Emilija Škarnulytė is a nomadic visual artist and filmmaker. Blending fiction with documentary, she explores topics from the cosmic and geological to the ecological and political. In her video installations and films Škarnulytė scrutinizes the veil of infrastructure, invisibly regulated by larger systems of power. Škarnulytė looks into core questions undergirding the current geological period, wherein human activity continues to produce worldwide ecological problems. Her works were presented in a number of group exhibitions, including Hyperobjects at Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Moving Stones at the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art; and Bold Tendencies, London. She had a solo show at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Škarnulytė was awarded the Future Generation Art Prize 2019 and has represented Lithuania at the XXII Triennale di Milano. Her films have been screened in various film festivals worldwide, and she co-directs Polar Film Lab, a collective for 16mm analogue film practice located in Tromsø, Norway.

Education

 

2012-2013 MA in Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Tromsø, NO

2007-2010 BA in Sculpture in The Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, IT

 

Filmography

Sounds of the Desert, in progress, 90', 16mm

Burial, in progress,  90', HD

Circular Time. For Aleksandra Kasuba, 2021

Future Fossil, 2019
T 1/2, 2019, 19', HD

Pleasure Prospects, 2019, 16', 4K

Deep Point Cloud, 2019, 7', 4K

Mirror Matter II Dome 360, 2019, 12', 6K dome video

Mirror Matter, 2018, 12', 16mm, HD

Sirenomelia, 2017, 11', HD

Point Cloud Therapy, 2017, 30', HD

No Place Rising,  2015, 12', HD

Energy Island, 2017, 24', HD

Twin Øso, 2015, 10', HD

Øso Lens, 2015, 6' HD

The Footstones in Night Writing, 2015, 5', 16mm

Hollow Earth, 2013, 22'30", HD

Aldona, 2013, 13', HD

Song-do Prophecy, 2013, 11', super 8mm, HD

Jubilee, 2014, 5', HD

Latent River, 2015, 5', HD

Fossils from the Future, 2015, 5', 16mm,

The Geology of Morals, 2013, 10', HD

The Valley of a Missing City, 2011, 6'20", HD    

Limbic system, 2011, 6'20", HD

The 38th Parallel North, 2010, 4'30", HD

 

Solo Exhibitions

2021  Sunken Cities, Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel, CH

2021  Circular Time. For Aleksandra Kasuba, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, LT

2019  Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, UA

2019  Erotics of Counter Prospecting by New Mineral Collective (NMC), Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, NO

2017   Mirror Matter, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

2017   Manifold, Decad, Berlin, DE

2017   Manifold, Podium, Oslo, NO

2017   Point Cloud Therapy by New Mineral Collective (NMC) Barents Spektakel, Kirkenes, NO

2016   Extended Phenotypes, Viafarini, Milan, IT

2015   QSO lens, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT

2014   Hollow Earth: Prospecting For Speculative Pleasure, Sortlandand and Bodø Kunstforening, NO

2013   Kaiku Gallery, Kuva, Helsinki, FI

2013   The Geology of Morals, MACK Brewery Factory, Tromsø, NO

2013   Hollow Earth (w. Tanya Busse), Festspillene i NordNorge, Harstad, NO

2012   Aldona, MACK Brewery Factory, Tromsø, NO    

2011    The Valley of a Missing City, Gallery Vartai, LT

2011    Silent Metamorphosis, Milano, Francesco Zanuso space, Milano, IT

2011    Limbic system, Studio 56 invites The Film gallery, Paris, FR

2009  I love Pakistan and Pakistan loves me, Leonidu 15, Athens, GR

2007   Lithuanian National UNESCO Exhibition Hall, Vilnius, LT

2006  Italian Culture Institute, Vilnius, LT

2005  National M.K.Ciurlionis School of Fine Arts, Vilnius, LT
 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021   Baltic Triennial 14: The Endless Frontier, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT

2019   XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, Milan, IT

2019   Dark Matter: 95% of the Universe is Missing, Science Gallery, London, UK

2019   Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, CA

2019   Future Generation Art Prize, Collateral event at Venice Biennale, IT                

2019   On Earth, Structure and Sadness, Serpentine Galleries, UK

2018   Waiting for Another Coming, Ujazdowski Castle CCA, Warsaw, PL

2018   Moving Stones, Kadist, Paris, FR

2018   Hyperobjects curated by Timothy Morton, Ballroom Marfa, Texas, US

2018   Bold Tendencies 2018, London, UK

2018   The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art - RIBOCA, LV

2018   DOME, Zeiss Major Planetarium Berlin, DE

2018   Journey to Home, Wind and Weather Window Gallery, Reykjavik Arts Festival, IS

2018   Directing the Real: Artists’ Film and Video in the 2010s, Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, FR

2018   The Future Is Certain; It’s the Past Which Is Unpredictable, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, US

2018   If These Stones Could Sing, Kadist, San Francisco, US

2018   Baltic Pavilion, AA, London, UK

2018   Baltic Pavilion, RIBA, London, UK

2017   Sparebankstiftelsen DNB kunststipend, Oslo Kunstforening, NO

2017   Directing the Real: Artists’ Film and Video in the 2010s, Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, IT

2017   Ex- ante, Artspace, Auckland, NZ

2017   Point Cloud Therapy, Poekhali, Landmark - Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, NO

2017   On the Thresholds of Knowledge, IAC and Skissarnes Museum, Malmö, SE

2017   The 11th Kaunas Biennial: a Revolution of Monuments, Kaunas, LT

2017   The Future is Certain, Calvert 22 Foundation, London, UK

2017   Portals or Location Scouting in Kaunas, Spike Art Quarterly, Berlin, DE

2016   SIART Bolivia International Art Biennial, BO

2016   Random Rapid Heartbeats, Kunsthalle Tallinn, ES

2016   Agency of Living Organisms, Tabakalera Center for Contemporary Art, San Sebastian, SP

2016   Rhetorics of power, Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg, RU

2016   Baltic Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale, IT

2016   Joy and Mirror, Port City, Riga, LV

2016   Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, SE

2015   Høstutstillingen, Oslo, NO

2015   Olavsvern Royal Norwegian Navy Base, Kurant,  Tromsø, NO

2015   Artists’ Film International Season 7, organized by Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2015   Sámi Contemporary, Latent River, Berlin, DE

2015   Notes on Orientalism | Video Practices at the Age of Radical Difference, Viafarini, Milan, IT

2015   Hollow Earth, Avtryyk, Svolvær Kunstforening, NO

2014   Universe in Universes, w. Como Clube, 31st São Paulo Biennial , São Paulo, BR

2014   Manifesta 10, Saint Petersburg, RU

2014   Gimme Shelter, Tromsø Kunstforening, NO

2014   Galerie NoD Mini, I Don't Remember…?, Prague, CZ

2013   Import/Export, Magneetti Foundation, Tornio, Rovaniemi, FI

2013   Melancholy lover of a vanished space, Silverlens Gallery, SG

2013   Trip and Travelling. Introduction / What is missing? KCCC, Klaipėda, LT

2012   Coordinate Ellittiche, Careof Docva, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, IT

2012   Sharp Edges Have Been Blunted, Sami Center for Contemporary Art Center, Karasjok, NO

2012   Heracleum Troemensis, Kurant, Tromsø, NO

2012   What a Mess, Independent Art Fair 2012, Fredrikstad, NO

2012   Timeout, MA exhibition, Kurant, Tromsø, NO

2012   Consequence / Sequence, Smallprojects, Tromsø, NO

2011    PLUGIN videoart, Brescia, IT

2011    Space Beam, Baedari, Incheon, KR

2010   RM Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2010   Gunsan art in residence, Gunsan, KR

2010   Space Beam, Baedari, Incheon, KR

2010   Invisibile, Ciocca Arte Contemporanea, Milano, IT

2009  Salon 1, Milano, IT

2008  Villa Lita, Linate, Milano, IT

2007   JFK photography exhibition, Prospectus Gallery, Vilnius, LT

2007   United photography exhibition, City library, Druskininkai, LT

2007   El circolo, Valencia, ES

2007   Calvino, Lodz, Patio Centrum Sztuki, PL

2007   Calvino, Poznan, Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, PL

2007   Calvino Urbino, Museo della Città, IT

2007   Calvino Granada, Museo Casa de los Tiros, ES

 

Festivals and Screenings

2020   Video of the Week, MLAC – Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea della Sapienza (online)

2020   Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory, e-flux Video & Film (online)

2019    Mumok, Vienna, AT

2019    Transmediale, Berlin, DE

2018    Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, CA

2018    360 Mirror Matter, Projekt DOME, Stiftung Planetarium, Berlin, DE

2018    SWAMP SCHOOL: Futurity Island, Venice Architecture Biennale, IT

2018    BISFF, Busan Short Film Festival, South Korea, KR

2017     Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, UK 

2017     Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, US

2017     The Impossibility of an Island, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, PL

2017     AMIFF presents Hollow Earth, Arch Filmfest, London, UK

2017     Whitechapel AFl 10th Anniversary, Screening in Venice, Scottish Pavilion, IT

2017     Kino der Kunst, Munich, DE

2017     Arctic Films: Beyond Horizons, GAS Glasgow Autonomous Space, UK

2017     Arctic Films: Beyond Horizons, University of Aberdeen, UK

2017     Arctic Films: Beyond Horizons, Filmhouse, Edinburgh, UK

2016    Close Encounters of No Kind II, Cinémathèque Leipzig, DE

2015    IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, NL

2015    LIAF International Art Festival, Svolvær, NO

2015    Cesis Art Festival, LV

2015    FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival, Espinho, PT

2015    International Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, UK

2015    Short Waves, Poznan, PL

2015    Close Encounters of No Kind I, Cinémathèque Leipzig, DE

2015    Montenegro Film Festival, Herceg Novi, ME

2015    Beyond Horizons produced by Atelier Nord, TIFF Tromsø International Film Festival, Tromsø, NO

2015    Cyberfest, Luda Gallery, St. Petersburg, RU

2015    Obsession and Duty, NNKS Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, Svolvær, NO

2015    Cyberfest, NY Media Center, New York, US

2015    Artists’ Film International Season 7, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2015    Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, TR

2015    CCAA Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul, AF

2015    Ballroom Marfa, US

2015    BelgradCultural Centre, Belgrade, RS

2015    Cinémathèque de Tanger, MA

2015    City Gallery, Kfar Saba, IL

2015    City Gallery Wellington, NZ

2015    Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, AR

2015    GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contamporanea di Bergamo, IT

2015    Hanoi DOCLAB, Hanoi, VN

2015    KINOKINO Centre for Art and Film, Sandnes, NO

2015    n.b.k Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, DE

2015    Para/Site, Hong Kong, CN

2015    Project 88, Mumbai, IN

2015    Tromsø Kunstforening, NO

2015    NCCA National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Russia

2015    Whitechapel Gallery, UK

2015    Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, New Brunswick, CA

2014    31st São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, BR

2014    Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, RU

2014    31st Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, DE

2014    21st Barcelona Independent Film Festival l'Alternativa, Barcelona, ES

2014    Scala Film Festival, North Wales, UK

2014    Reihe Experimentalfilm Minifestival, Leipzig, DE

2014    EIFF Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, UK

2014    EMAF European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, DE

2014    Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden, DE

2014    Hors Pistes, The Window and The Film Gallery, Paris, FR

2014    Vilnius International Film Festival Kino pavasaris, Vilnius. LT

2014    Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival Kratkimetar, Belgrade, RS

2014    Dhaka International Film Festival, BD

2014    Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, CA

2013    International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Competition, DE

2013    LUMEN Video and Performance Art Festival, New York, US

2013    up-and-coming International Film Festival Hannover, DE

2013    International Festival Signes du Nuit, Paris, FR

2013    Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Vilnius. LT

2013    Kaunas International Film Festival, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT

2013    Kaunas International Film Festival, M. Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas, LT

2013    IFF Message to Man, Saint-Petersburg, RU

2013    Kinoshock Film Festival, Anapa, RU

2013    Lithuanian Film Days, Cinematek Oslo, NO

2013    Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba International Film Festival, Paranà State, BR

2013    Sorocaba and Votorantim Film Festival, Sao Paulo State, BR

2013    Ribeirao Preto Film Festival, Sao Paulo State, BR

2013    Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Sao Paulo State, BR

2013    EIFF Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, UK

2013    Verdensteatret cinema, Tromsø, NO

2013    NUFF, Tromsø, NO

2013    CAMP1 festival, Halle, DE

2013    OFF & FREE International Film Festival, SEMA Seoul Museum of Art, KR

2013    Walzenlager Cinema, Oberhausen, DE

2012    Lithuanian Art, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT

2011     International Short Film Festival Vilnius Films Shorts, Vilnius, Lithuania

2010    Pastrami Recordings and Others, Union Docks, Brooklyn, NYC

 

Artist talks, concerts and sound performances

 

2018   Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, CA

2018   Wind and Weather Window Gallery, Reykjavik, IS

2018   London Architecture Festival, The Building Site, London, UK

2018   Kosmica Festival, London, UL

2018   ACUD, Berlin, DE

2018   Blaffer Museum, Houston, US

2017    Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

2017    Decad, Berlin, DE

2017    SCRAP CAMP Blonde Oracle - an extension of Documenta 14 installation at Odeon by artist Joar Nango, Athens, GR

2017    Norsk Billedhoggerforening, Hermann Noack Skulpturenzentrum, Berlin, DE

2015   LIAF International Art Festival, artist talk with Tanya Busse, NO

2014   Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, 31st São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, BR

2014   Volcanic Winter, Kunstforening, NO

2014   Fervo, Small Projects, Tromsø, NO

2014   Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, PAF, NO

2014   Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, ComoClube, Sao Paolo State, BR

2013   Cryptoexplosion, No Place Rising, Insomnia Festival, Kurant, NO

2013   Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, Mack Brewery, Tromsø, NO

2013   LIAF International Art Festival, with Tromsø Dollz Arkestra, Kabelvåg, NO

2012   Music for The Stairs, (Composer: Simon Daniel Tegnander) Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, NO

2012   No Place Rising (w Hans Christian van Nijkerk), Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, NO

2012   No Place Rising, (w Hans Christian van Nijkerk), Careof Docva, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, IT

2012   HAARP Sci-Fi opera, (w Lisa Helstrøm Jørgensen) Kurant, Tromsø, NO

Publications

2021  Sirenomelia, Pinguin Books

2015  Rare Earth, Yttrium Hypnosis, with Timothy Morton, Co-published by Sternberg Press, Berlin

2014  Superficial issue. edition of 200

2014  Prospecting For Speculative Pleasure, Newspaper. edition of 8000

2013  Hollow Earth, artist publication. edition of 300

2011   Satisfiction Art, art magazine, Fondazione Gianfranco Ferrè. edition 10 000

2010  Space Beam, catalog, KOR edition 1000

2010  Wave length, artist publication, KOR edition 300

 

Book fairs

 

2016   Toronto Art Book Fair,  Hollow Earth publication presented by Mondo

2014   The New York Art Book Fair, Hollow Earth publication selected by Printed Matter

 

 

Online video on demand sites:

 

Mubi  

The Deepsplash

 

Awards

2020 Nominated for the GASAG Art Prize 2020

2019  Winner of the Main Prize, Future Generation Art Prize 2019, PinchukArtCentre

2018  Shortlisted for Future Generation Art Prize 2019, PinchukArtCentre

2017   Nominated for Sparebankstiftelsen DNB stipend

2017   Kino der Kunst Project Award 2017, Munich

2016   National Lithuanian Art Prize for Young Artist

2015   Anne og Jakob Weidemanns award, Høstutstillingen

2014   Nominated for the best documentary, 13th Dhaka International Film Festival

2013   Nominated for the best short film, EIFF Edinburgh International Film Festival

2013   Special Jury Mention in Vilnius International Short Film Festival

2009  National Italian premium of MIUR for video art    

Grants

 

2015-2018   Artist work grant, diversestipend, Kulturrådet, NO

2014   Artist work grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, NBK, NO

2013   Travel Grant, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, NO

2014   Kulturrådet, Arts Council support Geology of Morals pubblication, NO

2014   Travel Grant - Office of Contemporary Art Norway, Latent River, 31st São Paulo Biennial, BR

2013   Artist work grant, Troms fylkeskommune, Tromsø, NO

2013   Travel Grant, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, NO

2013   Northern Norway Public Art Commission (Festspillene I Nord Norge)

2013   Kulturrådet, Arts Council support for Hollow Earth project, NO

2013   Troms fylkeskommune support for Hollow Earth project, NO

2012   Lo schermo dell´arte 2012 grant for workshop, IT

Residencies

2018   Banff, CA

2017    Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (one year) , DE

2015   ABH/ AiR Helgeland-Berlin in  ZK/U, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, DE

2015   Kunstnerhytta i Ny-Ålesund, NBK, NO

2015   Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale, NO

2014   Krems Air, AT

2014   AIR Barents, Arkhangelsk, RU

2014   ComoKlubbe artist-in-residence program, Sao Paolo, BR

2013   AIR Svalbard, Svalbard, NO

2012   Kaman Art Foundation Artist-in-Residence, Jetpur Village, Rajasthan, IN

2011    Space Beam, Incheon, South Korea

2010   Tutok space, Manila, Philippines

2010   Artists-in-Residence Programme, Gunsan, South Korea, KR

2010   Space Beam, Incheon, South Korea, KR

 

Workshops

 

2017   Kino Der Kunst, Munich, DE

2016   Lisbon Docs, PT

2015   Feature Expanded, HOME, Manchester, UK & Lo schermo dell'arte, Florence, IT

2012   VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images, Florence, IT

2012   Unigrow project, Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin, DE

2012   Workshop at OCA with Peter Watkins, Oslo, NO

2012   Jooap, Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Tromsø, NO

2012   Gallery D.O.R., Tromsø, NO

2012   Sattaoutside 16mm film workshop with LaborBerlin, Sventoji, LT

2011    8mm film workshop, Nida Art Colony, LT

2011    16mm film workshop in Filmkoop Wein, AT

2008  Sculpture workshop in Grancona, IT

2008  Sculpture workshop in Delfi, GR

2007   Lithography and graphic print workshop in Brandenburg, Germany. DE

2006  Workshop with M.K.Ciurlionio and Helsinki Art school, Helsinki, FI