Ph. D. Remigijus Venckus
media artist & critic
I usually focuses on the analysis of media as a technology. I often trying to reinvent the media as a new tool, which is helps to clearly express a personal position reference to time, space and memory.
Return to Fluxus, video presentation
‘Return to Fluxus’ is a video art of Ph.D. Remigijus Venckus created in a period of 2002 – 2018. The video will be presented within the programme ‘Directors Lounge Screening’ at Z-Bar 29 March 2018, 9pm. Curator Klaus W. Eisenlohr presenting R. Venckus’ videos: Joining us from Lithuania, Remigijus Venckus will present his work at Directors Lounge Screening at Z-Bar. The artist presents his videos on occasion of an exhibition at the gallery ‘World in A Room’ in Berlin. The films are mostly short captured impressions from daily life, recorded and edited in the style of experimental film with references to films from early 60s and 70s, however, in a much more playful manner and stance.
30.03.2018 – 12.04.2018. Ignalina Region Museum (Ateities st. 43, 30119 Ignalina, Lithuania).
Locations of Diaries will be the third photography exhibition by Ph.D. Remigijus Venckus. Previous exhibitions were based on photography experiments, in this show viewers will see documentary images created in Poland from 2009 till 2013; full collections of images from Krakow (from the cycle Krakow’s Diary, 2013) and Warsaw (Poland’s diary, 2009). New exhibition representing author’s personal view of different countries. The focus is based on the daily life of local peoples which is characterized by places, native rituals, architectural spaces, etc. The images do not look as taken by a common traveller. In exhibition new narratives do not look as stories from easy recognisable country. It is a link to the authors feelings of the past; it is a sign of the non-existing time and space reality.
Exhibition: 09.03.2018 – 31.03.2018. Opening show on 09 March, 5:00 pm. Public presentation, the author’s talk: 09.03.2018, 4 pm
‘The Way of Ethiopia’ is a new art exhibition of a well-known Lithuanian media artist Ph. D. Remigijus Venckus. The exhibition will be opened on 9 March of 2018 in the Telšiai Art Gallery of Vilnius Academy of Arts. The artist presents his new a photography cycle of documentaries created in Ethiopia, where he travelled together with his relatives. The trip had been arranged across the country from the eighth to seventeenth of January, 2018. The greatest impressions came from the contrasts of the status of peoples’ properties and behaviour. There are people who still live in the times of an unknown and lost history. They still keep cows, ride asses, live in clay houses, walk barefoot and have just one hope – to believe in God. However, Ethiopia is a country where you can meet poor people who argue their happiness: I am happy because my God is still taking care of me. This was the reason why R. Venckus photographed the smiling faces of the kids, women and elders.
The Letter, a newest Ph. D. Remigijus Venckus’ movie
‘The Letter’ is a new R. Venckus’ video film, which was presented in the exhibition ‘Baltic Appearances – Baltische Erscheinung’ in Berlin’s gallery ‘World in a Room’ (Brunhildstraße 7, 10829 Berlin-Schöneberg) 03 March of 2018. ‘The Letter’ is an experimental dance movie based on the soundtrack from Remigijus Venckus’ and Kęstutis Venskūnas’ – Fingus’ sound performance ‘Litany of the Forbidden Fruit’. The performance was presented at the International Media Art Festival ENTER 8 in the textile factory ‘Verpstas’ ( Trakai st. 43 Šiauliai, Lithuania) on 23 April of 2010. The festival subject was Sound Art.
03.03.2018 – 05.05.2018. Opening show on 3 Маrch, 7:00 pm. Art gallery-project space ‘World in Room’ (Brunhildstraße 7, 10829 Berlin-Schöneberg)
Photography by Klaus W. Eisenlohr, Berlin meets a video work by Remigijus Venckus, Vilnius, Lithuania. Baltic places are set in relation to figure and space. Venckus confronts his characters with images of a wintry urban landscape in Lithuania. He also appears in the first person in his personality of the artist and shows him in difficult relations to society. In art activities, he usually focuses on the analysis of media and technology. He is doing the best to reinvent the media as a new tool, which helps to clearly express a personal position with references to society, time, space and memory, with the purpose of his creation being questioned of memory and contemporary humanity.
Eisenlohr takes pictures of urban environments in the three Baltic capitals Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, and he combines photographic triptychs including public images and sculptures. In both works an ambivalence of public figures becomes apparent. The political and social life as part of the European Union, and in debate to the post-soviet experiences appear in different ways in the pictures.
02.02.2018 – 13.02.02.2018. Opening show on 2 February, 6:00 pm. Public presentation, artist’s talk on 02 February, 5:00 pm. Art Gallery of Šiauliai University (Vilnius st. 141, Šiauliai 76353, Lithuania.
I would like to accept that my photography suggests homosexuality but I can predict that many viewers will find some kind of connection and rebel against it. Unfortunately, viewers resents the images because of themselves without understanding them. To be accurate: works, which can be seen now in the exhibition, are influenced by the nowadays reality. I only bring back the result. There is no myself in the exhibition, so the viewer contacts only the artwork. It would be too rash to think about the erotics of men’s bodies as homosexual or to connect the idea with me. Still, this possible connection proves that distance between artwork and the viewer is very narrow. The viewer finishes the idea himself. There is no me as author in this process, only the artwork – a mirror, which reflects either positive or negative attitudes towards homosexuality. In this case both (you and me) are others.
26.01.2018 – 09.02.02.2018. Opening show on 26 January, 6:00 pm. Public presentation, artist’s talk) on 26 January, 5:00 pm. Všį Artkomas, A. Mapu st. 20. Kaunas, Lithuania
I Am Other was strongly influenced by fragments from the Bible. However, my photos don’t fully-illustrate them. A devouringly deep black color, posture and title transfer the viewer into a text, which is behind the Bible. The body, which can be seen in the photos, and references to the texts of the Apostles consolidate the position of a sexual, fleshy and greedy man. However, it is wrong to think that I am opposing the Bible to my artwork. On the contrary, I am just not able to separate sexuality from belief as it is impossible to believe without having a body.
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