Was Always Mundane
September 12November 2, The Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre hosted
an international exhibition 24/7 All Day Long (Wilno-Neuva York).
The curator of the exhibition Raimundas Malašauskas had brought
the idea of the exhibition from his stay in the USA.
Though the exhibition
features above 130 artists, the entirety is perceived in one movement
of opening up to its experience.
And no frightening globalisation. In the exhibition, the size of the
world and mobility is experienced in a post-travelling or in a psycho-geographic
manner. Places are symbolical, interchangeable, they loose their original
meaning and give a chance to create new names, to mark them with our
own names and lives. In the exhibition, different geographic points
are connected by different relationships; distances are being filled
up with personal experience.
Not only geography, but also works of art step out of their body. It
is not necessary (or possible) to see them every time. It suffices to
know that something is taking place somewhere, that something has been
conceived or initiated. So many things have been transferred from material
objectivity into the area of spontaneous, telepathic, electronic, spontaneous
intangibility. All means of communication can become vehicles for an
artistic message. Both, psycho-geography and media enable to overcome
distances, provide a chance for communication and eliminate boundaries.
The exhibition offers numerous small forms of resistance, therapeutic
practices, denying (or ignoring) the radical statements of by post-modernist
theories that we cannot escape the influence of power even upon returning
to our private space, or even more private body. We are allegedly unable
to desire anything unadvertised or unpublicised; that we move into predetermined
direction, and we are continuously spied on and formed without us being
aware of it. One can join the anti-stress laughing club, or funk dancing
lessons, or meeting supermarket. These initiatives are attempts to create
alternative systems through self-creation and self-defence. There are
even ways to counter information or live with it like Internet
dairies of personal websites. Then, the sexual harassers may be shot
by still cameras.
Though this exhibition had no less strong focus on racial, cultural,
gender and terrorism issues, like the Documenta XI or other events with
the high and trendy names (Human Platform), it preferred to stay
simple, just as simple life.
Due to the on-going, spontaneous, incomplete, and interactive nature
of this project, it has become almost a forum/residence for the artists,
critics and simply activists, attempting to redefine the traditional
functions of an art institution.