Who are you? is a multi-media holographic performance / installation created by Žygimantas Kudirka – Lithuanian writer, artist and performer and felicita – an Anglo-Polish electronic producer and multi-disciplinary artist, part of the label collective PC Music.
Using gallery space as a canvas for narrative, this interactive installation will stimulate visitors using immersive audio, binaural voice recordings, light solutions and multiple types of hand-crafted holograms.
It questions our human nature with a hope to build a lasting bond between different life forms, promoting interspecies communication. On the other hand, the creatures are seen just as mediators, helping us explore our own selves.
Zygimantas Kudirka’s audio guide “Bless you” is a walk in “Google Street View” with a narrator’s voice, Žygimantas’ own poem in the form of a virtual guide. The narrative is based on the foreign objects found inside the virtual realm and the accidental passers-by, whose faces the artificial intelligence software recognises and then hides. The voice in the background calls out these strangers and the viewer. The project was made in collaboration with Asta Ostrovskaja.
Funded by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association (LeTMeKoo, LIAA)
5,5 m long multi-functional piece of furniture that may serve as a table, a bench, a shelf, a bar or a co-working space.
It follows the stretch of the windows to make one collect as much natural light as possible.
Has 9 integrated electricity sockets and a secret drawer inside.
It is all covered in non-slippery sexy rubber pattern that’s disturbingly nice-to-touch, made from recycled doormats.
Idea: Žygimantas Kudirka
Holiday videos, phone footage and some secretly filmed material with a spy camera integrated into a pen turn into a stunning lo-fi psychedelic, D.I.Y. science fiction and fake reality session made by commision to be broadcasted in national television during the evening programme—just before going to sleep.
Alternate reality audio guide in Ežerėlis
This alternate reality audio guide is an interactive story that can only be experienced while walking around the city of Ežerėlis with headphones on. It is an interactive sound performance, a new way to experience nature and architecture. Like a new skin of the city that changes even a well-known landscape. During the trip, you will learn the alternate, science fiction based history of Ežerėlis narrated by the author with some sound design that includes music, field recordings and voices of locals.
Commisioned by Kaunas—European Capital of Culture 2022
Solo performance by writer, artist and performer Zygimantas Kudirka that takes a hybrid form of poetry readings and a dj set enriched with live sound effects and performed in psycho-active ultraviolet light. The listeners are instantly transported into a sci-fi setting to hear some immersive poetry about light, animals, machines and sexuality that connects it all.
Beach sketch - a nod to the Lithuanian pavilion in Venice biennial
Interactive poem which has intoxicating effect on ones body
Lynguistic techno: performing 8000 years of word transformations
Empathetic answers for scam and phishing emails
Glimpse into the most personal, intimate and sensual
It will be pretty dark. All tears will be discrete.
Roller coaster of emotions, sounds and glycerol fume.
Early versions and excerpts performed in:
Panke, Berlin, Germany
Freeword centre, London, UK
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Kim?, Riga, Latvia
CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
XIII Baltic Triennial, Vilnius, Lithuania
58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Objectum Sexuality, 2019
≈ 40 min immersive installation inside a modified car
In the beginning there was a music video, Vilniaus Energija—Autopilot Car which was then transformed by Žygimantas Kudirka and team into an immersive installation.
Kudirka’s music video tells you a twisted-futuristic-story about an autonomous, d-r-i-v-e-r-l-e-s-s car that kidnaps a hitchhiker. Once you enter the car and take the passenger seat, you become the hitchhiker yourself. Implicated in the same fate, within minutes you might experience Stockholm syndrome, and—while searching for direction—could eventually fall in love with your abductor, Kudirka’s robotic work. What are the possibilities of attraction? How is it possible to end up marrying a machine?
The car is capable of sensing the exhibition environment, and that which belongs to the zone outside it is quickly absorbed into a parallel universe where the sexuality of non-living things directs the plot.
Inside the work, you will experience things moving with ambiguity, because the car’s interior is surrounded by projection mapping and sparkling screens. The audio play takes the genre of a radio broadcast that expands into a dystopian universe of self-driving songs, video, and the installation itself. As Kudirka says, that is literally the edgiest a seated experience can get.
Objectum Sexuality’s team is composed of: Vytas Narbutas (technical engineer), Antanas Dubra (automobile tuning / design), Adas Gecevicius (sound engineer), and UAB Madstone (3D graphics).
Listen to it here
Extrrnal memory is a constantly changing reading performance based on notes collected throughout a year before the exact performance date. It acts as an external memory drive for the artist—helping to remember things in detail, not a single day is skipped.
The content is totally transparent and sincere. It contains personal notes, social network messages, headlines of articles read, quotes from movies seen, names of places visited, impact of artworks absorbed, records of jokes told, professions of people met, recipes of food eaten and references to global political events that gave a context to it all.
Repeating events such as orgasms, intoxications or breakdowns will be acoustically illustrated by live sound effects, becoming sort of a rhythm of personal statistics.
The performance contains a substantial characteristic of a memory—its limitation. During later performances some things will diminish forever, some new things will replace them.
It also acts as a personal tool to keep awareness everyday, a routine to make notes every day and a little helper to try to remember things happening to you which, because of unreliable nature of memory, are on the brink of extinction.
Created for the Symposium on the fluidity of humor and absurdity during the residency in Nida Art Colony.
Talking to ghosts: Unsent answers to untrue emails
For quite a while I’ve been collecting those emails. The ones that you can firstly recognize by their broken grammar. The ones that you were waiting for all your life with no substantial reason to get them. The ones that tell you miraculous stories with only single thing lacking in them—and that’s your participation.
These scam letters would otherwise be left to rot in the darkest corner of a spam folder of a mail box. Even the fact that I started collecting them wouldn’t neceserally save them from oblivion—I had no clear purpose starting doing that. But one day I got the other email—a regular one—from Laura Kaminskaitė, asking a contribution to her upcoming book Ghost Bag. That’s when the points got connected and all this collection of scam emails found its use.
The piece Talking to ghosts consists of a number of empathetic answers to scam and phishing emails. The answers to emails that not neceserraly were written by humans (they could easily be machine-generated), so at moments I felt like talking to ghosts. The answers I didn’t send (not to ruin my mailbox with a flood of other pieces to my collection), so the answers became ghosts themselves—not leaving the mailbox, but time to time materialising in a reading session or in a book about ghosts.
A poem about the ways of the wind.
Published in Artnews.lt side-by-side with the poem of CAConrad. Also published on the back cover of Lithuanian photography annual curated by Valentinas Klimašauskas.
Translated to English by Monika Kalinauskaitė.
This wind got intellect.
Unlocks the door when hands go shaky.
Combs your hair not through it.
Blows off those vampires of energy drinks.
This wind got intellect.
Picks your pockets because he’s not comfortable enough to ask.
This wind steams rice And passes you drinks.
If he downs a Margarita half, at least, goes down your throat and salt he blows off your face.
This wind got intellect.
Knows ways to remain invisible if caught, can always show his papers.
Helps himself to your cigarettes and hands them back if they’re the light ones.
This wind got intellect And needs no internet.
Once you ride the electric he never holds you back, pushing only forward.
A compliment, not a competitor.
A pissing ghost.
At least before a smoke.
Žygimantas Kudirka video installation “State of Grace” (2018) featuring Jonas Vaitiekūnas “Gender-possessing Bed” (2018), a bed for the presentation of Žygimantas Kudirka’s video material shown sideways.
On the screen series of vertical videos are shown sideways to excite the state of grace. Visitors have to watch the content while lying on a side.
Part of ‘Circus of Grace’ group exhibition at Antanas Mončys house-museum, Palanga
520 x 220 cm neon wall-mounted installation. When it gets dark—light sensors switch on a neon sign in loft district in Vilnius.
The sentence glows in a white, heavenly colour—a sign of a future that is not unhuman and technocratic but rather utopian and even nostalgic.
Artist offers an alternative perspective that gives us roots in a future towards which we can cruise with hope.
Idea: Žygimantas Kudirka
Design: Ugnė Balčiūnaitė
Enormous sized slug crawls on Chinese highway!
Huge bee wanders around small town of Kartena!
That was part of video installation: short horror flicks projected in an abandoned super-market that was opened first time after 25 years in the highway-side town called Kartena.
Material was filmed in small Lithuanian town of Kartena by the artist himself, during the experimental engineering camp eeKūlgrinda.
A poem published in MAINTENANT: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, Three Rooms Press, NY
It’s a weird jungle out there!
Orange turned into electromagnetic waves and goes at the light speed in all directions. Blackberry is not edible anymore. So as burberry. Windows became software, apples became hardware, in which case nature mort could be considered a hack! Playboys play only with playgirls. But gameboys play only with gameboys. If you have other preferences—do not forget—toys are us, so you can always play with yourself! Fox is television, but television is not a fox.
You can find jaguars in the amazon and at the same time you can’t.
Mustangs drink gasoline. Pumas absorb any liquid—especially coffee and blood. Bulls are liquid themselves. It’s a weird jungle out there! Caterpillars turned into metallic beasts instead of butterflies. Greyhounds run wild into more than 3700 destinations across North America. Camels are being set on fire all over the globe, but only kids get punished, adults get offered a treatment from pyromaniacal addiction. Lotus is an extremely rare plant, that can be found only in upper class villas together with grey gooses stuffed into glass containers. Oracles should possess some, since they became filthy rich when instead of telling fortune they started making a fortune out of clouds. But you are not so insignificant yourself!
You can wear the antarctica. You can wear the london fog. You can break open the ocean. You can rub the hawaiian tropics into your skin. You can shave your legs with venus, eat the guts of mars and turn saturn in any direction. Your mother is an advertising agency. Your brother is a laser printer. Your family is simpsons. You can move on top of giants and control the time with a help of titans. Of course you can, little man.
Contributed some texts for an interactive choose-your-own-adventure type novel by Martin Kohout “Puffy grip logic” ( TLTRPreß, 2017), premiered during FOTOGRAF FESTIVAL, Prague, Czech Republic.
Alternative reality audio guides that are experienced by moving in particular locations with headphones on.
These are not your common sightseeing tools. Like interchangeable smartphone skins—they put an alternative layer on the city. Layer of fiction that connects with physically existing objects and locations.
That was the work for the closing event of the Rupert Alternative Education programme.
The guides are uploaded to the clone of a tourism website (English translation tba): www.welcometolithuania.eu
Video work exploring the sexuality of language.
The list of most sexy english words arranged in specific order becomes a love poem read by a voice-bot with a stream of carefully selected visuals from Wikimedia commons.
For the whole week artist
took over led traffic displays
with a number of driver-oriented texts such as:
“Through the front window you see the future.
Through the rear-view mirror you see the past.”
The symbol count restrictions
made them resemble new age digital haikus.
The scale of a project was huge: texts surrounded
the city with 50 km of digital wall of thoughts.
Zygimantas Kudirka first poetry book, XXI a. Kudirka (The Twenty-first Century Kudirka), is made up of interactive verses, literary remixes, internet poetry, and texts of unusual graphic forms and content.
Readers are encouraged to enrich and complement the experience of the book by exchanging emails with the literary personage, listening to a poem read by voicemail at the number provided or receiving a poem as an SMS message.
Design: Tadas Karpavičius
Publisher: Kitos knygos
A film by Robertas Narkus and Jokūbas Čižikas.
It takes place in a Lithuanian countryside, during the experimental engineering camp “eeKulgrinda” of summer 2015 in Kartena, where a drone is in pursuit of cars, objects and people.
The 24 uses of drone, fictional headlines and proverb remixes are made by
Žygimantas Kudirka and the soundtrack is by Adas Gecevičius
Premiered on XII Baltic Triennial.