Danius Kesminas’ practice is conceptual, project-based and highly collaborative. The work is non-media specific and he engages the traditional disciplines of sculpture, painting and print making, together with video, film, installation, architectural and site-based interventions, performance and the application of incendiary devices. For over a decade he has investigated the interface between art and music. In 1998 he co-formed the art/music collective Slave Pianos, a group devoted to the collection, analysis and performance of sound work by visual artists. Slave Pianos have presented exhibitions and performances in New York, Los Angeles, Kassel, Aachen, Edinburgh, and throughout Australasia. Kesminas has also taught in various tertiary faculties in the areas of painting, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, and in 2002-3 he was the Australian artist-in-residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.
Danius’ music collective Slave Pianos has worked with the first post-Soviet president of Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis, choreographer Merce Cunningham, artists Alison Knowles, Larry Miller and many others; the concept-art-(heritage)-rock cover band The Histrionics which has toured Europe 3 times including playing at the Venice Biennale and performing for Queen Beatrix in Den Haag; the Indonesian combat rock / art collective PUNKASILA which exhibited and performed at the 10th Havana Biennale; the Chinese all-girl noise band The Happy Endings which performed concerts in Shanghai. POL POP is his collaboration in Phnom Penh with a former Khmer Rouge child propaganda singer fusing hip-hop to the despotic rantings of Pol Pot. The recently uncovered clandestine underground vodka pipeline network into Lithuania was the subject of my exhibition Vodka Sans Frontières.
Since 1991 he has exhibited or performed in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cambodia, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Russia, the UK, the USA, Vietnam and throughout Australia.
Danius lives and works in Victoria, Australia.
Image: Histrionic Hydra, 2010.