Raimundas Malašauskas. Photo Finish
November 25, 2011 – January 15, 2012
Contemporary Art Centre – Vokieciu 2 - Vilnius
Raimundas Malašauskas’ Photo Finish is made up from at least six elements – a book, several curated days, a radio program, a chair, a hologram exhibition and Vilnius Sling, a new cocktail authored by Jody Monteith.
The recipe for Vilnius Sling was devised through several synesthetic translations – its name first appeared in a book by Jason Dodge, letters then turned into colors, colors transformed into flavors and flavors gradually merged into an exclusive drink to be savored for the first time on the opening night.
And then there’s the hologram. In 1982, Peter Ustinov’s theater play Photo Finish was staged in Vilnius with several actors simultaneously playing one character (Sam) at different stages of his life. A group of actors from that 1982 production (Antanas Šurna, Arunas Storpirštis, Gerardas Žalenas, Elvyra Žebertaviciute, Kristina Andrejauskaite) were invited to the hologramic space recently orchestrated by Raimundas Malašauskas with various shapes and visions and several works by Fia Backström, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Elena Narbutait? and Rosalind Nashashibi.
The holograms will sit on a custom-made chair co-produced by Gediminas G. Akstinas, Liudvikas Buklys, Antanas Gerlikas and Jurgis Paškevicius.
In the morning of the opening day, around 9 am, the group of actors took part in an improvised conversation-turning-into-a-play together with Audrey Cottin, Marius Cechanavicius, Gerda Paliušyte and Inesa Pavlovskaite. This was aired on the National Radio’s Klasika broadcast.
A catalogue of examples and 50 different alphabets will be printed before the show is over.
The exhibition is organized by the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) and Tulips&Roses gallery, Brussels with the support of Geola Digital, Novotel Vilnius and Vilniaus diena. Photo Finish is part of the project Experiment & Excellence realised with the support of the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Union.
Image above: A Stones Throw poster of J Dilla working in his studio as it was received by Gabriel Lester at his Shanghai home