Chambers of Radiance by Emilija Škarnulytė

Emilija Škarnulytė

Emilija Škarnulytė’s solo exhibition Chambers of Radiance is centred on one of the artist’s most famous works, t ½, which won the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize of the Kyiv Centre for Contemporary Art. Exploring posthumanist mythology, the impressively large audiovisual installation draws attention to issues of the nature-human interface, climate change and nuclear energy – topics that are particularly relevant today.


The work t ½ is a fictional visual meditation on contemporary science from an archaeological future perspective. Reflecting on Škarnulytė’s work, cultural researcher Alison Sperling asks: “What would an alien archaeologist tell about our history if confronted with the atomic and technological ruins of the 21st century?” The exhibition invites us to experience the world through the futuristic lens of such an alien archaeologist. Part of the piece was shot in Lithuania, at the decommissioned Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, and part in the canals of nuclear submarines in the Arctic Circle. The video also captures the Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory in Japan and the particle accelerator at CERN in Switzerland. The installation is complemented by two works, Future Fossil I and Future Fossil II, featuring computer-graphic images of the over-the-horizon radar Duga and the neutrino observatory Super-Kamiokande.



Architect Linas Lapinskas

Architect-coordinator Aleksandras Kavaliauskas

Graphic designer Vytautas Volbekas

Sound Jokūbas Čižikas

Coordinator Viltė Visockaitė

Organiser The Lithuanian National Museum of Art

Partners: Vilnius University Faculty of Philosophy, Berlin Institute of Technology

Sponsor UAB Ramirent

Media sponsor JCDecaux

The project is financed by Lithuanian Council for Culture

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