Reflection Wood Chronicles
Ugnius Gelguda and Neringa Cerniauskaite, 16 mm film, color, silent, 7 min, 2012

Sound: private sound recording performance in Menu spaustuve, Vilnius, February 4, 2012. Henry Purcell Music for a while, performed by Viktoras Gerasimovas. Recording released in vinyl format.

Lithuanian version of text can be downloaded here

Reflection Wood Chronicles tells about a Modernist open-air sculpture museum established in Lithuania. Yet, the chosen form of narration – a short story of moving images captured on a 16 mm film – helps to avoid direct references to the quite successfully operating museum, but directs our view to the sculptures and installations arranged in natural surroundings. Strongly affected by the changing outdoor conditions and invasive vibrant nature, part of the works are becoming more reminiscent of nature’s creations than man-made artefacts. These objects outlived Modernist utopia, and tell stories of its failure.
In the film, the park becomes a fictitious landscape for a scene of a relaxed walk with a dog in a forest. Multiple reflections rising from sculptures and water reservoirs in the park create a shimmering view, which keeps us from distinguishing reality from a post - apocalyptic film chronicle.

The soundtrack specially created for this work responds to the narrative of glimmering images and increases the impression of decay. Recorded during a live performance at the first closed film screening, the sound recording – imprinted on a vinyl record – becomes an independent work. As the film is projected at the exhibition, the independently operating soundtrack reveals its manipulative nature.

Cinematographer: Vilius Machiulskis
Sound: Vytautas Valiunas
Postproduction: Vaclovas Nevcesauskas


16 mm film, color  


16 mm film, color  


16mm film, color 


16mm film, color 


16mm film, color 


16 mm film, color