was taken. | “Disappearance of a tribe” is a cinematic assembly of private photographs, which portrays the life story of a family. The photographs depict a common life in the Socialist era and that experience, which seem to have been totally lost. | The artist has travelled to locations and has recorded sounds, where images where taken some half century ago. The images are accompanied with the soundtrack composed of sounds from the places.

Deimantas Narkevicius was born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania and lives and works in Vilnius. He graduated from the Art Academy in Vilnius as a sculptor and spent a year in London in 1992/93. On his return to Lithuania he was concerned with site-specific objects but a strong interest in narrative led him to record interviews and conversations with artists. This process evolved into an exploration of different narrative structures through film and video, the work for which Narkevicius is now best known.Narkevicius is one of the most consistent and widely recognised Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and exhibits at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 in ‘Utopia Station’ curated by Molly Nesbit and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Since 1992 he has exhibited extensively around the world in group shows at many significant contemporary art venues and events. He showed at Manifesta II in Luxemburg in 1998 and has exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Vilnius, Manchester, Dublin, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Melbourne and many other cities. Solo shows include ‘Either true or fictitious’, at FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2003 and ‘Deimantas Narkevicius Project’ at the Munchner Kunstverein, Munich in 2002.

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Deimantas Narkevičius

Production Year

2005

Duration

10 mins

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The Head

Edited from existing DDR TV footage and photo material from the ‘60s and ‘70s that features thecreation of the largest head (portrait) monument in the world modeled by sculptor Lev Yefimovitch Kerbel and erected in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz) in 1971.

Film “The Head” is edited out of existing footage and photo material from the 60’s and 70’s featuring process of creation of the largest head (portrait) monument in the world modeled by sculptor Lev Yefimovitch Kerbel. This monument to Karl Marx was erected in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz) in 1971. All the used materials for this film were produced by official DDR Television for the purpose of information and propaganda. It documents a unique process in its scope and intensions, which could be understood as anachronistic, or sharply contradicting with current aesthetics of public spaces in most European cities. |

Deimantas Narkevicius was born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania and lives and works in Vilnius. He graduated from the Art Academy in Vilnius as a sculptor and spent a year in London in 1992/93. On his return to Lithuania he was concerned with site-specific objects but a strong interest in narrative led him to record interviews and conversations with artists. This process evolved into an exploration of different narrative structures through film and video, the work for which Narkevicius is now best known.Narkevicius is one of the most consistent and widely recognised Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and exhibits at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 in ‘Utopia Station’ curated by Molly Nesbit and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Since 1992 he has exhibited extensively around the world in group shows at many significant contemporary art venues and events. He showed at Manifesta II in Luxemburg in 1998 and has exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Vilnius, Manchester, Dublin, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Melbourne and many other cities. Solo shows include ‘Either true or fictitious’, at FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2003 and ‘Deimantas Narkevicius Project’ at the Munchner Kunstverein, Munich in 2002.

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Deimantas Narkevičius

Production Year

2007

Duration

13 mins

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Once in the XX Century

This film is based on pre-existing video material. The material which I acquired from the Lithuanian National TV archive documents the action of the taking down the statue of Lenin. In addition, I have bought video footage of the same event from a freelance video reporter. So, there is a two-camera perspective on the event. | The images of the taking down the statue of Lenin in Vilnius are in fact familiar, as the materials were widely broadcast by CNN and some other major media networks. The images of Lenin hanging above the crowd and waving his hand had been repeated thousands of times by CNN during the last decade as a symbol of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and a failure of the idea of communism. In this work, the materials are edited in such a way that it looks as if the crowd were preparing, and then celebrating, the erection of the statue of Lenin.

A two-camera perspective on the destruction of the statue of Lenin in Vilnius. These are images that became familiar due to their widespread use by broadcast news services such as CNN. Narkevičius’ edit, however, looks as if the crowd were preparing, and then celebrating, the erection of the statue of Lenin.

Deimantas Narkevicius was born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania and lives and works in Vilnius. He graduated from the Art Academy in Vilnius as a sculptor and spent a year in London in 1992/93. On his return to Lithuania he was concerned with site-specific objects but a strong interest in narrative led him to record interviews and conversations with artists. This process evolved into an exploration of different narrative structures through film and video, the work for which Narkevicius is now best known.Narkevicius is one of the most consistent and widely recognised Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and exhibits at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 in ‘Utopia Station’ curated by Molly Nesbit and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Since 1992 he has exhibited extensively around the world in group shows at many significant contemporary art venues and events. He showed at Manifesta II in Luxemburg in 1998 and has exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Vilnius, Manchester, Dublin, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Melbourne and many other cities. Solo shows include ‘Either true or fictitious’, at FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2003 and ‘Deimantas Narkevicius Project’ at the Munchner Kunstverein, Munich in 2002.

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Deimantas Narkevičius

Production Year

2004

Duration

8 mins

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Ausgetraumt (Dream Over)

Not one Lithuanian pop musician has reached international acclaim. Addressing his fascination with naivety, Narkevičius documents a small group of young Lithuanian boys who have just started a band, interspersing shots of their wintertime surroundings in Vilnius.

Addressing his fascination with naiveté , Narkevicius documents a small group of young Lithuanian boys who have just started a band, interspersing shots of their wintertime surroundings in Vilnius. Pop or rock music has never been fully developed in Lithuania as a means of self expression, and no one Lithuanian pop musician has reached international acclaim. Narkevicius films these young idealists and their international ambitions, asking them questions about their vision of the future and their reflections on the political situation and generally unsatisfying cultural environment.

Deimantas Narkevicius was born in 1964 in Utena, Lithuania and lives and works in Vilnius. He graduated from the Art Academy in Vilnius as a sculptor and spent a year in London in 1992/93. On his return to Lithuania he was concerned with site-specific objects but a strong interest in narrative led him to record interviews and conversations with artists. This process evolved into an exploration of different narrative structures through film and video, the work for which Narkevicius is now best known.Narkevicius is one of the most consistent and widely recognised Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and exhibits at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 in ‘Utopia Station’ curated by Molly Nesbit and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Since 1992 he has exhibited extensively around the world in group shows at many significant contemporary art venues and events. He showed at Manifesta II in Luxemburg in 1998 and has exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Vilnius, Manchester, Dublin, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Melbourne and many other cities. Solo shows include ‘Either true or fictitious’, at FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2003 and ‘Deimantas Narkevicius Project’ at the Munchner Kunstverein, Munich in 2002.

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Deimantas Narkevičius

Production Year

2010

Duration

6 mins

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