Vorsprung durch Technik

Group exhibition

Vorsprung durch Technik was a collaborative group exhibition about the clumsiness of technology. It used Audi brand as a cultural symbol to look at DIY creativity and mundane, awkward and trivial applications of technology.

Grill Audi, interactive sculpture used for the opening performance, Andrej Polukord

The interdisciplinary interactive installation resulted from a close collaboration by six Lithuanian artists: Ona Juciūtė, Lina Lapelytė & Salomėja Petronytė, Paulius Petraitis, Andrej Polukord, and Rokas Pralgauskas. Newly created works complemented each other in the space, weaving a coherent narrative, in which manifestations of community creativity are examined using Audi as a certain cultural phenomenon. The exhibition also looks at how certain narratives from community become mythologized – they become part of the general cultural consciousness. An important feature of this narrative is interactivity – visitors are invited to participate in the artistic game through works that can be turned on or clicked. Humour and light irony act as a thread connecting the individual elements of this show. In this installation the multifunctional sign of Audi functions as a social prism, which allows to raise questions in the artistic context about the supposed contradictions and multiple overlapping points between the “high” and “low” cultures.

Unpractical windscreen wipers, interactive sculpture, Rokas Pralgauskas

Artists: Ona Juciūtė, Lina Lapelytė & Salomėja Petronytė, Paulius Petraitis, Andrej Polukord, Rokas Pralgauskas
Curators: Rokas Pralgauskas & Paulius Petraitis
Exhibition essay text: Goda Damaševičiūtė
Graphic design: Mindaugas Gavrilovas
Closing performance: Vilnius Academy of Arts Choir (led by Arvydas Adamonis); accompanied by Kęstutis Pavalkis
Gallery “Atletika”, Vilnius
2021 11 04 – 11 28

Pennies and Dimes, detail, Ona Juciūtė

From the series Searching for oooo, Paulius Petraitis & Rokas Pralgauskas

Audi Vis, interactive installation with video and sound, Lina Lapelytė & Salomėja Petronytė

Audi gas pedal, interactive object, Andrej Polukord

Full documentation here
Photos: Andrej Vasilenko