Filmmaker Mary Marinopoulou visualizes the script of her new series Mortality check by selecting artworks of diverse artists closely related to Lithuania. The fictional world of Mortality check becomes a physical world.
“Films and dreams are the best means to project existing worlds and construct possible worlds”, says Mary, the curator, who designs an immersive environment that challenges the temporal and spatial limitations of an art exhibition.
Mortality check is a fictional world under crisis where everything is debatable. In this world we see ourselves in imaginary Others, we surpass the notions of good and evil and question the existence of truth, to achieve the unthinkable: redesign ourselves.
This world comprises not only artworks, but also ideas and research; this world explores issues of identity and its relationship to various artistic, cultural and scientific practices, making this interdisciplinary project not just an artistic project, but a long-term research in the fields of the arts, philosophy, and neurosciences.
In a near future war, the defeated population of millions is left with no other choice but remove their memories and join an experimental society. For 30 days the participants compete against each other to win a place in the new world. In this fight for survival nothing is forbidden, but all is surveilled. Who are you without your identity?
The fictional characters of Mortality check seek knowledge and truth in an isolated post-war environment where their body memories and dreams are the only connection to their pre-war lives. What at first appears to be the goal of the characters, to win their place in the New World, gradually fades away as they question whether the concept of an ideal citizen or world can ever really exist. Mary trusts that “search for knowledge does not simply uncover pre-existing knowledge; it actively shapes and creates it” and that most certainly is the case for the characters of Mortality check whose body memory uncovers who they really are.
Photo of Gabrielė Gervickaitė artwork Interventions.
More information and cool material: https://www.mortality-check.com/
Participating artists: Autism // Paul Butkus // Ian Damerell // Gabrielė Gervickaitė // Justas Gudeika // Nidas Kaniušas // Jurgis Matulevičius // Laima Stasiulionytė
Curated by Mary Marinopoulou
Gallery name: Titanikas Gallery
Address: Maironio 3, Vilnius
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12:00 - 18:00
Open: 03.03.2019 - 10.04.2019