PERFORMANCE
what men knew nothing about


January 17th and 24th, 2016
2pm and 4pm
Performers:
Marija Misevičiūtė
Jurgis Lietunovas
Duration: 6 min

What Men Knew Nothing About is a text performance by a man and a woman, sitting on opposite sides of the banner. The text is written in a mixture of English and Lithuanian, and the performers’ attempts, successes, and failures to recite it in a synchronized way indicate a subtle and poetic comment by the artist on the notion of “uniting.” The drawings loosely refer to the Max Ernst painting Men Shall Know Nothing of This (1923). Ernst made this painting based on Freud’s analysis of the book Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (1903) by Paul Schreber, in which the unconscious is subject to gender transcending desires and demons.” Ultimately, the work deals with ideas of dissolution and confusion of identity and a distorted sense of reality.