Evening with Doctor Sheppard

Vakaras su daktaru Šepardu
Director: Gerda Paliušytė

Lithuania, Fiction documentary, 2012, 40 min, lithuanian with english subtitles, V
“Evening with Doctor Sheppard” is a documentation of a guided tour in Vilnius Picture Gallery, created as a part of “Lithuanian Art 2012” exhibition at the Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania). For one evening works of contemporary artists Gediminas G. Akstinas, Liudvikas Buklys, Chris Fitzpatrick, Laura Kaminskaitė and Elena Narbutaitė were included in the permanent exhibition of Lithuanian art from Renaissance to Romanticism. The tour guide, followed by the cinematographer, tells the usual story of the exhibition for a group of visitors. Although they were invited to contemporary art exhibition, none of them know how these artworks look like and where to find them. The film title refers to “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”, a book by Agatha Christie. The novel is famous for its never-before-seen plot twist: Hercule Poirot’s assistant Doctor Sheppard, who narrates the story, is in fact the murderer. In “Evening with Doctor Sheppard” the intruding artworks or changes in the permanent exhibition, made by director Gerda Paliušytė herself, are not revealed until the end of the film, so gallery interior, facts told by the guide and people taking the tour seem suspicious and unnatural. The film explores the power of gaze and imagination depending on knowing and comments on the idea of a museum as an institution which opposes the plurality of gazes. Coherent story told by the guide is interrupted by dinamic camera movements, creating a dissonance between words and images – a gap where contemporary artworks emerge.
About the director:
Artist and curator Gerda Paliušytė was born in 1987 in Vilnius, Lithuania. She received her bachelor‘s degree in art history at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and is now studying for a master’s degree in Practice and Spread of Contemporary Art at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She has co-curated exhibition “Grey Matter” (Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2009) and personal Jason Dodge exhibition (Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2011). In 2012 she established an exhibition space together with Inesa Pavlovskaitė for contemporary art in Vilnius Planetarium. Since 2011 G. Paliušytė has participated in artistic activities, together with artists Gediminas G. Akstinas and Jurgis Paškevičius, organized events-performances based on screenplays written for specific site and time: “Exhibition Closure” (Parodos uždarymas, 2011), “Intermission” (2011), “Scenario for Swimming Pool” (Scenarijus baseinui, 2012). “Evening with Doctor Sheppard” is Gerda Paliušytė’s first film. It premiered at the Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius) in August 2012.
Section: All The Muses

Screenplay: Gerda Paliušytė

Dir. of Photography: Eitvydas Doškus