Eglė Budvytytė (b.1981) received her education from the Vilnius Art Academy in Lithuania, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Piet Zwart Institute, both in The Netherlands. In her work she creates performative and cinematographic situations in which she explores the body's ability to challenge conventions of conduct formed by public spaces. Authentic movement contrasts with the rational homogenised layout of the city. Her work manoeuvres between scripted and ordinary behaviour, and searches for unseen gaps and cracks where groups of unusual codified behaviour can be found. In resisting documentary (both the clichés of film language and the realities of the city or social groups born out of urban processes), she creates poetic commentaries through her films and events that defy the usual expectations of the audience, and reminds us that the potential for change lies in the imagination.
Selected projects and exhibitions include 'You must change your life', Artefact Festival, STUK Art Centre, Leuven, Belgium; 'Le Mouvement, Performing the City', 12th Swiss sculpture exhibition, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland; 'Society Acts – The Moderna Exhbition 2014, Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden; 'The forgotten pioneer movement', District Kunst und Kulturförderung, Berlin, Germany; 'You imagine what you desire', 19th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; 'Buildering – Misbehaving the City', Contemporary Art Centre, Cincinnati, OH, USA; and 'Literacy/Illiteracy', the 16th Tallinn Print Triennial, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia.
Eglė Budvytytė's residency is part of 'Climbing Invisible Structures. Curated Residencies and Exhibitions in Norway, Iceland and Lithuania', a visual arts residency exchange and exhibition programme organised by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) (Lithuania), in collaboration with the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), the Nordic Artists' Centre Dale (Norway), the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art (Iceland), and the Ars Communis Residency Centre YO-YO (Lithuania).
The programme is financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and Nida Art Colony.