Lecture: Eglė Budvytytė

Five white young people are huddled on the ground in a forest clearing. Their bodies form a triangle, their limbs are entangled. It’s hard to tell where one body ends and another one starts. Behind them, the root systems of long upturned, felled trees covered in luscious green moss create a kind of protective background, setting them apart from the thick forest of gray and scaley-barked trees behind. All but one of the youths have their eyes closed. Are they resting, transitioning or composting? They wear shorts, ripped shoes, and clothing that evokes fugitivity and survival. This is a still image from the video entitled Songs from the Compost: Mutating Bodies, Imploding Stars by artist Eglė Budvytytė.

Eglė Budvytytė, Songs from the Compost: Mutating Bodies, Imploding Stars (still), 2020. 4K video with sound, 30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Date and Time

Tuesday, February 7, 1–2 PM



Free and open to all

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Based in Vilnius and Amsterdam, Eglė Budvytytė works at the intersection between visual and performing arts. She approaches movement and gesture as technologies for a possible subversion of normativity, gender and social roles, and the dominant narratives governing public spaces. Spanning song, poetry, video, and performance, her practice explores the persuasive power of collectivity, vulnerability, and the permeable relationships between bodies, audiences, and environments. Her work has been shown at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2022); Venice Biennale (2022); Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia (2020); Renaissance Society, Chicago (2018); South London Gallery, London (2018); Lofoten International Art Festival, Lofoten, Norway (2017); Block Universe Performance Festival, London (2017); Art Dubai Commissions, Dubai (2017); Liste, Art Basel (2015); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania (2016, 2010); Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam (2012). Eglė was resident at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2012) and at WIELS (Brussels, 2013).

Post Date February 7, 2023