LUX at Hackney Picturehouse: Time Together/ Laikas Kartu with Darius Mikys
Mon 23 Sep 2013 / 6:45pm
Premiere of Mark Aerial Waller’s new feature film Time Together/ Laikas Kartu (2013) plus a special presentation by artist Darius Mikys
Mark Aerial Waller
Mark Aerial Waller is an artist working in video, sculpture, drawing and event based practices, based in London. He produces interdisciplinary, cinematic time travelogues that refute any predictable balance between our romance for the ancient past and our fetish for a streamlined future. Waller defies conventional screening formats, integrating sculptural objects and live performances for an experience of cinema defined in spatial and situational terms. He is also the founder of The Wayward Canon, a platform for event-based interventions in cinematic practices.
For a long time, Darius Mikys stopped using the word ‘art’ in relation to his work. Refusing to ally himself with any genre or medium, he describes what he does as ‘just projects’, and speaks about his ‘active practice of exhibition-making’. His whole modus operandi is based on social networks, bringing people together to create performances and shared experiences. A self-proclaimed concept designer, whom others have called a ‘practitioner of persuasion art’, many of his conceptual schemes have taken place far beyond the confines of the gallery. These have included learning new skills such as playing the accordion or cricket (which led him to establish Lithuania’s first cricket club), organising a workshop on avoiding eye contact, and procrastinating his own lecture On Procrastination. For his first solo exhibition, when he represented Lithuania at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Mikys invited 200 Lithuanian artists who had received government grants to submit a work to his project. The concept, he said, was ‘to create a metaphorical mirror for the state and society.’