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Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Psychotropic House: Zooetics Pavilion of Ballardian Technologies (detail), 2015, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view. From XII Baltic Triennial. Photo: Andrej Vasilenko.

XII Baltic Triennial

Contemporary Art Centre

Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Psychotropic House: Zooetics Pavilion of Ballardian Technologies (detail), 2015, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view. From XII Baltic Triennial. Photo: Andrej Vasilenko.

Imagine a car after a Ballardian crash. Its internal mechanical guts are turned inside out while its wide interior is flattened into a narrow hole. Its rear becomes its front, and its entry points are blocked, opening new ones on its surface. Now imagine this form as a modernist building. That’s Palace of Re-Invention, 2015, the exhibition space invented by the artist/architect Andreas Angelidakis for the XII Baltic Triennial. Invited by this year’s triennial curator Virginija Januškevičiūte. to reinvent the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Angelidakis transformed the building into a disorienting experience by employing materials left from previous exhibitions that he had found in storage at CAC.

The unhinged experience of the exhibition space embodied the promise of the triennial itself: to dismantle conventional understandings of art under the motto “What is an artwork today can

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