“VOICES IN THE SEASHELL” AND “PERCUSSIONS”
Dagnė Petkevičiūtė (Lithuania)
In the series of works “Voices in the Seashell” and “Percussions” the artist focuses on the inner processes of the human body and the matter of other organic objects found in nature and their function, as well as the study of ecosystems. Post-feminist ideas are reflected in the works, which are based on the principles of tact, interspecies relations and the idea of the equivalence of lives. The human body in relation to other organic materials is at the centre of my work.
“Percussions” explores the importance of water and liquids for human existence. Bodily fluids, as a fundamental condition of survival, become a musical instrument – a “sounding vessel”. The fluids in the woman’s body create a polyphonic sound that moves from the private to the public space. Playing with bodily fluids shows the woman as the essential creator of life, closer than ever to nature through her biology.
VOICES IN THE SEASHELL
In nature, a seashell serves as a home for molluscs and crustaceans. On land, the shell lives an “afterlife”. During the performance, the sea shell is brought to life with the voice of a woman, thus returning to its original function and becoming a home, but this time no longer for a mollusc or a crustacean, but for the voice of a woman. The shell becomes a musical instrument or a partner in a duet, working together with the woman’s voice through the proximity of bodies. A relationship and intimacy is created between the human being and the natural object, which responds to the feeling of proximity. The sound emitted by the shell refers to the mythical creature Siren and the power of her voice, and the performance refers to the subtle unfolding of the feminine and classical mythology.
Dagnė Petkevičiūtė is one of the founders of the Entity cultural space in the SODAS 2123 cultural center, a representative, curator, event organiser, and contemporary artist. Dagnė actively participates and curates exhibitions.
Focusing her work on the internal processes of the organism and the matter and function of the objects in the external environment, Dagne's work reveals different perspectives on how different ecosystems can be explored. In her art work, eco-feminist and hydro-feminist creative strategies can be discerned, as well as the analysis of traffic and the relationship to interspecies relations.
National Kaunas Drama Theater exhibitions space
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