Deimantas Narkevičius


The title could be explained in English by a state between dream and reality on the cusp of waking up, or it could simply mean that the dream is over. Sometimes one has to approach a theme through a beautiful and meditative film rather than a strong message. "Ausgeträumt" shows a bunch of young men playing in an empty cafeteria, they have just started a band. They look beautiful but sad. The video is about their vision of their future, their reflections on their political, or more importantly, unsatisfying cultural environment.

Outside they are surrounded by a snowy landscape. Now and then a car drives through a city and out on a road leading nowhere. The scene is filmed in Lithuania. What is his future in this country, of this generation? Of the young boy who happens to be the son of the artist? Where will these snowy roads lead them? Ausgeträumt approaches the notion of cultural identity through the most simple and fascinating way.

Narkevičius is one of the most consistent and widely recognised Lithuanian artists on the international art scene. He represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 in “ Utopia Station ”.