Rimas Ribkevicius and Loreta (nee Plioplys) Brovkiene, 1 Birute Street, Virbalis, Lithuania
This past month has been extremely busy. I traveled to Lithuania to speak at a neurology conference in Vilnius, and to attend my art exhibit opening, Memory Threads, in Marijampole. I spent time in the small town of Virbalis, where the Plioplys history started in 1561. There I met Loreta Plioplys, certainly a distant relative, and Rimas Ribkevicius, whose house is located where Motiejus Plioplys lived in 1561. This was across the street from the home of Martynas Mazvydas, who had authored the first book published in the Lithuanian language.
And a series of YouTube videos came out that may be of interest.
A group of energetic college neuroscience students, called Simply Neuroscience, organized an international virtual conference Simply Neurocon. Over 1,000 participants registered for this four-day event. On August 23, I reviewed my artistic explorations in a Zoom presentation. It can be viewed by clicking HERE.
The following videos are in Lithuanian.
Lithuanian National Television (LRT) broadcast a review of my current art installation, Sakytas Zodis (Spoken Word), Ciurlionis Gallery, Lithuanian Center, Chicago. The hour-long broadcast of September 20 summarized Lithuanian activities outside of the country, during this entire summer. My installation was the only US event included. The 5-minute video of my art can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Atminties Gijos (Memory Threads) art exhibit opened in Marijampole, Lithuania, on September 1. Unbeknownst to me, the opening was filmed for a regional TV broadcast the next day. This TV report, although brief, gives a wonderful synopsis of my artistic career. It can be viewed by clicking HERE.
The presentation which I gave in Vilnius, Meniniai Samones Tyrinejimai (Artistic Explorations of Thought), took place on August 28. The conference was “Neurologijos Mokslo ir Praktikos Aktualijos 2020”. This is a succinct review of my art career. There were 200 in attendance and another 100 online. It can be viewed by clicking HERE.
And the best for last. Immediately after my presentation, Sandra Avižienytė presented her new book of poetry, psichopatija. We had collaborated on this book. She was accompanied by the noted Lithuanian singer and songwriter Vygantas Kazlauskas, and the musicians Tomas Varnagis, Tomas Maslauskas, Martynas Lukosevicius, Tadas Motiecius and the M. K. Ciurlionis String Quartet from the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra. It can be viewed by clicking HERE.