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 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
    EventSodu 4 Gallery, Vilnius: Contribution to The Body of the Letter exhibition - Vilnius, Lithuania
    Duration: 9 Sept 201623 Sept 2016


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