Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond at National Gallery of Art

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Artists: Kader Attia, Julius von Bismarck, Pakui Hardware (Neringa Černiauskaitė & Ugnius Gelguda), Kuai Shen, Julijonas Urbonas, Rimantas Jankauskas, Šarūnas Jatautis, Ieva Mitokaitė, Iwona Janicka, Vida Motiekaitytė, Egidijus Rimkus, Dovilė Keršytė, Justas Kažys, Oksana Valionienė, Aistis Žalnora

Exhibition title: Citynature

Curated by: Vytenis Burokas, Vitalij Červiakov, Eglė Mikalajūnė, Eglė Nedzinskaitė

Venue: National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania

Date: February 3 – March 19, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and National Gallery of Art, Vilnius

The exhibition Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond is a showcase for art and scientific research which reflects the city not solely as a man-made creation, but rather as an ecosystem where human activity is in a constant interplay with processes of both an animate and inanimate nature. One of the key elements of the show is an attempt to look closer at Vilnius, the city hosting the exhibition, in an attempt to perceive it not as a closed unit, but as a formation existing in the broader contexts of nature and culture, time and space.

The two-part exhibition will present five new works by Lithuanian and foreign artists, made in collaboration with scientists, in the search for parallels between the city and an anthill, offering a glimpse at the city from the perspective of a bat, viewing robots as members of society, reflecting post-traumatic healing processes common to the community and the individual physical body, and trying to imagine gardening in a cosmic city. Alongside the new works, there will be a display of scientific research spanning recent decades, where issues of urban nature are examined by historians, paleoanthroplogists, archaeologists, botanists, meteorologists and specialists in other fields. Their research will be presented in an accessible and creative form.

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Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond. Exhibition view at National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, 2017

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel. Courtesy of the artist

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel. Courtesy of the artist

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel. Courtesy of the artist

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel. Courtesy of the artist

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists.

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists.

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists.

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists.

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions. Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions. Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions. Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions. Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel. Courtesy of the artist

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Dovilė Keršytė, Egidijus Rimkus, Justas Kažys, Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Projections for Lithuania. Geologija. Geografija, 2015, No. 1

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Dovilė Keršytė, Egidijus Rimkus, Justas Kažys, Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Projections for Lithuania. Geologija. Geografija, 2015, No. 1

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016. HD video, 48 min. Courtesy of the artist

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Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016. HD video, 48 min. Courtesy of the artist

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Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016. HD video, 48 min. Courtesy of the artist

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Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017. Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber. Courtesy of the artist

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Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017. Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber. Courtesy of the artist

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Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017. Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber. Courtesy of the artist

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Oksana Valionienė, The Spatial Structure of Vilnius in the Middle Ages, Lithuanian Institute of History, University of Klaipėda, 2015

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