Hi, I'm Lukas.
In my academic work I combine backgrounds coming from the studies of film and media, art history, and philosophy. Currently I am a PhD candidate at New York University in the Department of Cinema Studies.
After receiving BA degree in political sciences at Vilnius University, I was awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US. Subsequently, I enrolled in a theory&practice-based Film & Media Studies MA program at The New School University (NY) in 2009. A complex correspondence between the real and its filmic documentations, theory and praxis were in my mind all the way through my MA studies. As a result, my MA thesis on the possibility of non-representational cinematic realism received the New School's Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in a year 2011 and a shortened version of it was published in Film and Philosophy (ed. by Nerijus Milerius, PhD), a co-authored academic monograph dedicated to the intersections between film studies and film-philosophy.
From 2011 to 2014, I taught film theory and history related courses in Vilnius Academy of Arts and Lithuanian Academy of Music, Theater and Film. My research on the appropriation of socialist nonfiction film archives has led up to a few conference presentations and publications. Apart from my academic commitments, I have curated and programmed a number of film events.
In 2014, I was admitted to a PhD program at the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. At NYU I have developed my interests in eco-documentary (with an emphasis on limits and potentialities of documentation of the non-human), politics and ethics of a filmic distribution of the sensible and the affective, representations of the material culture in films and video art from post-communist countries, implications of found and archival footage-based films for the disciplines of historiography and memory studies, history of experimental cinema, as well as moving images and their circulation mechanisms in contemporary art practices. I have given talks, moderated discussions and presented my papers in film, media, and art history-related events.
In addition to my academic and curatorial work, I occasionally produce creative documentaries and visual essays.
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