Monika Janulevičiūtė & Antanas Lučiūnas’ ‘Water Striders’ joint exhibition was on at Vilnius’ Editorial from September 5 to October 5, with its eponymous accompanying film premiering online via AQNB today. The Lithuanian performance, installation and olfactory artist duo presented late last year’s show with an energetic, tactile text credited to a ‘J. Bugloss Joyweed’.
First screened as part of the installation, the ‘Water Striders’ video is an equally vital piece in itself, where the frame leads the viewer through a first-person walk through hillsides and farm lands, little urban rivulets and derelict public spaces. The user interface toggles between perspectives of these vast, desolate and uninhabited areas, while being occasionally narrated by the stern observations of an unknown protagonist. The piece’s quest through these rural and industrial places on the periphery is led by what the press release calls “a different scale and pace, rendering processes invisible, energy and health levels fluctuating”.**