Zilvinas Landzbergas, born in Kaunas (Lithuania) in 1979, divides his time between Vilnius and Amsterdam.
Landzbergas is a dream weaver, known for placing the viewer in uncanny artificial surroundings equipped with cognitive triggers that seem at once familiar and distant. His artistic practice is concerned with story telling through the mediums of sculpture and three-dimensional installation, where the viewer becomes both a participant and a spectator - the narrator and character in the story. The Future is Now, his latest project, invites to revisit the future of our past in the disillusioned present tense. Loosely based on sci-fi literature and films, this installation is a made-up story comprised of animation and three-dimensional objects, that impels to reconcile with our status quo as the society of the future. A wooden panel curtain, picturing the landscape of the mountains divides the installation physically into two parts and symbolically in time. On one side the space is filled with misshaped objects of everyday life constituting the distorted story reminding of the never ending dream. The same imagery is used in a short ani-mation film forming links between the real, the imaginary and the past, displayed on the other side. The Future is Now, stereotyped verbalism, purposely chosen for the title as a posting of popular, iconic culture, the mainstream interpretation and sadly ridiculous vision of the future when looking back today.
Laura Rutkuté-, curator and director of Vartai gallery in Vilnius, lives and works in Dresden, Germany. She was commissioner of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, featuring Zilvinas Kempinas installation Tube. She acts as chief curator of the ongoing international project ARTscape, launched by Vartai Gallery for the "European Capital of Culture 2009". Together with Raúl Zamudio she curated the exhibition City Without Walls at the 6th Liverpool Biennial in 2010.
curated by_vienna 2011 is a project that commissions co-operations betweem21 Vienna´s leading contemporary art galleries and internationally renowned curators.
Under the title EAST by SOUTH WEST this year´s project takes as its starting point the importance and relevance of Vienna for Eastern and South-Eastern European contemporary art and artists.