Resident: Gertrūda Gilytė

Gertrūda Gilytė, Neuroplasticity or I Love You Gertrūda  (2022) © Courtesy of the artist

Project concept: Neuroplasticity or I Love You Gertrūda

Research, development and production of durational TikTok-based video performance, where I knit the same object over and over again until one of my knitted objects is sold in an art market.

Knitting is often mentioned as a mental health supporting tool, that can not only help with anxiety but also improve one’s neuroplasticity (a concept that is often used in contemporary art and academia but at the same time it also is a part of positive psychology and self-help discourse).

Besides getting the mental benefits of knitting at the same time I am producing art objects. Artwork and self-improvement end when the art market perceives this project as valuable. In this way, I’m seeking to reflect on the commodification of various personal development practices while at the same time keeping a critical distance and utilising the positive aspects of these methods artistically.

Even though Tiktok is a massive video platform, there are very few Tiktok-specific artworks created up to date, so I find the possibility of creating a performance for it challenging and valuable. During videos, I will knit and talk about my research, thoughts and feelings, this way using my vulnerabilities and persona as an artistic tool while working with the intersection of content, performance, art and documentation. The project is the continuation of my theoretical research (personal development as a performative practice) and previous performance which was Instagram-based durational work using various mainstream positive psychology tools in order to improve my personal and professional life as well as attract success in the art field. It conceptually had to end with institutional acceptance, which happened in 2020.

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Curator’s Words

Elizabeth Richardson  | Ed. Peter Traynor |  2022

VR Exhibition in Hubs Mozilla

  • Woman in Digital Art - Artist Residency: Gertrüda Gilyté - Neuroplasticity or I Love You Gertrüda - Agora Digital Art
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Conversation between artist, Gertrūda Gilytė, and Digital Curator, Elizabeth Richardson (recorded on x x 2022)

Artist’s Portfolio

@i_love_you_gertruda making profit is soon #givinggifts #knitting #selfcentered #howto ♬ original sound - Gertrūda
Gertrūda Gilytė,  I Love You Gertruda (2022) © Courtesy of the artist.
@i_love_you_gertruda My confidence is infectious but I hope not only that.... #trendreport #knittok #arttrends ♬ original sound - Gertrūda
Gertrūda Gilytė,  I Love You Gertruda (2022) © Courtesy of the artist.

Gertruda Gilyte "22.1 EVERYTHING I WANT IS BECOMING TRUE", 2020 from Annka Kultys on Vimeo.

Gertrūda Gilytė, EVERYTHING I WANT IS BECOMING TRUE (2020) © Courtesy of the artist and Annka Kultys Gallery
Gertrūda Gilytė, I AM EMOTIONAL (2020) © Courtesy of the artist.

About the artist

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Gertrūda Gilytė (born 1992, Lithuania) is a New Media artist whose work revolves around the theme of “personal development as a performative practice”. In 2022, she finished her MA in Art in Context at the University of Arts, Berlin. In 2016, she graduated from Sculpture Department at Vilnius Academy of Arts.  In 2015, she graduated in Political Science at Vilnius University. Since 2020, Gertrūda Gilytė is represented by Annka Kultys Gallery.

Artist’s Statement

In my work, I’m focusing on the ‘performative part’ of personal development. Performative here means 2 things – “performance art” on the one hand, performing to appear in a certain way on the other. I try to maintain a critical distance to this form of performativity and the individual-directed commodified mechanisms of self-improvement and maximisation of happiness, but also to approach its positive sides artistically.

I am interested in how various personal development techniques become mainstream and how often they are used as ‘one solution for all the problems’. I’m choosing to use my own image in order to avoid the usual cynicism that appears in many social media criticising artworks. Performing myself (in my opinion) towards the cynicism towards me and not towards people who are practising these personal development techniques.

Solo Shows

Group Shows

23.2.- 25.4.2022: Réseaux-Mondes (World of Networks), thewrong.tv at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

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