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Eglė Budvytytė in collaboration with Marija Olšauskaitė and Julija Steponaitytė

1981, Lithuania
1989, Lithuania
1992, Lithuania

  • TUE - SUN
    23/04 > 25/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    FRI - SAT UNTIL 25/09
    11 AM - 8 PM

    TUE - SUN
    27/09 > 27/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Working at the intersection of music, poetry, video, and performance, Lithuanian artist Eglė Budvytytė explores the power of collectivity, vulnerability, and permeability between bodies and the environments they inhabit. In the film Songs from the Compost: mutating bodies, imploding stars (2020) she examines human hubris toward animals, plants, bacteria, and fungi. Shot in the lichen forest and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit in Lithuania, this video depicts shape shifting bodies moving among each other in close proximity. The work is accompanied by a mesmerising musical composition and is narrated by the artist, who draws from biologist Lynn Margulis’ theory of endosymbiosis – which refers to the interaction and cooperation of composite organisms – as well as from speculative science fiction author Octavia E. Butler – who disrupts anthropocentric hierarchy through tropes of hybridity and symbiosis. Songs from the Compost is a hypnotic exploration of bodies’ interdependency, disintegration, and decay, demonstrating the necessity of intertwined networks between human and non-human beings for nurturing interspecies relationships.

Liv Cuniberti

Production credits

Directing: Eglė Budvytytė
Song lyrics and voices: Eglė Budvytytė
Art directing: Marija Olšauskaitė,  Ona Julija Lukas Steponaitytė
Solo dance performed and choreographed by: Mami Kang
Sound design: Steve Martin Snider
Mixing and mastering: Maarten Brijker
Camera: Vytautas Plukas
Camera assistant: Martynas Norvaišas
Editing: Bart Groenendaal and Eglė Budvytytė
Color grading: Ona Julija Lukas  Steponaitytė
Special effects: Elena Permogorskaya and Viktorija Obor
Viktorija Zobielaitė
Evgeniy Kalachov
Goda Motiejaitytė
Silvija Lileikytė
Kipras Chlebinskas
Ona Julija Lukas Steponaitytė 
Special thanks to:
Coda dance school
Inga Briazkalovaitė
Egija Inzule
Maria Tsoy
Antanas Lučiūnas
Martynas Kazimierėnas
Kęstutis Minderis
Indrė Dikavičiūtė
Klaipėda Puppet Theatre
Curonian Spit National Park

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