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Almanac 2016: Kristina Inčiūraitė (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Almanac 2016: Kristina Inčiūraitė (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Change All the Buttons
Kristina Inčiūraitė presents her new interdisciplinary art project “Change All the Buttons” (2015), where she visually and acoustically attempts to rethink a daily routine by choosing repetitive motifs and accentuating senses of various temporalities. In different spots of the building the women’s choir creates a certain rhythm during the performance of a musical composition. However, the rhythm is not homogeneous, as choir members all together and separately perform different repetitive actions during the event. In this project attention is focused on the repetition of action integrated into the carousel of daily activities. The choir selects and performs one of the most popular and most often rehearsed musical compositions taken from their own repertoire. But the composition is performed many times in an unusual way: mostly focusing on breaths (these are pauses between parts of musical composition) – what performers usually do imperceptibly, and claps – what spectators express during or after a show. The musical experiments of the choir are integrated into the context of Kristina Inčiūraitė’s experimental film “Change All the Buttons”, which reflects a film “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” (1975) by Chantal Akerman. By repeating motifs many times, this art project seeks to produce differences and retrieve a daily routine by showing the variety and dynamics of its fragments through constant repetition.

Production History:
The Vilnius University Planetarium, Lithuania


Artistic Statement:
Kristina Inčiūraitė (b. 1974) lives and works in Vilnius. During the last decade she has participated in a number of international exhibitions, such as the 15th Tallinn Print Triennial, the 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, the Prague Biennale 3, the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, the 9th Baltic Triennial of International Art, and others. Her works have been presented in art institutions such as the Kalmar konstmuseum, the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, the ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum in Bolzano, the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, the Műcsarnok in Budapest, the NGBK in Berlin, the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain in Luxembourg, the Pori Art Museum in Finland, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, and others. She also participates in international film and video festivals.






Photo by: Evgenia Levin

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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