‘Ausgetraümt’ has no direct English translation but means a state between dream and reality at the point of waking up.
“The theme of the film is “naiveté”. I do understand “naiveté” as an initial state to be creative for any beginner in any field of arts. Without naiveté any young person, probably, would not choose to be an artist, so to be condemned for potential failure. Here I would like to refer to myself. I had to be absolutely naive (this is what my parents were telling to me) to choose to be a visual artist, in the late 80’s when (in the Soviet Union) everything was falling apart. There was no precedent of success, or an example to follow in the country which was still isolated. Now, 20 years later, I can tell that in a way I have succeeded. I do act internationally, and, probably, can accept my self to be called an artist.
For this film I would like to re-approach to the state of mind of “naiveté” which I find quite beautiful and already lost. Here, I would like to document a small group of young boys who just started a band in Vilnius. I find it really naive to start a band in Lithuania with some international ambitions. Pop or rock music here was not really developed as a form of self expression at any period. No musician has made it internationally so far (besides classically trained performers) from here. I’m intending to follow that bunch of idealists, to ask them a few questions about their vision on their future, to get some of their reflections on their political, or more important, unsatisfying cultural environment.” (Deimantas Narkevicius). —gbagency.fr
Deimantas Narkevičius is an artist and filmmaker born in 1964 in Utena, currently based in Vilnius. He graduated sculpture at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts and spent a year in London in 1992/93, which affected his later interest in site-specific art and concern with the concept of place in a broader discursive sense.
Since the late Nineties he mostly works in film and video, experimenting with the film structure and thematizing the weight of subjective memories and personal revisions of the History. As the artist has himself stated a number of times, his films in a certain way are extended sculptures, not only closely adjusted to the physical sites of their installation, but also thematically departing from very specific personal circumstances or experiences. Nevertheless, working in different film formats, often inserting fragments of other media – drawing, found photograph and footage into his films, Narkevičius expands temporal and spatial boundaries of his narratives. With… read more