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The Unanswered Q
Curators: Auridas Gajauskas, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Audrius Pocius
2014.IX.18 - X.19
The Unanswered Q is an exhibition inside an unknown body. The journey of this idea began at a simultaneous birth of facts and senses denoting the existence of the outsideness of a body and eventually bringing one to yet unarticulated and already unanswered questions. The exhibition features mostly young artists:
Gediminas G. Akstinas, Arnas Anskaitis, Justina Barzdaitė, Tadas Bujanauskas, Arturas Bumšteinas, Vytenis Burokas, Antanas Gerlikas, Styrmir Orn Gudmundsson, Marta Ivanova, Karolis Kaupinis, Tim Kliukoit, Vsevolod Kovalevskij, Marija Rasa Kudabaitė, Andrius Labašauskas, Beatričė Mockevičiūtė, Kęstutis Montvidas, Robertas Narkus, Jonas Vaitiekūnas, Justė Venclovaitė, Saulius Petrošius, random heroes, Viktorija Rotkytė, Viktorija Rybakova, Augustas Serapinas, Vykintas Šorys, Požeminiai Taškai, Lina Zaveckytė.

Curators: Auridas Gajauskas, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Audrius Pocius
Designers: Miglė Kazlauskaitė, Marija Mitcheva
Documentation: Arnas Anskaitis

In 1936, an editor for musical scores faced a problem while working on Charles Ives‘s ‘The Unanswered Question’: the original version, composed in 1908(6), differed from the transcription preferred by the composer himself. The Unanswered Question, spelled in the draft as The Unanswered Q??, is a score for three simultaneously playing, yet seemingly independent groups of instruments: a string quartet, a trombone and a flute quartet, all expressing, respectively, a silence of druids from which an eternally repeating existential question arises and the nymphs‘ repeatedly unsuccessful answer.

The ‘Novy Projekt’ meteor fell in 1908 in the Lithuanian region of Samogitia, reportedly weighing 1 kilogram. Its current location is unknown and the impact coordinates direct to a nameless spot beside a country road. No sources comment on the origin of the name. Meteor appearances serve as cosmic details of human history. Almost devoured by the atmosphere, these bodies pierce the horizons of events, leaving trails, superstitions and craters. By their very essence they belong to destructive movement which reduces a substantial object to its sizzling-hot trace. Novy Projekt also represents history that can still be written down by the hand of imagination.

The teachings of the Swiss doctor Paracelsus describe the relation between the material darkness of bodies and the chemical elements inhabiting them: nymphs, elves, dwarves and salamanders. In contemporaneity it is experienced as the diminishing contradiction between faith and the smallest particle of a chemical element. From this point of view it would be fair to compare the world to a spectacle in which the self-creating unions of people and chemical elements continuously repeat and change the celestial signs of material darkness of bodies.

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The videoclip from the opening of the exhibition „Unanswered Q“ on the 18th of September 2014 at the Contemporary Art Centre. Author Saulius Petrošius. To see the video press here.

Tunarollor a Nut? (2014) is the object created by Robertas Narkus and Viktorija Rybakova, produced according to their instructions by Rūtenė Merkliopaitė and Saulius Petrošius. Author Saulius Petrošius. To see the video press here.
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