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A Futuristic Nature and City: A Conversation with Tomas Lagunavicius

Joana Alarcão

In this interview, Tomas discusses his meta-conceptualist vision and how he integrates care into his diverse creative practices. Since 2006, he has been creating art that reflects his commitment to the environment and humanity, emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach to creativity and care.

24 May 2024

Tomas Lagunavicius is an interdisciplinary artist who specializes in digital and performance art. His vision is meta-conceptualism. For him it is important to create a concept first then represent it. Since 2006 he has been creating visual art objects such as installations, paintings, photographs, digital art and so on.

Tomas considers himself a post-matrix person. A post-matrix person is a person who has many selves. He does not try to suppress any of his selves. For example, he may be a painter and he may be a psychologist and he may be a marketer. All of them need to be given time, space and energy to excel in their fields. There is no contradiction between them and there may be no connection. They can exist side by side at the same time. The rational self of the marketer may have nothing to do with the sentimental self of the writer.

Tomas uses over 200 creative techniques. Different techniques are used in different types of art. He distinguishes between visual arts, performing arts and textual arts. When he first starts he thinks about what he would like to say or hide in his artwork, then he uses different creative techniques to find the best solution and then he puts it into practice.

Can you start by giving us an overview of your practice and what led you to explore the intersection of art and care?

I was motivated by the obvious changes in various natural places that are important to me. Forests are disappearing, dunes are flattening, and water in some rivers is being polluted in a way it wasn't before.

Your work often incorporates diverse media and techniques. Can you tell me about your creative process and how these media complement your vision?

I think the contemporary artist is more like a director who comes up with an initial idea, gathers material and then realises that material in art objects like photography, collage, various computer programmes and so on. They become like performers who create something new and unique.

What can you tell us about your submitted work? What is the motivation behind it?

I'm always dreaming about the relationship between nature and the future futuristic city, and how they could influence each other. What would be the relationship between animals and humans, and how would this manifest itself in everyday human activity through a surrealist prism. My motivation is to show that wild animals can be very important in a futuristic city.

What do you hope to convey with this new line of work?

I want people to move away from the exaggeration of humanity and become aware of the profound influence of nature on our lives, and to prevent the world from becoming too human, so that it retains natural elements.

How do you feel about being labeled a 'post-matrix' person, and how does this influence your artistic approach and the selves you express?

I'm happy about that because it frees up all my selves and allows me to reveal different perspectives on the same social objects. I don't want to limit myself to one self. I want to have many selves.

Many of your pieces have a conceptual and philosophical undertone. How do you explore these ideas while creating a visual impact?

I think that the contemporary artist is more of a conceptualist and a philosopher than the artists of the late 20th century, who could be called psychologists. It is important for contemporary artists to reflect on contemporary issues and to express them in art objects.

What does the idea of 'care' mean to you in relation to your art and the world around you?

My work focuses on unresolved global and regional issues. It is important for me to express my reflections in a visual form. To give flesh to the word.

You've exhibited your work across the world; what has been a memorable experience from your artistic journey, and why?

I have exhibited in London, New York, Seoul, Paris, Florence, and Berlin. It is important for me to exhibit my work. Perhaps the most memorable trip was in Paris, when there were a lot of positive reviews and several offers from collectors. This encourages me to strive for new results.

What direction do you hope your artistic exploration will take next, and how will this continue to embody the theme of care?

I think that there is a clear philosophical art movement in my work that is emerging from different styles and concepts, and in one way or another, there is a theme of care. If I think about something I care about it. It could be nature or people. "Me and others" is very important in my life.

What message or call to action would you like to leave our readers with?

Take care of nature, the greening of your city, the people and the person next to you, and above all take care of yourself so you can take care of others.  

Find more about the artist here.


How to Live in a Futuristic Nature and City. All images courtesy of Tomas Lagunavicius

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