/ Julius ŽĖKAS

author of the idea and head of the project
“We are witnessing a performative revolution”

Completed the studies of sculpture, physics, Lithuanian philology, history of literature, cultural management and policy.
Lectures on philosophies and practices of media, works in a publishing house, comperes radio broadcastings,
organizes and manages various cultural and art projects.

In 2005 established the platform of the culture of literature Rašytojai.lt;
In 2006 initiated the arts’ synthesis movement “Sintezija”;
In 2007 represented Lithuania in Lviv Book Forum (Ukraine);
In 2008 participated in the peace mission of Lithuanian artists in Georgia;
In 2009 – co-author of the opening of the Litterateur Street;
In 2010 – author of the idea of the installation “The National Hymn” and its head.

The word “helplessness” in the ancient Greek is “amechania”. The antonym of this definition is “mechania”: machines, mechanics and technologies that are invented by the human being in order to escape the feeling of helplessness. Thus one of the ways to respond to the present challenges – technologies and technological art.
The great sociologist Max Weber said that due to the level of the development of the modern science we had found ourselves in an uncharmed world. Thus phenomenologists and existentialists came to a conclusion that we must refuse science and return to religion, shamanism and similar stuff in order we could charm the world again. I think such conclusion is mistaken. Even now we live in a magic, charmed world and we must be grateful to new technologies and medium for this. I think it must be understood that our virtual world has become charmed again. Now artists have found themselves in a broader field of visual culture – in the flow of visual images created by press, medicine and exact sciences. Thus, as the art historian W. J. T. Mitchell would say, we are witnessing a performative revolution.


Julius Žėkas