Perkunas 3

Perkūnas [the Lithuanian name for (the God of) Thunder] is a large structure built of ventilation ducting. A fan, installed outside the gallery, passes air through the duct, producing noise. A microprocessor monitors the space for active Wi-Fi-enabled electronic gadgets and, using control voltage processed through an analogy modular synthesizer, regulates the amount of air flowing through the duct and hence, the amount of noise in the room.

Perkūnas is neither art nor architecture (or both, and it may or may not also be a work of sound art as well). Like Aleksandra Kašuba’s curved surfaces and Valdas Ozarinskas’ installations, it occupies another conceptual space. Like Vladas Urbanavičius’s “Krantinės arka (Arch on the Quay),” it occupies a position between infrastructure and art.

This is not a work of new media. There are no screens to look at, there is no interface to play with. Invoking the name of Perkūnas suggests an affinity with magic; in a world of technology, we once again believe things have spirits and we devote our lives to worshipping them.