How To Clone A Mammoth (In Three Voices And With A Fisherman’s Exaggeration) is a reading afternoon on the poetics of de-extinction in the economy of clicks that premiered at Radio Athènes, Athens, 2015, and later was performed at the De Appel, Amsterdam, the RCA, London, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, HIAP, Helsinki, Mount Analogue, Stockholm, Brud, Warsaw, and the Baltic Triennial, the CAC Vilnius and Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga. Using the structure of traditional Lithuanian polyphonic songs, the reading unites fragments, poems, quotes, stories about new friendships (as a metaphor for an old internet), on the importance of becoming Neanderthals, why Gertrude Stein would not pass the Turing test, the AI of language, and other random companies of post-humanist assemblages.
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“Everybody Reads […]” is inspired by the idea of “open work,” democratic horizontal structures that would empower participants, and the slogan by Roberto Bolano – “The truth is, reading is always more important than writing”.
Everyone attending participates by reading something – a letter, sentence, sentience, found or written poem, text message, short essay, etc. according to a chosen topic. Although the format may resemble a hybrid between a Speakers Corner at the Hyde Park and a gathering of the Anonymous Alcoholics, the event generates surprisingly varying collections of opinions, voices and texts chosen or written and read by anyone willing to participate.
“A reading night with you. Please bring a letter or a line or a poem or some news headlines:
Children, aliens, their hosts,
bots and speech recognition software,
Siri, significant others,
You start. Erratic
comets commenting verbatim.
All languages, including
forgotten, made up,
and the machine ones.
side effects, pluralist trips.
“A dressed male” vs. “addressed mail.”
A mouth is better than a pen.
An ear is worse than lips.
Italic is better than a bold underlining.
Better is worse. Naturally,
Previous iterations include “Everybody Reads Audiences with Jaakko Pallasvuo” at Kim? CAC, Riga, “Everybody Reads Feminism” at Santa Fe feminist reading group, Vilnius, LT, “Everybody Reads Hybrids” at Nida Art Colony, LT, “Everybody Reads the News!” at the Baltic Art Centre, Visby, SE, “Everybody Reads”, Fokidos, Athens, GR; Ruler Space, Helsinki, FI; 427, Riga, LV.
Portals or location scouting in KAUNAS
A group exhibition in a video with contributions by Andreas Angelidakis, Dorota Gaweda & Eglė Kulbokaitė, GPB, Pakui Hardware, Ilona Jurkonytė, Felix Kalmenson, Yorgia Karidi & See channel, Lars Laumann & Cecilia Lopez, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Emilija Škarnulytė
Editing, monument footage, sound: Jokūbas Čižikas
Design: Gailė Pranckūnaitė
Curator: Valentinas Klimašauskas
Presented by Spike Art Quarterly.
A Hat Trick Or A Theory Of The Plankton
A video by Valentinas Klimašauskas in collaboration with Gailė Pranckūnaitė (design) and Yorgia Karidi (soundtrack) with contributions by Nick Bastis, Dorota Gaweda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Kaspars Groshevs, Pakui Hardware, Georges Jacotey, Mikko Kuorinki, Karl Larsson, Fritz Laszlo Weber, Nicholas Matranga, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Michael Portnoy, Iza Tarasewicz, Saemundur Thor Helgason, and, possibly, you.
Do you know what the paradox of the plankton is? In aquatic biology, the paradox of the plankton describes the situation in which a limited range of resources supports an unexpectedly wide range of plankton species. This theory apparently disregards the competitive exclusion principle. It holds that when two species compete for the same resource, one will be driven to extinction. Similarly, this exhibition is driven not by a single concept but by various interests, beliefs, fields, vectors, and more.
On the Importance of Being a Neanderthal: In 3 Voices and with a Fisherman’s Exaggeration. Text by Valentinas Klimašauskas, read by Salomėja Marcinkevičiūtė, produced by The Deep Splash.