‘Performing Trouble’

2pm, Sunday 6 October

Frieze London: The Standard, London Library & Auditorium

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (filmmaker and theatre director, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Vaiva Grainytė (writer, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Lina Lapelytė (artist and musician, London, UK and Vilnius, Lithuania)

Chair: Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator of General Ecology, Serpentine Galleries, London)

The theatre workshop at the Bauhaus, led by Master of Form Osklar Schlemmer, was one of the most quietly influential areas of its activity. In this event, the multidisciplinary, all female team behind the Golden Lion-winning Lithuanian Pavillion at this year’s Venice Biennale explore how performance can respond to the most urgent of contemporary crises.

Speaker bios:

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (b.1983, based in Vilnius) works as filmmaker, theatre director and artist. In her creative practice, Rugilė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities, while challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length documentary film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival last year and is extensively traveling in film festivals around the world. 

Vaiva Grainytė (b. 1984) is a writer, playwright, and poet. Her creative practice usually crosses the confines of deskwork and becomes an integral part of an interdisciplinary polylogue in the form of radio plays, operas, site specific performances, and musicals. Her book of essays Beijing Diaries (2012) was nominated for the Book of the Year award in the adult literature category and included in the top twelve listing of the most creative books for that year. Vaiva’s poetry debut Gorilla’s Archives was published in 2019 and according to critics recognized as a distinguished voice ofneo-avant-garde poetry. 

Lina Lapelytė (b.1984, based in Vilnius and London) is an artist, musician and composer. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes and nostalgia. Lapelytė’s works were presented at KIM? in Riga, Rupert in Vilnius (solo exhibition), gallery 1857 in Oslo, the Modern Art Museum in Malmo, MACBA in Barcelona, DRAF in London. Upcoming shows include Cartier Foundation in Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Praha. 

Lucia Pietroiusti is the Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, London, as well as the curator of Sun & Sea (Marina), the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. At Serpentine, Pietroiusti founded, programmes and curates the long-term ‘General Ecology’ project for Serpentine (2018-ongoing), a strategic, cross-organisational effort dedicated to the implementation of ecological principles throughout all of the Galleries’ exhibitions, programmes and network. Recent projects include The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish series (with Filipa Ramos) and Microhabitable (with Fernando García-Dory). Forthcoming publications include More-than-Human, co-edited with Andrés Jaque and Marina Otero Verzier.