Jonas Mekas… up shut and much away…
Audiovisual set up
07/13/2022 – 09/11/2022
Jonas Mekas Visible Arts Heart in Lithuania
Malūnų g. 8, Vilnius 01109, Lithuania
370 614 78470
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“I don’t know if I write poems… Once I shoot, I don’t make movies. I simply movie, movie, movie. The identical is with my writing. I write, I write, I write… Is it poetry or prose? Or nothing? I don’t give it some thought in any respect, it doesn’t matter in any method. I simply write, write, write…” – Jonas Mekas
In 2022 we have a good time the centenary of Jonas Mekas, and it is just truthful to name this era the age of Mekas. He not simply recorded crucial historic occasions just like the life in a displaced individuals camp, the origins of avant-garde cinema in post-war New York, Lithuania’s path to freedom and the collapse of the Soviet Union, however he additionally designed a novel standpoint. To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, Mekas is the Message. Not a bit of knowledge, however a subjective, personally skilled actuality, a peculiar method of telling tales. Mekas spoke within the diary type in verse and via cinema digital camera, and this explicit type influenced his fellow filmmakers and different artists. However what was Mekas like behind the digital camera? How did his colleagues and college students see him?
Jonas Mekas was captured in numerous circumstances on video and picture cameras within the diaries of associates and different curious folks. The audiovisual set up „Jonas Mekas, extra carefully and from additional away” consists of various extraordinarily private fragments of video and picture diaries of Arūnas Kulikauskas, Chihiro Ito, and Saulius Paukštys, the place the primary character is Mekas, a poet, a filmmaker and an artist of life. Arūnas Kulikauskas recorded Jonas Mekas in 1998 on the roof of his home in New York, studying his then unpublished poetry. The New York-based artist Chihiro Ito visited Mekas in 2018 and interviewed him about his work, life, and FLUXUS. Photographer Saulius Paukštys captured the assembly with Jonas Mekas in one in every of New York bars in 2007.
In 2017, Jonas Mekas participated within the 14th Documenta exhibition in Kassel, the place he was “caught” by the Jonas Mekas Visible Arts Heart. Additionally they documented the efficiency of Mekas on the Edit Movie Tradition pageant Silent Inexperienced in Berlin. An unique (and possibly the final) video movie by which we see and listen to Jonas Mekas is his handle to the scholars of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, dated November 30, 2018. On that day, Jonas Mekas was declared an honorary doctorate of the academy. Though Mekas couldn’t journey to Vilnius to obtain the honorary doctoral regalia, he addressed the viewers on-line and devoted his ideas to the scholars of the academy. The vivid speech of Jonas Mekas turned the essential focus of this audiovisual set up.
Curator Gintaras Sodeika