Dalia Mikonytė ir Adomas Žudys

Dalia Mikonytė and Adomas Žudys

Interviewed by Raimonda Tamulevičiūtė

Photographed by Julija Rūkas

Translated by Kristina Žiemytė

How did you get interested in photogrammetry‘s technology and settled to use it in your own work?

It all started from desire to document and collect the art of the street – tags, graffiti, and just appropriate its temporarity. Photogrammetry looked like the most suitable, because we could combine our knowledge and ability with the best – photography and 3D graphics. Photography wasn’t enough –concern is the light and the moment, and the 3D is too far away from reality capture – it simulates, not documents. Street art and culture are too much multi-layered and dynamic, for those two method be fixated separately.

Photogrammetry is longstanding process, so we couldn’t strike out something new, however we made each other understand and work together. When we started working with the street art, we realised, that the street art itself blurs in the context, and loses the main meaning. Street art is the part of the city, so we chose city and its forms as our main target.

What contribution part of an artist reflects using photogrammetry as the creation instrument? How the program itself generates the view and how can you influence it?

Individual contribution is much bigger than program. Different building’s size, angles, glitches and aesthetic code, generates the program itself, but in creativity process, it is not dominating. The program do not have ideas and memories – it calculates. We create multi-layered route. Our individual, personal map is much bigger, than real cities territory or technology to restore it.

Instaliacijos "Miesto studijos: Vilnius, Šiauliai, Panevėžys" fragmentas, 2017
Installation “City’s studies”: Vilnius, Šiauliai, Panevėžys” fragment, 2017

Why did you choose to use photogrammetry for the city’s research, that kind of title also was used in your recent Pamėnkalnis gallery? What are you eager to achieve with this technology in the city context?

We have been interested in urbanistic culture for a long time now, the city, for us, is important for its authentic time and thoughts container. We study cities, walk all over their territory, carefully listen all its sounds, and observe, its shift, in time. The title itself, probably, reflects the process of our work.

While studying and documenting cities, we ponder their particularity: how the identities are transformed living in the city with all kind of events, how the memory, as essential self understanding, develops and reveals itself between our social and physical forms of space; how the mind discovers one’s map‘s space and time, comparing it with others, who share the same physical and mental expanse.

The space we are developing – technologically changing and tensile city. Personal trice-city’s map is joined with streets network, however we getting in into one city or another is not by network, but by opened passages and cracks. We are not specially developing solid space – it is shattered and crumbled as our identities. The map unnecessarily is reality reflection; it is also a way of creating the actuality. By transferring and hooking facades or sculptural monuments with each other, the strange, ghostly and surrealistic city perspective is formed, which is not only redistributing the urbanistic landscape, but also, ending up with the reality behind the eyes.

The dimension with photogrammetry expands by time – all three cities become multi-layered virtuality. We do not reflect existing environment, we create the new one – remaining cavity, we fill in with lines and transparency squares. In this virtual city’s tour, the new, the old, the traditional and digital are interconnected, while virtual and relevant realities swap with each other.

Video projekcija "Neringos ir Kuršių Nerijos studija" Nidos kultūros ir turizmo informacijos centre „Agila“, 2017

How your previous work is connected with the city? Why you put great interest in this theme?

Towns and streets culture is strongly associated with our creativity. Adam works with graffiti, big streets art projects and stencils since his adolescence. His creations is located on walls in cities of Lithuania, Germany, Italy and Malaysia. On Vilnius Constitution prospect – self-portrait, in Šiauliai pedestrian street – pixel sunset and square studio, and in Berlin, Massa, Gaeta, Penang cities, the personal references and hints are poured out. For Dalia the most important are consolidation and identicality. Previous photography projects – Palanga project “Analogophilia(2015)” – very personal engagement, intersection and experience in resort styled town, not during the season. Project “Hand and legs(2016)” – also the search of one’s place and identity, between Vilnius and Berlin.

It is always interesting and makes sense to re-explore, re-discover and re-study new or well-known territory. The importance for us is physical and social city values: structured people ambitions, architectural and secular wonders, accidental landscapes, which beauty develops along with nature, then failures, breakages and pollution causes the reflection and testimony of temporary human nature and weakness of existence. Now we can refer to Plato, whose political metaphor about city as social “body” is very relevant western tradition of thought; also, Richard Sennett, who perceived city as body – with heart, veins and arteries. The person himself reflects him through his works and sees city as his own part. The more poetic it sound, the better, because we aren’t architects or theoretics.

Recently you have won Neringa City Municipality scholarship and by this principle, you are exploring Neringa region. Are you looking forward to documenting all Lithuania’s cities this way?

“City Studies” is endless project, which demands a lot of time and devotion. We try to look inside each city differently. “A Study of Neringa and the Curonian Spit” is surrealistic video, which highly compliments the city of Neringa and Curonian Spit. We introduced it in “Agila” movie theatre – the projection of the video turned out beyond the screen – exceeded the plane surface. “City studies” exhibition, in Pamėnkalnio gallery, – the multi-layered and ego-based travel through our hometowns Šauliai and Panevėžys; also, the city of Vilnius, which is now nurturing us. “When you walk around Vilnius, you forget everything; Vilnius encourages dreams, calls out ghosts, enchants you and takes you to the other worlds” – says R. Gavelis, whose words had major impact in Dalia’s life of creativity. We are going to continue this wandering.

Our visits are still awaiting Kaunas and Klaipėda cities, but we plan to observe not only our hometowns. We have already implemented and introduced this project in Carrara, Italy. We are still cooperating with Italians, we are planning not a small project within two years in Italy. Also we are invited in Cesis, Latvia’s town in the spring.

Looking from technological side, programming transfers plane view into 3D format, however, your work still seems to stay in plane surface, why?

That still is the main surface of our work. We dive through 3D and 2D images; we are still looking for the best shape and form for it. We take great interest in 3D model, we plan to rise from above the plane surface, until then, the video format seems to be closer to our aimed result. Is it plane?

In “City Studies” exhibition, we let ourselves and the audience to look at the various types city’s view. Firstly, its realistic cities of Panevėžys, Šiauliai ir Vilnius, objects’ and buildings’, maps combination on the great wall of the gallery. The exhibition, little by little, changed – originally we tried transforming space by turning gallery’s columns into map parts. Later on, we gave up this idea, and stayed in square perimeter. One of the walls, held simulated photographic stamps, which, already, became part of our friends and sponsors homes. In TV screens the distinctive every city lines were turning around – verticals, without endless. The pivotal work – video projection – virtual tour in multi-layered Vilnius, Šiauliai and Panevėžys cities route, which let the audience to experience the realistic pilot transformation’s sample.

Instaliacijos "Miesto studijos: Vilnius, Šiauliai, Panevėžys" fragmentas, Pamėnkalnio galerija, 2017

You can find more information in www.daliamikonyte.lt  and www.zudys.lt

Paskelbta: December 30, 2017

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