Eglė Budvytytė - Songs from the compost: Mutating bodies, imploding stars

in collaboration with Marija Olšauskaitė and Julija Steponaitytė

22.09.2022 — 23.10.2022 Opening

The fourth and last iteration of the exhibition Revolting Times starts on September 22. From then onwards we continuously screen Songs from the compost: Mutating bodies, imploding stars by Eglė Budvytytė.

Songs from the compost is shot in the lichen forest and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit in Lithuania. Eglė Budvytytė cast mostly local youths for a choreography that engages in intimacy and relates the human body to other bodies — those of the forest, the sand dunes and the water. The horizontality in movement undoes the usual verticality of human figure, unfurling her into the landscape. One of the key elements in the video work is the accompanying musical composition written and narrated by the artist herself.

The lyrics draw on the work and words of biologist Lynn Margulis and science-fiction author Octavia Butler. Lynn Margulis became known for her significant research on symbiosis in evolutionary theory, as opposed to the traditional Darwinian ‘survival of the fittest’ approach to biology. Margulis’ work can be read as a true celebration of the role of bacteria in enabling life and the collaboration between single-celled organisms.

The work of Octavia Butler reflects on that in a more literary way, exploring topics such as symbiosis, mutation and hybridity as a means of challenging hierarchical thinking and categorisation. Songs from the compost is a hypnotic exploration of non-human forms of consciousness and different dimensions of symbiotic life: interdependence, surrender, death and decay.

Eglé Budvytytė's video work is a collaboration with Marija Olšauskaitė and Julija Steponaitytė. This presentation was made possible by the Mondriaan Fund and the Dutch Embassy in Belgium.

Save the date: 14th of October 2022, artist talk with Eglė Budvytytė. More info coming soon...

Location Kunsthal Extra City, Provinciestraat 112, 2018 Antwerpen

Revolting Times 25.06.2022—23.10.2022