2019 05 07 – 05 27. Juozas Milašius. PLASTIC CARDBOARD – ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC

Opening May 7th, 2019, at 6 P.M.

Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center, Malūnų g. 8, Vilnius

The Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center presents Juozas Milašius – one of the most famous audio avant-garde artists in Lithuania  and his newest project Plastic Cardboard – Electric&Acoustic at in Vilnius. The project consists of site specific installation and accompanying performative sound actions. The spectacular opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by music sounds.

“What does this show mean to me?

It’s the debut of my ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC album,

saying farewell,

to all of the usual audio and visual mediums that we have known until now.

The end of an era.

A funeral.

A sense of the speed of the flow of time.

A catharsis of the inevitable.

A triumph of transformation

I’ve been thinking about an album like this for twenty years.

Sometimes this idea seemed crazy.

Sometimes awesome.

While making this vinyl record,

I was persecuted by “ecology”.

I used the cardboard from old, discarded vinyl records,

inside sleeves and plastic covers,

recycling them, changing their original meaning.

I “converted” the old into new, giving them life after death.

Sort of a recincarnation.

When something is inevitably destroyed.

Something remains.

Survivors change and change all that is around them.” Juozas Milasius

Guitarist, composer and author of various performances, the enfant terrible of the Lithuanian jazz scene. Probably no other Lithuanian jazz musicians has stirred up so much controversy as the experimenting conceptualist Juozas Milašius. Having made his stage debut in 1986, he earned the reputation of the most uncompromising jazzman in Lithuania, entering the areas of total free, uncontrollable noise and bizarre sounds, provoking both unconditional admiration and relentless opposition. Completely overtaken by the guitar, Juozas Milašius has tested the limits of this instrument playing solo and experimenting in various projects with improvisers, electronic and experimental sound artists such as – Petras Vyšniauskas, Vladimiras Čekasinas, Vytautas Labutis, Vladimiras Tarasovas, Tomas Kutavičius, Dalius Naujokaitis, Skirmantas Sasnauskas, Eugenijus Kanevičius, Arkadijus Gotesmanas, Darius Čiuta, Kouhei Matsunaga.


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