we are not so far away, it's just water. Installation view. Trailer
11’50’’ video installation Gedvilė Tamošiūnaitė sound design Rugilė Deksnytė voice Marlene Stark graphic design Monika Janulevičiūtė starring Elena Marija produced in Switzerland and Lithuania MA of photography diploma project @ éca l 2020
I aim to explore human loneliness and the deep desire for an emotional interspecies connection; be it with AI, other civilizations in the universe, wild animals, or nature. I am fascinated by the human projection towards AI and other digital imaginary products, which raises complex questions of morality, ethics, love, and how we adjust inter-human relationships to the ones we create with technologies. I believe that this longing to connect with non-human species translates into a fundamental disappointment in the possibility to fully understand each other. This assumption led me to research human and animal captivity, its visual, economical, and bodily consumption, and the morbid curiosity we hold for the natural world. However, this strong emotional experience we are so desperately seeking - which nowadays is rarely possible at a deeper level or in free will - requires controlling and dominating the bodies involved. Our mundane existence - unconsciously perceived as a form of captivity - becomes even more intense and visualized in digital culture. Artificial environments such as zoos and space ships convey a vigorous tension between the desire to connect and captivity in its essence. Is it possible to perceive our existence as an essential part of nature without applying dominance or prediction? Perhaps our deep fascination in nature and wild animals is in a way caused by an unconscious expectation of our own future escape? And perhaps the vast human desire to control - politically, spiritually and corporeally - is, after all, rooted in a deep existential fear?