- Deimantas Narkevicius Utena, Lithuania, 1964
- Edition/serial number:3/5
- Media description:Super 8 film transferred to video (Betacam SP and DVD)
- Sound:Stereo sound
- Category: Video
- Entry date:2008
- Register number:AD04936
The work of Deimantas Narkevicius is part of the return to the great ideologies of the 20th century at the moment of their collapse. Through critical engagement with cinema and its narratives of attempted veracity, he analyses the fall of Communism’s revolutionary utopia in Eastern Europe at a time when the ruins of the past and the uncertainty of the future overlap. The Lithuanian artist focuses on a perception of history often associated with the idea of post-history, as meta-narrative, but also identifying the existential inter-connection between the subjects of that meta-narrative, the main characters of his films, and a specific social and economic context. “Communism - Lenin said - is Soviet power plus electrification.” This concept of modernisation, linked to industrialisation, is the theme of Lietuvos Energija (Energy Lithuania), a documentary study of a power plant, which includes dialogue with ex-workers from the factory. Although the plant is still working, after the collapse of the Soviet Union it became a kind of museum of industrial thought and ideology. The work appears to be a reflection on the Communist experience in Lithuania as a province of the USSR, but it goes much further than that, bringing in the idea of monument, of failure, of melancholy about the past in the present and the obsolescence of the object and ideas. In order to reflect these relationships, the artist overlaps various film techniques and narrative processes.
Cristina Cámara Bello
Martínez Domínguez, Chus ( 1976-)
Diamanta Narkevicius : the role of a lifetime : [23 October to 27 November 2003 / edited by Paul Barratt and Teresa Gleadowe].Narkevicius, Deimantas ( 1964-)Guildford : Art and Sacred Places, 2003.
Narkevicius, Deimantas ( 1964-)Bristol : Arnolfini, 2006.
Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 : Vorspann -Kunstakademie Münster : Gespräche mit = interviews with Guy Ben-Ner, Martin Boyce, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Marko Lehanka, Eva Meyer-Eran Schaerf, Deimantas Narkevicius, Susan Philipsz, Andreas Siekmann, Silke Wagner, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Annette Wehrmann, Brigitte Franzen, Kasper König, Carina Plath / [Kuratoren, Kasper König, Brigitte Franzen, in Kooperation mit Carina Plath].Köln : Walther König, 
The unanimous life : [Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 13th, 2008-February 16th, 2009] / Deimantas Narkevicius.Narkevicius, Deimantas ( 1964-)Madrid : Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía,