CAC, Vilnius: Prototypes


2014.X.17 – 2014.XII.31

Curator: Virginija Januškevičiūtė

“Prototypes” is a pilot project of the XII Baltic Triennial and will consist of several events, publications and an exhibition in the façade window on the CAC’s upped floor, a space that until now served as an office. Visitors of the CAC, who have been opening the door of this office throughout the years hoping for the exhibition to continue behind it, will now instead of a regular door find a new one, designed by Viktorija Rybakova, and behind it – a panorama of Vilnius Old Town, drawings by Maris Bišofs and Antanas Gerlikas and a film by Piotr Bosacki. By the end of 2014 the wall that holds this rotating door will disappear, and the door itself will become a four-fold partition.

If various instruments and technologies are once in a while labelled state-of-the-art, the exhibition “Prototypes” turns this formula around and asks if a contemporary artwork could perhaps also be an instrument, a model or a conceptual device outside the realm of art. The exhibition continues beyond the CAC: an installation by Liudvikas Buklys is hosted by Salomėja Nėris’ Gymnasium on Vilnius Street. Some of the lightboxes designed by the artist will be visible from the street, but one will also be able to see the installation inside the school by visiting between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The exhibition’s first event – a performative presentation “The Hole Idea" by Post Brothers that explores the qualities of a portable hole as a conceptual device – is scheduled at 7 pm on Friday, October 17, at the CAC Cinema.

For the programme of events of “Prototypes” and the Triennial please follow updates on the CAC’s website. The main exhibition of the XII Baltic Triennial will open at the CAC in the Autumn of 2015.


Maris Bišofs, Riga-based artist and illustrator, created a series of illustrations drawing from two short exceprts from an interview with the artist David Bernstein: “Performance for me is about recognising the presence of time and life in everything. (…) And in the future anyway, our relation to art will most likely change in unforeseeable ways. And so everything that we know now about a work could be forgotten, appropriated, and transformed.”

While Piotr Bosacki, author of the animations film “Dracula”, maintains that the film is a comedy, in it lies an attempt to explain how the world is built. Bosacki describes the “shape of man”, tapping here into an insightful analysis of the world of senses, a story based on the knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology, intertwined with his personal confessions. 

The lightboxes that contain Liudvikas Buklys’ installation at Vilnius Salomėja Neris Gymnasium are replicas of an outdoor sign of one particular shoe shop in Vilnius. As basic as a school’s teaching curriculum, abstract and playful, placed in the school‘s corridors they introduce a link between the student‘s steps and the architectural marches of the building; also a link between the school and the street behind its windows and another street two blocks away, where the ‘original’ lighbox is found. Symbolically they also link the school with a range of activities that await when the school is over. 

To be continued. 

Illustration: Maris Bišofs

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