NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

At gallery Arka in Vilnius, curators Evelina Januškaitė and Monika Valatkaitė have brought six site-specific installations under one roof, that combine sound art practices articulated by different means and methods. The six autonomous spaces of the gallery are arranged separately and combine six separate, but contextual expositions focused on the specifics of a particular place. It is an embedded exhibition, named "Stereoscopus", of a certain study of sound that creates a stereoscopic image of a changing and intangible time in physical and audible forms.

The exhibition presents creators who explore sound as a medium and form of expression, sound experience and its influence on the perception of space, the noise and acoustics of the environment or bodies, the nature and “spatiality” of sound, the vibrations of video and sound, and so on.

Jokūbas Čižikas composes sound structures using rhythms emitted by the internal organs of the human body, such as the magnetic field of the heart or the neural networks of the brain, thus exploring the environments of mental and physical phenomena of the human body.

Jokūbas Čižikas. Fragment of installation „Techniseptic“. 2022

Composer Matas Drukteinis’ experiential installation brings awareness to the relationship between the city as a collective entity, and the human: a cell that is balancing between individuality and the whole. He creates a futuristically dystopian map, a peculiar, dotted journey around the gallery’s architectural-urban-socio-cultural habitat that best unfolds through the visual and aural experiences of the urban environment.

Matas Drukteinis. Fragment of installation „Labyrinth“. 2022

Demetrio Castellucci’s installation is a reference to the noise of the everyday environment overflowing with technological machinery artefacts, which fragments and divides our aural experience. The work enables the viewer to decide for themselves when to interrupt and/or completely mute the sound heard in space that opens a dimension of experiencing one rhythm in another. Such an overlap of layers is also felt in the exhibited series of photographs, in which car bodies – as if in an uninterrupted chain of stopped time – are revealed as giant, light-reflecting, dark and dirty organisms.

Demetrio Castellucci. Fragment of installation „Handbrake(!)“. 2022

Lauryna Narkevičiūtė and Andrius Šiurys present a binaural project dedicated to the search for diversity of differences, which uses the landscape formed by natural processes and human activities. The audio range is an integral part of getting to know the landscape. It not only provides the moment of experience with a certain feeling but also allows to find your bearings in a space, realize its boundaries and thus enable the spacetime shift.

Lauryna Narkevičiūtė and Andrius Šiurys. Fragment of installation „Sight“. 2022

Vygintas Orlovas’ installation provides the sound for what is happening outside the gallery window in real-time. Using the digital connector, in which the properties of visual information are converted into values ​​and connected to the corresponding properties of sound, the artist synchronizes video and sound. Gallery space becomes a meditative synthesis connecting the outside and the inside, designed to listen, evoke a phenomenological experience, and enhance the emerging unique experience of each perceiver.

Vygintas Orlovas. Fragment of installation „Dangarsis“. 2022

Roberto Beccera is interested in sonic linguistic models and explores the extrapolation of the ideas of the basic structures of reality – reflected by the language – to the nature of sound itself and its natural connection to language. The creator questions where the meanings of sounds come from, what qualities we can give to sounds on an emotional basis and how verbalism of love, war and fear is expressed. By refining the meanings of these fundamental components, the artist seeks to get closer to the universality of the expression of aural language.

Roberto Becerra. Fragment of installation „The System“. 2022

The exhibition will run until March 26.

Photos by Giedrius Akelis.