Videograms is a recurring festival of video art, artists’ films and moving image practices organised in Lithuania. Its second edition in 2021 presents contemporary artists and their work which often appears outside the conventional film market. “Videogram” literally means “writing with video”, while the festival aims to present cinema and video art that do not only reflect, but also actively create history, extending the visual consciousness and establishing a unique means of expression or conversation.

This year’s festival theme Porosity and the film programmes are presented by the curatorial team: Monika Lipšic, Gerda Paliušytė, Viktorija Šiaulytė and Karolis Žukas. This theme invites us to explore how we define ourselves and the creation of inner and outer worlds, and discusses the boundaries between them.

Videograms 2021 moves from Kaunas to Vilnius, with programming events scattered across November, December and January, different cities and virtual spaces. The first event is the exhibition “Porosity” (curated by Monika Lipšic and Viktorija Šiaulytė) at the cultural venue Sodas2123, open to the public from 18 November to 4 December. The exhibition focuses on the relationship between the living environment/architecture and the inner world of a human/inhabitant.

Later, during thematic screenings at the Skalvija Cinema Center on 8-12 December, the programme What We Left Unfinished (curated by Karolis Žukas) will present archival films by Courtney Stephens, Tomasz Wolski, Mariam Ghani and others, exploring private and public memories. On 15-19 December, a three-part video programme (curated by Gerda Paliušytė) presented in the same cinema space will commemorate the philosophy, work and trajectories of thought of Lauren Berlant (1957-2021). In this programme, the gaze turns to the ability to feel, observe, learn, love, fantasise and desire in a complex world of overlapping artificial realities and regimes – a world that not only limits or disappoints, but also empowers. The programme will showcase a wide range of work by artists and filmmakers representing various generations and a broad geographical spectrum. Featured artists include Myanmar artist Moe Satt, British artist Josiane M.H. Pozi, Indian documentary filmmaker Malati Rao and others. The viewers of the Coming of Age screening will also have the possibility to join the presentation of a new film by artist Daiva Tubutytė, with the participation of the artist herself.

The festival’s theme Porosity unfolds through the whole of this year’s programme. During the lockdown period, film consumption became a very individualised practice, while personal interior spaces act as the birthplace of a special relationship between moving images and the viewer. The exhibition “Porosity” features a joint project by Vladas Suncovas, Marek Voida, Monika Lipšic and Viktorija Šiaulytė – a bedding textile set that follows a “videogrammic” logic. It is both an artist edition and a functional design object conceived as a cover for an individualised consumption of films. At the same time, the print of diagrams on its surface may work like a map of the genealogy of ideas and innovations that represent the desire to be teleported to cinematic, virtual or imaginary worlds.

Artist Ieva Lygnugarytė will also present an artwork-installation in the context of: her object will come to life in the nocturnal cities of New York and Vilnius. Moreover, new Videograms Festival website www.videograms.online presents its Online room, which will feature moving image projects by contemporary artists on a monthly basis. The first Online room artist Anastasia Sosunova presents her work When all this is over, let’s meet up! on the website on 13 November.

 

Festival team:

Curators: Viktorija Šiaulytė, Monika Lipšic, Karolis Žukas, Gerda Paliušytė

Communication and public relations: Indraja Vaitkūnaitė

Graphic design: Marek Voida

Editing and translation: Alexandra Bondarev

Photography: Gedvilė Tamošiūnaitė, Andrej Vasilenko

Architecture of the exhibition “Porosity”: Vladas Suncovas

Website programming: Mindaugas Ūba

 

Contacts:

info@videograms.online

monika@videograms.online

viktorija@videograms.online

gerda@videograms.online

karolis@videograms.online

 

Supported by Lithuanian Film Centre, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Nordic Culture Fund

Partners: SODAS2123, Skalvija Cinema Center, Vilnius City Municipality, Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association

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