Vytautas Jurevicius a.k.a Vytas, was born in 1981 in Palanga, Lithuania. They live in New York City. Vytas is a performance artist, working with a range of emotions of being alone, feeling lonely, comforting oneself, being alienated, disconnected and connected with oneself, and with another. They studied at the University of Applied Arts , Düsseldorf; Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, and Staedelschule, Frankfurt am Main. They founded the Institute of Emotional Body. They had exhibitions at Frankfurter and Nassauischer Kunstverein, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Kunsthalle Basel and Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt.
How do we survive as empathic humans whilst being overexposed to the 21st-Century tragedy? How is it possible to vulnerably interact with one another in a digitally mediated world? And how might we be able to get close – physically and emotionally – in a society increasingly devoid of eroticism towards the other*? These are some of the questions embedded in the work of Lithuanian-born artist Vytautas Jurevičius. Drawing from an extended practice, including installation, performance, video and sculpture, Jurevičius choreographs moments and times of being together. Whether blindfolding willing participants who hold hands and follow instructions (Prince Poppycock, 2012), or staging a strange private moment between people in the front of a building, whilst audiences stand on the pavement opposite (we are close but not really.we think we are so close but not.we are stranger but human., 2012), Jurevičius imagines situations that spark an affective kinship.
Their new performance, You are not alone (2017), invites us to jointly examine the experience of loneliness and its various states. Versions of Michael Jackson’s song of the same title are used throughout the performance to cue moods and tempos, utilising sound as an atmospheric tool and an emotional trigger. Similarly to previous works, Jurevičius delves into the experience of being perceived and missed, engaged and disjoined, together and alone. As audience and participant, we are required to give a little, while also taking too.
*See The Agony of Eros by Byung-Chul Han (MIT Press, 2017).