> Kristijonas Dirsė
Projects made with Kristijonas:
Born in Vilnius (Lithuania) in 1992, Kristijonas is an audiovisual artist, filmmaker and photographer. In his work he combines music and sonic art with the visual expression in narrative and non-narrative films, photography and audiovisual installations.
After his first short film The Box Man, he decided to turn from classical music to filmmaking. While studying Film and Music BA at Brunel University, he worked on interdisciplinary art projects and festivals with students and lecturers from the School of Arts (Jennifer Walshe, Christopher Fox, Bob Gilmore). Psychogeography module taught by Will Self had a great influence on his work. In London aside from narrative short films he worked on several collaborations with artists from other fields: a dance film Treeo, an audiovisual installation B.i.o.n.i.c.s. and a musicscape Three Walks.
In 2014 he moved to Paris, where he worked as a screenwriter, director and editor, along with his Master’s in Film Directing at the Université Paris 8 (personal tutor Frederic Sabouraud).
Music plays a major role in his storytelling. It is particularly present in his collaborations with a Lithuanian composer Dominykas Digimas. Psychogeographic approach to street videography, exploring the city as a character was the basis of imagery for From Another Point of View or This Order Goes Wrong.
Collaboration with contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis began by setting up the light and photographing one of their first concerts. From the first steps of the ensemble, the like-mindedness in terms of approach to contemporary art, interdisciplinarity and even more general socio-political questions was evident. Moreover, most Synaesthesis members are old friends too, so each collaboration is a playful adventure. Their recent work Why Does This Appear? explores the question of subjectivity in memories, as well as the docu-fiction storytelling in a silent music film form. The upcoming video-concert Nymphology explores the questions of feminism and women in music.