Photos by Martynas Aleksa 2019, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, "Navigations" from "Bad Weather" series, Courtesy of Operomanija

Atmospherics – Arturas Bumšteinas


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“An atmosphere is not an inanimate context, but a forcefield in which people are located.” Kathleen Stewart

Conceived as a changing exhibition over three nights, “Atmospherics” presents the work of Lithuanian artists, who work with drones, melodies, noise, and ambient sounds like breathing and weather in order to imperceptibly alter the ambience and character of the space. Via perpetually shifting registers, choreographic elements such as the pirouette, and the repetition of sound and tone, each of these performances could be said to constitute a symbol of the cycles of life. Complementing these are mantras recited in choruses and rotating movements, each of which imbue the space with an emotional tone, addressing the bodies of those present, and generating sensory states.

Arturas Bumšteinas: “Navigations”
“Navigations” is a series of site-specific performances which draw upon sounds created by theatrical machinery reminiscent of the Baroque era. A wind machine, for example, is created via a wooden wheel with a crank, over which coarse linen is stretched. When the wheel is turned, it rubs against the cloth, producing the sounds of a howling storm. Adjacent to this, a wooden instrument filled with rice and beans, is moved over an inclined plane, producing the sound of rain. This is combined with the detached sound of the human voice and vibrations coming from an unknown source, producing an affect that is as much felt as it is heard.  Drawing upon the history of sound, noise and silence that has been shaped by artists such as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Luigi Russolo, Francesco Balilla Pratella, John Cage and Arnold Schönberg, “Navigations” create sonic images that are on the one hand predictable, and on the other subject to the laws of the moment. The result is a composition that is shaped by by the movements and air currents of the space in which it takes place.

Performers: Gitis Bertulis, Ivan Cheng, Gailė Griciūtė, Greta Grinevičiūtė, Alanas Gurinas

In the context of Various Others, conceived with the support of Lithuanian Culture Institute (LCI).

Curated by Damian Lentini

Idea, directing: Arturas Bumšteinas 
Noise machine performers: Gitis Bertulis, Ivan Cheng, Gailė Griciūtė, Greta Grinevičiūtė, Alanas Gurinas
Master of noise machines’ reconstruction: Ernestas Volodzka
DIY Sound System: Free Wind Soundsystem
Producer: Operomanija 

Duration: 30 minutes

Premiere: October 10–12, 2017, Krakow, Cricoteka, Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, Unsound festival – theatrical version (Bad Weather);
September 19, 2019, National Gallery of Art (Exhibition Hall), Vilnius – gallery version (Navigations).