VOCABULARY LESSON// Kira Nova from Performance Archive on Vimeo. WWW.IEVA.CO in Collaboration with Eglė Budvytytė & Goda Budvytytė

presented at (selected) SMART Project Space, Amsterdam; Swiss Institute, New York; Kunstverein NY, New York; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius. Part of Modern Art Center collection, Lithuania. 2009

A hypnotic horror session of vogue balls on modernist architecture are performed wearing the costumes that may be recognized by Tristan Tzara as his own. Video scenes would shock Gertrude Stein, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa (separately) who are all known as the auteurs of the phrase “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture”. The phenomenon of the vogue may be likened to a performing architecture of poses and movements, which are taken from oversaturated world of visual culture.

If it is possible for a person to transform into a single letter, then it is credible that a letter may transform into something even larger than a building built using only score, no? The video or the multi‐event, to be exact, may be seen as a fairy tale which deconstructs the poses of architecture into a sphinx-like letters, which know that words are beautiful”.
Text by Valentinas Klimašauskas, writer and curator at Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius

Concept & performance Eglė and Goda Budvytytė, Kira Nova; Directing Eglė and Goda Budvytytė, Ieva Misevičiūtė, Bart Groenendaal; Camera Eglė Budvytytė, Bart Groenendaal, Robertas Narkus; Music Fidlam Ben, Ignas Krunglevičius with Eglė and Goda Budvytytė, Kira Nova; Song co-writer Aaron Schuster