Summer: Contribution to The Body of the Letter exhibition, Sodu 4 Gallery, Vilnius

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"Remote communication is self-evident and often indeed indispensable today. Constantly evolving and simultaneously simplifying communication technologies produce an aura of hyper-contemporaneity and disembodiment around it. Yet the art of correspondence, or being together through letters, has deep roots and a distinctive regime of corporeality. If we think about letter in the most common and fundamental sense, we will see that they are nothing but a substitute for the body of an absent adressee – in other words, by writing a letter we send the bodies of letters which represent and simulate us (not surprisingly, we refer to the main part of a letter’s text as “the body of the letter”). The changing technologies only accelerate and condense the choreography of writing letters – becoming embodied in symbols – in neverending search for an ideal simulated dialogue.

What happens when an archaic communication genre is embodied in the contemporary mediated context, revealing both the differences conditioned by the epoch and the permanence of this relationship’s essence? How should we react when responses reach us not as words, but as images of one sort or another? How do we decipher today’s letters? How do they write themselves?

This exhibition is supposed to function as a whispering backstage of correspondence or the body of yet another (meta)letter. We are curious how artists, their topics, curators, the gallery, the audience, and different times and spaces engage in correspondence with each other."

Curatorial statement by Jogintė Bučinskaitė and Jurij Dobriakov

Artists: Arnas Anskaitis, Žygimantas Augustinas, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Francisco Janes, Geistė Kinčinaitytė, Aurelija Maknytė, Vitalijus Strigunkovas.

Exhibition dates/times

10–24 September 2016

IV–VI 4–8 pm

Opening evening

9 September 2016, 8 pm, part of Vilnius Gallery Weekend

This exhibition is organised by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists' Association, with kind support from Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

Project Space “Sodų 4”

Sodų Str. 4, Vilnius
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLithuanian Interdisciplinary Artist Association
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventSodu 4 Gallery, Vilnius: Contribution to The Body of the Letter exhibition - Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 9 Sep 201623 Sep 2016

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    Paterson, A. (Author). (2016). Summer: Contribution to The Body of the Letter exhibition, Sodu 4 Gallery, Vilnius. Exhibition, Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artist Association.