"The Body: Out of Time and Without a Place". Conference

21st–22nd June, Contemporary Art Centre (Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius).

Simultanious translation from/to Lithuanian/English.

The body is essentially related to time and space, to the “here and now” of its being; at all times people have been searching for ways to break free from these chains. The range of “escapes” and ecstatic experiences is rather wide, from religious practices and the disruption of everyday routines in or through arts, to virtual life in social networks. Art has a power to render “then and there” into “here and now”: to revive past experiences and embody them in a present event, or to project the future. The ability to overcome time opens possibilities for diachronic research and allows one to interpret art and culture of the past through today’s perspective. Contemporary technologies enables us to transgress both time and space: new modes of being – “there and now” and “here and there” –invades our experience. How representations and interpretations of the body have been changing throughout the history of art? What place in what time the body of artist and that of receiver occupy? To what extent, where and when the body is seen as public or private? How a physical body turns virtual? The manifold status of the body in/out of time and space gives cause for reflection of real and virtual “experiences”.