R: When you drop a meatball into the boiling vegetable oil – why is there a sizzling sound with air bubbles arising?
D: Just imagine a food vender in the street knowing this. Once I met a security guard who was guarding airplanes but could not understand why they fly. As it came out later, I did not know it either. The difference between the two of us was that I actually thought I do know it, while he knew that he doesn’t know.
R: Have you been at the steering wheel of an airplane?
D: That’s a tricky question. Can you really consider a steering wheel a part of the airplane when the airplane is still on the ground?
As a teenager, I once took the seat of a Mi 4 plane skipper, but my first acquaintance with a real steering wheel happened in 1995 with a little help from the Silicon Graphics INDY mouse and what was perhaps the only flight stimulator in the world of those times.
R: Yesterday I intentionally chose a flight to La Guardia instead of JFK airport, because upon landing, we could fly over the whole Brooklyn and Queens along Manhattan.
D: I would choose the „Last Hindenburg flight“ because it comes down slowly over Manhattan and Brooklyn, so that you have time to see all of it.
R: What would you like to see?
D: I’d like to take a closer look at the spire of the Empire State Building that was designed for airships to moor. Since the plan failed due to high turbulence, the spire remained there as an Art Deco element. If we could come close to it, I guess we would also approach a quite different history.
R: Approach the Art Deco?
D: It’s hard to tell what we would call it. Perhaps at this point, the concept of art would lose its meanings.
R: As I can see, you’re fond of art?
D: Well, I don’t really like it alone, rather when it’s inside, say, people, humus or even another art.
R: Ten years ago you used to say that for you, art is a tool for self-perfection. Has the tool, or you, or the relation, moved towards perfection?
D: I have certainly moved closer, but the tool has blunted, while the relation has diminished. Ten years ago, by defining art as a means of education, I meant both art and the industry of art, as they both were relatively new phenomena for me – especially after my studying art for so many years.
If we take Web 2.0 – a neologism created by O’Reilly Media 2004 that defines the internet service of the next generation, allowing the users to create information – and move it to World 2.0 or Art 2.0, we would get a situation where I actually found myself ten years ago, by starting my active practice of exhibition-making.
Those were the times when, by using the brand of art, you could work more perfectly and effectively both at the artistic and non-artistic scene by mixing those scenes substantially. Here, we could remember the double-utilized object: party advertising movies, or the Technomama company operating in two spheres.
Today, in our postglobal world we create all thing as if they were art. The creative technologies are the same, or similar – which was influenced by 20th century conceptualism – no matter if we call it politics, terrorism, journalism, enterpreneurism, science, etc., so art has grown very complicated as a brand. In other cases, Art is just a prefix that changes nothing if you use it to define the things you do, but it still reveals you as a representative of the epoque when all the works were divided into „appealing“ and „non-appealing“ ones.
So, even if on the one hand Art is just a relic of particular times, on the other hand, it still remains a nice classic educative device for schools. I wonder what Art 3.0 would look like? Perhaps its contents would be shifted like the Starbucks from Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, or changed like the contents of this text whose first version failed yesterday, since I enjoy writing on-line.
R: What about humus?
D: The cultivated chickpeas that were first used in Mesopotamia were four times richer in folic acid than their wild predecessors. The food cooked from exactly the new sort of chickpeas is thought to have influenced the process of building empires, as well as the development of our culture as a whole. It provides intricate or non-intricate detail, although nothing is known for sure. Perhaps we could get more information by doing reverse engineering to schizophrenia – considering schizophrenia as one of the by-products of gene mutation – see shizophrenia.com – and make our brain clock in a risky manner, for creating a meta-ecological or meta-physiological culture.
R: I have just received an sms from our friend Inga:
Tonight I had a dream where you, me and Miksys were celebrating my birthday at a school canteen. Miksys was the one who found the place. In my handbag, I had two unpacked slices of cake. I open my handbag, replace one slice with another and we go on celebrating.
What was the school where it happened?
D: A secondary school in Marijampole, South West Lithuania, where an old-fashioned hand-dryer caught fire in the canteen, which scared the cleaner stiff. The explosion was really huge, leaving the wall covered with char plastic up to the ceiling. Fortunately, no one was injured.