We live surrounded by urban spaces almost constantly. Sometimes we escape and approach nature, mainly to satisfy the need for rest. Yet on our return the senses – especially sight – are even more intensely overwhelmed by concentrated formations of the city X and surrounding visions, which are turned into new structures in the imagination. It is the effect of the pure Real, not necessarily that intense and impressive in terms of action as Slavoj Zizek describes it.[1] The new reality in our works rather reflects the lack of an Event, which is able to evoke radical actions but rises from the global monotony satiated with smaller events. We are interested in it as a hardly definable phenomenon filled with the anticipation of a potential Event.

Visual advertisements are probably the most illusory elements merging hyperactively into the urban landscape. The series Voids mirrors an emotional effect of monotony deriving from the visual noise typical of urban spaces. It is not a direct critique of the content of advertising. It is rather an observation of its integration and impact on the environment – how, because of this symbiosis, the face of a city becomes virtual, how reality is concealed, illusionary fragments weave into daily steps and glances, and worn-out slogans, even grotesquely presented in a reverse manner, no longer affect the mind of passers-by. Particular name of the city becomes of little importance.

Climbing over the virtualised skin of surroundings, like a screen, we keep on searching for particles of vital energy – ourselves. In social space we find ourselves through an open look at the Other as an Other[2]; through daily, ordinary but still important situations full of characters to be noticed and refined by the imagination. Those characters are perhaps close to the Great Event yet frozen by space and time, isolated in works of art (drawings and sculptures). Flora and Fauna are us – homo consumens and homo symbolicus – still raising Bergsonian, existential questions of creative evolution. In certain environments we all are potential players at the theatre of social tales – we all are disguisers.

The first exhibition of this project will be held at the gallery „Meno Parkas“ in Kaunas. Part of the series „Flora & Fauna“ was created and shown in 2012, May-June, in France during the open door days in the residence studio („Portes Ouvertes. Artistes de Montrouge“ organized by Maire de Montrouge and „Les Yeux Fertiles“. After showing the first part of the Project „Disguise“ (mainly created in 2012 and the begining of 2013) in Kaunas, its process is planned to be continued.

Invitation to enter this creative action

We invite You to create one of the works – The Butterfly Effect – for this exhibition together. This is an artist-book project in a form of interactive installation, the content of which will be continually developing depending on the other authors, the engagement of the audience during the exhibition period and, if there are iniciatives, later on. To participate, you only need to choose the 2D visualization way (drawing, text, photo, print, etc; size – not larger than 10 x 13 cm, horizontal layout) which is best for your idea and express your personal „answer“ to a question:

city + me = ..?

We will wait for your individual reflections revieling the socio-emotional conditions and / or problems of the city society in your own creative way, adding your approaches to our artistic research, thus enbroadening the scope of varied perceptions of the city concept. Seeking for the possibilities to show this work in the other spaces in the future, we would ask you to let us keep your collaborating pieces with us. We may only return them back to you later if asked for the certain period (ex., when you need your works for the other projects). This work with each of your contributions including your names will appear online and you will be informed about it by e-mail (please send us the originals by post and the digital copies of your pieces for the internet space in JPG (authentic size of the real work, resolution - 100 dpi) and your e-mail address).

Greta Grendaitė, Tomas Vosylius


Preparing for DISGUISE 

[1] Welcome to the Desert of the Real. Slavoj Zizek. Verso Books, 2002.

[2] Concept borrowed from Radical Alterity by Jean Baudrillard & Marc Guillaume. Semiotext(e), 2008.